March 20 , 2017 / 7 minutes, 17 seconds

Man on the Mat Spotlight: Mylez Edward

Author: Annette K. Scott

Mylez Edwards, a Stylist, Florist, Decorator and  Proprietor of Creations by Mylez Edward is a man of unknown age. As you can see, he’s a young man by all appearances but with his standard sense of flair and humor he comically guards his actual age because when I asked him his age he responded with, “None of your damned business and that’s how I want it answered!”

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Mylez began his yoga practice almost a year ago. His starting point is a pretty common one and yet, as is so often the case with a yoga practice, it took him places even he with his big creative brain couldn’t have foreseen, “I started yoga because I had athletic injuries I was not recovering from. I was losing mobility and flexibility. I now continue to practice because it helps all of these issues and helps to clear my type A, overactive, success oriented mind for at least a few minutes.”

Some of the benefits that Mylez’ receives from his practice are more subtle and yet, equally important to him, “The benefits reaped are not always the most visible. In the classroom yoga the work is presented to you, but it is up to you to do it. To take the time to learn to know yourself well enough to know when you are struggling and when you are slacking was something I did not expect. It’s a real eye opener. Learning where your center is and how to pull towards it helped my balance tremendously, thus improving my performance in workouts and my daily work. Going regularly brought additional energy and strength into my daily life and although I had an injury recently, my doctors and I agree that my participation in yoga took 60-70% off of my recovery time, and that alone is worth the devotion.”

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And there’s another beautiful side effect that Mylez experiences that I feel confident that most people would love to feel, “My body functions more like it did a couple decades ago, my testosterone levels are higher, my strength is longer lasting, and I often find myself being much more interested in life, love and athletics because of my participation.”

Mylez doesn’t relegate his practice to the studio only…but finds that the floors at Kodawari help him to have courage to try new variations in his practice, ”I practice at home daily, and focus on getting to a class at least 3 times a week, I enjoy the heat tremendously, and the floors at Kodawari offer an opportunity to try things that you may not be willing to on a hard floor.Man on the Mat Spotlight: Mylez Edward 3And he’s not shy about trying on different styles of yoga because he’s adopted a more yogic mindset, “If they offer it in Tampa, I’ve tried it. I don’t care for a cold room, so after feeling my way through in the beginning and getting enough foundation to understand what is being done, I moved into more advanced classes. Even if I struggle to keep up or do the work, it’s not about anyone but me, and this is how I grow, and I would MUCH rather do it in a warm or hot space. There is no “failure”, which is a very attractive lesson in yoga.”

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And of course, Mylez finds that his yoga practice also helps him with the other types of movement that he also loves, “I work out regularly with a trainer and daily on my own…free weights, resistance training, cardio, and my career is a workout on it’s own. Lots of time on ladders and loading and unloading equipment. Not much for team sports, I find them to be too time consuming. But power yoga seems to be my thing. It puts strength, agility, focus and athleticism together to create an hour that is challenging enough to quiet the noise in my head, tighten those abs, and lengthen and strengthen my muscles so that they can perform better in my workouts.”

And when I asked him about how he finds practicing (especially as a man) at Kodawari he replied, “I think there is just the stigma of being a man in yoga. I do not have those walls, but I know many do.”Man on the Mat Spotlight: Mylez Edward 3And yet, Mylez found that his practice brought far beyond any such concerns, “I do however prefer classes with more traditional, geographical yoga music as they seem more ceremonial and less gender specific, however, learning to deal with the hand that you are dealt is a HUGE lesson I have found in the practice of yoga. You may be next to someone you don’t really care to be next to, there may be music you don’t care for, there may be a substitute teacher you weren’t emotionally prepared for, or a lesson plan change, the room may be brighter than you like, or things as such. TO learn to quiet your mind and overcome the little annoyances or distractions, and do what YOU want and what YOU need for yourself has been enlightening and something I have been able to apply to other aspects in my life.”

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Join us on the mat! See you soon!

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Terms & Conditions

Classes

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.

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