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Our Costa Rica Retreat Registration now open! Karen G & Erika Lee, Jason Mastrian and Dragan Guirici are cooking up something special. Dates are 4/25 -5/2. Go to our events page to learn more and get registration info! Best room selection the earlier you book.

Erika Lee is throwing YOU a party. THIS Saturday, September 20th. 5pm free Yoga class, followed a by Q & A on our awesome Costa Rica Retreat(meet Erika, Jason and Karen G ), AND a potluck and Party at 6:30pm.  It's not goodbye, it's just "until next time".  Bring a dish to share-- and your family and friends; We'd love to meet them.  Doors will be open at 4:30pm.First come first served. Space for class limited but no limit on the Q & A and the Potluck.

Welcome Vincent Villaruz, our newest Lotus Pad Family Member. Vincent is a skilled and intuitive massage therapist, who offers Deep Tissue, Swedish, Thai, Reflexology, Lomi(Hawaiian )Body work and more. Check our his bio and our other talented therapists here.

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Changes to Mysore Program. Starting Wed. October 1st we will offer Tuesday and Wednesday 6pm Mysore classes with Ana Guerra!  Remember, you can come anytime after 6pm and practice until 8 with Ana's assists and watchful eye. We are cancelling the m/w/fr 6:30am mysore classes once that begins. Last AM class is Monday, 9/29. And of course, we still have Sundays w/ Erin @ 7:45am!

We have a few free classes coming up this month. And Holy Cow, we have a whole bunch of new workshops to offer too: Ashtanga 101, Sanskrit 101, Ayurveda 101 and Yoga Sutras 101.  Please go to our events page for the deets.

New class with Lisa Pumper on Thursdays at 11am. Ashtanga Fusion. and...it's by Donation! Starts 9/25. $10 sugg min


 4 Part Ashtanga 101 Series starts October 4
Join us for 4 consecutive Saturdays 2-5pm starting October 4 when Michael Kuang and Lisa Willis will teach the Ashtanga method in depth and in digestible sections. Philosophy, Postures and Modifications, Flow, History and Sanskrit will be covered in the sessions. See our events page for more info.


The Pearl is now on Instagram! Please share your photos and follow us! #redpearlyoga


Famous. We were in a segment on the NBC TODAY SHOW . Here is the video link  

2013 BEST YOGA STUDIO from New Times and New Times Readers' Poll

BELLYCARD is our rewards program. Its free and you can redeem points for cool swag, discounts on class cards and more, just by attending classes.
(check-in not valid for donation based classes, or workshops). Ask any of us to get you started.


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  Have fun, and remember to leave your shoes and troubles at the door..we'll take good care of you.

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Before committing to attend a workshop or event, please read

our reservation/cancellation/refund policy located at the

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FREE Aananda Vinyasa Yoga classes - Want to kick start your yoga practice and maybe even find out more about our yoga training?

Join us on Sept 19, 22, 24, & 26th ONLY at 9:30am (90 min) for this multi level class offering a set sequence of foundational postures to gain familiarity and depth with each posture. This in return will allow you to deepen your focus and create a moving meditation.

 Our Teaching Program Co Director Lisa Pumper will lead these classes. Upbeat music will accompany you through explorations of standing and seated postures, core refining,  backbending, balancing, twists and inversions.

After practice you'll wind down to a deep savasana or guided meditation that will polish your newly sharpened edges into a peaceful, balanced  invigorated state of being. 

 Please bring a mat and a towel.
And your questions about the Teacher Training(no obligation of course!)

Saturday, September 20th

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"It's not Goodbye-- it's see you later!" :

a celebration send-off class and party with Erika Lee.
5pm Free Yoga Class with Erika (doors open no earlier than 4:30-first come, first served-no RSVP taken)
All levels flow Class followed by a short Q & A on our upcoming Red Pearl Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica (april 25-may 2, 2015) Home > Wall Art > Wall Insects > Dragonfly Wall Art - Blue
Info on our retreat also on our Events page if you can't wait 'til then!
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6:30pm Vegetarian Potluck.
Bring a plant-based dish and/ or a beverage to share! Bring your family and friends too! Yes, alcohol welcome.
Complementary Massages from our Lotus Pad Massage Therapists!

You probably know we have limited chairs so if you know you need one, bring one. We have lots of floor space , cushions and looooove for you.

