We feature a wide array of classes for all ages & ability levels, taught by mature, professional instructors who come to Yoga for Health Education with diverse training and fields of expertise. Offering public and private classes. 

Instructors
Libby Robold 

Co-Director, MA,

E-RYT 500, YACEP, PRYT,  CAHC, AYT, C-IAYT

Michael Robold 

Co-Director, MA, CYT

Libby began her yoga studies with Dr. Ron Chalfant, Iyengar teacher, in 1975. A few years later she began teaching yoga at Northwestern Michigan College, and has since studied with many renowned teachers and various yoga schools, becoming certified as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and certified yoga teacher. She has taught numerous workshops and classes, in addition to training other teachers (Yoga for Health Education Mentoring Academy) and therapists.  A NAMA certified Ayurveda Health Counselor, Libby has been studying Ayurveda for over sixteen years with mentor Patricia Hansen,  in addition to studying with Dr. Vasant Lad, BAMS of the Ayurvedic Institute. Libby teaches a wide array of classes from Beginning and Beyond, Continuing, Yin, Kundalini, Sunrise Flow, and therapeutics for backs and arthritis, along with Ayurveda classes and workshops. Libby spent many years as a public school teacher and an Intergative Arts Therapist for TBAISD, and sees yoga as a way of life and enjoys helping people find their creative spark within.

Michael taught elementary school for ten years, earned an MA in Elementary School Administration and, along with his wife, Libby, operated an outdoor vacation company, Michigan Bicycle Touring, for twenty-five years.  Michael has taught over 7000 hours of classes since 1996 and his personal yoga practice began with Iyengar teacher, Dr. Ron Chalfant in 1979.  After moving to the area in 1982, Michael assisted Libby in classes and workshops at NMC for nearly fifteen years.  Although drawn to the high energy styles of yoga,  Michael likewise enjoys teaching classes to beginners. He has a passion for nutrition and enjoys conducting Yoga of Eating workshops.  At Yoga for Health, Michael co-directs the Center for Conscious Living and currently teaches Beginning, Beginning & Beyond, Yoga for Teens and Family Yoga. He enjoys teaching yoga because it encompasses all that we are – mind, body and spirit.  Michael is an active member of the Michigan Yoga Association.

Jen Hays 

Yoga Instructor 

 

Jen took her first  yoga class with Libby Robold at age nineteen.  She began studies with Yoga for Health Education followed by years of practice teaching. She recently completed her 300 Hour Plus Program with Yoga for Health Education Mentoring Academy. Jen currently teaches numerous classes at YHE including Beginning, Beginning & Beyond, and out-reach programs.

Alice Bridges 

Feldenkrais Instructor 

 

Alice has been a disciple of movement arts her entire life. Her quest to understand human movement and learning processes led her to become a movement therapist specializing in working with dancers. She also became a certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method. She established a movement program for cancer survivors at UCSF’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, created a multi-media recovery program for women with breast cancer, and has taught dance movement therapy classes for people with movement disorders.  Desiring to further understand movement and healing, Alice embarked on the study of the art of t’ai chi. She has been a student of Hunyuan Chen style t’ai chi for 20 years and is a certified instructor through the Feng Zhiquiang Chen Style Taijiquan Academy USA. 

Bridgit Frank 

Pilates Instructor 

 

Bridgit is a SCOTT is a certified Pilates instructor.  After suffering from Guillain-Barre’, which led to temporary paralysis her senior year of high school, she explored various fitness programs with little success until discovering Pilates over 16 years ago. In 2009, she opened Village Pilates with Nicola Conraths.  She currently manages Village Pilates and teaches mat classes at NMC and at the Traverse Senior Center.  She enjoys working with all fitness levels.

Erika Wynn 

Yoga Instructor

 

Erika received her 200 hour training with Union Yoga in 2011, and completed her 300 Hour Plus Program with Yoga for Health Education Mentoring Academy. Erika teaches a variety of classes with a special focus in Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga. Drawing influence from classical styles with an emphasis on philosophy, she strives to nurture a balance of disciplined practice, open hearts, and joyful intention through her teaching. 

