Lectures and Seminars

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Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, September 8-October 20, 5:30-6:45pm
ALL LEVELS CLASS: Yoga scriptures emphasize the importance of awareness, strength, and circulation in the abdominal area to enhance the effects of your asana practice. Effects include an increase in physical stability, mental focus, and deep relaxation. This weekly asana practice is designed to help develop progressive core strength. It will include muscle isolation exercises to strengthen the abdomen, back, legs, and glutes (with variations). This will be followed by classical yoga postures to integrate and feel the effects. Pre-Requisite: Completion of Yoga 1. Fee: $84 (ID#: YC) —

The Power of Compassion: Spirit of Yoga and Yogis Live-Stream Satsanga with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Tuesday, September 8, 7-8:30pm
Learn how compassion constitutes the foundation of yoga and spirituality, and how, with this virtue, we can demolish the wall that normally exists between our spiritual and worldly pursuits. In this live streaming, Panditji will share with you the dynamic forces which enlighten our inner world and infuse our outer world with clarity, vigor, and fearlessness. Love and compassion in the world outside us is the gateway to discovering our lasting wealth - inner peace and happiness. Cultivating this inner peace and happiness is what makes yoga yoga, and a yogi a yogi. How to accomplish it is the subject of this evening's satsanga. Please bring your questions with you, and give a boost to your practice and personal experience. Registration Requested. Fee: $0 (ID#: S55) —

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Wednesdays, September 9-30, 7-8:30pm
Meditation is the heart of yoga practice, a method for acquiring a clear and tranquil mind. Learn the basics: a comfortable sitting posture, diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation methods, and essential concentration techniques used in the yoga tradition. Discover a new level of peace within yourself. Fee: $48 (ID#: S51) —

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Thursdays, September 10-October 1, 5:30-6:30pm
Yoga offers gentle exercises that can dramatically help those with joint pain or stiffness. In this class, explore the classic joints and glands series of movements, along with additional exercises, breath work, and relaxation. You can increase vital circulation, bring necessary nutrients to your body, and flush joints of congestion and metabolic wastes. Fee: $48 (ID#: YG) —

Foundations of Sanskrit 3 with Tracy

Fridays, September 11-June 17, 7-9pm
Join us as we continue to explore the Himalayan Institute's Home Study Course. In each class, we will work on grammar, vocabulary-building, and mantra recitation.Our emphasis is on enjoying the sangha (company) of fellow seekers as we unfold the sacred language of the Yoga Tradition. Class meets two Fridays per month from September through June. Syllabus and calendar available upon request. Pre-requisites: familiarity with the Sanskrit alphabet and a working knowledge of the Devanagari script. Fee: $108 (ID#: SY3) —

Intro to Ayurveda (part 2): Ayurveda’s View of Prana and Agni with Julia Kress, E-RYT 500, AYS

Friday, September 11, 5-8pm
Prana is the life force that enlivens and invigorates the body and mind. When felt consciously, the presence of prana awakens us. Its nourishing qualities are undeniable. Agni, the digestive fire in the body, governs digestion, assimilation, and elimination on all levels; physical and mental. When agni is healthy, we feel content, vibrant, and nourished by life. When it is out of balance, we doubt, fear, hold grudges, and feel an overall lack of energy. In this workshop, we’ll begin with the theory behind these two subtle forces of health. We’ll close with an asana practice designed to help you experience the forces of agni and prana in your own body and mind. • Attention Yoga Teachers: This course qualifies for 3 continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. *No St/Sr discounts apply to CEUs. Fee: $45 (ID#: E09) —

Vibrant Aging: Manifesting Your Best Life after 50

Friday, September 18, 6:30-8pm; Saturday, September 19, 9:30-12pm; Saturday, September 19, 1-3:30pm; Sunday, September 20, 10am-12:30pm.
3-DAY SEMINAR with Himalayan Institute Medical Director Carrie Demers, M.D.

Modern society has associated the latter years of life with loss, fear, and illness. In contrast, ancient wisdom sees the potential for growth, vibrancy, and expansion as we become unfettered by the daily duties of work and family. New research is beginning to support this time-honored view: that our bodies and minds are quite capable of vibrant health well into our seventh and eighth decades of life. Dr. Carrie Demers, a board-certified internist and integrative medicine physician for over 20 years, is uniquely positioned to translate both traditional wisdom and scientific research into understandable and immediately useful actions for living well. Here are some of the practical information you will receive:
  • Proven lifestyle strategies to maintain - and even improve - health and vitality
  • Simple techniques for decreasing stress
  • Supplements that support brain function
  • Why movement matters
  • How to get a good night’s sleep
  • Adopting an anti-inflammatory diet
  • Support for our microbiome and good digestion
  • Meditation for beginners
  • You will go home with a new understanding and appreciation for your healing capacity, and with tips and techniques to implement to keep you moving forward into your best life.
Check out Carrie's bio on our Faculty page!