Tuesday, September 23   7:00-9:00pm

An Evening with Sondra Ray- The Divine Mother :

Honoring the Feminine

India's greatest saints and spiritual masters recognize the Divine Mother as both the first and final stage of enlightenment. The original spark of creation is feminine, yet our world is out of balance when it comes to honoring the Divine Feminine. Learn how to ignite this source of life in your own spiritual practice. Both Men AND Women!  
Join us for an unforgettable evening of devotion, gratitude and surrender . Learn from world-renowned spiritual teacher Sondra Ray how the Divine Mother can awaken your true feminine power, nurturing, miracles, solutions to problems, and spiritual progress. Heal negative thoughts related to mother relationships, empowerment, and women's experiences in today's society.
Partake in the beauty of a Divine Mother "puja" rose petal ceremony.

Sondra Ray is a master teacher, best-selling author, founder of Liberation Breathing®, and creator of the Loving Relationships Training®. Over the past four decades she has spread Rebirthing and the Divine Mother Movement around the world.
For information on her 5-day Liberation Breathing Intensive in Fort Lauderdale, FL (Sept. 25-29) visit SondraRay.com or contact Denise Dobbs, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  m or (954)815-1397

This is a donation based event with a suggested donation of $10- $20. Please bring cash for the donation.



 Every Saturday from Oct 4th thru October 25th       2pm-5pm

Ashtanga 101 with Michael Kuang and Lisa Willis:

4 posture clinic/lecture classes  + 1 Led Full Primary class


 Oct 4th
 Mantras, 8 Limbs, Sanskrit Counting,
Sun Salutation Clinic

 Oct 11th
Standing Sequence

 Oct 18th
Seated Postures

 Oct 25th
Closing Postures + Led Full Primary



Pricing: $45 per drop-in session Oct 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th

$20 for Led Primary Class only October 25 (That is with two instructors! that's four hands...count 'em.)

Or...package pricing of

$150 for the Ashtanga 101 four session package and class-- PLUS a 5 class card *

Includes all 4 saturday sessions and the class.. plus upon completion  of all 5 units you will have earned a 5-class card ($85 value)
valid for *Mysore and Ashtanga classes
only and with a ONE MONTH expiration from activation date*. Those with unlimited Yearly Cards,  may gift t
he card to a friend for Ashtanga/Mysore classes. Same rules apply.

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 Michael Kuang   Born in Taiwan, Michael moved to Dallas Texas at age 5. In addition to being a graduate of the Aananda Yoga Teacher 200RYT program at Red Pearl Yoga, he is also a personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Owner of Syphon Fitness, Michael works with many clients who have previous injuries and teaches them the importance of having a balanced exercise program.  In his Yoga classes Michael draws from his own committed Yoga practice, his experience in the fitness industry, and his spiritual beliefs as a Buddhist. In his spare time Michael is an Executive Committee member of Emerge Broward and sits as a Program Co-Chair for the organization. He generously volunteers his time and work in our community whenever he can. 

Lisa Willis   While training for a marathon in 2010, Lisa was involved in a car accident that left her with chronic neck and shoulder pain. After months of doctors, and chiropractic visits, she was still feeling the lingering negative effects of the trauma. She chose to explore alternative treatments and turned to Yoga. What began as a way to manage her pain, quickly blossomed into a regular practice. Over a 6 month period, Lisa bewgan to notice that not only her physical strength increased but her pain was reduced; Bonus was the grounding and purposeful experience that Yoga turned out to be.
After 8 months of a rigorous practice, Lisa was introduced to Ashtanga. She found it to be extremely beneficial and an inspiration to delve deeper through a teacher training. She earned her 200 hour certificate to teach Yoga under the guidance of Cheryl Oliver and Julie Boyd in Dallas.





We are excited to offer three special classes offered by our Aananda Yoga Training School Founder/Director Surendran Pandaran. 

You do not need to be in a teacher training, or have an advanced practice. Just be curious!  Read down for Surendran's bio.

 Mon, Oct 6th & Wed, Oct 8th 9.30am- 2pm (9hrs)

Oct 26th 1.30pm- 6pm & Nov 1st  1.30pm - 6pm (9 hrs)

SANSKRIT 101 with Surendran Pandaran

Learn to read and write basic Sanskrit.  Understand the common phrases, posture names
and mantras that are common in our Yoga Community. Includes a 60 min hatha practice.

