October 30 , 2015 / 5 minutes, 31 seconds

What’s in a Name? The Meaning of Kodawari

Author: Annette K. Scott

meaning of kodawari

In Japanese, the word kodawari roughly means “a sincere, unwavering focus on what you’re doing, with a goal of making it perfect, while simultaneously knowing that perfection is impossible and that the work itself is most crucial.”

Kodawari is often used to describe the sort of individual that spends a lifetime devoted to his or her craft.

Attention and intention in any transformative practice, yoga being one of many, must go hand-in-hand in order to develop conscious competence. Attending to one’s chosen task while being guided by an established intent, or in other words being mindful and responsive to the present, is a delicate balance worthy of a lifetime of practice.

In the endeavor to live a deep and meaningful life I was driven to create a space that by it’s very nature, invites us to dive into our practice(s) and collectively move into what mythologist Michael Meade calls the three layers of human experience and on through to transformation.


Meade defined the first of these layers as the social layer: “Hey, how’s it going?”, “Fine, how are you?” Most of us spend a vast majority of our lives here on this relatively superficial level…caught in endless loops of mostly trivial inner and outer chatter.

The second layer is where our more difficult emotions such as grief, anger, rage, envy and violence reside. We often try to avoid this second layer because as humans, we have a preference (hey, who wouldn’t?) for the sweetness of the third layer which is where deep soul contact, true intimacy (with oneself and others) can be experienced. But Meade sagely points out that you can’t go from layer one to layer three without actively going into and through layer two. And yet, culturally we rarely have a space where we are invited to drop in and process what’s there in that second layer.

So, here’s where Kodawari comes in…when guide by the wabi sabi philosophy that nothing is finished, nothing is perfect and nothing lasts, our practice can connect us with spirit and soul through the body. It can generate positive transformation in our lives – we can become saturated with a sense of communion and meaning. Over time, our practice diminishes the sense of being distinct from everything else while we grow in vitality, awareness and health. Life should be sensuous, imaginative, healthy and creative, rather than just getting by and earning a paycheck…

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Therefore for us, as Kodawari teachers and practitioners, our task and intent is to provide a safe and nurturing environment with ongoing support and recognition of your intrinsic wholeness and wisdom. We’re here to point the way to health while you simultaneously engage in the deeper process of self-directed discernment. We provide the sacred space for you to have a safe encounter with what’s most vulnerable within us all.

Your focus as students and clients is to open, align and enter into a trusting state of connection with yourself. So come and join us on this actionable journey of acknowledgment and focused self-discovery.

Your practice will give you a chance to explore your physical unfolding and when you’re ready – your emotional growth, intellectual refinement and spiritual awakening. Invest in your inner and outer strength, and in the deep work of self-love and sustaining health.


The collective result of our work? We can celebrate meaningful, healthy and balanced lives. We will bring more beauty to the world and collectively uplift others around us through our actions. While this is the blueprint for a life’s path, the journey and joy is actually in treading it.

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Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions


You can sign up for classes online through our MindBody app (Kodawari Studios), through MindBody directly or in person in the studio. All classes will be shown online and any changes will appear on the weekly schedule.

If you book a class but don’t show up, you will not be charged.
If you have booked online, you need to be at the studio and check-in at least 10 minutes before the class starts. If you come as a drop-in yogi, you need to be here at least 10 min before to ensure your space and have time to check-in, take care of yourself and get your mat down.


We reserve the right to take photos in the studio and to share these photos on social media.


Conditions for Class Cards

Class Cards with 5, 10 and 20 classes expire after 1 year. There is a $50 reinstatement fee for expired classes.

The New Student BOGO offer is a one-time offer to new yogis and can only be bought one time. $20 and gets you two classes for the price of one.

The New Student 30-day Month Unlimited offer expires after 30 days. This is a one-time offer to new yogis and can only be bought one time. Purchases are binding. They can not be put on a friend’s profile or refunded.

Class cards can be shared between two people. An active credit card must be kept on file.
All class cards become active from your first booking, not the day of purchase.

Conditions for Auto-pay Memberships

Auto-pay memberships options give you a range of access to yoga practice on a monthly basis and offer you discounts on all services and non-food products. The membership can start on any day of the month. All memberships (with the exception of the 1-and-Done) require 30 days email notice to [email protected] to terminate. Auto-pay memberships are active from the day you buy it, not from the day you have your first booking!

On the day of purchase, you sign the contract for your preferred membership, associate an active credit card to your profile and pay for that 1 month of practice. Thereafter you pay each month the assigned price for your chosen membership. The money is automatically collected using your credit card. The automatic payments will continue until you cancel your membership.


It is possible to put your membership on hold 2 times per calendar year for a total of a 1 month period. You can do this via an email request to [email protected] or in person at the studio.

Please note: we do not keep your credit card info in our own database. Our payment provider keeps the info in their highly secure and certified systems.


Rules for Traveling Yogi 1 Week Pass
The Traveling Yogi Pass gives you unlimited access to yoga classes for 1 week (7 days). The 1 Week Pass can not be extended, put on hold and is personal. It can only be purchased 12 times in a calendar year and you must provide proof of out-of-state residency. The weekly pass is activated from the day, you make your first booking.

Conditions for Events
Event registration is personal and binding. You can sign up for workshops online or in the studio.

Should you be unable to participate in the workshop you have signed up for, send an email to [email protected] at least 48 hours before the workshop to get your money back minus 10% in administration fee.

We reserve the right to take photos and film during all events.

Conditions for Trainings
A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration to reserve your space.

The deposit may be paid online or in person with cash, check or credit card. Remaining cost may be paid in full or can be broken down into 4 payments and can be paid online, in person with check or credit card. Please make all checks out to Kodawari Studios.

*Full tuition must be received one full month prior to completion of your chosen program.

Cancelation Policy
Should you have to withdraw from the program before it begins, you’ll receive a refund, minus a $500 administrative fee, according to this schedule:

An applicant denied admission by the school is entitled to a full refund of all monies paid.

3 Day Cancellation: An applicant who submits written notice of cancellation within 3 business days of signing the enrollment agreement is entitled to a refund of all monies, less a $250 administrative fee, paid no later than 30 days after receiving the notice of cancellation. The 3 Day Cancellation Rule excludes, Saturday, Sunday and Federal and State holidays.
Other Cancellations:
An applicant who submits written notice of cancellation of the program more than 3 business days after signing an enrollment agreement and with a minimum of 24 hours prior to the start of the program is entitled to a refund of all monies paid less an administrative fee of $500.

If less than a 24 hour time period is given for cancellation, a 50% tuition fee will be imposed.
If canceling after program begins: full deposit and a $25-per-hour prorated fee for teaching hours received will be imposed.

Conditions for Gift Certificates

The Gift Certificate can be used to buy any and all products and services available at Kodawari Studios. The certificate expires 1 year from the day of purchase.
Terms for payments
Credit Card payments are charged the same business day. Credit card refunds take 5-7 business days. We accept cash, check, American Express, MasterCard and Visa credit cards.

We use a secure system for payment and all information including bank information will be encrypted.