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‘Yoga: a major force for healing’
by Alanna Brown — Special to the Tribune
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Kate Midcalf, owner of Yoga Pearl in Sparks, demonstrates the Warrior III Pose. Yoga Pearl doesn’t offer just yoga classes, but instruction in meditation and nutrition at their studio located at 2955 Vista Blvd.
Kate Midcalf, owner of Yoga Pearl in Sparks, demonstrates the Warrior III Pose. Yoga Pearl doesn’t offer just yoga classes, but instruction in meditation and nutrition at their studio located at 2955 Vista Blvd.
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For anyone who wants to be emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually in sync with their body, then Yoga Pearl may be the place for them. Located at 2955 Vista Blvd in Sparks, prospective yoga enthusiasts can come in and enjoy the calming environment that owner Kate Midcalf has worked so hard to share with the community. Freshly brewed coffee and tea is also offered to bring a feeling of tranquility.

Yoga Pearl doesn’t just offer yoga. It also offers meditation, a book study group, nutritional consultation and innovative workshops.

Yoga Pearl first opened in September of 2007 and has been a big success.

“It’s been good, there are ups and downs, but I love what I am doing and I believe in yoga and my clients,” Midcalf said.

The unique factor to Yoga Pearl is that the instructors, who consist of Midcalf and her daughter Tessa Miller, who is 23 and was certified this past April, focus on modification.

“Every body can do yoga but at its own pace, I’m not into cookie cutter yoga, we do yoga for the individual,” Midcalf said.

There are many different classes offered Monday-Sunday. From Gentle Yoga to Vinyasa, it doesn’t matter how advanced you are, Yoga Pearl loves to have beginners swing in.

“I suggest that if it is their first time, that they talk to the instructor about the philosophy,” Midcalf said. “Do you offer modifications is what beginners should ask, because they can injure themselves if they aren’t ready.”

Although Yoga Pearl’s clientele is about 90 percent women, men are encouraged to try yoga too.

“I always like when I have a guy in here. I think doing yoga would make men connect more with their body,” Midcalf said.

The longtime instructor has been doing yoga for 25 years and is still very passionate about it. She was certified in 2005 to teach, but has taught workout classes since 1990. She says the best thing about her is her students.

“When the students look, how I felt when I first started, has to be my favorite thing about what I do.”

Yoga Pearl is open to all ages. The client-range runs roughly from 13-to-22 and then it picks back up at 35-70. For Washoe County students out there, Yoga Pearl can fulfill their PE credit. Instead of doing outside activities, students can come into Yoga Pearl and do yoga instead.

Does it sound like a good alternative? Midcalf used to teach in the Washoe County School District and her’s is the only yoga studio that is offered to.

“I believe that yoga is a major force of healing. It teaches us feedback from the body and the body is the greatest teacher,” Midcalf said.

Drop-in classes are only $10 and classes are offered in 60 or 90 minute durations.
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