Price $80 in advance/ $90 at the door   Pay link coming soon!

Dates: Wed, Oct 15th 9.30am - 2pm  

Sun, Nov 2nd 1.30pm - 6pm

YOGA SUTRAS 101 with Surendran Pandaran

This class gives an overall understanding of the whole Yoga Sutras with thorough study of the popular verses. Includes a 60 min hatha practice.

$45 in advance / $50 at the door    pay link coming soon!


Wed, Dec 10th  9.30am- 2pm 
Sat, Jan 31st 2015 1.30pm - 6pm

AYURVEDA 101 with Surendran Pandaran

Understand Ayurveda for its timeless, all-inclusive healing importance in simple and clear language. 
Learn your Doshas to balance your body and mind. Includes a hatha practice.

$45 in advance / $50 at the door      pay link coming soon!


Surendran Pandaran was born in Kerala, India where his love for and learning of yoga began.While living in New Delhi, he studied various aspects of Hatha Yoga such as Aasanas, Pranayama, Shat Karmas, Mudras and Meditation, at Sri Aurobindo Ashram and at the Kaivalyadhamma Yoga Samiti. He also learned Transcendental Meditation at the New Delhi branch of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram.

In 1999, he completed Sri Naranda Yoga Teacher Training Course, in Fort Lauderdale. Since then, he has studied Yoga with eminent teachers in the USA and in India including studies at the Yoga Institute of Mumbai, Sivananda Ashram in Kerala as well as in Rishikesh (Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy where he attended their monk hood program) and Yoga Niketan in Rishikesh, all in India.

Presently, Surendran is registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500.) Aananda, Inc., of which he is the President, is also registered with Yoga Alliance to conduct Yoga teacher training programs.

Red Pearl Yoga is  honored to be the home of Aananda Yoga Teacher Trainings www.aananda.com





April 25- May 2, 2014

Red Pearl Yoga / Pura Vida Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica!!! 

With Karen G, Erika Lee, Jason Mastrian, and Dragan Guirici



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The Red Pearl Retreat includes daily yoga and guided am meditation with our featured teachers. We will also offer Qi Gong as well as a few seminars and workshops. You'll enjoy 3 daily delicious meals, 7 nights comfortable accommodations and private group ground tranportation between San Jose Airport/ Pura Vida.-and plenty of time to recharge and renew on the beautifully landscaped grounds. Your level of involvement is up to you.

Other options? Take a early morning quiet walk or jog in the misty coffee fields behind the property, or rev it up with some Cross Fit/ Functional Fitness to start your day. Take a dip in the pool or a hot soak under the stars while perched above the valley twinkling with city lights. Lots of yummy add-ons may include eco adventures, Chocolate Tasting, Coffee plantation and roasting tour, massage, spa and  healing treatments, aerial silks, salsa dancing lessons, fitness class, ziplining, butterfly, bird and waterfall tours, Volcano hikes, Artisanal Shopping excursions and more!

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The vistas from the elevated Yoga halls are breathtaking. The open views make it feel like you are floating above the valley. Bring your dristi gaze out to the twinkling lights, the clouds rolling in over the valley and mountains-- sometimes they even drift in to the yoga hall!

Studios are stocked with  Manduka mats, blocks, bolsters, and blankets so you can bring your own or not. Keep that luggage to a minimum we say

Red Pearl will offer AM and PM Yoga classes, Meditation, and Qi Gong. Additional(included) seminar/workshops will be offered by Karen G, Erika Lee, Jason Mastrian and Dragan Giurici. All levels will be honored so invite your family and friends to join you for this special week. They can choose how much they want to do...or not do.

Here is a little link to our instructors for this retreat. But of course, they are so much more in person!

In in Costa Rica, however, like Florida, there is no predicting the weather.There will always be some rain, but typically not a lot at this time of year. It does cool down at night, as we are in the mountains. We have experienced  a week with no rain in these times, and a week with daily short showers during the same time period. Either way, it will be just what you need. Its all Yoga, remember? Bring a poncho or rain jacket for the waterfall tour or a rainy day. The property offers umbrellas for guests' usage.

