What to Wear
Yoga is most often done barefoot. You will occasionally see people with some kind of sock or shoe, but it’s usually due to an injury or medical condition. This is usually welcome news for people who are tired of carrying around an extra pair of shoes for the gym.
There are many different styles of yoga pants, but you don’t have to run out and buy a special pair before your very first class. Any comfortable exercise pants or shorts will do. After a few classes, you may feel like you wish the pants you have were shorter/longer/looser/higher waisted/not falling down every time you stretch up.
A shirt that is a little bit fitted works best. A big baggy t-shirt is not great since it will probably slide down every time you bend over. And you’re going to be doing a lot of bending over. Sleeveless tops are popular since they allow freedom of movement in the arms and shoulders. Wear whatever kind of bra you prefer for exercising.
Again, a solid bra that can keep things in place is an imperative. This doesn’t have to be a super expensive, luxury item. Think function first and then get fancy if you want to…you might be finding yourself doing a lot of forward folding where your head is below your waist so…be properly prepared.
If you a headed to your very first class, don’t worry about bringing a mat if you don’t have one. We have mats and towels for rent for $2. As you keep going to class or if you are practicing at home, you are going to want to invest in your own mat. There are lots of different considerations as to which mat is right for you. Our current favorite is made by Clever Yoga.
What to Bring
We have a bottle water filling station as well as drinks for sale in case you forget your water bottle.
We provide you with bolsters, blocks, blankets, and straps when needed. Your teacher will tell you which props will be needed for class.
How to Prepare for Class
It’s best not to eat a heavy meal right before you do yoga. When you start moving, everything gets churned up and you don’t want to feel full. We suggest fueling up at least 2 hours prior to class with a light snack
If you are early to class, try stretch a bit or relax and center your mind. You can also just lie on your back or sit cross legged on your mat. This makes you look serene.
Picking the Right Class for You:
Our all levels classes are gentle enough to attend every day and ideal for students looking to begin their practice or for those concerned with injury. Teachers are seasoned to watch the room and cater the class according to the students present.
A vigorous approach characterized by flowing poses and sequences that are linked to the breath. Classes are diverse and sequencing will vary with instructor philosophy.
A dynamic format that includes a vigorous, complex sequencing designed for intermediate and advanced yoga students. Will include various elements of many different yoga styles with an emphasis on strength and endurance. Explore inversions, backbends and arm balances. Prepare to get playful while taking it to your edge!
A class that invites the more seasoned practitioner, teacher trainee or existing teacher deeper into their practice and into their own self-sufficiency. Will include inversions, advanced arm balances, deep backbends and bound poses while leaving room for the student to fuel the intensity as desired.
Lengthier formats where we use the pause button to teach poses/concepts and help to take you deeper into all aspects of your practice.
As a practice, yoga is guided by the parameters of the yamas (attitudes or behaviors regarding relationships between the individual and the outside world) and niyamas (attitudes we adopt toward ourselves). One attitude or practice within the niyamas that many of us can actually come to enjoy engaging in is the practice of tapas…and we’re not talking about small plates in a restaurant here.
In Sanskrit, one of the most well-known definitions for tapas is heat, or inner fire. Literally it means heating the body and by doing so, cleansing it. The idea being that we burn away the “rubbish or toxins” of the physical body, detoxify the heart and mind so as to clear the way for the divine impulse to life to shine through, unimpeded.
So for those of you that like getting a jumpstart on this inner fire we have chosen a sophisticated infrared heating and ventilation system for our large practice room. We named it the Onsen room which also translates to hot springs in Japanese! While generating serious, deep heat it simultaneously minimizes distraction, noise, increases muscle flexibility, blood circulation, and detoxification.
In case you are not familiar with infrared heat, it converts light directly to heat, warming nearby objects without raising the air temperature. This allows a student in an infrared class to absorb heat while the surrounding air does not. This type of heat is most like natural sunlight. Since the air itself does not get hot with infrared heat, it is suitable and tolerable for most students – especially those with respiratory issues who find it uncomfortable or even risky to participate in a heated yoga class. Additionally, the infrared system does not recirculate air, so it reduces the circulation of dirty air and bacteria and is virtually silent.
As you walk into our hot practice room you will feel a gentle heat that will increase as you move through the class. The skin will absorb the infrared heat, causing the molecules of your tissue to vibrate and to expel toxins, fat and impurities from cells and out into your bloodstream.
Once in your bloodstream, these can be released from your body in the form of sweat. The result is an incredible cleansing effect at a deep cellular level. This is the same type of heat hospitals use to keep premature babies warm – we just kicked it up a few notches for the detoxifying effect.
