November 16 , 2015 / 6 minutes, 9 seconds

About Our Logo – Why the Butterfly?

Author: Annette K. Scott

Kodawari yoga studio business cards

Why the butterfly? Symbolically, it elegantly marries so many diverse philosophical threads into one image. We know that when we witness the beauty of a butterfly we are seeing what once was but a humble caterpillar. And we’ve seen caterpillars, unassuming and unaware of its own extraordinary potential, busy inching along…eating, sleeping, pooping, doing its thing…seemingly alone in facing the unpredictability of life.

And yet, there is a process that can, when the caterpillar surrenders into it, unlock its inherent and extraordinary potential, enabling an unfolding into a beauty and freedom that is perhaps impossible for the caterpillar to imagine.

transformation-kanji

This, of course, mirrors the process and purpose of yoga. It is a profound science of unfolding and metamorphosis. Through the practical, methodical, and systematic discipline of the eight limbs of yoga (the asanas, or postures we practice on the mat being only one of the limbs – more on that later!) we can open our awareness to the inherent potentials of the mind, body and soul. This allows us to unfold, like a butterfly, and express of our deepest nature.

blue butterfly origami
A beautiful origami butterfly fold by Robert J. Lang

 

“When you don’t go within
, you go without.” Yogi Bhajan (click to Tweet)

That is to say the awareness that we are an expression of the infinite, which transcends the individual mind, and limited sense of self. All this, of course, requires a disciplined turning inward, not unlike the caterpillar.

One of the more acutely challenging aspects of this process is that the caterpillar, when prompted to move into the chrysalis phase, more than likely only sees the discomfort and potential “end” to things as it knows it.

phases of butterfly

There is no denying that whether you’re changing your mind or your body, transformation by its very nature can not be done from within the confines of your comfort zone. Trying on a new idea — changing your internal self-talk, or upgrading a belief, opening to a soul’s purpose — will feel strange, unfamiliar, daunting at the least and perhaps, at times even impossible. In fact, about the only thing you can count on through change is that it will feel uncomfortable.

Thankfully, for millennia yoga has offered us a guidebook for transforming amidst the confusion and stresses of our daily lives. It points the way – helping you to unfold and test the beauty and freedom of your butterfly wings – ultimately enabling you to gift your best, most authentic self to the world while navigating the precarious combination of vulnerable confrontation and strategic action.

The multi-limbed practice of yoga offers us a steady process for quieting the mind while cultivating the perfect harmony between breath and movement so that the mind becomes a dynamic center of direct perception.

transformation-kanji

In particular, the practice of the asanas help to purify the body, giving one awareness and control over our internal states and rendering it fit for meditation and daily use…with mindful attention on flow and alignment, our life and our practice become increasingly infused with vitality, freedom, gratitude and the capacity to choose love and peace.

And while we might see butterflies as delicate, ephemeral or simple creatures, monarchs, one of the more commonly known butterflies, provide us with significant evidence to the contrary.

They have managed for millennia to navigate their way, en masse for a distance of some 3000 miles (4800 kilometers) each fall from Canada to Mexico (and vice-versa in the spring) without losing their way.

butterflies gathering

Fascinatingly enough however, no one single individual butterfly ever completes the entire round trip; female monarchs lay eggs for the next generation during the northward migration and at least five generations are involved in the annual cycle.

There is a deep thread of infinite intelligence that runs through the very DNA of this expression of the universe known as the butterfly. That same thread runs within us. Look within and you will find the same truth in yourself…who knows where or what your soul is migrating toward but let the guiding principle of Kodawari Studios – wabi sabi (Nothing lasts, nothing’s finished, nothing’s perfect) and all that’s inherent in the logo of the butterfly guide you…it’s in the journey that the joy lives, not the perfection nor the destination.

transformation-kanji

I look forward to seeing you on the mat…Peace and strength of heart to you.

Namaste,
Annette

Terms & Conditions

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.

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