Simply Spiritual

Looking for a group who meets to share conversation and camaraderie while developing a spiritual practice of your own?  Simply Spiritual at The Yoga Pearl might be for you!  We meet on Sundays at 9:15 and this is how we are beginning 2018:

We will begin the year with a book by Rod Stryker titled “The Four Desires - Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom”.  According to Rod Stryker (a well-known yoga teacher), “Desire is here to stay.  The challenge we all face, and which I intend to guide you through, is to learn how to take into account the full measure of who you are and use the positive force of all four of your soul’s desires to lead you to your best life.”

Please join with me in kicking off 2018 on Sunday, January 7th at 9:15 a.m.  This will be our best year yet!

Self-Guided Meditation

Join us during our Self-Guided Meditation time for thirty minutes of quiet!  The studio will be open to use, and free for students to come in and meditate, relax and calm their minds.  Please keep in mind this is not a guided meditation time, and no facilitator will lead class.  This is simply a time to enjoy the studio and meditate!

Gentle Flow

A class suitable for beginners, offering mindful stretching flow with standing, seated and lying postures - an experience which will bring flexibility and stability of both mind and body and start your day off right!
 

Community Yoga

Join us every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30pm for a special drop-in rate of only $7.00!  Current pass holders are free to use their pass for the class, and don't need to pay extra.  

Men on the Mat

Join Jim every Mondays as we offer a class devoted to our Yogis (men!).  Our all-levels flow will focus on shoulders, hips, chest and hamstrings to give our wonderful men the best Yoga experience possible!

Restorative

Our Restorative Yoga classes focus on stretching with a restorative nature.  They provide a wonderful compliment to our more invigorating Yoga classes, and are perfect for beginners, those needing to stretch after a long day, or anyone with limited range of movement. 

 

  "Calming the mind is Yoga.  Not just standing on the head."  --Swami Satchidananda

"Calming the mind is Yoga.  Not just standing on the head."  --Swami Satchidananda

 

Yin Yoga

While the Yang practice of yoga (most of what we practice here in the West) is muscular in nature, Yin Yoga is receptive.  It is practiced with relaxed muscles and held for longer periods, allowing gravity and time to deepen the stretch. Practicing Yin balances the muscular intensity of a Vinyasa-based practice.  Yin Yoga is perfect for beginners, or anyone suffering from injury or limited range of movement.

Yin Hips

Using Yin principles to release tension from the hips, pelvis, low back, and thighs.  Our Yin Hips class can create better posture, a relaxed gait, and improved flexibility in the back an hips.  Our Yin Hips is perfect for beginners, or anyone suffering from injury or limited range of movement.

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Calm and Centered

Research shows that we carry much of our stress in our shoulders and hips.  As a result our neck, back and knees often ache also.  "Calm and Centered" is a class designed to reduce physical tension in our shoulders and hips in order to relieve stress which accumulates from our daily lives.  It consists of a sequence to warm the body followed by Asanas targeting these tight places, followed by a transformational meditation technique - leaving you calm and centered even after your most hectic day.

Chakra Healing Flow

Our Chakra Healing Flow taps into the ancient wisdom of the Chakras to create a flowing sequence which heals the body, mind, emotions and spirit.  Appropriate for those just beginning yoga or those with more experience.

Simply Yoga

Our Simply Yoga classes are a Level One based practice with a focus on yoga basics.  This is a perfect class for beginners, those wanting to work on basics, form and alignment, and for those returning to practice after an absence due to illness or injury

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Mindful Flow

Our Mindful Flow is one step up from our Simply Yoga and a tad easier than our Vinyasa Yoga.  With an emphasis on stretching, basic balances, and flow, we strive to make all of our Mindful Flows accessible for beginners, yet this class is perfect for students with Yoga experience.  We will show modifications to make all postures easier, however in these classes we will also target our more intermediate practitioners with ways to make the postures a little bit harder.  You choose the intensity with which you work! 

Adjusting and Aligned

Our Adjusting and Aligned class focuses on 5-7 postures per class (and of course that Savasana), with hands-on adjustments and in-depth alignment.  Always wondered what Triangle is supposed to feel like?  Is Warrior Two supposed to be so hard?  Is Chatturanga impossible?  Find your answers here, as you learn the proper alignment for your postures!  Hands-on adjustments are available for anyone who may want them!

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Vinyasa Yoga

Some of our most challenging classes on the schedule, our Vinyasa classes focus on flowing from one pose to the next in an invigorating style.  While more challenging postures may be used, we offer modifications in all of our classes.

 

 photograph courtesy of Kimberli Kyler

photograph courtesy of Kimberli Kyler

 

"Where Do I Go From Here?  A Guide to Moving Through the Classes at The Yoga Pearl"

In an effort to lessen the confusion about how to make your practice more challenging (perhaps) or what classes to take when you have been ill or are coming back to practice after a surgery or injury, this is a brief guide to the classes at The Yoga Pearl.

The Restorative and Yin classes are appropriate for all levels of practice - and may be especially useful for beginners or those who are returning to a practice after surgery, and illness, or an injury.  These classes are slower paced and focus on flexibility and stress reduction.

The Introduction to Yoga Series may be for you if you have never practiced yoga or are returning to a practice after being away and would like a refresher course.  It is appropriate for all levels of practice.  It is a focus on standing postures, Sun Salutations, and basic floor poses.

If you want something a bit more challenging, experiment with our "Simply (NOT SIMPLE!) Yoga".  These are our ongoing basic classes and focus on strength, flexibility, and balance.  They move at a slower pace than our Vinyasa classes, using both English and Sanskrit names for the poses.  These classes are perfect for Beginners, those coming back to a practice after a time away and want more challenge than the Gentle or Yin classes, and can move between levels (lying, sitting, standing). 

If you have been attending the Simply Yoga classes for a while and are ready for even more challenge, your next step may be to attend "Cardiyoga", or our Multi-Level Vinyasa classes.  While we offer modifications in all of our classes, these classes presuppose that the practitioner has yoga experience.  The focus is on strength, balance, flexibility, and perhaps a bit of cardio!

If you feel ready for the challenge of a true Vinyasa practice (with some modifications addressed) our Vinyasa, or Cardiyoga classes are yours for the taking!  These classes presuppose Vinyasa experience, an intermediate to advanced fitness level, and knowledge of form and function of yoga asanas.