ABOUT Pineapple Yoga Studio

#BEtheChange

Pineapple Yoga Studio is a premier yoga studio, boutique and event space centrally located in historic Burns Court, Sarasota. The studio’s mission is to offer a healing place for Wellness, Community, and Spirituality. Our passion is to bring awareness to important social issues using yoga as a platform.

The studio provides a wide array of yoga and movement classes, teacher training, and workshops & events in a beautifully designed studio and outdoor patio. Our studio is a Yoga Alliance registered school offering RYT200 teacher training, continuing education credits for yoga instructors, massages therapists, and other professionals.

The patio is an inviting space for clients to use with free WiFi and comfortable seating for relaxing and meeting new friends following their yoga practice.

Pineapple Yoga Studio is a healing space for wellness where everyone is welcome. Claudia’s dedication to community service is central to her vision & mission and this is felt in every class and with every instructor. She believes that anyone and any BODY can do yoga. No matter how you feel, Yoga will improve your quality of life, from the inside out.

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Pineapple Yoga Studio Instructors + Training Faculty

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Claudia Baeza is a Kripalu trained yoga instructor and the owner of Pineapple Yoga Studio. Her passion for service is at the heart of her practice & studio. It is this sense of responsibility to the community which inspires her to offer a wide range of yoga classes serving a diverse clientele, from the power Vinyasa yogi/yogini to the Restorative practitioner. The union of a strong physical body and a balanced emotional self lies at the heart of her practice, allowing for a compassionate healing space to arise for all. She is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor E-RYT® 200 (Experienced 200 Hour Registered Yoga Instructor), RYT® 200 (200 Hour Registered Yoga Instructor), and a YACEP® (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) as well as a Certified Personal Trainer, Paddle Board Certified Instructor and a Spin Instructor. She is currently completing her RYT300 hour Yoga Training at Kripalu Yoga Center in the Berkshires Massachusetts with a focus on Meditation, Advanced Asana, Pranayama and the Anatomy of the Subtle Body. Before owning a Yoga studio, she was a practicing attorney, professional interactive designer, and Adjunct Professor at Boston University. She launched her studio's teacher training program in 2017 which is steeped in yoga tradition while balanced with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and fascia. The Pineapple Yoga Studio RYT200 hour yoga training program emphasizes special populations and the needs of the non-traditional yoga practitioner. Future instructors are trained to serve and teach all yogis/yoginis regardless of age or ability. Claudia is dedicated to serving the community with yoga and has created yoga programs that serve those struggling with addictions, anxiety/depression, movement disorders and juveniles in detention. She brings her university teaching background as well as her deep passion for learning to the fore in the PYS programs which exceed Yoga Alliance requirements and will be expanding this fall to include a RYT300 program. Claudia is dedicated to growing the community outreach programs at the studio which are supported by The Yoga Project Sarasota; these include: Accessible Yoga for Movement Disorders, Juvenile Detention Yoga, Yoga for Depression and Anxiety and  Y12SR: Yoga for Sustainable Recovery from Addictions. "I use yoga to illuminate my deepest values by taking responsibility on a corporate level, and as a citizen, to do what I can to help those in need. I truly believe I am living my yoga practice every day with the choices I make."
Claudia Baeza
Claudia Baeza is a Kripalu trained yoga instructor and the owner of Pineapple Yoga Studio. Her passion for service is at the heart of her practice & studio. It is this sense of responsibility to the community which inspires her to offer a wide range of yoga classes serving a diverse clientele, from the power Vinyasa yogi/yogini to the Restorative practitioner. The union of a strong physical body and a balanced emotional self lies at the heart of her practice, allowing for a compassionate healing space to arise for all. She is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor E-RYT® 200 (Experienced 200 Hour Registered Yoga Instructor), RYT® 200 (200 Hour Registered Yoga Instructor), and a YACEP® (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) as well as a Certified Personal Trainer, Paddle Board Certified Instructor and a Spin Instructor. She is currently completing her RYT300 hour Yoga Training at Kripalu Yoga Center in the Berkshires Massachusetts with a focus on Meditation, Advanced Asana, Pranayama and the Anatomy of the Subtle Body. Before owning a Yoga studio, she was a practicing attorney, professional interactive designer, and Adjunct Professor at Boston University. She launched her studio's teacher training program in 2017 which is steeped in yoga tradition while balanced with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and fascia. The Pineapple Yoga Studio RYT200 hour yoga training program emphasizes special populations and the needs of the non-traditional yoga practitioner. Future instructors are trained to serve and teach all yogis/yoginis regardless of age or ability. Claudia is dedicated to serving the community with yoga and has created yoga programs that serve those struggling with addictions, anxiety/depression, movement disorders and juveniles in detention. She brings her university teaching background as well as her deep passion for learning to the fore in the PYS programs which exceed Yoga Alliance requirements and will be expanding this fall to include a RYT300 program. Claudia is dedicated to growing the community outreach programs at the studio which are supported by The Yoga Project Sarasota; these include: Accessible Yoga for Movement Disorders, Juvenile Detention Yoga, Yoga for Depression and Anxiety and  Y12SR: Yoga for Sustainable Recovery from Addictions. "I use yoga to illuminate my deepest values by taking responsibility on a corporate level, and as a citizen, to do what I can to help those in need. I truly believe I am living my yoga practice every day with the choices I make."
Studio Owner + Training Faculty
Debbie became certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner in 2007, specializing in Ayurvedic Health Counseling. She traveled to India to study at the Jiva Institute with Dr. Partap Chauhan. She received her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University and worked on the inpatient unit at Silver Hill Hospital and is currently working at The Center for Revitalizing Psychiatry as a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern. Debbie is also a certified yoga teacher since 2001 and has a true desire to assist people in finding meaning in their lives in order to transcend suffering, addiction and trauma.
Debbie Kadagian
Debbie became certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner in 2007, specializing in Ayurvedic Health Counseling. She traveled to India to study at the Jiva Institute with Dr. Partap Chauhan. She received her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University and worked on the inpatient unit at Silver Hill Hospital and is currently working at The Center for Revitalizing Psychiatry as a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern. Debbie is also a certified yoga teacher since 2001 and has a true desire to assist people in finding meaning in their lives in order to transcend suffering, addiction and trauma.
Yoga for Depression + Anxiety
Sharon Juraszek’s personal practice began over 24 years ago, after a life changing accident. As her practice unraveled, her emotional body released anger, sadness & pain. In 2006 she completed her 200 hour teacher training at the White Lotus Foundation in California. She has studied at Sivananda Ashram, India in 2008 & 2010. RYT200
Sharon Juraszek
Sharon Juraszek’s personal practice began over 24 years ago, after a life changing accident. As her practice unraveled, her emotional body released anger, sadness & pain. In 2006 she completed her 200 hour teacher training at the White Lotus Foundation in California. She has studied at Sivananda Ashram, India in 2008 & 2010. RYT200
Juvenile Detention Yoga
Lauren Pidone Yoga Instructor
