We are often asked "What classes are appropriate for beginners?" This is a tricky question.Typically we would ask you a few questions to help determine where you are and what you want.For example:
Note: We do not heat our classes(unless it's really "cold" out) -exception Thursday 6pm Warm Vinyasa.(by donation)
Our match icons indicate intensity and/or pace---not a heated room.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Guided Full Primary Series
Class time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Do you love Vinyasa? All Vinyasa came from the Ashtanga Vinyasa practices!
Led in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, a series of 72 postures linked together in a vigorous flowing manner. Very dynamic and athletic, the true focus of this practice is the breath. Although modifications are given for all levels, if you have not done Ashtanga before, are injured, or have been off your practice for a while, we suggest you come to a few of the Modified Ashtanga classes to get a feel for the sequencing of the practice and to build strength slowly and safely.
Though some beginners do well in this class, the pace is quite quick and best for those who know their bodies and limitations.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Modified Primary
Class time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
This pared-down, slowed-down version of the Ashtanga Primary Series is a way to build strength and endurance thru alignment awareness and to learn the flow of the series. This class is suitable for those new to Ashtanga, and those who are somewhat fit who are new to yoga. Also directed for more experienced practitioners who may desire a less intense practice and/or may be short on time or rehabbing an injury. Slower pace, shorter time, more alignment cues than the full series. Prep poses often given before hip openers. Modifications are given for all levels.
Ashtanga Modified Second Series -currently not offered.
Class time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
This class is the perfect complement to those doing the Ashtanga Primary Series or Modified Primary. Where Primary Series focuses on forward bending, Second, (aka Intermediate Series), focuses on backbends and twists. This invigorating practice works on energy, spinal flexibility. We slow the pace and break down each pose as needed while still maintaining a vigorous flow. Modifications given for all levels. Familiarity with Primary series not required for this class but is helpful. Modifications and challenges gladly given.
Class time: Up to 2 hours.
Accelerated learning for all levels!
This is a self exploration of the Ashtanga practices with a teacher present for assistance and guidance. Perfect for those new to ashtanga as well as those more familiar with the practice. This REALLY is the way that BEGINNERS were traditionally taught Ashtanga and it makes sense...
In silence(non guided) you will practice the Ashtanga series. You may start at the beginning time of the class or anytime before 7pm. There is no "late" to class as everyone moves at their own pace. Do allow enough time to get a thorough practice, even if not a complete series.
Newcomers to Ashtanga are certainly welcome, however you will benefit most if you commit to a full month of Mysore 2+ times per week. Drop-ins are for students with some Ashtanga experience-, even just a bit will be fine.
Though most of you will be moving through First Series, Second Series and above practicioners are also welcome. You will experience a deeper exploration of the Ashtanga practice through very individualized and specific assists from a highly trained Ashtanga instructor. You are not expected to go through the series in its entirety. The instructor will advise you of next postures, of modifications, and also where to stop. Injuries will be considered and modified for. The idea is to have a deep understanding of each posture as it relates to your body and its capacities and limitations before you move to the next posture-- similar to the color belt systems in Martial Arts.
The reason the learning process is so accelerated in a Mysore practice is that it meets you where you are--maybe you want to work more slowly thru the Marichyasana section of the series-- there's that darn bind you cannot seem to get. Maybe spend more time in backbends or finishing postures..or..you choose. Your five breaths duration is unique, so you can slow it down, speed it up.. whatever supports connection for you in your practice. Perhaps you just want to learn the series by memory- this will do it!
We show 3 flames here, but it could be 2 or 5...its up to you. Its your practice!
Here are some things to know when attending Mysore classes at Red Pearl:
Less Chat, More Mat.Similar in pace and intensity to our regular Vinyasa but fewer alignment cues and less talking from the instructor. Groove deeper into the music or into your inner practice-- Maybe both! Postures and transitions may be called out(example: "Warrior One" or "Vinyasa") but without all the extra attention to verbal detail.
If you are new to Yoga, we recommend that you attend a minimum of 10 of our regular Vinyasa classes before coming to this class so you are somewhat familar with the ever changing postures and your ever changing body. This class will likely feel more intense because your inner focus will be turned up but we know you can do it!
This Practice is a blend of classical Hatha Yoga and Flow Yoga(aka Vinyasa). Emphasis is placed on the postures, breath manipulation and purifying the nervous system as a means to bring the body and mind to a state of harmony --and beyond. The various practices and techniques are really a preparation; They prepare the student for the practice of concentration and meditation and then eventually, for the yoga to do its deeper work. Expect to hold the postures a bit longer at times than you might in a standard vinyasa class. There is a misconception about the word "hatha"- it does not mean "easy" but instead refers to all physical yoga practices. This class will ask for sweat, focus and challenge, but modifications are provided for all levels. Posture variations are also given for injuries/limitations and for advanced practitioners
This class combines the deep, slow stretch of the connective tissues, (Yin) and then follows up with a slow flow asana practice that focuses on alignment and muscle activation.. Great for all levels as it helps to refine your postures as well as release any accumulate tension in the body. See our Yin description below for more in depth explanation of Yin Yoga and it's benefits..
Yin Yoga is a way of accessing deep release of muscles and tissues through sustained and supported stretches. Traditionally Yin is done with "cold" muscles so as to bypass the muscle tissue and go deeper into the connective tissues and joints. Stretches are typically held 1-4 minutes with emphasis on breath, and staying present. Though slow, the sensations of this release can be very intense and deep, physically as well as emotionally.
Core Power Hour
Pre-natal/Post-natal Yoga (Doctor's Note Required)
Class time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
New Moms with Babies Welcome! Wear your baby or bring a carrier, and also bags to take any dirty diapers home with you for disposal.
The purpose of Pre Natal Yoga is to prepare the body, mind and emotions for birth and motherhood through the gifts of yoga. Classes will focus on allowing the body to open on it's own through encouragement and support. Strengthening postures will also be exlored, cultivating ways to cope with the myriad of changes that pregnancy can bring. Each class will include postures and natural breathing techniques that will be useful during labor.Whether you are a beginner or have some experience with yoga, modifications will be given with respect to each persons' trimester and abilities.
Pregnant women wishing to participate in other REGULAR classes must get instructor permission, and must have had a regular athletic and/or yoga practice before getting pregnant. Also must present a doctor's note to instructor and are subject to instructor evaluation for continuation in the regular classes
Kids Yoga for ages 3+
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