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)
Our match icons indicate intensity and/or pace---not a heated room.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Guided Full Primary Series
Class time: 1 hour and 30 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.
Intro to Mysore-currently not offered
1 hour 15 minutes
Taking the "mystery" out of Mysore. This class will cover all introductory aspects of the Mysore Ashtanga practice enabling you to attend a Mysore style class with confidence. It is taught gently and so is approved for all levels, whether beginning a Yoga practice, beginning an Ashtanga or a Mysore practice or well-advanced in your current practice .This class will allow you a deep exploration of the key components of Ashtanga that will translate into all practices.
Back to basics is always a good place to visit! All levels.
Ashtanga Mysore Style
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 about 7:15am for classes beginning at 6:30am . 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 must commit to a full month of Mysore. 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 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.
Hatha Flow/Slow Flow
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 and hard core athletes--
A gentle yet challenging class… We'll focus on specific yoga postures and sequencing to promote spinal stability, strength and flexibility. The class supports the healing of back, joint & muscle injuries; stabilize weakness and increases healthy joint range of motion, postural alignment and balance as well as reducing stress. This class incorporates the use of props for added support and comfort.
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 1-3 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.
Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga ---currently not offered.
The Booty Barre is a fun, high-energyy, unique class that fuses fitness techniques from Pilates, Dance, Calisthenics and Yoga. Firm, tighten, tone and streamline your entire body without adding bulk. Improve your posture, body awareness, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. The results are phenomenol and it's a blast.
Core Power Hour
Core Power/Slow Stretch has the addition of a Yin Yoga section (sustained , supported stretches)to the core work.
Pre-natal/Post-natal Yoga (Doctor's Note Required)
Class time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
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. Every first Monday we invite you to bring along(as our guest) a "birthing buddy":
a spouse, partner, friend, or relative who could give you some extra support and coaching for when your delivery day comes. Partner stretches and breathing techniques will be shared. ( the breathing techniques have been known to keep baby's dad from fainting!)
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 4+
Toddler and Me-offered as a group private for 5 or more, pre paid, arranged by instructor.
Class time: 45 minutes/Toddler ages: 2- 3
5 class commitment required($85). Purchase with the instructor.
Baby and Me-offered as a group private for 5 or more, pre paid, arranged by instructor.
Class time: 45 minutes/Baby ages: for pre-crawlers/crawlers--no walkers
Caregivers and Dads welcome, too!
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