Lauren is an experienced registered yoga teacher (ERYT), Aerial Yoga and Children’s Yoga Teacher (CRYT) and a practitioner of yoga for over 15 years. She has a passion for adventure, exploration of the mind and body, health and fitness and being outdoors in nature. Yoga is a healing modality: it proved to be the only practice that alleviated her back and neck pain from scoliosis. She has made it her passion to become a teacher and share the healing gifts of yoga with everyone. She emphasizes teaching each student how to safely move and arrange the body through each pose. Lauren’s instruction is compassionate, empowering and introspective, providing an atmosphere in which each student can explore and strengthen their body through a practice free of competition and judgment. Her continuous training and personal exploration, combined with her skills in other healing modalities invites students to explore all aspects of their being from physical, emotional and mental to spiritual ~ cultivating a Body, Mind, Soul approach to her classes. Lauren’s intuitive and natural style focuses on the students’ needs and goals with specialized attention in a nurturing and supportive environment. She combines elements of  Pranayama (Breathing), Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Slow Flow Yoga elements to create a variety of dynamic, personalized and unique classes accessible to all levels of students. Her instruction is infused with a deep  knowledge of safety, alignment, use of props, and posture mechanics to modify poses for students as needed. There is  a strong focus on connecting with and using the breath to transform the students’ practice, cultivating gratitude and joy.
Lauren Pidone
Lauren is an experienced registered yoga teacher (ERYT), Aerial Yoga and Children’s Yoga Teacher (CRYT) and a practitioner of yoga for over 15 years. She has a passion for adventure, exploration of the mind and body, health and fitness and being outdoors in nature. Yoga is a healing modality: it proved to be the only practice that alleviated her back and neck pain from scoliosis. She has made it her passion to become a teacher and share the healing gifts of yoga with everyone. She emphasizes teaching each student how to safely move and arrange the body through each pose. Lauren’s instruction is compassionate, empowering and introspective, providing an atmosphere in which each student can explore and strengthen their body through a practice free of competition and judgment. Her continuous training and personal exploration, combined with her skills in other healing modalities invites students to explore all aspects of their being from physical, emotional and mental to spiritual ~ cultivating a Body, Mind, Soul approach to her classes. Lauren’s intuitive and natural style focuses on the students’ needs and goals with specialized attention in a nurturing and supportive environment. She combines elements of  Pranayama (Breathing), Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Slow Flow Yoga elements to create a variety of dynamic, personalized and unique classes accessible to all levels of students. Her instruction is infused with a deep  knowledge of safety, alignment, use of props, and posture mechanics to modify poses for students as needed. There is  a strong focus on connecting with and using the breath to transform the students’ practice, cultivating gratitude and joy.
Yoga Instructor
Cari Ferreiro-Aslan
Cari Ferreiro Aslan is a yoga practitioner. She has practiced yoga for over thirty years and was formerly a dancer. She was also a licensed New York State public service attorney for more than three decades. She has been a full time Florida State resident since 2016. Since retiring to Florida she has committed herself to the practice and teaching of yoga. She has successfully completed Yoga Alliance continuing education credit hour courses in Yogareach Mindful Movement for Parkinson’s Disease and Accessible Yoga Training. She is certified to teach Accessible Yoga and is currently an Ambassador of Accessible Yoga for Pineapple Yoga Studio in Sarasota, Florida. She dedicates her time and passion to practicing all levels yoga, fitness, and providing pro bono fitness and yoga classes several times a week to the community in which she lives. She is currently obtaining her RYT200. Her connection to Accessible yoga is heightened by loving and caring for her husband, a retired NYC firefighter who is challenged everyday with Parkinson’s Disease. Cari brings to her classes the oath she took as an Accessible Yoga Teacher which is to affirm the divinity of each individual who crosses her path, and to promise to share the yoga teachings with all who seek them, striving to make the make the practice of yoga accessible to all of her students regardless of ability or background, and to serve with love and compassion.
Cari Ferreiro-Aslan
Cari Ferreiro Aslan is a yoga practitioner. She has practiced yoga for over thirty years and was formerly a dancer. She was also a licensed New York State public service attorney for more than three decades. She has been a full time Florida State resident since 2016. Since retiring to Florida she has committed herself to the practice and teaching of yoga. She has successfully completed Yoga Alliance continuing education credit hour courses in Yogareach Mindful Movement for Parkinson’s Disease and Accessible Yoga Training. She is certified to teach Accessible Yoga and is currently an Ambassador of Accessible Yoga for Pineapple Yoga Studio in Sarasota, Florida. She dedicates her time and passion to practicing all levels yoga, fitness, and providing pro bono fitness and yoga classes several times a week to the community in which she lives. She is currently obtaining her RYT200. Her connection to Accessible yoga is heightened by loving and caring for her husband, a retired NYC firefighter who is challenged everyday with Parkinson’s Disease. Cari brings to her classes the oath she took as an Accessible Yoga Teacher which is to affirm the divinity of each individual who crosses her path, and to promise to share the yoga teachings with all who seek them, striving to make the make the practice of yoga accessible to all of her students regardless of ability or background, and to serve with love and compassion.
Accessible Yoga Instructor
Kripalu Yoga Instructor
My journey with yoga began in Santa Barbara, California in 1977. This very early introduction was fueled by The Beatles' influence, after they returned from India. Although initially I loved yoga, I didn’t resonate with the style I was exposed to, and so dropped my practice for some years. It was not until 1994 that I become serious in my studies  after learning about Kripalu Yoga, a style very much aligned with my personality and my values. After a month-long training at Kripalu in the Berkshires, leading to the 200 hour teacher certification, I returned to Boston and opened Beacon Light Yoga Center. Over the nine years in operation I directed and taught, along with other teachers, at the studio, but also in corporations and colleges. Throughout those years, I continued my yoga studies and was awarded the 500 hour Professional Level Instructor certification in 2005. My major teaching influences have been of course Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Other favorite teachers were Erich Schiffmann who taught me about following “the lines of energy" and Sarah Powers who taught me Yin/Yang Yoga and Buddhist philosophy. Now living in Sarasota I continue to teach Chair Yoga, "Sit Down and Move Classes” (Includes chair dance and stretch bands) and Slow Flow Yoga. I use inspiring music throughout each class, and have a goal of opening each and every joint in a gentle yet dynamic way, building flexibility, strength and balance, while releasing the stuck places in the body/mind so the energy can more easily flow.  Conscious breathing and meditation are a part of each class, and ending with time for shavasana, the pose of deep relaxation, thought by many to be the supreme reward. Students leave class feeling very peaceful, yet fully energized.
Angelena Craig
My journey with yoga began in Santa Barbara, California in 1977. This very early introduction was fueled by The Beatles' influence, after they returned from India. Although initially I loved yoga, I didn’t resonate with the style I was exposed to, and so dropped my practice for some years. It was not until 1994 that I become serious in my studies  after learning about Kripalu Yoga, a style very much aligned with my personality and my values. After a month-long training at Kripalu in the Berkshires, leading to the 200 hour teacher certification, I returned to Boston and opened Beacon Light Yoga Center. Over the nine years in operation I directed and taught, along with other teachers, at the studio, but also in corporations and colleges. Throughout those years, I continued my yoga studies and was awarded the 500 hour Professional Level Instructor certification in 2005. My major teaching influences have been of course Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Other favorite teachers were Erich Schiffmann who taught me about following “the lines of energy" and Sarah Powers who taught me Yin/Yang Yoga and Buddhist philosophy. Now living in Sarasota I continue to teach Chair Yoga, "Sit Down and Move Classes” (Includes chair dance and stretch bands) and Slow Flow Yoga. I use inspiring music throughout each class, and have a goal of opening each and every joint in a gentle yet dynamic way, building flexibility, strength and balance, while releasing the stuck places in the body/mind so the energy can more easily flow.  Conscious breathing and meditation are a part of each class, and ending with time for shavasana, the pose of deep relaxation, thought by many to be the supreme reward. Students leave class feeling very peaceful, yet fully energized.