Take individual sessions or SAVE with an ALL ACCESS PASS! (Includes all 4 sessions) Early Bird: $135 / after Sept. 12: $175
*No other discounts apply to this seminar.
Fee: $135 (ID#: VAP) --

NOTE: Dr. Carrie will be taking 1-hour appointments on Sept. 21 & 22. Please call (716) 883-2223 to schedule an appointment. 20% discount for seminar participants.

SESSION 1 - Understanding Aging: East and West with Carrie Demers, MD

Friday, September 18, 6:30-8pm
(lecture and gentle yoga/breathing practicum) This session explores the attitudes and expectations of aging in our modern society and compares them with a more ancient “yogic” view. We’ll also compare the “science” of aging in both eras, looking to understand the sources of disease and good health. What is delightfully surprising? That the conclusions and recommendations from the ancient and modern views for maintaining our health are very similar. Fee: Early Bird: $30 / after Sept. 12: $40 Fee: $30 (ID#: VA1) —

SESSION 2 - Inflammation: You Can’t Afford It with Carrie Demers, MD

Saturday, September 19, 9:30-12pm
The body creates inflammation to contain and control a possible pathogen (disease-creating bacteria or virus), or in reaction to an injury or toxic exposure. When inflammation is excessive, it contributes to serious health problems like heart disease, cancer, acidity, asthma, diabetes, and depression. The stress response, like inflammation, is an attempt by the body to protect you from peril, but when overactive, it too promotes disease states. Stress increases inflammation, which we can’t afford. This session outlines the biology of these reactions, and the damage they cause when out of balance. We’ll discuss simple ways to keep these life-preserving reactions in balance through lifestyle, stress management techniques, and natural supplements. Fee: Early Bird: $45 / after Sept. 12: $55 Fee: $45 (ID#: VA2) —

SESSION 3 - Keeping Your Mind Sharp with Carrie Demers, MD

Saturday, September 19, 1-3:30pm
Older adults tell me that “Losing their minds” is their worst fear. We worry that misplacing our keys is a sure sign that dementia is on its way! This workshop takes a close look at what is really happening in the aging brain - and much of it is good! It outlines proven strategies, including meditation, to keep our minds clear and sharp for the decades that lie ahead. We’ll also review supplements that support brain health. Fee: Early Bird: $45 / after Sept. 12: $55 Fee: $45 (ID#: VA3) —

SESSION 4 - Digesting Our Lives with Carrie Demers, MD

Sunday, September 20, 9:30am-12pm
This workshop looks at the importance of digestion -from both a modern and ancient view. With the rise in awareness of our microbiome, our gut bacteria, and its link to many disease states, there is also a rising appreciation of the importance of what we eat, and how we assimilate those nutrients. This is old news: ancient medical systems described digestion as the primary factor in determining health. Without the ability to digest, our tissues are congested and weakened. We’ll explore these ideas - and put them into practice as we look at good nutrition, gentle detox strategies, and supports for assimilation on every level of our being (body, energy and mind). Fee: Early Bird: $45 / after Sept. 12: $55 Fee: $45 (ID#: VA4) —

Loosen Up: Yoga for Poets and Poetry Lovers with Sherry

Saturday, September 26, 2-3:30pm
Celebrate the 2015 global event 100,000 Poets for Change with a little yoga. Poet and yoga teacher Sherry Robbins will lead a beginner’s yoga class to loosen up joints, muscles, and attitudes cramped from too much sitting, typing, reading and worrying. Bring your favorite short poem to share at the beginning of class. Wear comfortable clothes. No yoga experience necessary. As there will be other classes in progress, we ask that you come on time and enter quietly. (Free event). More information about 100,000 Poets for Change is available at: http://www.justbuffalo.org/100000-poets-and-artists-for-change/ and http://100tpc.org/ Fee: $0 (ID#: YFP) —

Asana and Ayurveda for the Season: Ground and Replenish with Sarah Guglielmi, E-RYT-500, AYS

