ABOUT Pineapple Yoga Studio

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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. 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.

PYS Welcomes you to be part of our community!

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pineapple Yoga Studio Instructors

#YOUareourINSPIRATION

Claudia Baeza is a yoga instructor and the owner of Pineapple Yoga Studio. Her passion for service is at the heart of her practice & her 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 while also offering donation based classes for underserved and at-risk communities. 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 as well as a Certified Personal Trainer. Before owning a Yoga studio, she was a practicing attorney and professional designer. RYT200
Claudia Baeza
Claudia Baeza is a yoga instructor and the owner of Pineapple Yoga Studio. Her passion for service is at the heart of her practice & her 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 while also offering donation based classes for underserved and at-risk communities. 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 as well as a Certified Personal Trainer. Before owning a Yoga studio, she was a practicing attorney and professional designer. RYT200
Studio Owner

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
Instructor

Mara Chanin's yoga practice began at the age of 19 at the Omega Institute where her love of dance found deeper meaning in the practice of asana. She completed her 200 hour certification in an immersive program at the Yandara Institute in Todos Santos, Mexico in January 2013. Since then she has been teaching full time–relishing her time on the mat with students as an opportunity to strengthen their physical, emotional and spiritual experience of life. RYT200
Mara Chanin
Mara Chanin's yoga practice began at the age of 19 at the Omega Institute where her love of dance found deeper meaning in the practice of asana. She completed her 200 hour certification in an immersive program at the Yandara Institute in Todos Santos, Mexico in January 2013. Since then she has been teaching full time–relishing her time on the mat with students as an opportunity to strengthen their physical, emotional and spiritual experience of life. RYT200
Instructor

Alissa Carlucci has a BFA in Dance as well as 200RYT in 2008. Lifelong studentship inspires her teaching. Her classes offer a down to earth approach to yoga. Playfulness is strongly encouraged. RYT200
Alissa Carlucci
Alissa Carlucci has a BFA in Dance as well as 200RYT in 2008. Lifelong studentship inspires her teaching. Her classes offer a down to earth approach to yoga. Playfulness is strongly encouraged. RYT200
Instructor

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

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

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
Instructor

Originally from Munich, Germany, Veronika moved to Sarasota in March 2011. After a personal wake-up call in 2012, Veronika turned her life around by taking care of herself with lots of yoga, meditation, coloring, and whole foods nutrition. She started her teacher training in 2015 as addition to her personal journey of being more in tune with herself–the more she dove in, the more she wanted to share and teach. RYT200
Veronika Schachtner
Originally from Munich, Germany, Veronika moved to Sarasota in March 2011. After a personal wake-up call in 2012, Veronika turned her life around by taking care of herself with lots of yoga, meditation, coloring, and whole foods nutrition. She started her teacher training in 2015 as addition to her personal journey of being more in tune with herself–the more she dove in, the more she wanted to share and teach. RYT200
Instructor

Rebecca Brillhart, (Sarasota native) yogini guide, globetrotter, and food enthusiast. At 19, Rebecca attended her first yoga class. Rebecca realizes the importance of inward reflection to be a trait she'd carry throughout life. Yoga helped the feeling of stagnancy and poor mental state of self-love & confidence. In the summer of 2013, Rebecca completed her yoga teacher training in Sarasota at Heartwood Yoga Center. RYT200
Rebecca Brillhart
Rebecca Brillhart, (Sarasota native) yogini guide, globetrotter, and food enthusiast. At 19, Rebecca attended her first yoga class. Rebecca realizes the importance of inward reflection to be a trait she'd carry throughout life. Yoga helped the feeling of stagnancy and poor mental state of self-love & confidence. In the summer of 2013, Rebecca completed her yoga teacher training in Sarasota at Heartwood Yoga Center. RYT200
Instructor

Larisa Kenny is a professional dietitian caring for seniors with dementia and memory loss. She has had extensive studies in the practice of Iyengar and therapeutic yoga. She received her 200 hour RYT Certification from her mentor, Silvia Mordini. She is also certified in Prenatal Yoga and Personal Training through the AFAA. RYT200
Larisa Kenny
Larisa Kenny is a professional dietitian caring for seniors with dementia and memory loss. She has had extensive studies in the practice of Iyengar and therapeutic yoga. She received her 200 hour RYT Certification from her mentor, Silvia Mordini. She is also certified in Prenatal Yoga and Personal Training through the AFAA. RYT200
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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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$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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