Yoga Instructor
Juvenile Detention Yoga
Sajan Melcher goes by the name Sage. His passion is uncovering and walking through limitations to realize your  fullest potential. He uses the body as a means of awakening, breath as a catalyst for concentration and awareness, and the mind as interdependent, empty, and clear. Sage has a background in the mixed martial arts community with over 12 competitive bouts and thousands of hours of direct experience learning to work, interact, and spar with others offensively and defensively. This training was extensive into the various styles of kickboxing, no-gi jiujitsu, and wrestling. He is also certified din Kai Movement.
On his journey to  India he took refuge vows in the Mahayana tradition under the nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. A nun who spent over 12 years meditating in a cave and understood the nature of her own mind. The refuge vows are no killing, no lying, no stealing, no sexual misconduct, and no intoxicants. In Dharamsala, he took Bodhisattva vows under the guidance of the 14th Dalai Lama. The Bodhisattva vow is a vow to aspire for enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. Through the teacher, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, he  took initiation into the lineage of Dzogchen which means "The Great Perfection". The tools necessary for learning and understanding the Nature of your own Mind.  Sage is currently completing his RYT200 teacher training at Pineapple Yoga Studio. He is the recipient of the Yoga Project Sarasota scholarship in the advanced yoga practice of Prison Yoga. Sage currently holds movement workshops, yoga and meditation classes, zen archery, and ecstatic dances as well as Yoga for Juveniles at the Juvenile Detention Facility in Bradenton, fulfilling Pineapple Yoga Studio's mission to serve the community. In his work Safe continues to spread the message of equanimity by observing the nature of our mind through movement.
Sajan Melcher
Sajan Melcher goes by the name Sage. His passion is uncovering and walking through limitations to realize your  fullest potential. He uses the body as a means of awakening, breath as a catalyst for concentration and awareness, and the mind as interdependent, empty, and clear. Sage has a background in the mixed martial arts community with over 12 competitive bouts and thousands of hours of direct experience learning to work, interact, and spar with others offensively and defensively. This training was extensive into the various styles of kickboxing, no-gi jiujitsu, and wrestling. He is also certified din Kai Movement.
On his journey to  India he took refuge vows in the Mahayana tradition under the nun Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. A nun who spent over 12 years meditating in a cave and understood the nature of her own mind. The refuge vows are no killing, no lying, no stealing, no sexual misconduct, and no intoxicants. In Dharamsala, he took Bodhisattva vows under the guidance of the 14th Dalai Lama. The Bodhisattva vow is a vow to aspire for enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings. Through the teacher, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, he  took initiation into the lineage of Dzogchen which means "The Great Perfection". The tools necessary for learning and understanding the Nature of your own Mind.  Sage is currently completing his RYT200 teacher training at Pineapple Yoga Studio. He is the recipient of the Yoga Project Sarasota scholarship in the advanced yoga practice of Prison Yoga. Sage currently holds movement workshops, yoga and meditation classes, zen archery, and ecstatic dances as well as Yoga for Juveniles at the Juvenile Detention Facility in Bradenton, fulfilling Pineapple Yoga Studio's mission to serve the community. In his work Safe continues to spread the message of equanimity by observing the nature of our mind through movement.
Juvenile Detention Yoga
Laurel James is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, a nationally certified Interior Designer, author and founder of Interiorology and an Essential Oil Advocate. "Kundalini yoga is a great practice to help you cope with the daily challenges and stresses of this fast paced, ever changing landscape of life."
Laurel James
Laurel James is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, a nationally certified Interior Designer, author and founder of Interiorology and an Essential Oil Advocate. "Kundalini yoga is a great practice to help you cope with the daily challenges and stresses of this fast paced, ever changing landscape of life."
Instructor + Training Faculty
Dr. Anthony is a native of Sandusky, Ohio. With a bachelors in Exercise Science. He knew he wanted to help people on a daily basis, with a lot of patient interaction, and work with the body. Having previously gone to a chiropractor for a sports injury, while golfing earlier in life, he decided to pursue chiropractic at Life University in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. Jina is a native of Miami, Florida. Growing up as a dancer and performer, for Dr. Jina, having a healthy and active lifestyle came naturally. Ever since she can remember she had a passion for children and wanted to pursue the health field as a pediatrician. Before graduating high school her mother began to see a local chiropractor for her migraines, and saw incredible results. Intrigued by the new found health of her mother, Dr. Jina began as a patient, and decided to begin chiropractic school where her mentor did at Life University. This is where Dr. Anthony and Dr. Jina learned to appreciate the body as a whole and all the healing properties it has. Working for over 20 different offices around the US, they have began their journey to open their new facility, Revitalize Chiropractic, here in Sarasota, FL. At Revitalize Chiropractic, our mission is to redefine the health of our community through specific chiropractic care by removing interference to the nervous system and allowing our bodies to express health. We want to revive the hope of improved health to every man, woman, and child. We want to reenergize the God-given healing potential that is alive and working in every one us. Pineapple Yoga Studio is excited to add Dr. Anthony and Dr. Jina to our faculty. They will teach the anatomy & physiology components of the RYT200 at our studio.
Dr. Anthony + Dr. Jina
Dr. Anthony is a native of Sandusky, Ohio. With a bachelors in Exercise Science. He knew he wanted to help people on a daily basis, with a lot of patient interaction, and work with the body. Having previously gone to a chiropractor for a sports injury, while golfing earlier in life, he decided to pursue chiropractic at Life University in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. Jina is a native of Miami, Florida. Growing up as a dancer and performer, for Dr. Jina, having a healthy and active lifestyle came naturally. Ever since she can remember she had a passion for children and wanted to pursue the health field as a pediatrician. Before graduating high school her mother began to see a local chiropractor for her migraines, and saw incredible results. Intrigued by the new found health of her mother, Dr. Jina began as a patient, and decided to begin chiropractic school where her mentor did at Life University. This is where Dr. Anthony and Dr. Jina learned to appreciate the body as a whole and all the healing properties it has. Working for over 20 different offices around the US, they have began their journey to open their new facility, Revitalize Chiropractic, here in Sarasota, FL. At Revitalize Chiropractic, our mission is to redefine the health of our community through specific chiropractic care by removing interference to the nervous system and allowing our bodies to express health. We want to revive the hope of improved health to every man, woman, and child. We want to reenergize the God-given healing potential that is alive and working in every one us. Pineapple Yoga Studio is excited to add Dr. Anthony and Dr. Jina to our faculty. They will teach the anatomy & physiology components of the RYT200 at our studio.
Training Faculty
