Mind-Body Classes (PEMB)

PEMB 101 Meditation

Learn and practice a variety of meditation techniques to focus the mind, reduce stress and improve overall wellness. When practiced regularly meditation has been proven to lead to many personal changes that improve mental and physical health.

PEMB 103 Mindful Meditation

Traditional Buddhist mindfulness meditation that emphasizes awareness of the breath, noticing objects, labeling thoughts or feelings, and returning to a point of focus such as the breath. Class incorporates mindful movement to enhance meditation techniques.

PEMB 108 Kundalini Meditation

Apply a variety of meditations including chanting mantra and active breathing techniques in an active form of meditation. Benefits are similar to other meditation techniques. Emphasis on breathing technique and specific repetitive physical movements linked with breath. Great for people who find it overwhelmingly difficult to “sit still.”

PEMB 131 and 132 Tai Chi I and II

Introduction to the ancient Chinese tradition of graceful, flowing exercises accompanied by deep breathing. Used for stress reduction, increased flexibility, and balance.

PEMB 199 Special Studies: Aerial Silks Yoga

Use hanging yoga silk hammocks to support a combination of yoga poses with emphasis on core strength to support inversions which lengthen the spine and reverse energetic flow. Class incorporates breath and meditation techniques. 

PEMB 199 Special Studies: Power Yoga

Open to all levels of practitioner interested in a physically disciplined and demanding practice. Emphasis is placed on building muscular endurance, stamina and flexibility through an athletic, fitness-based approach to mastering proper alignment. Power yoga classes will be physically demanding and include flow as the term progresses. Sequences combined with strong breath technique increase the practitioner’s ability to maintain connection to steady breath, improving ability to focus during challenging situations and use the breath as a tool to mitigate stress levels. 

PEMB 199 Special Studies: Yoga Immersion

Learn proper alignment for a wide variety of yoga poses to help strengthen, stretch, and restore every part of the body. Breath work, meditation, and relaxation techniques offer a well-rounded experience to support every level of your being, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. All levels, no experience required. Course format: weekend workshop, meeting once per term on a Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, 2:00–5:50 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–4:50 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–4:50 p.m.

To register for credit after the “Add Course Deadline” (Sunday of week 1), email the Office of the Registrar at registrar@uoregon.edu with the class CRN and your 95+ number by the Tuesday before the course starts. For the non-credit class option, register at the Rec Center front desk.

PEMB 199 Special Studies: Yoga of Sleep

Learn techniques for managing an active mind and optimizing your sleep; including meditation, relaxation and a transition to and from a restful state. Leave feeling relaxed, present, and rejuvenated.

PEMB 201 Gentle Yoga

Great for all levels practitioner. A softer, less-strenuous style of yoga. Incorporate breath awareness and practices to improve breathing. Short guided meditations to reduce anxiety and increase ability to release stress. Postures to strengthen the backside and stretch the front side of the body are emphasized to reduce the effects of everyday living. Emphasis on rest and decompression is greater than emphasis on strength and physical stability.

PEMB 211 Hatha Yoga I

Hatha is an umbrella term that covers practices that focus on physical posture. Greater emphasis on strength and stability. Classes emphasize specific postures in combination with controlled breathing, concentrating on physical health, mental well-being, and tension relief. Breathing and meditation practices are incorporated with posture practices and separately.

PEMB 212 and 213 Hatha Yoga II and III

For those with previous yoga experience, involving more challenging yoga postures, for increased strength and flexibility. As the practice evolves students are challenged to be more engaged physically with the strengthening portions of class and equally more receptive to the softening portions of class. The emphasis of classes continues to lean towards strength and stability over rest. Advanced breathing and meditative techniques are explored.

PEMB 216 Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Vinyasa yoga includes many styles of yoga in which there is rhythmic breath synchronized and connected with movement. Breath and asanas are aligned in a smoothly flowing sequence leading to vinyasa yoga also being known as “flow yoga”. To accommodate all levels of practitioner vinyasa classes are offered in a progressive format becoming more “flowy” as the term progresses. Meditation and breathing techniques are explored in short because the entire practice is considered a moving meditation incorporated with breath.

PEMB 221 and 222 Sports Yoga I and II

Experience how adding a yoga practice to your routine can enhance sports training and performance. Postures sequenced to stretch and release overused muscles and balance that with identification of and strengthen underused muscles. Mindfulness and breath techniques practiced to steady and increase awareness and resilience in challenging situations improves student’s ability to thrive in strenuous situations.

PEMB 231 Kundalini Yoga I

Learn how to release the body’s natural energy through breath, yoga postures, sound, and meditation. Referred to as the Yoga of Awareness, with the primary goal to awaken and liberate healing energy at the base of the spine and drawing it upwards. The practice includes chanting, breathing exercises, poses, mantras and meditations.

PEMB 232 Kundalini Yoga II

For those with previous Kundalini yoga experience who want to deepen their practice.

PEMB 302 Ashtanga Yoga

An athletic style of yoga, synchronizing breath with a progressive series of postures, improving circulation, strengthening the body, and calming the mind. The system is based on six series of asanas progressing in difficulty.