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.
Ayurveda
 The 5000 year-old preventative medicine system, and science of life, 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 type.
 
Chair Yoga
 A  gentle class are especially suited for those who prefer not to be down on the floor. All yoga postures will be done seated in a chair or standing, using the chair to help with support and balance. Classes offer a well-rounded variety of yoga poses, breath work and relaxation designed to leave you feeling stronger, more flexible, calm and energized
Gentle Yoga
For people who desire a slower pace; those who need to recover from illness, surgery or injury; or anyone who simply wants a relaxing 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. No previous yoga experienced required. All levels. The Yin-Yang Flow class offers a selection of passive positions followed by a series of active, flowing poses.         
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 Iyengar Yoga is is based on the specific teachings and traditions of yoga master by B.K.S. Iyengar.
 
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, and relaxation. Class focus will be on proper alignment and adapting yoga to your physical and mental needs. A great class for active people starting yoga for the first time, 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. Prerequisite: Beginning Level of yoga or teacher approval.
 
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. Moon Flow is a compliment to the Sun Flow with the majority of poses moving laterally, thus minimizing upper body weight bearing positions.  Great for strengthening legs and opening hips & shoulders.
Pre Natal Yoga
Connect with your baby through relaxation, breath work and opening postures. Gentle yogic stretches with a focus on breath work and meditation.
 
Post Natal Yoga
Class is designed to helps mothers reconnect with the bodies after baby's arrival. The focus will be on awareness and strengthening of the core and back muscles, along with the pelvic floor, and postures to open the chest and shoulders. Breathwork and meditation will be included to assist in soothing the nervous system, bringing harmony to the body and the mind. Suitable for women 6-8 weeks postpartum with doctor's approval (8-10 weeks after C-section). Note: Class is for Mom only.
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.
 
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. Improve Qi circulation through both mental and physical training, cultivating the body’s vital energy with this non-impact exercise.
Feed Your Hunger with Yoga
 Food is fuel for a healthy body. When we use food to cope with our emotions this brings imbalance and weight gain or loss. Learn the psychology behind eating patterns, along with philosophy and mindful mediation practices. Classes will include yoga asanas that specifically help with weight management and monitoring emotional eating. 
 
Feldenkrais
A method of somatic education, reconnecting with the natural ability to move, think and feel:  awareness through movement.  Suitable for all ages and levels of physical condition.
 
Pilates
We focus on the principles of breath, muscle elongation, spinal fluidity and core connection as we move through the exercises with ease and consciousness. Exercise modifications for students with physical concerns or for those that want a little extra challenge will be given on an ongoing basis. Small equipment such as therabands, foam rollers and small balls will further enhance your experience with the movement material and give plenty of suggestions for exercising at home.
 
Meditation
A FREE class for those wishing to enjoy the many benefits of meditation (an ancient art that deepens awareness while cultivating the evolution and healing of mind, soul & body). All levels welcome.    

Restorative Yoga

A quiet practice for renewal and relaxation using props to support the body for optimum opening and release. Great for recovery & rest and for those who need to be challenged to be still. Conscious rest is far more restoring than a nap or sleep. All Levels.

Yoga for Students Ages 4-19

Many of today's teens/young adults are not getting enough physical exercise. In some cases, such as varsity sports, teens may be getting overworked. Find a happy medium is what yoga is all about at YHE. This class is designed for youths in good health who wants to be challenged and have fun in a non-competitive setting.

Family Yoga

A playful, active session for children (ages 7 and older) and adults who accompany one or more youngsters. Participants should come with a sense of adventure and a willingness to try a variety of wonderful, and often unusual, yoga poses that are sure to challenge and delight all. It’s just too much fun!

Yoga for Aging Athletes

Whether you are a former or current athlete (or even a non-athlete) and are over 40, this class is designed for you.

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 necess