Founded 2002. We offer Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, (mysore and guided) Vinyasa Yoga, Gentle Hatha, Pre Natal, Kids Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Barre and Fitness Classes, and Meditation. Check out our by donation classes(3 per week) and great package deals on classes.
We also host the 200 and 500 hour Aananda Yoga Teacher Trainings, Community Events, Yoga Workshops and more. Located in a walk-up 2nd floor studio infused with natural light and ocean breezes, our Studio Red windows open East onto the Middle River. Watch the sun rise as you make your sun salutations and the moon rise as you melt into final relaxation. Studio Blue windows face west and often reveal spectacular sunsets. Relax with a complimentary cup of tea, or check out the great Yoga- to- street clothing and accessories, books, scents and adornments in our lobby shop. Our teachers, from diverse experience and backgrounds all share the same intent- to share their practice and teachings with you in a way that is creative, nurturing, and challenging. Remember that you all inspire us!
A native Floridian, Karen earned her Yoga Teacher Certification, with an Ashtanga focus, at It's Yoga in San Francisco in 2001 while living in the Bay Area. Her first teaching positions began one week later teaching stressed out Grad Students at Stanford University, and at the Palo Alto YMCA where she taught large classes of ages 8-80. This diverse student experience was a great inspiration. Later that summer, Karen moved back to South Florida, with the goal of creating a vibrant, creative, and grounded place for Yoga classes, community and education. After teaching solo for one year, she opened Inspire Yoga in 2002(as changing the name to Red Pearl in 2004).
Trained in Classical Ballet for 12 years, Karen brings alignment, detail, balance and playfulness to her teaching. She has a Fine Arts/Photography Degree from the University of South Florida and has been a Visual Stylist for Neiman Marcus since 1993.She was a competitive skateboarder and was inducted into The Florida Skateboard Hall of Fame in 2011.
Three of the many things we love about Karen are: Integrity, Detail, and Love of Great Food.
note: Karen was voted "best Yoga Instructor by City Link Magazine in 2007" and the studio has received yearly local recognition for its other classes and teachers since 2003.
Adam is a Certified Yoga Teacher, an NASM Certified Personal Trainer, an NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist and a Functional Movement Screen Certified Specialist. It was his own chronic back pain at age 20 that lead Adam to explore what it would take to heal his back. After exhausting all conventional resources, Adam found One Human Performance Center in Pine Brook, NJ. The founder, Eric D’Agati, worked with Adam, focusing on corrective exercise and pain management. The relief Adam felt was suprisingly quick and it sparked a passion within him to help others. Adam enrolled in the National Academy of Sports Medicine and was certified as a personal trainer. He continued his education as a trainer at the One Human Performance Center
After just one Yoga class with Isaac Pena at Sankalpah Yoga, Adam realized the benefits of incorporating Yoga into exercise routines. Adam enrolled in Teacher Training with the Sankalpah College of Yoga in New York City, where he earned his Yoga teacher certification and has been teaching Yoga ever since.
Adam instructs a free-style type of Vinyasa Flow creating physically and mentally challenging routines that flow smoothly from one asana to the next. His hands-on approach and unpredictable routines promote students to simultaneously focus on form, breath, and endurance, resulting in classes that help create a calming and meditative effect for the mind and body.
Three of the many things we love about Adam are: calm intensity, delicious assists, and an adventurous nature.
Allie was recently certified through the Aananda Yoga teacher training program right here at Red Pearl, under the warm guidance of Lisa Pumper, Surrendran Panderran, and Joy Kochmer.
She began to practice yoga in 2004 when she was only 16 and continues to be inspired by the balance and serenity that yoga brings to her type-A lifestyle, as well as the seemingly limitless capabilities of the human body. Allie graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in English from Florida State University . Look for Allie's articles in Miami Yoga Magazine.
Three of the many things we love about Allie are: her sense of humor, sincerity, and her big heart.