Betsy Anderson, M.A., RYT 500 draws on 20 years of experience in yoga, mental health, recovery, and Holistic Counseling to provide a well-rounded, mindful, and artful flow to help facilitate healing and transformation. She has trained in the Baptiste method of Vinyasa, and taken a variety of styles including Ashtanga and Bikram yoga. Betsy also specializes in Yoga Nidra, and enjoys creating space and expansiveness for our innate joy and wisdom to flow freely.
Betsy Anderson
Betsy Anderson, M.A., RYT 500 draws on 20 years of experience in yoga, mental health, recovery, and Holistic Counseling to provide a well-rounded, mindful, and artful flow to help facilitate healing and transformation. She has trained in the Baptiste method of Vinyasa, and taken a variety of styles including Ashtanga and Bikram yoga. Betsy also specializes in Yoga Nidra, and enjoys creating space and expansiveness for our innate joy and wisdom to flow freely.
Instructor + Training Faculty
Gillian Whatmore was introduced to yoga while completing high school in England. She was drawn to the transformative, therapeutic nature of the practice and continually sought classes through many moves and jobs. Landing in Miami in 1992 she attended classes in Iyengar's alignment based yoga while attending massage therapy school. Enthralled by the ability of the body to revitalize and realign itself through the yoga practice she began teaching and attended workshops with Manuso Manas, Patricia Walden, Kevin Gardner, John Schumacher and other senior instructors. RYT200
Gillian Whatmore
Gillian Whatmore was introduced to yoga while completing high school in England. She was drawn to the transformative, therapeutic nature of the practice and continually sought classes through many moves and jobs. Landing in Miami in 1992 she attended classes in Iyengar's alignment based yoga while attending massage therapy school. Enthralled by the ability of the body to revitalize and realign itself through the yoga practice she began teaching and attended workshops with Manuso Manas, Patricia Walden, Kevin Gardner, John Schumacher and other senior instructors. RYT200
Yoga Instructor
Liz Owen
Liz Owen, E-RYT500, C-IAYT is an inspiring and passionate yoga teacher and therapist. She joins the teacher training faculty from Boston Massachusetts where she resides currently. She combines physical and energetic alignments with meditative action to create an innovative and transformative yoga experience. She has taught since 1990 and is known for her light-hearted teaching style as well as for the depth of her knowledge. Liz has studied various methods of classical hatha yoga and meditation for over 30 years with masters of many traditions. She is co-author Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back (Shambhala Publications) and of two NIH-funded studies at Boston University School of Medicine studying yoga as a healing modality for depression and anxiety. This study has been published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, March 2017, with impressive results. Liz presents her work in the U.S. and internationally, and she especially loves working with yoga teachers in training. Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back: A Practical Guide to Developing Strength and Relieving Pain Liz Owen and Holly Leibowitz Rossi, Shambhala, 2013
Liz Owen
Liz Owen, E-RYT500, C-IAYT is an inspiring and passionate yoga teacher and therapist. She joins the teacher training faculty from Boston Massachusetts where she resides currently. She combines physical and energetic alignments with meditative action to create an innovative and transformative yoga experience. She has taught since 1990 and is known for her light-hearted teaching style as well as for the depth of her knowledge. Liz has studied various methods of classical hatha yoga and meditation for over 30 years with masters of many traditions. She is co-author Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back (Shambhala Publications) and of two NIH-funded studies at Boston University School of Medicine studying yoga as a healing modality for depression and anxiety. This study has been published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, March 2017, with impressive results. Liz presents her work in the U.S. and internationally, and she especially loves working with yoga teachers in training. Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back: A Practical Guide to Developing Strength and Relieving Pain Liz Owen and Holly Leibowitz Rossi, Shambhala, 2013
Faculty + YACEP® + C-IAYT®
Larisa Byely M.A., RYT, CPT is a certified yoga, Adaptive yoga, and Pilates instructor. She views yoga as a self-awareness approach and encourages each student to explore & honor the body’s unique wisdom. Her classes are a creative blend of foundational alignment, explorative movement, and breath awareness. Her yoga training is broad and includes the lineage of Kripalu, Iyengar, and Ashtanga.
Larisa has years of experience working with those who have various challenges, disabilities, and trauma and offers group classes and private instruction in Adaptive Yoga and Restorative Yoga.
She has trained at the Mind Body Solutions Institute in Adaptive Yoga. Mind Body Solutions (mindbodysolutions.org) aims to transform trauma, loss and disability into hope and potential by awakening the connection between mind and body. This program is best known for adapting yoga for persons living with disabilities of all sorts and has trained over 800 yoga teachers nationally and internationally in its pioneering method.
Larisa Byely
Larisa Byely M.A., RYT, CPT is a certified yoga, Adaptive yoga, and Pilates instructor. She views yoga as a self-awareness approach and encourages each student to explore & honor the body’s unique wisdom. Her classes are a creative blend of foundational alignment, explorative movement, and breath awareness. Her yoga training is broad and includes the lineage of Kripalu, Iyengar, and Ashtanga.
Larisa has years of experience working with those who have various challenges, disabilities, and trauma and offers group classes and private instruction in Adaptive Yoga and Restorative Yoga.
She has trained at the Mind Body Solutions Institute in Adaptive Yoga. Mind Body Solutions (mindbodysolutions.org) aims to transform trauma, loss and disability into hope and potential by awakening the connection between mind and body. This program is best known for adapting yoga for persons living with disabilities of all sorts and has trained over 800 yoga teachers nationally and internationally in its pioneering method.
Yoga Instructor
Kathy Oravec is a brown belt Nia instructor, facilitator for Conscious Movement and a Dance Ability teacher.  DanceAbility uses improvisational dance to promote artistic expression and exploration between people with and without disabilities. Nia offers the expressiveness of dance (Duncan, Modern, Jazz), the power and explosiveness of martial arts (Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido), and the body awareness of healing arts (Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Yoga).  Conscious Movement is a movement practice where one learns to move from the wisdom of the body.  Kathy believes that the mind-body-spirit connection is key for achieving health and wellness.
Kathy Oravec
Kathy Oravec is a brown belt Nia instructor, facilitator for Conscious Movement and a Dance Ability teacher.  DanceAbility uses improvisational dance to promote artistic expression and exploration between people with and without disabilities. Nia offers the expressiveness of dance (Duncan, Modern, Jazz), the power and explosiveness of martial arts (Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido), and the body awareness of healing arts (Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Yoga).  Conscious Movement is a movement practice where one learns to move from the wisdom of the body.  Kathy believes that the mind-body-spirit connection is key for achieving health and wellness.
Yoga + Nia Instructor
Jennifer is a certified yoga instructor, with her yoga roots grounded in vinyasa and yin practices. She has also learned from teachers of Raja yoga and Ayurveda. Classes with Jennifer connect the mind, breath, and body to: – cultivate a lifestyle of self-empowerment (recognizing that you are more capable than you currently believe yourself to be) – increase body awareness (being aware of the body allows an individual to let go of it and grow beyond it) – improve overall health (asana is a physical exercise to detoxify and restore the body, mind and Self)
Jennifer Klama
Jennifer is a certified yoga instructor, with her yoga roots grounded in vinyasa and yin practices. She has also learned from teachers of Raja yoga and Ayurveda. Classes with Jennifer connect the mind, breath, and body to: – cultivate a lifestyle of self-empowerment (recognizing that you are more capable than you currently believe yourself to be) – increase body awareness (being aware of the body allows an individual to let go of it and grow beyond it) – improve overall health (asana is a physical exercise to detoxify and restore the body, mind and Self)
