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Welcome Lisa Willis  and Yanni Di Melo
to our Teaching Family. Lisa and Yanni both bring the beauty and experience of their dedicated  practices to round out our program.  Lisa W. leads our 9am Saturday Ashtanga Primary Series, Wednesday 9am Vinyasa and Yanni leads our Thursday 6pm Modifed Ashtanga Primary and our Friday night 6pm Vinyasa.

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.

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.

Schedule Updates
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Wednesday 4:30 Vinyasa by Donation is no longer offered.

Tuesday 4:30 Core Power hour is now a Vinyasa class. This one hour class is led by Michael Kuang and happens in Studio Blue, while the Kids' Yoga is in Studio Red. Open to all levels.

 Mysore Program. Now offering Tuesday and Wednesday 6pm Mysore classes with Ana Guerra!  Remember, you can come anytime after 6pm and practice until 8 with Ana's  thoughtful assists and watchful eye.    And of course, we  have Mysore on Sundays w/ Erin @ 7:45am! Simply Yummy!

We have a whole bunch of new workshops to offer : Ashtanga 101, Sanskrit 101, Ayurveda 101 and Yoga Sutras 101.  Please go to our events page for the deets.  



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

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Before committing to attend a workshop or event, please read

our reservation/cancellation/refund policy located at the

bottom of this page.

Every Saturday from Oct 4th thru October 25th      


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  October 25 (That is with two instructors! that's four hands...count 'em.)

Payment for individual sessions may be made at Red Pearl Yoga desk or by calling us at 954 828 1651. (if during class or outside of our business hours, please leave us a message so we can return your call)

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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.


 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 at studio or call in your cc payment.

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 at studio or call in your cc payment.


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



January 23-24, 2015

The Dragonfly Yogini Series with Erika Lee

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Friday, January 23

Dragonfly Flow

Take off and fly like a dragonfly! Erika will lead you through a journey of postures that are her own signature choreography. You will recognize all of the poses but enjoy a new spin of how to flow in and out of those poses. Dragonflies are known for their dynamic flight patterns and graceful movement. They are also symbolic of living in the moment, change, and the self-realization that comes with true spiritual growth. Experience the feel of dynamic movement on this flight of poses! Your body will create its own healthy and organic heat through your breath and movement. You will feel detoxed and open to experience life to the fullest! This workshop is open to all levels as modifications will be offered to create a more gentle experience as well as options to take it to the next level!


 Saturday , January 24

The Art of Sequencing


Your Yoga practice is the ultimate journey. The essence of the practice is that it is always shifting and changing just as our lives do. Our response to those shifts is where the real work in Yoga comes into play. In this workshop you will learn to teach and/or create your own home practice in a beautiful flowing sequence that literally feels like a journey. Students and teachers alike will learn the art of creating a sequence that not only feels amazing to practice but also makes sense for the mechanics of the body. Bring your journal or a notebook to take notes. This workshop is open to all levels and is highly recommended for teachers seeking creative and functional ways to teach their classes.


Saturday, January 24

Yin Yoga Nidra

All aspects of life are connected with both Yin and Yang energy. Erika will lead you on a journey inward through a beautifu  Yin Yoga practice and Yoga Nidra meditation. Yin Yoga is a practice that is unlike any other. The practice is simple in that the postures are rather basic in form. The magic happens when we hold the poses for several minutes.  By releasing tension in the muscles we can then get deeper into the connective tissues (fascia) which promotes the flow of Qi (energy).  Our last pose will segue into a deep and powerful Yoga Nidra meditation. Also known as Yogic sleep, Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that will put you into a deep yet aware state of relaxation. Erika has personally worked through some of the emotional roadblocks in her life through Yoga Nidra and knows that it can work for everyone the same way. Anyone interested in relaxing and feeling the power of intention at work is welcome!



Package Pricing: Registration for all 3 sessions on or before January 5th is $100.00

Registration is not yet open for this event but stay tuned -we will open a paylink soon!


 March 20-22, 2015

Krista Shirley Ashtanga Workshop. Details coming soon.


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 ( Monday, 20 October 2014 20:28 )