Enjoy three plentiful,colorful buffet-style meals daily, made with fresh, local(and really goooood!) ingredients, the selection changes daily. All meals include a protein option-- eggs, fish and/or chicken, sometimes tofu or rice and beans -- but always fish or chicken at lunch/dinner --along with a mesmerizing  array of fresh local juices(watermelon, strawberry, cantelope, orange, papaya..etc), fruits, homemade breads,  nourishing soups, grains, flavorful vegetables and salads, tea, and yes,coffee. Coffee and light snacks- like fresh fruit are available 24/7. Dessert at dinner and a little sweet at lunch. Bowls of whole Rambutan, Carambola, Lychee, Guava, and other local just-picked tropical fruits allow you explore a new taste and texture every day. The bar serves a nice selection of wines by the glass or bottle, beer, wheatgrass shots, coconut water(freshly machete'd) all at a small extra cost that can be conveniently added to your room charges. Did we mention Coffee?

Single or Double Accomodations from basic tentalow to a deluxe suite- in the fresh mountain air above San Jose/Alajuela. All accommodations have comfortable beds and include daily housekeeping and towel changes if desired. Laundry can be done for you by the staff for a small fee.(ziplining splatters mud sometimes--okay, always). You have to see the way they fold underwear! Brilliant!

We have never changed a dime into local currency! Local business are happy to convert your dollars for you. Of course you will want to know the current exchange rate, but we have never experienced anything but honesty in these transactions. Charge cards accepted at most businesses in the city of San Jose. You can charge everything you use or do at Pura Vida to your room bill and pay it at the end of the stay.
Extras are as little as a few dollars for a fresh coconut, to $100 and up for a day of rafting or a session with a massage therapist / master healer.

The boutique at Pura Vida was completely and beautifully renovated by Red Pearl's Karen Gavrilov and Deborah O' Brien in August of 2010. It is a great resource for local coffees, chocolates and yoga/lifestyle wear, carved bowls, local jewelry and more. Tipping out your housekeeper/staff is suggested.

costarica5 Airfare is not included in the retreat pricing,  and ranges from about $200-400 if you watch the fares and buy smart. You will fly into San Jose International, Costa Rica. Fort Lauderdale and Miami both have direct, non-stop flights that take about 2.5 hours.  Baggage limitations exist, so plan carefully. Some airlines allow a free bag of checked luggage as well as your carry on for  international flights. Some will charge you for carry-on! Do your research. We like carry-on only with the inexpensive and excellent laundry service option at the retreat. Light luggage allows easier in and out of the airports. You will have to go thru customs, and will need a passport.There is a $30+- dollar fee charged by Costa Rica that is paid at the airport upon your exit from the country. It is mandatory and must be paid before you can board the plane.

Registration and Rates
Rates start at $1125  per person with a double occupancy.
A variety of dwelling types are available as well as single occupancy pricing. First come , first served so book early! 50% down is an option. Please inquire when you call the reservation center. Yoga classes, meditation, and workshops, meals, accommodations and ground transportation all included. Airfare is not included.

Registration and room selection is done with the guidance of  the Pura Vida folks so when you are ready call the number below. They can answer all your questions and get you set up for this amazing journey inside and out.
Let them know you are registering for the Red Pearl Yoga Retreat. If you do not register specifically for the Red Pearl Retreat, you will not be eligble to participate in our yoga classes and excursions.

To sign up- or for more infomation on accomodations, pricing and the resort than we have posted here, call 888-767-7375 ext. 233 or email  : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Reservation/Cancellation/Refund Policy for Events & Workshops (held at studio)

You must pre-pay in full to reserve your spot; reservations will not be taken without payment.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 14 days prior to the workshop for a full refund less 10%.  No refunds or credits after that --with the following exception-- the event sells out and we can fill your spot, in which case you will receive the amount you paid less 20%.

Wondering why we don't give full refunds closer to the date?
Simple. If we stop selling spots, in order to hold your place, and then you don't attend,  that is lost income because we have turned away another attendee in order to honor our commitment to you. Our presenters have costs and minimums that we must cover in order to host them  and those expenses are bullt into the pricing and attendance level of each event.
If you are traveling to be with us, please carefully consider booking refundable flights and hotel rooms, as we do not cover those in the event you cannot come, or the very, very rare event that the presenter cancels an event.



More events & workshops coming...




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:38 )