Yoga Instructor
Luisella took her first step on a yoga mat in Milan, Italy, her native town in 2009. She immediately fell in love with this ancient practice, not only for its physical benefits, but also for the balance yoga brought into her life. In Italy she studied the Kriya Yoga with great curiosity. Kriya is a specific form of Raja Yoga where techniques create balance between the mind and the body through the asana practice and the observation of the breath, including meditation. When the family moved to Sarasota in 2014 she started following Rodney Yee’s alignment based approach to yoga: focus on the alignment and the mechanic of the body with great attention to the study of the breath. Judith H. Lasater’s restorative teachings are another great source of inspiration for Luisella’s studies: “The essence of yoga is what the asana leave behind”. There is no better place to experience this rather than in the restorative postures. Luisella completed her 200-hour TT in March 2016 at one of the Sarasota premier studios where she taught beginners, mixed level and chair yoga classes, and served as a teaching assistant with “hands on adjustments”. Luisella also served at Sarasota Parkinson Place as a teacher/ teaching assistant. She is teaching multiple classes and workshops at Lakewood Ranch Country Club, and private classes at a Condo living environment in Lakewood Ranch Advanced training includes Kandy Love’s Iyengar restorative workshops, and ongoing training around the U.S. with world re-nowned Rodney Yee to bring alignment principles and most current practice to her students. She continues to take monthly programs locally to hone her skills. Due to her cultural background (she graduated in Italian literature), she has always been interested in the historicy and philosophic aspects of yoga, which enabled yoga to survive and increase in popularity throughout the years and the cultural changes. She considers meditation an essential part of the practice, a starting point for observing our true nature as human beings and “make peace” with it and with the world around us. Her classes are thread around her mantra “Let the Yoga Happen” where the asana and the breath are tools that allow the students to experience a journey both into the alignment based sequence, (available to “any body” through props), and into themselves, touching the highest point in the final relaxation, “Where the Yoga Happens”. If you want to start this new exciting journey, or simply experiencing a new awareness of your body incredible potential, come to class and share Luisella’s enthusiasm and love for the practice.
Luisella Rossi
Luisella took her first step on a yoga mat in Milan, Italy, her native town in 2009. She immediately fell in love with this ancient practice, not only for its physical benefits, but also for the balance yoga brought into her life. In Italy she studied the Kriya Yoga with great curiosity. Kriya is a specific form of Raja Yoga where techniques create balance between the mind and the body through the asana practice and the observation of the breath, including meditation. When the family moved to Sarasota in 2014 she started following Rodney Yee’s alignment based approach to yoga: focus on the alignment and the mechanic of the body with great attention to the study of the breath. Judith H. Lasater’s restorative teachings are another great source of inspiration for Luisella’s studies: “The essence of yoga is what the asana leave behind”. There is no better place to experience this rather than in the restorative postures. Luisella completed her 200-hour TT in March 2016 at one of the Sarasota premier studios where she taught beginners, mixed level and chair yoga classes, and served as a teaching assistant with “hands on adjustments”. Luisella also served at Sarasota Parkinson Place as a teacher/ teaching assistant. She is teaching multiple classes and workshops at Lakewood Ranch Country Club, and private classes at a Condo living environment in Lakewood Ranch Advanced training includes Kandy Love’s Iyengar restorative workshops, and ongoing training around the U.S. with world re-nowned Rodney Yee to bring alignment principles and most current practice to her students. She continues to take monthly programs locally to hone her skills. Due to her cultural background (she graduated in Italian literature), she has always been interested in the historicy and philosophic aspects of yoga, which enabled yoga to survive and increase in popularity throughout the years and the cultural changes. She considers meditation an essential part of the practice, a starting point for observing our true nature as human beings and “make peace” with it and with the world around us. Her classes are thread around her mantra “Let the Yoga Happen” where the asana and the breath are tools that allow the students to experience a journey both into the alignment based sequence, (available to “any body” through props), and into themselves, touching the highest point in the final relaxation, “Where the Yoga Happens”. If you want to start this new exciting journey, or simply experiencing a new awareness of your body incredible potential, come to class and share Luisella’s enthusiasm and love for the practice.
Yoga Instructor
Prenatal Yoga Instructor
April started her yoga journey as a young child, imitating her father, a yoga instructor, as he practiced hatha yoga in their living room home. She has been passionately practicing yoga since then, continuing throughout her three pregnancies, as well as alongside her children. April attained her 200 ryt in Sarasota at Yoga from the Heart in 2017. In the 20 years she has been teaching, she is experienced with both children and adults students, including those with special needs. Along with her yoga practice, April is a 4th degree black belt in traditional Japanese karate. She is a long time Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan practitioner. April’s focus is alignment based yoga, continuing the path of yoga founded in everyday practice, intuition and intentions, self-awareness, self-acceptance, and connecting the mind, body and spirit through postures, breath and meditation.
Among her many passions, she is a songwriter and musician, an avid traveler, environmentalist, bookworm and writer, an herbal medicine enthusiast, and loves to cook. She and her husband have two children, ages ten and six, as well as one joining the family summer 2018.
April Noss
April started her yoga journey as a young child, imitating her father, a yoga instructor, as he practiced hatha yoga in their living room home. She has been passionately practicing yoga since then, continuing throughout her three pregnancies, as well as alongside her children. April attained her 200 ryt in Sarasota at Yoga from the Heart in 2017. In the 20 years she has been teaching, she is experienced with both children and adults students, including those with special needs. Along with her yoga practice, April is a 4th degree black belt in traditional Japanese karate. She is a long time Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan practitioner. April’s focus is alignment based yoga, continuing the path of yoga founded in everyday practice, intuition and intentions, self-awareness, self-acceptance, and connecting the mind, body and spirit through postures, breath and meditation.
Among her many passions, she is a songwriter and musician, an avid traveler, environmentalist, bookworm and writer, an herbal medicine enthusiast, and loves to cook. She and her husband have two children, ages ten and six, as well as one joining the family summer 2018.
Yoga Instructor
Lauren Beth Jacobs
Lauren Beth Jacobs is a yoga and fitness entrepreneur who left her life as a lawyer to empower others to realize their dreams and discover their happiest, healthiest selves. Her yoga offerings are inspired by her personal vinyasa practice, which supported her through her career transition and continues to fuel her journey. Experienced - ERYT 200 Hr (since 2005), RYT 500 Hr, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher.
Lauren Jacobs
Lauren Beth Jacobs is a yoga and fitness entrepreneur who left her life as a lawyer to empower others to realize their dreams and discover their happiest, healthiest selves. Her yoga offerings are inspired by her personal vinyasa practice, which supported her through her career transition and continues to fuel her journey. Experienced - ERYT 200 Hr (since 2005), RYT 500 Hr, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher.
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Pineapple Yoga Studio Class Descriptions