Ana Del Alamo
Ana was born in New Jersey and has lived in many states and countries, but spent her "formative" years in Ft Lauderdale. She has a master's degree in Forensic Anthropology and went to UF for her undergraduate work. After 10+ years of regularly practicing yoga, Ana took the Aananda Yoga 200hour Teacher Training at Red Pearl Yoga.
Ana says: "I love how yoga continuously brings awareness to parts of ourselves, physically, spiritually, and emotionally, so that we can continue to gain understanding on what it is that makes us so... uniquely us. :)"
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Ana Guerra is a dedicated student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois' Ashtanga method and carries the heart and spirit of the Ashtanga tradition in her teachings. She completed a one year Apprenticeship program under the guidance of Kino MacGregor, Tim Feldman and Greg Nardi at Miami Life Center, and also taught regular Ashtanga Guided and Mysore classes there. She studies annually at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, studying under Sri K Pattabhi Jois' grandson, Sharath Jois and has learned into the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga.
She holds a Bachelors Degree in Health Science and a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine, practicing as an Acupuncture Physician. Her years of Ashtanga practice and her background in Chinese Medicine give her a deep understanding of the body, its anatomy and physiology. Using hands on adjustments she guides her students through their asana practice in the ashtanga vinyasa method. She believes the 8-limb [ashtanga] practice can heal many physical and emotional ailments.
Three of the many things we love about Ana are: Gentleness, Compassion, and Devotion
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"Enjoy the journey" was what Bill's mom told him when he asked for a simple message to carry him through life. It has been his desire ever since to share that message with others. After deciding one morning to change his normal routine, he attended a Yoga and Meditation class at a local charity event. It was then that Bill knew the journey had begun.
Three gifts she shares with the world: Humor, Authenticity, and really good Foodie Connections.
Dianne Billig has been practicing Yoga for over ten years, and has been a certified Kid's Yoga Instructor since 2005. She is certified through Karma Kids Yoga, Radiant Child, Buddha Baby, Yoga Kids International and Street Yoga. Dianne's Yoga classes invoke creativity, while promoting strength, balance and independence. She has developed yoga programs for numerous camps, schools, yoga studios, and community centers.
Her creativity and sense of adventure lend a special spark to each yoga experience. Dianne also owns a cookie company called Bits, Bites and Chunks...which creates some of the most delicious cookies, brownies and cupcakes around, hence the nickname "Cookie" stuck. Through Yoga and cookies she is able to pass on her joy and gifts to others.
Three of the many things we love about Cookie are: Curiosity, Excitement, Compassion.
Originally from South Florida, David traces his yoga roots to his grandmother who began her practice in the 1930’s under the instruction of the “Yogi Hari Rama” one of the early wave of Indian mystics who came to the US in the early 1900s.
After years of practicing yoga he received his teaching certificate in 2003 in the Sivananda style and taught regularly in the Fort Lauderdale area. In 2009 David completed the Yoga South teacher training with James Kigar and Judy Weaver. David’s yoga classes blend traditional Sivananda with Vinyasa creating a challenging and dynamic energy. He is co-founder of Connected Warrior, a non-profit that provides free Yoga classes to Military and their families.
Always mindful that the physical practice of yoga is merely a gateway to deeper self realization, his classes incorporate a strong emphasis on the philosophical teachings of yoga as taught in the ancient Hindu scriptures; particularly the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras.
Three of the many things we love about David are: his wit, his world view, and he's always got a book with him.
Emilia Arenas believes yoga is a long journey that needs to be taken with love, dispassion and relentless discipline. Years ago, while searching for a connecting path to a more calm and spiritual lifestyle, Emilia was fortunate to have her mother take her to a yoga class.
Her personal journey has been enriched by the teachings of such committed teachers as Kino Mac Gregor, Tim Feldman, Greg Nardi and Angelique Sandas. Sharing many hours of workshops and seminars with well renowned Ashtanga Yoga Teachers such as Tim Miller, Lino Miele and Mark and Joanne D’arby has also reinforced her knowledge and passion for the practice of Ashtanga Yoga.
