March 16 , 2017 / 4 minutes, 0 seconds

Man on the Mat Spotlight: Roman Gressel

Author: Annette K. Scott

Roman Gressel, has been practicing yoga for the past 4 years. At 33 and as a physical therapist he knows that, as far as our bodies go, it’s a move it or lose it proposition. And so, he walks his talk and moves his body regularly in a variety of ways.

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Roman finds that yoga helps with all of them, “I run, bike, do circuit training and weight lift…Yoga is a humbling and healthy practice. It pushes me mentally, physically and emotionally in ways I’ve never experienced before. It allows me to better understand how my body can and can not move. It shows me weaknesses and strengths I didn’t know existed.”

Roman is also aware of how his yoga practice affords him a more optimal mental and emotional state, “I find myself being able to deal with life’s challenges with greater peace and patience. Breathing through difficult postures has directly transitioned into stress management in the work environment, allowing me to better control myself and position myself for greater opportunities…I’ve experienced improved mental clarity/focus, overall health, improved vitality, better energy levels. It also calms me down and allows me to regain a sense of peace with myself.”Man on the Mat Spotlight: Roman Gressel 2

And all that comes with just a couple of practices a week.

Having practiced a number of different styles of yoga, Roman finds the 26&2 practice to be the most impactful for him, “I’ve done power, flow, 50/50 and 26&2 classes…I love 26&2. I use it mostly to increase flexibility, which helps me in other classes, specifically with binding postures. It also allows me to release a lot of stress energy.  Honestly, 26&2 occasionally borders on a cathartic experience for me.

Happily for us, he also loves practicing at Kodawari, “Kodawari has a lot to offer the community. I really enjoy walking into a clean bathroom and showers, the float room is also very conveniently designed for showering. I think one aspect of yoga that I’ve never considered before is flooring. The padded floors are great because I feel comfortable pushing myself on and off the mat, plus I appreciate the balance challenge it provides. I think the staff are great and the instructors are highly trained and easy to approach.”

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Roman also loves the range of offerings at the studio, “The cafe is one of my favorite aspects of the studio. I love the shakes, treats and ginger/wheatgrass shots. Lastly, the fact that I can get a full body Thai Massage from a therapist who truly knows her craft is extremely valuable to me. It has taken me a long time to find a studio I truly feel comfortable in and so I’ve made Kodawari my studio of choice!”


Don’t wait. Make a date with your mat today! According to the Kodawari men, yoga is good for you – mind, body and soul!


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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.