Introduction to Yoga is designed as an all levels yoga practice appropriate for the first-time yogi/yogini. It is perfect for those who have no or little previous experience with yoga. This slower paced class will familiarize you with the basic yoga poses (asanas), proper alignment and allow plenty of time for modifications with the guidance of the yoga instructor. Come learn and have fun in a supportive and compassionate environment.
INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
Introduction to Yoga is designed as an all levels yoga practice appropriate for the first-time yogi/yogini. It is perfect for those who have no or little previous experience with yoga. This slower paced class will familiarize you with the basic yoga poses (asanas), proper alignment and allow plenty of time for modifications with the guidance of the yoga instructor. Come learn and have fun in a supportive and compassionate environment.
All Levels

All Levels Yoga is perfect for beginners, intermediate yogis/yoginis and everything in between. Fundamentals of yoga and proper alignment are emphasized while multiple practice levels are supported by the yoga instructor.
ALL LEVELS YOGA
All Levels Yoga is perfect for beginners, intermediate yogis/yoginis and everything in between. Fundamentals of yoga and proper alignment are emphasized while multiple practice levels are supported by the yoga instructor.
Beginner + Intermediate

This class is a powerful form of Vinyasa yoga where heat is built in the body via the flowing sequence of asanas (yoga poses) in coordination with your breath. Knowledgeable sequencing and proper alignment will create new opportunities to deepen your practice while staying focused on the connection between breath and movement.
POWER VINYASA
This class is a powerful form of Vinyasa yoga where heat is built in the body via the flowing sequence of asanas (yoga poses) in coordination with your breath. Knowledgeable sequencing and proper alignment will create new opportunities to deepen your practice while staying focused on the connection between breath and movement.
Experienced + Advanced