After years of teaching Emilia fulfilled her long-awaited dream of visiting Mysore, India where she studied under the supervision of R. Sharath Jois.
Emilia led the Mysore program at White Orchid Yoga Studio in Clearwater, Florida and has continued to teach Guided Ashtanga and Vinyasa classes throughout South Florida’s various yoga studios and she is a devoted teacher at Miami Life Center.
Three of the many things we love about Emilia are: Big compassionate heart, Her hawk eye for detail, and her contagious laughter.
Erika practiced Yoga on her own for five years with the guidance of CD's and books and then started taking group classes. After another 5 years of practice, she wanted a deeper experience and earned her Yoga Alliance 200 hour Teacher Training thru Aananda Yoga Yoga Teacher Training with Lisa Pumper, Joy Kochmer and Surrendran Panderan. Erika currently teaches Vinyasa, Yin, Modified Ashtanga, Meditation and Gentle/Basics classes.
In addition to her Hatha training Erika is also 200 hour certified in Budokon, by its creator Cameron Shayne and also studies in the Martial Arts of Jujitsu and Tae Kwon Do. Most recently she has taken up the study of Chi Gong after experiencing it on a retreat she led in Bali.
Most recently, Erika is also a Master Reiki practitioner. She often uses this energy healing on her human clients as well as their pets. Erika holds a B.S. in International Business.
1. Favorite place to meditate?
My balcony. Especially if it's raining.
2. How did you discover Yoga?
My mom took me to a class when I was 14. It stuck! Then it was a hop skip and a jump to Ashtanga.
3.What have you given up that still tempts you?
Sleeping in! Mysore calls early.
4.Favorite type of food?
Peanut butter. I can never say no.
5.What or Who inspires you?
My husband. He is calm in every situation, gives a smile to everyone he meets, and is the hardest worker I know.
Erin attended her first yoga class at 14 and was hooked. The dynamic, flowing, acrobatic nature of yoga appealed to her as she was a gymnast most of her life.
Through yoga Erin re-discovered her breath, joy, control, surrender, spiritual self-awareness, and powerful healing. As a result, Erin is deeply fascinated with yoga’s effects on mental disorders, self esteem, stress management, and injury rehabilitation.
With a background in performing arts and dance and with a curiousness for classical yogic texts, Erin’s teaching style is a unique blend of playfulness, tradition, alignment, and fun.
Erin earned her RYT 200 with a focus in Ashtanga Yoga, studying under Tim Feldmann, Patrick Nolan, Kino MacGregor and Day Christensen, Erin continues to practice daily at Miami Life Center. She is honored by the trust of her students, humbled by the wisdom of her teachers, and so excited to continue to follow and share the ever-unfolding path of yoga.
Jayne has been an avid yogini since 1988, studying primarily in the styles of Bikram and Ashtanga yoga. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, completing her formal training through the YogaFox program hosted at Red Pearl Yoga in 2009.
Jayne relies daily on her asana, pranayama and meditation practice to balance her busy life as a Certified Investment Management Analyst, Financial Advisor and mother of three teenagers. Jayne enjoys writing and teaching about the connection between yoga and financial well-being and conducts workshops and seminars on the topic.
Three of the many things we love about Jayne are: Directness, Dependability and her willingness to take on any challenge.
Kate found yoga through a life-long love of dance and movement. Every one of her classes are unique. The classes develop organically, depending on the students needs, experience level, and overall energy of the group. Kate uses inspiring music and creative playlists to help move the practice through a seamless, graceful flow. She is constantly learning and absorbing yoga from workshops, nationally recognized teachers, students, and self-practice. Her teacher training certification from The Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach influenced her attention to proper alignment and truly honoring your own body. Yoga had the power to transform Kate's life and beliefs and sharing yoga has become one of her greatest joys.
Kate also has a degree in finance from the University of Florida and has helped us out with many a spreadsheet!
