March 31 , 2017 / 5 minutes, 39 seconds


Author: Annette K. Scott


You see them everywhere; at work, in church, at home, in the grocery store, on the playground, in school, and yes in yoga. They are addicts, addicts of drugs (legal and illegal), alcohol, sex, food, porn, social media, gambling, and love. They are people in pain, barely hanging on or functioning, but in pain. They look like they’re living a “normal” life but scratch just beneath the surface or spend some personal time around them and you’ll find there’s nothing normal or I should say “healthy” about this.

Addiction as defined is a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences. Any and all addictions are always a result of genetics and relationships leading to emotional imbalance. For example, a child who becomes an alcoholic has nothing to do with the alcohol itself. It has to do with their relationship to their parents, whether their parents are addicts, if their genetics has been passed down or the fact that their parents are absent in some ways. If the parent or parents are addicts they need to then self-reflect on who they are and their relationship to themselves, their children, and their addiction. If the parent is an addict, there’s the distinct possibility that they are absent, abusive, or the child is learning this behavior from watching them. Which then leads their formative relationship and the way that alcohol has been introduced to them either through their parents or peers. Treatment protocol wouldn’t be sending the child off to rehab but reconnecting the child to the parents and the parents seeking treatment as well. Either everyone suffers or heals.

Addiction always always always always begins with pain. It is a way for people to numb the pain and stop the suffering. They do this through power, control, significance, and addiction. Because of a trauma, the addict goes into fight or flight response and gets stuck there. The addict is trying to get their needs met, trying to feel safe, trying to feel connected, and trying to feel alright about themselves. The opposite of addiction is not sobriety but human connection. The addiction itself comes from a state of loneliness, disconnectedness. All a way to avoid feelings such as shame. Underneath the feelings are the core beliefs which came through and/or from the original incident. The original incident could have been abandonment, sexual/physical trauma, addiction in the household, etc.; this begets a lifetime of avoidance. When you calm the limbic system you can then step into post traumatic growth. The psyche and soul have been scarred and there is always one way to get back to it, faith. Faith means many things to many people. Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, Muslim, Wiccan, yoga; the specific path doesn’t matter. What matters is that you see that there’s something bigger than yourself in the world and that life has meaning in some way.

As stated earlier there are different addictions which then present in a variety of ways. However, here are some general signs to look for:

  1. Missing work/school
  2. Disrupted sleep patterns
  3. Marital/relationship problems
  4. Legal problems
  5. Irritability
  6. Mood swings
  7. Confused easily
  8. Dilated pupils
  9. Weight loss
  10. Denial of use or the extent of use

Many people first go to a yoga class to decrease pain or have a cuter butt. But . . . the far reaching ramifications, one of them, is the connection to oneself. You step into your body on the mat and begin to feel. If you are suffering from addictions and in some sort of emotional pain, the way out of that is through it. There are differing degrees within the addiction realm and some people may need in patient rehab and a doctors guidance in conjunction and/or after. Please always check with your physician before venturing into such a life changing decision. Begin anytime, begin with one step, come back, and come home before you go home.

Written by Kristen Carla Blogger/Acupuncture Physician

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.
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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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