Ann Parker

Tai Chi Instructor 

 

Ann, a physical therapist by trade, is a long time Tai Chi teacher at YHE.  She brings a vast array of experience and training to her teaching. After completing her degree in Physical Therapy, she relocated to Seattle where she was fortunate to study with several excellent Yang style instructors including Richard Aries and Cosette Le Ciel, both founding members of Five Willow Tai Chi Association where Ann has studied for many years.  Ann has also studied with honored masters Mr. Toa Ping-Siang, Mr. William Chen,both in the lineage of the late Master Cheng Man-Ching.  She has been fortunate to study with the  highly regarded, Madame Gao .  Ann feels she has gained tremendous mental , physical,  and spiritual growth from TAi Chi and loves sharing her passion with the people of northern Michigan.

Linda Forster 

Meditation Instructor 

 

Linda has been a student of Yoga for many years and completed the Teacher Training Program at Integral Yoga in Buckingham, VA in 2003.  Linda currently teaches a free Meditation class at the studio on Sunday morning. Through Yoga she has found a way of reducing tension, maintaining health, building flexibility, and living peacefully in a hectic world.  Linda works for the Intermediate School District and has completed her 500 hour training with the Yoga for Health Education Mentoring Academy.

 

Stephanie Prall 

Yoga Instructor 

 

Stephanie is a former junior high social studies teacher with a longtime interest in world cultures and contemplative philosophies, such as Buddhism and Taoism. Stephanie has taught a variety of ages and levels of classes including Beginning and Beyond, All Levels, Gentle Yoga, Continuing Flow. She also completed her 300 Hour Plus Program with Yoga for Health Education Mentoring Academy.

Nora Wiser

Yoga Instructor

 

Inspired by compassionate teachers and motivated by her own experience, Nora completed her own training to teach in a 200hr Hatha Yoga teaching certificate with Union Yoga. She has taught Gentle, Chair, Yin/Yang, Beginning, and Yoga for Weight Issues classes at YHE in summer. Winters find her teaching in Florida or California.  She volunteers with the Connected Warriors Yoga program at the Veteran’s Hospital in West Palm Beach.  Nora is completing her 500 hour studies with the Yoga for Health Education Mentoring Academy at YHE.   She has trained extensively as a Shambala (Buddhist) meditation teacher and offers Free meditation on Sunday mornings in summer and fall at YHE.

 

Melpo Kavadella

Yoga Instructor 

 

Melpo Kavadella, MD, is a dedicated physician who is devoted to her patients. She is a mother of two, a psychiatrist, and a teacher of physicians for Michigan State University.  She has completed course work for both the 200-Hour and 300-Hour Plus, advanced training with Yoga for Health Education Mentoring Academy and has incorporated her yoga training with her life’s work. Melpo teaches periodically at YHE, filling in for staff and teaches Yoga for Deep Grief and Depression among other seasonal offerings. Melpo is a strong advocate for the practice of yoga and enjoys helping students understand the long-term benefits of a regular practice.

 

Barb Huegli 

Yoga Instructor 

 

Barb received her 200 hr. Teacher Training course with Sandra Carden in 2002 and completed her 500 hour continuing education with Libby and the Himalayan Institute. Barb’s focus in her teaching is to convey asanas with proper alignment in hopes that students can enter any yoga class with a solid understanding of the postures. When she is not teaching yoga or working at Munson Hospital, Barb loves to be outside. 

Denise Sandor

Yoga Instructor

Denise, BA, BS, MIM, 200 E-RYT, has been teaching yoga since 2011. She earned her 200 hour certification through Prairie Yoga and continues her yoga education by working towards her 500 hour certification with Tias Little / Prajna Yoga.Denise was drawn to yoga as an escape from the corporate world, to reduce anxiety, and get back in shape. Denise's dynamic teaching focuses on mindful movement, alignment, breathwork, and adapting postures to meet student's needs. She provides a positive and encouraging environment where students can leave their worries at the door, focus on their health, and be mindfully and safely challenged.

