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 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
Beginning & Beyond 1, 2 & 3: 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. The difference in numbers is a reflection of both the length of class and the degree of intensity/challenge in poses.  
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. Sunset Yin Yang incorporates both passive and active movements. Slow Flow for Stamina & Balance increases stamina & balance through the very process of moving more slowly. Continuing classes will typically include vinyasa sequences.
Yoga for Traumatic Stress
A quiet practice for renewal and relaxation using props to support the body for optimum opening and release. Great for recovery and rest for those who need to be challenged to be still. Conscious rest is far more restoring than a nap or sleep. No prior yoga experience required.  
Intro to Qigong
With roots in Chinese med
Cats, Frogs, Squats Galore!
A light-hearted and playful class for students of all ages, abilities and experiences.  While the focus is on the many variations of just three easy poses, more are sure to be added.  Be prepared for improved strength and flexibility in your hips and shoulders. No prior yoga experience required.
Transcending Our Grief
Utilize the power of yoga to release physical, mental, and emotional pain through the expert guidance of yoga instructor and psychiatrist, Dr. Melpo Kavadella. Class is online only.
Feed Your Hunger with Yoga
Food is fuel for the 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 meditation practices. Classes will include yoga asanas that specifically help with weight management and and monitoring emotional eating.
 
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 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.  
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.

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

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