December 9 , 2015 / 3 minutes, 58 seconds

Is it Public? Is it Private? Is that a Zebra?

Author: Annette K. Scott

At Kodawari we know that there’s this weird thing going on – a yoga studio is a public place and yet, at the same time the four corners of your mat delineate a very personal space. A studio space that can gracefully reflect and honor the tension between these two truths holds out the promise of a great experience.

Your practice should bear the fruit of helping you be calmer, clearer, stronger, leaner, braver, better – it’s the point of any transformative practice. And yet, while I don’t like to admit it, sometimes external factors can take away from our practice. We do want the goldilocks experience of all the externalities being “just right” so that you can tune in, drop out and dive deep into your practice.

The space should organically invite your focus and awareness to the chosen task at hand – your yoga practice. So with that in mind, we lent extensive, thoughtful care to the functional design of the studio.


Zebra flooring was chosen for all three of our practice rooms. The flooring inside our rooms is quite simply the best you will have ever practiced on. The support and give of the flooring lets yogis practice longer, have a quicker recovery time and reduces wear and tear on joints. It also invites the practitioner to be more willing to try something new – let’s say an advanced pose like crow without the same fear of falling as they might on other traditional flooring like hardwood or bamboo. Plus, the antibacterial, anti-fungal and super-easy-to-clean mats are made from non-toxic, recycled materials. It’s a win-win.

kodawari yoga mats

Functionally, the Zebra mat tiles fit together like one big yoga mat, but are firmer and because of the unique texture, your personal yoga mat will be super grippy on it. It also gives just ever so slightly, which means that it will add that little extra challenge to your balance – so you’re building a stronger practice every time you come to Kodawari.

Zebra themselves discuss their flooring as the premium flooring system for powerful spiritual experiences and while I won’t ask you to take their word for it (we both know they are hoping to sell it), we challenge you to take but one class with this stuff underfoot and not tell me that you’re hooked…

We’ve been busy asking ourselves the three questions our wabi-sabi philosophy demands we answer – Is it meaningful? Is it functional? Is it beautiful?  So now you don’t have to spend a hot minute of your time thinking about it.  That brings me to a sneak preview for the next blog – many hot minutes are coming your way – check back soon to see more about the studio!

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



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