March 17 , 2017 / 6 minutes, 26 seconds


Author: Annette K. Scott


There are so many things we can be and do in this life. The choices can be exhilarating, frustrating, intoxicating, regretful, and freeing. We live in South Tampa, Florida in the United States of America, the land of the free. Do we have too much freedom? If we have choices, who can we blame other than ourselves?

Oh you would be surprised how many people spend their days complaining and blaming everyone else for their problems. The situations that we are in are a direct result of us and us alone. When we were children and in the early stages of emotional development many of our decisions were made for us. Hopefully for the sake of our safety or wellbeing. However, as adults we are in the driver’s seat. Each decision affects the next and some affect us for years to come. For example, to become a parent or not is a life changing decision. Some females allow a reckless thoughtless act to decide for them. Some carefully plan year by year and meticulously choose their partner. Some wait until the last minute as a last chance saloon and accept the first guy that saddles up. Pregnancy lasts for 9 months and motherhood lasts forever. The concept of caring for another human being, being in charge of everything for them, is daunting. So daunting a careless slip of a penis with no condom is mind blowing. The amount of emotional and spiritual maturity it takes to raise a being, to influence their thoughts and beliefs is insurmountable. Are we ever perfectly prepared for anything?  No but starting at a place where you are carrying a child that may be born with fetal alcohol syndrome because you can’t stop drinking for 9 months is a decision with serious ramifications. You have greatly affected someone’s future by every single decision you’ve made. The mothers job is large beyond measure even stemming to the partner she chooses to drop their seed.

What kind of a father would you like for your child? A hard worker who is an addict, abusive, and a womanizer? An intelligent one who is absent and cold? Is it possible to choose a perfect partner? Absolutely not, nobody is perfect. Two people may be more suitable for each other, more in sync with each other. And thoughtful preparedness is key to parenthood. When you purchase a car you do some research. Google what you type of engine you need, size of the car, make and model. You may drive one prior to buying, take some more time to decide before the final purchase. A new car may last around 10 years, more or less.   A child lasts forever. Getting pregnant like ordering a sandwich seems to be the new norm. There are shows that highlight pregnant teens, it’s no longer a taboo subject where they’re sent away. They even gain some fame and make some money for doing the shows making it acceptable.

The first limb of yoga is “yama” which refers to restraint, moral discipline, and moral vow. There are five yamas:

  1. Ahimsa=non violence
  2. Satya=truthfulness
  3. Asteya=non stealing
  4. Brahmacharya=right use of energy
  5. Apiragraha=non greed or non-hoarding

Restraint, moral discipline, and moral vow; we have a moral obligation to not harm another. It’s through the practice of yoga that we step into our body and soul. We connect to ourselves, our desires, our passions. It gives us a unique opportunity for self-reflection and the ability for transformation. The decision to have a baby could have been as simple at the age of 21 as we wanted a likeness of our self. However, with emotional maturity and a deep spiritual practice we could discover that this was a selfish need that no longer serves us. Running after what society tells us to do may not be the answer for everyone. Some have a burning desire coupled with a deep yoga practice and sound decision making. Not everyone is meant to be a parent in the traditional form. Perfectionism is the opposite of accomplishment because you will never get to the destination and always be berating yourself.  However, mindful preparation and thoughtful consideration are realistic goals. Yoga is for the child who endured the abuse of a parent who wasn’t ready and for the person who is teetering on such a large decision.  Grateful we are that yoga offers us a window into ourselves like no other. Utilize this beautiful gift, the gift of discovery.

Written by Kristen Carla Blogger/Acupuncture Physician

Kodawari Studios 3965 S. Henderson Blvd., Suite C, Tampa, Fl 33629



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.