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Donation Class Payment Reminder: cash only/exact change for our "by donation" classes. Class card punches/credit cards/checks cannot be used.

Schedule Updates:(Sign up for our email newsletter for the low-down on everything

switcheroo- Lisa W now leads our Friday 6pm Vinyasa, and Yanni leads our Saturday 9am Ashtanga Primary.

Monday 8pm by Donation will be taking a break. Bill is off to Italy for a great opportunity so his last class is this Monday, Feb 2nd. Please give him a great sendoff!

Monday 7:30pm Vinyasa is no longer on our schedule

 No Sunday 4pm Vinyasa class on 2/1 -- it resumes February 8th at new time 5pm with Yanni. 

Mysore Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6pm With Minnar

 6pm Modified Ashtanga with Yanni and 7:30 Yin Yoga with Adam are now on Wednesdays

New Vinyasa classes
Sundays 5pm with Yanni starting Feb 8.
Wednesday 4:30 Vinyasa by Donation(cash only pls)with Lisa Willis starts 2/4
Thursdays, 4:30pm Vinyasa with Amy Ross. starting Feb 12.


 Front Desk Updates:

 All new Prana in the house! Mens' Tees, Womens' Tops, shorts and pants and more!
Check out our sale bin, with last season's prana tops as low as $20! flip flops for $10 and more.


We now accept American Express. Rack up those points!

Ten Class cards now have an expiration date of FOUR months.


Carrah Chapman, esthetician to our  Lotus Pad . . Check our her bio and our other talented therapists here.
  we love facials with Carrah! 

Workshop Registrations now open for Krista Shirley Ashtanga Weekend March 2-22 Please go to our events page for the deets.  


The Pearl is  on Instagram-are you? 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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please read
our reservation/cancellation/refund policy located at the bottom of this page.


Thai Yoga 101 with Aaron Erickson

Sunday, Feb 8   1.30pm - 5.30pm

Learn, experience, & exchange the beautiful and ancient healing art of "nurad borarn” Vedic Thai-Yoga Bodywork. This practice is also known as "lazyman's yoga" or "the royal treatment".   

 Assisted stretching (asana) is combined with rhythmic compressions along energy lines (meridians/nadis) while targeting marmas (energy points) with the intention of releasing holding patterns and stagnant energy built up with in the system.  Also utilizing breath coaching, meditation, and energy work, the intention of a vedic thai-yoga session is to promote physical & spiritual wellness and illumination, for both the receiver and the giver. This is a practice considered to be part of Bhakti Yoga (loving devotion and service).

 Within the workshop Aaron will briefly discuss Vedic philosophy and then guide you through a sequence of the art. You will then switch partners and return the love. The Vedic tradition takes into account the multi-dimensionality of our being and receives the body as an energetic mandala. Vedic Thai yoga is a loving folk art meant to be shared with friends, loved ones, and community.  In a nutshell: The practice is comparable to doing yoga to someone else.

 As a yoga teacher it will help you to find true confidence in your touch assists and will be a valuable skill you can share with clients in your private sessions.

  Bring a partner or you may come solo and we will pair you up.
Please bring a thick blanket (thicker is more comfortable) and a pillow.
We will double them up to make thai massage beds. Wear comfortable stretchy clothing like you would for yoga or working out. Leggings, pants are preferred over shorts .

$70  Pay at studio or by phone. 954.828.1651. If we do not answer, please leave a brief message with your number and we will return the call and get you registered.

Aaron is a master massage therapist specializing in neuromuscular, postural balancing, and Vedic Thai-Yoga Bodywork. He is well -studied in Vedic philosophy and practices. He has studied Nuad Borarn (Vedic Thai Yoga-Massage) under Micheal Buck "Mukti", who is founder (and Senior teacher) of The Vedic Conservatory. He learned Yoga through the lineage of Siddha Yoga by Randy Martin (Randy received initiation by Swami Muktananda). In and practicing the healing arts for over 13 years, Aaron's experience goes beyond this brief summary and yet includes a degree in Health Science, working with over 7500+ clients, doing therapy along side various doctors and healers, teaching at local massage schools, working in world class spas, and teaching various workshops at yoga studios and other healing centers. He is also certified through NSCA as a strength and conditioning coach and specializes in postural balancing. 

Saturday, Feb 21

1.30pm - 5.30p


Kids Yoga 101 with Cookie(Dianne Billig)


 Kids Yoga 101 is a great introduction  for those who are interested in bringing yoga to the younger population.

This workshop will outline ways to teach yoga to kids through poses... games and stretches.  The tools presented can be of use to anyone who works with children in any capacity--Whether you are a Yoga teacher looking to expand your knowledge and offerings, or a school teacher, parent or caretaker who wants to bring Yoga to your beloved little ones,this workshop is for you. 

Cookie has been teaching yoga to kids throughout South Florida for over 7 years. Each class is crafted and designed with imagination , love and the true essence of the yogic spirit.  She infuses asana, music and meditation to create a playful atmosphere for all children to practice yoga.  Her classes bring out the inner yogi in every child who comes to the mat.  Cookie's enthusiasm for both practicing and teaching yoga is infinite and is committed to bringing wellness to kids of all ages.

