Marko Kowalski teaches TRI-Hara Holistic Fitness. Photo by Anne E. O’Malley
In all of his TRI-Hara Holistic Fitness classes — Core Training for Boomers is but one — Kowalski brings influence from each discipline he has learned over the years — yoga, tai chi, meditation, karate, aikido, shintaido, and laughing yoga.
Kowalski explains TRI-Hara this way. “It stands for Trust, Release and Integrate, while ‘hara’ is the stomach, the place where energy originates from.”
Kowalski’s path to founding TRI-Hara began as a pre-adolescent growing up in Jersey City, New Jersey.
“It was a tough neighborhood,” says Kowalski, retaining the slightest hint of a New Jersey accent. “I initially started karate and judo to learn to defend myself, because I would get beat up. I used to fight a lot when I was a kid.
Paving the path toward TRI-Hara, was gradual, through the practice of yoga, tai chi and meditation. Teaching came naturally, from leading 30 kids in sessions when he was only a kid himself, with a brown belt in karate — now it’s black.
“I think I was born to be a teacher,” says Kowalski.
“I was learning at a very young age to teach