Three of the many things we love about Kate are: Positivity, Openness and her awesome music mixes
After several years of study and teaching the Astanga Vinyasa system Lisa expanded her knowledge by earning her certification from the Hatha Pradipika Research Institute. She is registered teacher with Yoga Alliance. Lisa co-founded and coordinates the Aananda Yoga Teacher Training Program.
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Michael Kuang was born in Taiwan and at age 5 moved to Dallas, Texas which is where he grew up. In addition to being a graduate of the
Three of the many things we love about Michael are: Compassion, Social Involvement, and a powerful kind of calm.
Roberta Rachkovsky is originally from Brazil, but has been living in the US since 2004. She began her journey as a fitness intstructor at the age of 18, ever since then, her passion for teaching and broadening her teaching styles has grown.
Three of the things we love about Roberta are: her adventurous nature, her thirst to always learn more, and her laugh.
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Originally from the Czech Republic, Silvie completed her Yoga Teacher Training with Aananda's Surrenderan Panderran. Though the training covered several styles of Yoga, her passion and personal practice is Ashtanga. Silvie has traveled to Mysore, India to study with Sharath Rangswamy, the grandson of Patthabhi Jois, and to Italy to study with Lino Miele. She also studies at Miami Life Center with Kino MacGregor, Tim Feldman, Daylene Christensen and many of the other wonderful teachers there. And of course with Ana Guerra and Emilia Arenas at Red Pearl Yoga!
Three of the many things we love about Silvie are: commitment, passion, and her belief in the power of Yoga.
Originally from Calgary, Canada,Tamara has been in South Florida since 2003.Tamara earned her RYT200 hour yoga training with Fox Vinyasa. Tamara's eclectic teaching style incorporates Pranayama with a variety of methodology and techniques; This allows her to tailor her classes to the unique needs of each student.
Through the awareness that Yoga has brought Tamara, she has been able to tap into her serenity on and off the mat. Now a new Mom, this quality certainly comes in handy.
1. Favorite place to meditate?
At home with 4 dogs in my lap.
2. How did you discover Yoga?
My kids' WiiFit had a Yoga program.
3. What have you given up that still tempts you?
Nothing really. If it tempts me I enjoy it in moderation.
4. Favorite type of food?
Mexican, hands down!
5. What or Who inspires you?
My husband who loves me through my best and worst days
Tonee began her journey into yoga in 2008 after the devastating loss of her mother. She was drawn to the spiritual aspects that were helping her to begin to heal emotionally. Her first Yoga experience was in her living room with the WiiFit. She weighed almost 200 pounds and was embarrased to go to a group class.
After experiencing both the emotional benefits and the physical benefits of losing over 40 lbs, Tonee enrolled in a teacher training program to deepen her practice. After graduating from Aananda Yoga Teacher Training at Red Pearl in March 2011 she felt a pull to share with others what she had gained, and started a donation-based class on the beach.
During her study of yoga Tonee became very interested in the physical well-being of the body and embraced yoga as a lifestyle. She is now a vegetarian and is mindful of her choices in all aspects of her life. Her other interests include Reiki, receiving a level 1 certification in early 2012 and Aromatherapy, both of which she uses in her yoga classes. Tonee's dedicated daily meditation practice helps to fortifiy her inner peace through stillness and silence. She continues to expand her practice and teaching by attending workshops and events as often as she can.
Tonee says: "Yoga has helped me to find my voice, to cultivate a heart of service and to find inner peace through the mind, body and spirit connection on and off the mat. The most important work I can do in this life is the work I do to improve myself-truly being the change I wish to see in this world."
Her most recent exploration has been Liberation Breathwork work with her coach Denise Dobbs.(Denise is also our Lotus Pad Director and can be contacted via our Lotus Pad Therapists section). Tonee has found it to be a very deep and often painful,but eye-opening experience that has allowed her to tap into her own power, love and compassion on a whole new level.
Three of the things we love about Tonee are: Her authentic sharing, her big heart, and how in love she is with life.
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