Yoga in our infrared practice room will give you more than just an amazing workout. There are numerous added health benefits that come along with practicing at our infrared heated studio:
Detoxification of the body
Strengthening of the cardiovascular system
Improved skin appearance
Enhanced collagen production
Strengthening of the immune system
Reduction of joint pain
Reduction of cellulite
In addition to the infrared heating systems, know that Zebra flooring was chosen for 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 they are antibacterial, antifungal and super-easy-to-clean mats are made from non-toxic, recycled materials. It’s a win-win.
Heated/hot vinyasa flow (90°/101º) | level 2/3 | 75 min
Heated Vinyasa Flow – This is our most fluid class. Build on the heat in the room, challenge your grace and strength as you move through a standing and balancing series, arm balances, and core strengthening while retaining the focus on movement with the breath.
Buti Yoga (85°/90°) | level 1/2 | 75 min
Buti Yoga powerfully combines vinyasa-style yoga with dynamic movement, tribal dance and cardio in an energy releasing, empowering practice. This is not your ordinary yoga practice, it is so much more! You’ll release stagnant energy through intentional movement to upbeat music. Through the practice you’ll build strength, learn acceptance and practice self-love. (Booty shorts and/or sports bras are encouraged for class! This is a body-positive practice where we focus on deep core strength – seeing your body move is both powerful and freeing!)
Buti is an Indian Marathi word that means “a cure that has been kept hidden or kept secret.” Through Buti we work to shake up stagnant energy from the inside out. We intentionally spiral, shake and vibrate old energy out of the body. This practice tones the physical body, as well as heals the spiritual and emotional body. Buti is all about the self-love! Unleash your inner badass with us during Buti Glow!All levels welcome!
Heated/hot power flow (90°/101º) ♪ | level 2/3 | 75 min
Heated Power Flow – Ready for the next level? A power class is a physically challenging, full body experience where postures flow from one to the next as you prepare for advanced postures, headstands, handstands, inversions, breath awareness and finally meditation. Build strength, increase flexibility while heating up from the inside out, delve deeper into your practice, create focus and reduce stress. Please check the schedule as this is sometimes taught as a heated (90º) OR hot (101º) class.
Heated/hot power (90º/101°) ♪ | level 2/3 | 75 min
Heated Power – A heated power class sequenced to music. Starts gently, builds to a powerful flow and closes on the floor with a yin sequence. Please check the schedule as this is sometimes taught as a heated (90º) OR hot (101º) class. This is a physically challenging and energizing class that aims to leave you in the best of yoga stupors.
Hot Power Hour (101°) | level 2/3 | 60 min
Hot Power Hour – A physically challenging class where postures flow from one to the next. Build strength, increase flexibility while heating up from the inside out, create focus and reduce stress. A time-efficient and complete yoga class.
Power vinyasa (90°) | level 2/3 | 60 min
Power Vinyasa – This is a Baptiste inspired 60 minute power vinyasa class modeled after the Journey into Power sequence. It is a dynamic mix of sweat and spirit that will both strengthen the body and relax the mind. This practice has many different levels, which allow for beginners, intermediate, and advanced level students to practice together and create community in one room while all being uniquely challenged in the same class. The room is heated to 90 degrees to help warm the muscles and detoxify the body.
Yoga Sculpt (90°) | level 2/3 | 60 min
A combination of power yoga, HIIT, free weights and upbeat tunes that will heighten body awareness, support lean muscle mass, and increase your metabolic rate. The integration of yoga with HIIT and weights reduces the risk of injury through acute attention to body movement combined with breath and maintaining flexibility as you increase strength. All levels welcome.
Cold plunge | all levels | 1 min in | 1 min out for 3 rounds
Cold water immersion (CWI), otherwise known as ice-baths, plunge pools and/or cold water therapy is a recovery process involving the immersion of the body into cold water (≤15˚C/59˚F) immediately after exercise in an attempt to enhance the recovery process. Depending on the intensity, exercise can cause various degrees of fatigue to the musculoskeletal, nervous, and metabolic systems. Exercise is also associated with microscopic tears in muscle tissue, commonly known as exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD), this can then cause Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness (DOMS) and cold water immersion therapy is a popular recovery protocol that helps promote physical and psychological readiness.
