Class Descriptions 
If you are a first time student at YHE, you may want to consult with our staff to help find your best placement.
Intro to Ayurveda

 The 5000 year-old preventative medicine system, science of life, and “sister science” of yoga, teaches us how to live with the laws of nature, making lifestyle choices based on our personal body/mind constitutional type. Eat, live, do yoga, work and heal specifically for your doshic (body/mind) type. Teacher, Libby Robold is a Board Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor and an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist.  Ayur Yoga: Learn your body/mind type and   how to practice & refine your yoga specifically for your constitution.

Chair Yoga

A gentle class especially suited for those who prefer not to work on the floor.  All yoga postures will be done seated or standing using a chair for support and balance.  A well-rounded variety of yoga poses for strength and flexibility are taught, along with breath work and relaxation. 

Gentle Yoga

For people who desire a slower pace; those recovering from illness, surgery or injury; or anyone who simply wants a relaxing, mindful class. You will learn basics of foundation and how to apply yoga principles in your life as you move gingerly in the poses. Gentle breath techniques and meditation are part of the experience.  Poses will be modified for all abilities. 

Yin Yoga
A quiet, meditative practice that brings balance to the muscular body by passively working & rehabilitating connective tissue & ligaments with gentle traction and breath.  An excellent class for gaining flexibility in joints and in the mind. Well suited for overactive minds & bodies; arthritis, including fibromyalgia, neuromuscular issues; healing old injuries, and much more. Great before a high energy activity.        
Beginning Yoga
Learn yoga from the beginning with a taste of history, philosophy, and the foundation poses. Learn the process of yoga and how to apply yoga in your daily life. Emphasis is on utilizing the breath in movements. You will learn a daily routine and how to ground and center your energy.
Beginning & Beyond
Refresh your understanding of yoga from the beginning.  This class is designed to teach and re-teach the basics of foundation, grounding, movement, breathing & relaxation.  Class focus is on proper alignment and adapting yoga to your physical & mental needs.  A great class for active people starting yoga for the first time, students returning to yoga after a time away, or for experienced students wishing to strengthen the foundation of their practice.  
Kundalini Fire Series
A yoga technology based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, synchronizing the breath with movement that literally opens tense areas of the body, clears the head, and gives an incredible overall body feeling of flexibility and resiliency. Great for boosting the immune system, working the endocrine system and soothing the entire nervous system. It is a cardio intensive practice that detoxifies the body. Suggested Prerequisite:  Beginning Yoga.
Continuing Yoga
The next level after Beginning & Beyond, builds strength and provides motivation for your own personal practice.  You’ll be guided in ways of breaking the cycle of stress and balancing the body’s energy flow with holding poses and vinyasa, understanding mudras & sounds in practice and utilizing breath techniques for specific concerns.  Continuing Plus is a two hour “Continuing & Beyond” class with a rigorous practice, flowing or dynamic, that builds inner fire while developing inner strength, flexibility and endurance.  We’ll warm the body with sun/moon salutations, inversions and more advanced asana.  Pranayama, meditation and deeper studies are a part of all intermediate classes.  Teaching is progressive.  Prerequisite: Strong foundation of yoga fundamentals & physically fit.
Yoga Flows
Connecting poses in a flowing sequence is called vinyasa.  Learning the basics of foundation in Beginning or Beginning & Beyond classes is best before doing flow yoga, which requires good health and strength. Flow increases flexibility and stamina. Sunrise Flow is demanding, involving numerous weight bearing positions for hands & arms.  Continuing classes will typically include vinyasa sequences. Continuing classes will typically include vinyasa sequences.
Strength and Stretch with Light Weights 
Add light weights to your yoga practice for enhancing your strength and muscle tone, along with attention to balance and proper alignment. You will need to bring two small 1 -1.5-pound weights or two regular 8-ounce water bottles to this class. 
Yoga for Teens 
Many of today's teens are not getting enough physical exercise. In some cases, such as varsity sports, teens may be physically over-worked. Finding a happy medium is what yoga is all about at YHE. Lots of young adult may not think of themselves as athletic, yet enjoy physical exercise. This class is designed for youths who are in good health, who want to have fun, and be challenged in a non -competitive setting.
Yoga for Kids Age 9-12
 Movement comes naturally to children and, at this age, there is little inhibition. Yoga poses are, in essence, the result of these normal movements of younger people. This class will be an educational, playful adventure of exploring moving poses balanced with quieting calming practices.
Family Yoga
A playful, active session for children and adults who accompany one or more youngsters. Come with a sense of adventure and a willingness to try wonderful, often unusual yoga poses that are sure to challenge and delight all. FREE for children 8-13 who take a class with an adult.
Yoga for Back Issues 1
Regardless of age, activity level, medical history, and current back condition, this therapeutic class will bring relief to your situation. Most importantly, you’ll learn basic yoga movements that you can practice at home to ease, and possibly remedy, your back issue. All levels. Must Pre Register. Back Issues 2 is a maintenance class for graduates of Back Class 1.
Yoga for Arthritis & Stiff Bodies
A specialty, therapeutic class for tight bodied folks and those suffering with arthritis. Come look at a fresh new perspective of arthritis, including fibromyalgia, and take home ideas each week for creating change and healing. Must Pre Register.
Back/Posture Clinics
An introductory posture and spine tuning class for anyone dealing with back pain or discomfort, as well as hip or shoulder issues. Yoga Therapist Libby Robold conducts this Saturday clinic from 10-noon, May 2 & June 6. Each class is designed around the group in attendance. Limited to ten participants. No prior yoga experience required.
Prenatal Yoga
Connect with your baby through relaxation, breath work and opening postures.  Gentle yogic stretches with focus on breath work and meditation.
Tai Chi
Discover this system of beautiful flowing movements, relaxed breathing and meditation to awaken internal energy, build strength & endurance, enhance flexibility, improve balance & coordination and reduce the stress of daily life.  
Private Classes (Yoga & Therapeutic)
with Yoga Therapist Libby Robold, may be scheduled for yoga or therapy. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is an integrated system of supporting the body in positions based on classic yoga postures while using non-directive, verbal techniques. Unresolved emotional experiences, stored in your body/mind, are often hidden from conscious awareness. Yoga Therapy is a safe, painless process that allows for the release of both physical & emotional tensions. Familiarity with yoga is not necessary.