 $70.00   Pay at studio.

 Krista Shirley Ashtanga Weekend    March 20-22, 2015
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Sign Up Here!

Friday 6:30-8:30pm
Leave Your Expectations at the Door: Let go of what you think you know and allow
yourself to put faith and trust in your teacher and your daily yoga practice. Guruji always told us
to practice, practice, practice and all will come. Let’s explore this concept, this truth! If we can
find safety on our yoga mat, with our yoga teacher, and ourselves, the benefits can spill into all
areas of our lives. Suitable for all levels.   $35

Saturday 9-11am
Guided Primary Series:
Ashtanga Primary Series - Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga Therapy): This traditional sanskrit counted
class will explore the fundamentals of the Ashtanga Yoga Method in a led/guided classroom
setting.: The Vinyasa system, expanding the breath, and the principles of the bandhas and drishti.
Experience continuous movement with breathe learning the harmonious flow of the first series in
its traditional form. Primary Series will cover the Sun Salutation, standing postures, seated
postures and all finishing postures from the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. This class is recommended
for those already exposed to Ashtanga Yoga practice.$35

Saturday 12-2pm
BBDO: Breath, Bandhas, Dristi, and Opposition.
Let’s explore the use of breath, bandhas, dristhi and opposition of force in our
practice. In order to successfully progress in our practice, we must have full control of all four
concepts. But how? Spend the afternoon with Krista exploring these concepts in depth, and
learning how to apply them in each and every asana in the primary series. Serious work and
some serious fun! Suitable for all cartoon porn levels.  $40

Sunday 8-10am
“Mysore style” is traditionally practiced silently, with individual instruction, and is
named after Mysore, India, where Ashtanga yoga originated and was taught by Sri K Pattabhi
Jois for many years. Anyone is welcome to come to this class. Students will work at their own
pace, according to his or her individual needs, while Krista walks around the room providing
hands on adjustments and verbal instruction as needed. Going forward, If you do not have the primary series
memorized, you will spend your first few weeks in class repeating bits of the standing sequence
until it is committed to memory. At that point, you will come in daily, do your sun salutations,
standing postures, seated postures and finishing postures on your own, under the guidance of
your teacher. Mysore style is the absolute best way to learn and practice Yoga. It enables you to
create a dedicated, daily practice that will take you infinitely deeper into the peace and calm a
quiet mind and strong body can provide.
Ashtanga Yoga, done daily, will increase flexibility, strength, endurance, and physical and mental
balance; it will cleanse the internal systems of the body and provide a healthy source of focus
and dedication in ones life – something everyone needs! $40

Sunday 11am-1pm
Understanding your back:
Spend the afternoon with Krista digging deep into your waist, your back and your heart.
Understanding the emotional and physiological connection to backbending can help you
infinitely deepen your physical understanding of backbending. Utilizing various back bends
from the Ashtanga series’ we will explore the use of the waist, the heart and the spine in back
bends and look into how emotions help or hinder our growth. Leave this session with a new
found love of back bends, a new appreciation of our own ‘perceived’ limitations, and tools to
take your practice to a new level .$40

Committed? Take all 5 sessions for $165.

Sign Up Here!

About Krista:  

Krista Shirley is a dedicated student and practitioner of traditional Ashtanga yoga.  She is an Authorized Level 2 teacher in the Ashtanga tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She was introduced to this practice over ten years ago and immediately embraced it as a daily part of her life because she was magnetically drawn to the healing this practice provides. For the last eleven years Krista has rolled her mat out each day because it is such an intrinsic part of who she is. Ashtanga Yoga has given Krista health and wellness, comfort, stability, peace, mindfulness and an outlet to work on herself and help others. 

Krista began making yearly, long term, visits to Mysore, India in 2006 to study with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Guruji, in order to fully connect to this lineage and embrace and surrender to a teacher that could help facilitate her growth and provide a deep source of inspiration. Since Guruji’s passing in 2009 Krista continues to make the yearly pilgrimage to India to study with Guruji’s grandson R. Sharath Jois who has dedicated his life continuing the work of Guruji, ensuring this deeply rich lineage, this parampara, lives on in the name of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. 

Krista’s dedication to her personal yoga practice and the Ashtanga lineage shine through in her teaching. Her energy is contagious and inspiring because she lives this yoga daily and experiences tremendous fulfillment in helping people find and deepen their growth in this practice. Krista continues her trips to Mysore each year because she believes it is very important all students have a teacher, a guide, to aid and inspire along the path. In 2010 she traveled to Mysore six months pregnant, and in 2012 and 2013 she took her year old little boy to Mysore with her. She has made eight trips to Mysore, India to continue her own studies and spent over twenty three months of her life studying at the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. 

Krista is a level 2 authorized Ashtanga teacher and founder of The Yoga Shala in Winter Park, Florida where she teaches traditional Ashtanga yoga classes in the Mysore method. Originally from South Carolina, Krista resides in Florida with her son, Kaiden. 




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.



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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:07 )