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99-080 Kauhale St. #C21
Aiea, HI 96701
United States
T: 808-486-9642
F: 808-484-1323

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Do you know the secret to health, happiness and peace? The secret lies in your brain.

The Body & Brain Center offers a variety of programs to empower individuals by promoting health, happiness and peace through unleashing the potential of your brain.

Through the 5 steps of Brain Education (BE) programs and workshops, we will help you achieve your goals and create the life you want.

8 Facts you should know about Body & Brain Holistic Yoga

1. Rather than focusing on a strict set of poses, Body & Brain Holistic Yoga incorporates a wide variety of mind-body exercises that help practitioners develop their personal health and wellbeing. Body & Brain focuses on the development of the body’s core strength as the basis of physical, mental, and spiritual health.

2. Body & Brain Holistic Yoga teaches practitioners to trust their body’s natural wisdom and does not require a high degree of flexibility, balance, or strength to follow the general exercises. Thus, people of all ages, body types, and fitness levels may participate comfortably.

3. While most other forms of yoga originated in India, Body & Brain Holistic Yoga is a modernized version of ancient Korean mind-body practice.

4. Body & Brain includes a unique emphasis on the brain as the determiner of health and wellbeing. Thus, classes may include brain exercises that challenge and sharpen the mind.

5. Body & Brain Holistic Yoga incorporates Brain Wave Vibration as a method of moving meditation, which prepares the body and mind for greater focus during other types of meditation.

6. Body & Brain Holistic Yoga practitioners report remarkable results in short periods of time, especially with pain management. Many also report reduction of symptoms associated with many chronic illness, including multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, sciatica, and asthma.

7. Body & Brain Holistic Yoga centers offer a wide variety of training opportunities beyond the regular yoga class, such as Dahn Mu Do martial arts, Dahn Healing techniques, and chakra development.

8. While most yoga centers are operated independently, Body & Brain offers a unique sense of community through which members can network with other members in 18 states in the US and 10 countries around the world.

Profile and Credentials        

Karen “Lucky” Thornton

Body + Brain Owner, Head Trainer and Life Coach

Although Brain Education is relatively new in the United States, (beginning in Korea in 1985, and entering the US ~1995), Karen “Lucky” Thornton has been a pioneer in America, practicing and teaching Dahn Yoga and Brain Education for over 9 years. She is the BE Coordinator for Hawaii Region, and one of the few trainers in the US that is certified to train teachers to deliver BE for Enhanced Learning to children.

Since starting as a part-time Dahn Yoga instructor in 2000, Lucky has had over 7000 hours of training in the Dahn Healing Method. She has worked as an instructor, trainer, and advanced healer for all of the Hawaii Brain Education Centers. She is certified to teach Brain Wave Vibration, Body & Brain's principle technique.

Prior to working at the Brain Education Center, Lucky completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Hawaii. She also attended Case Western Reserve University as a pre-med undergraduate, and attended the University of Lancaster in England. Her passion since early childhood has been the healing profession.

Prior workshops Lucky has given and staffed, include:

• Brain Wave Vibration workshops at the local Brain Education Centers, Border’s Bookstore, and numerous organizations and sororities, including Arcadia and Pohai Nani to teach Brain Education for Successful Aging.

• Power Brain Method and Finding Your True Self Workshops for the local Brain Education Centers.

• Stress Management workshop at the Professional Business Women’s Network Association.

• Right Brain Creativity Workshops at the Aiea Body & Brain Center.

• Brain Education Teacher’s Workshop.

Philosophy and Comments        

The Basics…

Body & Brain Holistic Yoga is not your typical yoga program. Like other yoga traditions, it promotes a healthy integration of mind and body through proper breathing, stretching, and other physical exercise. Energy awareness and key aspects of martial arts training are also incorporated into Dahn Yoga.

The most important uniqueness, however, is a focus on our brain’s potential through utilization of the 5 steps of Brain Education System Training, or BEST 5. Part of the field of Brain Education, Body & Brain Holistic Yoga is a holistic-health, brain-focused, and energy-circulating training system, whose mission is to empower individuals to become more healthy, happy and peaceful.

Body & Brain Holistic Yoga often incorporates the techniques of Dahn Yoga. Dahn is the Korean word for energy, vitality or origin of life. Dahn Yoga is the study of energy (Ki, Chi) and how to use it for personal empowerment by restoring and maintaining optimal mind-body communication.

Body & Brain Holistic Yoga methods can be traced back more than 5,000 years into Korean history. The training methods were modernized 30 years ago by Ilchi Lee to help people best by high-stress levels, and incorporate the latest brain-research findings.

Body & Brain Holistic Yoga classes include stretching, breathing exercises, meditation, martial arts, brain wave vibration, and energy training. Body & Brain Holistic Yoga also offers special programs, workshops and retreats.

All Body & Brain Holistic Yoga courses involve a combination of physical exercises, meditation, lectures, and games. At any time, if any component of the training is uncomfortable, practitioners may sit out or communicate their discomfort with a member of the training staff.