Due to its ability to improve recovery time and reduce the symptoms of DOMS, water immersion therapy has become a popular recovery method amongst sport scientists as it is commonly believed that water immersion therapy can:
- Reduce edemas and inflammation
- Decrease the perception of pain associated with muscular soreness
- Decrease the perception of fatigue
- Alter localized blood flow
- Alter localized tissue and core temperature
- Alter heart rate
- Reduce muscle spasms
- Reduce tissue inflammation
- Reduce muscle damage
- Improve range of motion
Welcome to Healing and Connection
By committing to your yoga practice you will notice an increased sense of presence, wellness, and mindfulness – as calm infuses into your life on so many levels. And while heated yoga is currently experiencing the “limelight” in many studios we understand – yoga in a heated room is not for everyone. That is why we offer classes ambient classes! Many of our unheated classes are of a restorative nature, but some are quite powerful (check our schedule) and you will have plenty of opportunity to build your own heat as you move through the class.
Most of the classes we offer consist of Hatha and Vinyasa (Flow) yoga principles. Our teachers draw from diverse backgrounds including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Baptiste, Bikram, and more. We offer a unique breadth of experience as our instructors come from an eclectic mix of backgrounds. They integrate ideas and teachings from several different yoga schools, traditions and modern day science.
If you are ready to increase your flexibility and feel and be stronger in both body and mind then know that our heated AND unheated classes will meet that need! All great classes are built around listening to your body, and honoring the messages that is sends. No expectations, just surrender! We believe that every practitioner has his or her own valid reason to step on the mat, and we respect each person’s individual experience. We encourage you to adjust or modify your practice as you see fit.
Yoga poses, breathwork and meditation are practices that revitalize the body and mind by increasing circulation to the organs, targeting the fascia and connective tissue around the joints, and calming the entire nervous system.
In both heated and ambient formats, props are often used to create more ease for the expression of the breath and the ensuing appropriate effort of the body. This all culminates in stilling the mind and encouraging inner awareness and present moment, calm focus.
Our focus is on your body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing.
The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. A consistent yoga practice can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia. Some of the other physical benefits of yoga include:
Increased muscle strength and tone
Improved respiration, energy and vitality
Maintaining a balanced metabolism
Cardio and circulatory health
Improved athletic performance
Protection from injury
Heated or ambient, the definition of yoga is to yoke, join or unite. It is the uniting of the body, mind, and spirit, the uniting between the individual and the universal. Pantanjali, one of the ancient sages of yoga, describes yoga in sutra 1.2 as “Yoga calms the fluctuations within the mind.”
Join us in calming your fluctuations and finding balance.
Power | level 3 | 75 min
Advance your practice by learning techniques for inversions, arm balances and playful transitions during this form and flow class. Warm up and build strength with Surya Namaskars and core work before taking flight. Learn tricks of balance, core and more in this class that is sure to deepen your practice and teach you how to take flight! Class ends with a beautiful guided mediation.
Beginner’s/yoga 101 | all levels | 60 min
We highlight the basics of asana, meditation and breath work and what they mean to a practice.You will be introduced to yogic breathing, basic postures, sequences, and principles of alignment. You will gain a strong foundation to inspire you to step into other classes with confidence and ease. All levels are welcome.
Hatha stretch | all levels | 60 min
We highlight the basics of asana, meditation and breath work and what they mean to a practice. You will be introduced to yogic breathing, basic postures, sequences, and principles of alignment. You will gain a strong foundation to inspire you to step into other classes with confidence and ease.
Kinstretch (moga yoga) | all levels | 75 min
Use the most current research on anatomy and physiology to deepen your yoga practice, improve performance in your chosen sports and activities, and become better equipped to handle whatever life may throw at you. Develop an unprecedented level of body awareness and control. The principles of this class are based on Kinstretch (www.kinstretch.com), a movement enhancement system that develops maximum body control, flexibility and usable ranges of motion. Expect to simultaneously build strength and flexibility, decrease pain, reduce injury risk and become more educated about how your body works.
Lay Low and Glow | all levels | 90 min
Gather bolsters, blocks, blankets, and all things soft and cozy. We create a space to release and restore mind, body, and spirit. Postures are held between 2-10 minutes and are designed to massage, stretch and cleanse your connective tissues. We aim to transition into a deep state of calm in body, mind, and heart. All levels welcome.
Yinyasa | level 2 | 60 min
A transformative blend of Flow and Yin designed to build strength, flexibility, and concentration. Move your bodies energy to promote inner stillness and peace as we move into longer Yin postures that target the connective tissues of the body to help release deeply stored tension. Leave feeling amazing!
50/50 | all levels | 75 min
Class starts with a powerful flow to build heat and strength. 45 minutes in we transition towards deep stretching and restorative postures to help build flexibility and promote calming of the nervous system.
