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Words: Nicole Banning,

Poolside with Haley Boyd

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There is a certain life force that seems to flow readily through Kumi, infusing her entire being with an infectious and vivacious energy. She is unmistakably present, both in the moment and in this world, living fully and caring deeply. As a student, a teacher, a yogi, a massage therapist, an explorer, Kumi’s realm of knowledge and talent is incredibly wide reaching. And yet, in all that she does she is meticulous and detail oriented, approaching anything she sets her sights on with tenacity, determination, and openness. From moving alone to New York when she was in her late teens, to spending an incredible number of hours studying anatomy and learning the technicalities of human musculature in order to inform her yoga and massage practices, she is infinitely brave in her willingness to dive deeply into each and every one of her pursuits.

This duality and balance that exists within her, between dedication and serenity, between living freely and investing oneself entirely, is infinitely captivating, and inspiring. A picture of health in all respects, she is a teacher not only by trade but perhaps even more so by example, and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from her both inside and outside of the studio.

Set in New York’s ever-charming East Village, where we spent the afternoon cuddling with Kumi’s darling dog and companion Lemon (who she rescued from a beach in Nicaragua), and wandering a nearby magical garden oasis, these photographs capture her radiance and glow in all its glory!

Haley wearing the Blush Twist Back One Piece

We know that design is only a small part of running your own business. What do you love most about your job that has nothing to do with design?

Being with people all day that I care about and sharing this life with people who’ve come from different places, have different backgrounds, and different talents. I like solving problems and being challenged. Every day, you’re asked to be better than you were the day before.

Being with people all day that I care about and sharing this life with people who’ve come from different places, have different backgrounds, and different talents. I like solving problems and being challenged. Every day, you’re asked to be better than you were the day before.