This gentle all levels class is combined with meditation and an extra-long Shavasana releasing the tension from the body and mind by shifting your awareness to the present moment. Aromatherapy, eye pillows and props will take you away in this one-of-a-kind class. This is a perfect ending to a long day.
Yoga + Meditation
This gentle all levels class is combined with meditation and an extra-long Shavasana releasing the tension from the body and mind by shifting your awareness to the present moment. Aromatherapy, eye pillows and props will take you away in this one-of-a-kind class. This is a perfect ending to a long day.
All Levels

Restore & rejuvenate in this class for deep relaxation of the body and mind through mindful movement and prolonged poses gently supported by props. Restorative Yoga focuses on a limited number of yoga poses permitting complete relaxation of the body. The yoga studio is warmed slighted to encourage relaxation of your muscles to enable gentle twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. You will leave feeling refreshed, renewed, and pampered.
Restorative Yoga
Restore & rejuvenate in this class for deep relaxation of the body and mind through mindful movement and prolonged poses gently supported by props. Restorative Yoga focuses on a limited number of yoga poses permitting complete relaxation of the body. The yoga studio is warmed slighted to encourage relaxation of your muscles to enable gentle twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends. You will leave feeling refreshed, renewed, and pampered.
All Levels

A Children’s Yoga instructor leads a yoga class for children between the ages of 5 and 12 in our outdoor patio. Program fosters love, community and generosity in its approach to teaching. Mindfulness training will center around deep diaphragmatic breathing through the nose, which helps kids calm themselves by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system to counteract feelings of anxiety. Through yoga, kids develop awareness, love and connection to themselves and to their community.
Children's Yoga
A Children’s Yoga instructor leads a yoga class for children between the ages of 5 and 12 in our outdoor patio. Program fosters love, community and generosity in its approach to teaching. Mindfulness training will center around deep diaphragmatic breathing through the nose, which helps kids calm themselves by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system to counteract feelings of anxiety. Through yoga, kids develop awareness, love and connection to themselves and to their community.
Ages 5-12

Pre-natal Yoga uses gentle asanas (yoga postures) in combination with breath in a specifically designed class to enjoy yoga during your pregnancy journey. The breath will connect you to a deeper awareness of the body, mind and spirit and that of your baby. This gentle practice will strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improve circulation and aid in digestion making your pregnancy more comfortable.
Pre-natal Yoga
Pre-natal Yoga uses gentle asanas (yoga postures) in combination with breath in a specifically designed class to enjoy yoga during your pregnancy journey. The breath will connect you to a deeper awareness of the body, mind and spirit and that of your baby. This gentle practice will strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improve circulation and aid in digestion making your pregnancy more comfortable.
All Levels

Kundalini Yoga aims to introduce awareness and fortitude in our daily lives. In your Kundalini yoga practice you will harness the mental, physical and nervous energies of the body and align them with the domain of the will– which is the instrument of the soul. This practice combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, and body postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood. It will bring balance and equilibrium to your body, mind and soul.
Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga aims to introduce awareness and fortitude in our daily lives. In your Kundalini yoga practice you will harness the mental, physical and nervous energies of the body and align them with the domain of the will– which is the instrument of the soul. This practice combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, and body postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood. It will bring balance and equilibrium to your body, mind and soul.
All Levels