Yogi seeds | all levels | 45 min
Yoga has physical and mental benefits for kids of all ages. All of our yoga classes are developmentally appropriate, and taught by teachers certified in kids yoga. Our toddler-to-kid yoga classes are for children ages 3-6. We use the Kidding Around Yoga Curriculum and all of our instructors are certified. Kidding Around Yoga is an internationally recognized kids yoga program that teaches children mediation, mindfulness, breathing practices, poses, and more through fun songs, games, and activities that kids enjoy! Your child will learn yoga through fun games, singing, dancing, and interacting with other children. The program is essentially a fun way for your children to learn stress management and get out their energy in a healthy way! The lessons your child learns in class will stay with them through all walks of life. Family time is important so what better way to nurture it than by doing yoga together? Children and their caregivers/parents get to enjoy practicing yoga while strengthening their bond and having fun. In this class we will move in fun ways that are beneficial to the body and mind, all while helping to build self-trust, self-confidence and awareness of self and others. Everyone will learn balancing skills and participate in meditation. Yogi Seeds will allow for a conscious kid and the development of mindfulness. This class will allow the opportunity for parents, whether new to yoga or not, to offer learning and movement to their kid(s) that is fun and easy! The positive effects of yoga can be exponential when families practice together. Families that flow together grow together *Child must be accompanied to class by an adult.
Prenatal | all levels | 60 min
Stay calm, strong and healthy during your pregnancy. Designed to be suitable for women of all levels, in any trimester this class will help build balance, improve circulation, and tone muscles in a comfortable, supportive environment. Prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for childbirth while bonding with other women. Yoga can also help improve sleep and reduce stress.
Slow flow with yoga nidra | all levels | 75 min
We create a space to release and restore mind, body, and spirit. Postures are held between 2-10 minutes and are designed to massage, stretch and cleanse your connective tissues. We aim to transition into a deep state of calm in body, mind, and heart. We close with a yoga nidra so that you leave feeling stabilized, lengthened, strengthened and connected in your body. Expect to move gently, attend to the breathe, and leave transformed!
Gentle Yoga | all levels | 60 min
This gentle class is designed to soothe the nervous system and to open the body and to a state of peace. The class focuses on stress relief, relaxation, improved flexibility, and full body strengthening. The combination of yoga postures, breathwork and meditation will move at a slower pace and is great for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students who wish to experience the deeper spaces of awareness.
Beyond beginners | all levels | 75 min
Everything you need to get started and progress with yoga! Beginners and Beyond is the perfect class to explore and experience the numerous benefits of yoga. Class focuses on different physical and mental aspects of yoga, such as building strength, improving flexibility, reducing stress and more. Proper form is emphasized through these slower paced, flowing routines. Great for both the beginner and intermediate student. Plenty of modifications for poses are offered for those “less-flexible” people who still want to do a “real” yoga class.
Shelly yoga | all levels | 75 min
Shelly Yoga is a fun and therapeutic experience designed by yoga teacher and massage therapist, Shelly Happel. She integrates yoga, anatomy, bodywork, music, comedy, and massage therapy to help you harmonize your inner & outer worlds and become your own best teacher. She is very hands-on, being “licensed to touch” and can help your yoga practice move to a more profound place where you learn to listen to your body with a compassionate and informed ear and heart. Shelly’s classes combines stretching for the neck, shoulders, back and legs, with core strengthening, self massage, and a short vinyasa flow. Some standing balance poses are added to make this class fun and accessible for all ages and experience levels. She incorporates the healing power of sound through chanting/music/meditation at the end.
Vinyasa flow | level 1/2 | 75 min
This is our most fluid class. Challenge your grace and strength as you move through a standing and balancing series, arm balances, and core strengthening while retaining the focus on movement with the breath. Please check the schedule as this is sometimes taught as a heated class.
Capoeira | level 1/2 | 60 min
Capoeira is a martial art that combines elements of fight, acrobatics, music, dance and rituals in a very elegant and magnetic way. It emphasizes flowing movements rather than fixed stances, and the ginga, a rocking step, is usually the focal point of the technique. Capoeira is always played with a smile on face symbolizing that the capoeiristas are not afraid of the danger that is coming.
Capoeira will give your body physical strength, power and flexibility and your mind self-confidence, concentration, courage and creativity! All this can translate beautifully into your yoga practice.
Yin | all levels | 60 min
Whether you are new to the practice or a seasoned practitioner, this class is accessible to all levels of practitioner. The postures are mostly done reclined or seated and are held for longer periods of time( 1-5 minutes). This allows for increased circulation in the joints and improved flexibility. In this meditative class we journey inward, cultivating a sense of inner peace and stillness.