Yoga Instructor

Denise, BA, BS, MIM, 200 E-RYT, has been teaching yoga since 2011. She earned her 200 hour certification through Prairie Yoga and continues her yoga education by working towards her 500 hour certification with Tias Little / Prajna Yoga.Denise was drawn to yoga as an escape from the corporate world, to reduce anxiety, and get back in shape. Denise's dynamic teaching focuses on mindful movement, alignment, breathwork, and adapting postures to meet student's needs. She provides a positive and encouraging environment where students can leave their worries at the door, focus on their health, and be mindfully and safely challenged.

Janet Weaver

Yoga Instructor

 

Janet has devoted her life to helping others. With a master’s degree in nursing, she has spent her adult life in clinical nursing, nurse leadership and nurse consulting. In 2016, Janet earned her 200-hour certificate at the Shanti School of Yoga. In 2017, she entered a two-year, 300-hour, advanced training at Yoga for Health Education Mentoring Academy. As an instructor, Janet’s focus is keeping students safe, and  helping students improve strength, flexibility and balance in an enjoyable, fun setting. Her greatest joy is helping students leave a class feeling better than when they arrived. She looks forward to meeting and helping students find a fulfilling yoga practice.

 

Joanna Lauber

Yoga Instructor 


Joanna completed her first level of training with Union Yoga, LLC and her three year 500 Hour Plus Program with Yoga for Health Education Mentoring Academy. Joanna teaches regular classes and specializes in yoga for folks with weight issues and trauma.  As a thirty year therapist for individuals with eating disorders, and now trauma based therapy, Joanna blends a wealth of knowledge of western psychology and yoga psychology.  

Mary Jane Hsu

Yoga Instructor 

 

Mary Jane completed over 400 hours of training with the Yoga for Health Education Mentoring Academy in 2008.  She specializes in yoga for older adults and currently teaches Chair Yoga at YHE, along with teaching an outreach community class in Benzie County.  Mary Jane’s nursing career is a perfect fit for her work with seniors.

Office Staff

Meet the Administrative Staff at Yoga for Health Education.  

The YHE staff wants you to feel happy, safe, and comfortable in your yoga home.  We will help you with questions and refer you to classes and teachers, including therapeutic staff,  that can help you find yoga or other classes that are  best options for you.  

 

Joan McLay

Office Manager

After working in the Wayne County courts for 20 years, my husband and I retired and moved

to TC in 2007. The following week I took my first class at YHE. Although I had practiced yoga for

a number of years, I didn’t have the opportunity to build on my practice. Here, at YHE, I found

the wide variety of classes that YHE offers encourages one to experiment. I’ve sampled a number

of different classes and presently enjoy, Sunrise Flow, Beginning & Beyond and Kundalini. In 2009,

I approached Libby and offered to volunteer my administrative skills if a need arose. Happily,

shortly afterwards, I was asked to assist in the office/store. It is a pleasure to interact with the

students and hopefully, make them feel welcome and part of the YHE community.

 

Lanae Bartz
Office Studio Assistant

I began attending beginning yoga classes at Yoga for Health in November of 2013 and gradually

moved forward in my practice and on to other classes. Yoga helped me as a new mom to have

some “me” time and really care for my mind and body. When my daughter was younger it was

the most beneficial thing I could do for myself in an hour and a half. I have also gained a lot of

confidence in movement that I didn’t know I was lacking.

 
 

 
 

 

Evelyn Verret
Office Studio Assistant


 

I’ve known Libby and Michael for a few years, and I love how they  are caring, loving

and generous.  When I learned there was a need for a part-time Office Assistant, I knew

I wanted to be part of the team.  I am building my own Intentional Creativity® Coaching

business, so working here allows me to be surrounded with like-minded people as I keep

growing my business.  My favorite class is Kundalini – the yoga of awareness.  It’s different

than any other yoga classes I have taken and is a perfect addition to my toolbox, help me

navigate life in a centered, grounded and awakened way

Noemie Berube 
Office Studio Assistant

 


I am presently finishing off my Associate degree at NMC. I’ve worked for Libby and

Michael at Yoga for Health Education since I was in 7th grade.  I clean part of the

studio, and recently,  I started working in the office.  I love being around here, it has

such good vibes!  I also take yoga classes when I can work it out with my schedule. 

I tried Yin, Kundalini, and Beginning & Beyond classes. I  I love how it makes me feel

in my head and body.