Yin Yoga, based on the meridian system that is the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, goes beyond lengthening the muscles into compassionately opening the fascia and gently lengthening the connective tissue around and inside the joints. Long holds of basic seated poses interspersed with passive or active rest facilitates fuller access to the connective tissue and lasting structural evolution. This quiet yoga will guide you deeper into your body and your practice by allowing you to explore the dynamism of stillness. Perfect for beginners and experienced yogis/yoginis alike.
Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga, based on the meridian system that is the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, goes beyond lengthening the muscles into compassionately opening the fascia and gently lengthening the connective tissue around and inside the joints. Long holds of basic seated poses interspersed with passive or active rest facilitates fuller access to the connective tissue and lasting structural evolution. This quiet yoga will guide you deeper into your body and your practice by allowing you to explore the dynamism of stillness. Perfect for beginners and experienced yogis/yoginis alike.
All Levels

Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life - body, mind and soul. Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Nia classes are taught by licensed Nia teachers.
Nia
Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life - body, mind and soul. Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Nia classes are taught by licensed Nia teachers.
All Levels

Exercise that addresses many facets of wellbeing, and most of all it's fun! Have a blast and get your cardio, dance, strength and yoga all in one focused hour. Kai classes blend simple choreographed steps with guided authentic movement designed to access a wide range of mind-body fitness. Kai provides a cardio workout and integrates other benefits from things such as meditation, yoga, and the freedom of play. No dance experience is necessary. It is adaptable for all fitness levels, and is designed to integrate body and mind.
Kai
Exercise that addresses many facets of wellbeing, and most of all it's fun! Have a blast and get your cardio, dance, strength and yoga all in one focused hour. Kai classes blend simple choreographed steps with guided authentic movement designed to access a wide range of mind-body fitness. Kai provides a cardio workout and integrates other benefits from things such as meditation, yoga, and the freedom of play. No dance experience is necessary. It is adaptable for all fitness levels, and is designed to integrate body and mind.
All Levels

Donation based yoga in our beautiful studio or outdoor patio open to Sarasota/Bradenton community seeking a safe place to heal physically, emotionally or spiritually. This class encourages those seeking the therapeutic support of yoga to heal the wounds of PTSD, addiction, trauma or some other life experience that is challenging in a supportive and compassionate environment. Service is the cornerstone of the PYS mission and it is our honor to provide yoga to our community. Om shanti Om, PYS
Community Yoga
Donation based yoga in our beautiful studio or outdoor patio open to Sarasota/Bradenton community seeking a safe place to heal physically, emotionally or spiritually. This class encourages those seeking the therapeutic support of yoga to heal the wounds of PTSD, addiction, trauma or some other life experience that is challenging in a supportive and compassionate environment. Service is the cornerstone of the PYS mission and it is our honor to provide yoga to our community. Om shanti Om, PYS
All Levels

Studio Etiquette

#beSweetontheInside

1. When entering the studio, please be mindful of your talking. Please keep your voice down, especially if a class is in session.

2. If you are enjoying the outdoor cafe, please be respectful and keep your voices low during class time. Entrance into the building is not permitted while class is in session.

3. Please do not talk during class. Be mindful and respectful that this time is intended to be a serene and peaceful time to decompress and destress.

4. If you sweat during your practice, please wipe it off the floors to avoid slippery surfaces when leaving the studio.

5. The yoga practice room is separated by linen panels with cubbies next to the restroom. Please leave personal items there during your practice.

6. Pineapple Yoga Studio is not responsible for any lost items. Please leave valuables at home or bring them into the yoga practice room with you during class.

7. If you rent a yoga mat, please use yoga mat spray available at the studio to wipe it down prior to returning it to the front desk.

8. Please return props to cubbies and place towels in hamper prior to leaving studio. We are truly grateful for your cooperation.

PINEAPPLE YOGA STUDIO PRICES

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Drop-in Rate $18

6 MONTH AUTO PAY
$160
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$150
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$450
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New Yogis
  • This studio is gorgeous inside and outside. The lovely wooden ceiling with its majestic beams made me feel like I was whisked away to some magical yoga retreat in a far-off land! Loved it! The instructor was top notch with her guidance and explanations and she made me feel welcome and at ease. I will definitely be back.

    Pamela K. (Facebook)
  • I am in LOVE with this studio and the instructors. They are compassionate, strong, and provide for all levels with everyone feeling at ease with their practice. I highly recommend to others who have years of yoga or for those just starting out.

    Denise K. (Facebook)
  • Fantastic space…energetically and physically. I have taken yoga at numerous spots in SRQ, and there is just something special about Pineapple Yoga. The owner, Claudia, has a true passion for yoga and teaching. Britt’s Yin class was also impressive.

    Jill E. (Facebook)
  • Beautiful space! Beautiful teacher, Claudia is amazing! So excited to have another heart warming, heart opening studio.

    Grace R. (Facebook)
  • Ok, so where do I start…? The studio is absolutely amazing – you are transformed into an environment that is a mix of somewhere in-between Bali and Aspen. Absolutely gorgeous and just such a beautiful environment, with incredible attention to detail. The classes and instructors – fabulous, caring, challenging. I’ve only been to a few but they were all fantastic, love Claudia’s Sunday AM class. Highly recommend it – whether you’re a novice (like me) or a much more experienced yogi (Iike my wife), you will absolutely love this place!

    Thomas H. (Facebook)

Contact

Pineapple Yoga Studio is here to serve the community. Feel free to contact us via email or phone with any questions you may have about yoga or any of our programs. We look forward to hearing from you. Namaste, PYS

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