These programs are designed to help the practitioners take an active role in their personal development and access the unlimited potential of their brain. Body & Brain Holistic Yoga favors a measured approach, supporting and encouraging practitioners to challenge perceived limitations, while maintaining sufficient awareness of their capacity so as to avoid injury.

Body & Brain Holistic Yoga welcomes everyone to “start from where you are,” and we can help you modify exercises to make them better suit injuries, chronic pains, or other physical challenges. Since every member has a right to exercise in a comfortable and unobstructed environment, simple etiquette rules and practices are observed by all members. These courtesies have a positive effect on the experience of all who participate.

Body & Brain Holistic Yoga training also includes space and time for practitioners to converse with each other about their experiences, concerns, and successes, over hot tea after practice. The warm tea and sharing after exercise enhances the healing quality of the session.

Worldwide, there are more than 600 Centers, with more than 300,000 active members in South Korea, United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and Brazil).

“What members say…

“As a psychiatrist, I quickly recognized that this was not just an exercise program. It is a process that benefits your entire being.”

“It goes where no yoga has gone before. Energizing! Healing from within. Communicating with your soul. No other yoga works this way.”

“This form of exercise is gradual and gentle. Everyone in the program moves along with his/her pace and level of comfort.”

“Body & Brain Holistic Yoga has stronger energy and quicker results. [It] has more different types of techniques to incorporate into your daily life.”

“Always active with innovative healing tools, ideas, workshops and trainings, etc. Body & Brain Holistic Yoga has helped me laugh more and helped me with my meditation life more than… [other types of] yoga.”

Work Hours and Fee Schedule        

Regular class schedule:

6:00-7:00am M,W,F

8:00-9:00am Sat

10:00-11:00am M,Tu,W,F

5:30-6:30pm M,Tu,W,Th,F

Regular Classes        

Our program brings you quality and selection, allowing you to step confidently into practice. Regular Yoga classes are 1 hour long and are comprised of deep stretching, breath work, meditation, energy training and Brain Wave Vibration.


Brain Wave Vibration is a simple, yet very powerful exercise to change the brain waves in a short period of time, unleashing the potential of the brain by tapping the healing power within.


Stretching exercises that coordinate correct posture, breathing, and conscious awareness are designed to open meridian channels, increase energy flow, flexibility and balance.


A set of breathing postures designed to restore proper circulation to the body, helps to build energy in the energy center and unblock the body's two major meridians. Practitioners experience increased circulation and calmness.

How Do I Start?        


The first step to start this program is to have and INTRODUCTORY SESSION. Based on your current condition and main goals, we will recommend a personalized program for you.

Address your concerns regarding your current Body-Mind condition, assessing issues such as:

Weigh Control


Emotional Stability



Chronic Pain


Lack of Energy


--Stress Relief

--Weight Control

--Increased Strength & Flexibility

--More Energy & Better Sleep

--Better Circulation & Complexion

--Neck & Shoulder Pain Relief

--Migraine & Headache Relief

--Injury & Back Pain Recovery

--Healthier Organs

--Improved Concentration & Brain Function

--Feel More Centered & Balanced

--Feel Inner Peace & Serenity

"I joined Body & Brain to relieve stress. So far I have done that and more. I have more energy, I sleep better, I find it easier to focus during the day, and my colleagues say I am nicer to work with now." Ann P. (Honolulu)

"I suffer from back problems so severe that I needed surgery. I was in constant pain until I started Body & Brain Holistic Yoga. In just three months I am a lot more flexible and virtually pain free for the first time in decades." Chuck S. (Aiea)


--I get frequent headaches

--I feel stiffness in my shoulders, neck and joints

--I have difficulty breathing at times

--I feel bloated/have discomfort in my intestines

--I catch colds easily

--I have seasonal allergies

--I cannot sleep deeply and do not feel rested upon waking

--I frequently feel depressed and/or anxious

--I can't concentrate well on what I am doing

If you checked three or more items, Body & Brain Holistic Yoga is your ticket to better health and well being. Start feeling better and have more energy!


We offer a range of intensive and advanced-level programs. These special programs are opportunities for you to enrich your practice.

1. KID'S CLASSES (Brain Education for Enhanced Learning)

For children ages 5 and up, regular classes are tailored to make getting to know their bodies fun and enjoyable. There is a focus on character-building to help them build harmonious social relationships.


Individual programs that combine regular classes, private healing sessions, and retreats are available for those who have specific goals such as weight loss, or complementary treatment for chronic illness.


One full day or two day workshops are offered to take your practice to another level. Experience the essence of Holistic Yoga's principles in three higher-level workshops that focus on the body (Initial Awakenening), mind (Self-Discovery) and spirit (Healing Chakra).

4. ENERGY TRAINING-DahnMuDo (Taichi/Kigong)

Experience dynamic forms of meditation as you move your body to the free flow of vital energy. Becoming one with the energy flow of your body will give you a deep sense of peace, joy and fulfillment.


This program includes physical, emotional and cognitive exercises to help older adults take an active role in keeping their brain in top condition for life.


--Open health seminars for the public

--Company health fairs

--Classes at schools, senior centers, libraries, companies

--Youth leadership training.

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