Yoga 101 | all levels | 75 min
We highlight the basics of asana, meditation and breath work and what they mean to a practice. You will be introduced to yogic breathing, basic postures, sequences, and principles of alignment. You will gain a strong foundation to inspire you to step into other classes with confidence and ease. All levels are welcome.
Schedule a yoga private or semi-private (group of family, friends or co-workers) session.
Please send your request for a yoga private session to [email protected] or for a more, immediate response call the studio directly @ 813.999.1874
Why should I consider doing a private yoga session?
Unlike basic or open public classes, private lessons are a one on one experience with a teacher. Private lessons can bring about significant improvements to one’s mental and physical health and help one achieve personal yoga goals.At Kodawari we believe that private yoga lessons are something that more people would benefit from and here’s why:
What you’re paying for with private instruction is the attention of a trained professional to guide you through a series of breathing exercises, postures and adjustments, specifically tailored to your practice, your body, your needs and the specific things you want to accomplish with your practice.For some people, that might mean learning the basics all the way through to working on inversions, while for someone else it might mean getting the right adjustments for their lower back, and for yet another person it might mean being guided through a meditation to calm anxiety.Instead of looking at a private yoga lesson as the multiplied cost of a group class, it’s far more accurate to look at it as an opportunity for all the energy and expertise that a yoga teacher usually has to divide amongst a class of people, to be all directed at you.
Often times you’ll notice in class a teacher will ask about whether people want or don’t want adjustments. After having a few privates with the same teacher, they start to understand your body and your needs in ways that they simply wouldn’t be able to when teaching to a public group.This affords you an opportunity to get exactly what you want, and nothing you don’t.
Gaining Initial Experience
Beginning yoga students can feel overwhelmed in typical class settings, particularly during the first few classes. It can seem difficult to keep up and personal flexibility might require a little work before it becomes easier to get into different poses.You can avoid feeling overwhelmed and uncomfortable by taking private lessons to get started. A private yoga teacher shows each move personally and can help improve form immediately, which makes it easier to get started.
Touch (If that's your thing)
It’s interesting to note that of all the senses we have, how often we sometimes go without the sensation of touch by another person. I don’t necessarily think a private yoga lesson is something you should get just because you want to be touched (I’m not sounding creepy right?) but I do think that adjustments and the touch by another human are indeed one of the many positive aspects of a private yoga class.
A safe place for emotional release
We know that moving your body and opening up to current time sensation and being in the now can mean that there is the potential for hidden emotions to come to the surface and be released. A good teacher will make sure that your private classes are a safe place for you, and if a burst of emotional release is something that your body generates, a private yoga lesson is a safe place for this to happen.
Positive impact on your group classes
An obvious benefit of private yoga instruction is the compounding benefit that it has on your group class participation. It’s really remarkable how being shown a few modifications in a private can have a cascading impact into your practice as a whole.
Creating a Personalized Schedule
Although the experience itself and goal planning are important, making the time to practice is a vital element of yoga. If it’s not possible to get to a class, then joining a class is not the best choice. In such an instance, a private lesson can accommodate even the most hectic of schedules.Private lessons work around personal plans and scheduling conflicts. Taking lessons at any time of the day or night, depending on work and/or social obligations, allows more flexibility in one’s yoga practice.
Overcoming Health Concerns
Injuries and health concerns can make a normal yoga class impractical for some participants. A yoga teacher teaching several students at one time cannot focus on individual needs or ensure that the poses will not further injure or strain a particular person. Furthermore, health concerns like pregnancy, diabetes or heart disease may require special alterations to one’s yoga practice.When health concerns are a potential issue, it is best to have a private yoga lesson. The teacher can work around the problem and avoid further complications.
Developing a Plan for Personal Home Yoga
A private yoga lesson makes it possible to create a plan that is appropriate for practicing in the home.
Working on In-Depth Practice
Although beginners can benefit from private lessons to gain confidence and learn safe practices, private lessons also are beneficial for advanced practitioners. Private instruction can allow one to take their yoga practice to the next level. Advanced classes, in a group setting, might not offer the level of challenge and planning that is required for more advanced practitioners.It is beneficial to work with a private yoga teacher. In many cases, it will result in better skills, a greater level of confidence and fewer complications.Likewise, private yoga lessons may be the right approach to getting started or taking one’s yoga practice to the next level. If you’ve been on the fence over scheduling a private, I say go for it.