Tuesday, September 29, 7-9pm
At its core, Ayurveda understands that all of us have a unique “nature”, or constitution, that follows the rhythms of Mother Nature. Fall is the “vata” time, characterized by the elements of air and space. As the summer heat cools, the winds blow, temperatures vary, and nature begins to dry out. Internally this can leave us feeling restless, dry, and fatigued. In this class, we will review the concept of ayurvedic constitution and how it is affected by the season. We will close with an asana practice to ground and restore and the optional sampling of a nourishing night-time drink of spiced milk (non-dairy alternative provided). Use this nightly ritual to nourish and hydrate during the dry season. • Attention Yoga Teachers: This course qualifies for 2 continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. *No St/Sr discounts apply to CEU’s. Fee: $35 (ID#: E10) —


Yoga and Meditation for Anxiety and Depression with Athalie Joy, PhD

Saturday, October 3, 1-4pm
Become more confident in your ability to create calm and to focus when you are anxious and emotionally upset. This slow-paced, internally focused workshop facilitates mental clarity about what occurs from moment to moment in your physical and emotional reality; and, with this awareness, come choices for self-management. Take-home materials support your ongoing practice of this body-mind approach. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and eat a light lunch before the program. Fee: $30 (ID#: S52) —

BodyMind Practice for Anxiety and Depression with Athalie

Wednesdays, October 7-November 11, 5:30-6:45pm
This six-week class incorporates instruction and practice in asana, pranayama, relaxation, and meditation, with teaching specific to their routine use as self-management for anxiety and depression. Prerequisite Seminar Recommendation: “Yoga and Meditation for Anxiety and Depression.” Fee: $72 (ID#: YA) — FULL

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Wednesday, October 7, 7-8:30pm
Join us as we continue our study of the work of Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of the Tibetan meditation master Choygyam Trungpa. We will be discussing "Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears", available in our bookstore. We will be discussing chapters 5&6. Bring the book and share your related experience. Registration required. Fee: $5 (ID#: S53) —

Deepening Meditation with Donna

Tuesdays, October 13-November 11, 7-8:30pm
Meditation is the heart of yoga practice, a method for acquiring a clear and tranquil mind. Learn the basics: a comfortable sitting posture, diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation methods, and essential concentration techniques used in the yoga tradition. Discover a new level of peace within yourself. Fee: $72 (ID#: S54) —

AYS - ALL 4 UNITS with discount $1396 - Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification with Kathryn Templeton, Sarah Guglielmi & Julia Kress

Unit 1: October 30-Nov 1, 2015
Unit 2: Feb 5-7, 2016
Unit 3: April 8-10, 2016
Unit 4: May 13-15, 2016

About the Certification: Students will learn how prana (life force) and ojas (deep vitality) can be cultivated to regulate and support agni (digestive fire) for optimal health; a deeper knowledge of the ayurvedic maps: doshas (constitutions), gunas (psychological tendencies), vayus (winds or movement of prana), and koshas (sheaths); how to adapt asana (postures) and pranayama to kindle our agni and better circulate prana for efficient energy management; the alchemy of yoga and ayurveda along with diet and lifestyle adjustments to adapt to daily, seasonal, and stage-of-life changes; how to identify typical constitutional imbalances and know how to address vikruti (imbalances) through asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, meditation, diet, cleansing, and lifestyle adjustments.
Required Reading -- Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume One: Fundamental Principles by Dr. Vasant Lad and Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization by David Frawley. These books will be available for purchase on-site and are not included in the cost of tuition.
No Senior/Student discounts may be applied to this program.
Fee: $1396 (ID#: ASYC) --

AYS - DEPOSIT ON PAYMENT PLAN - Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification with Kathryn Templeton, Sarah Guglielmi & Julia Kress

We offer a four part payment plan to help with the cost of full registration. $499 is due at the time of registration. Three more payments of $299 will be due at the beginning of sessions 2-4.
Fee: $499 (ID#: ASYC-PP) --

AYS Unit #1 - The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga with Sarah Guglielmi & Julia Kress

Friday, October 30th from 5:30-9:30pm; Saturday, October 31st from 8:30-5:30pm; Sunday, November 1st from 8:30-5:30pm.

In this course: Yoga and Ayurvedic philosophy: understanding purusha (pure consciousness) and prakriti (universal nature); the elements manifest in the body: koshas (sheaths) and doshas (constitutions); the ayurvedic clock: the hour, season, and stages of life.
Suggested additional reading: The Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.
No Senior/Student discounts may be applied to this program.
Fee: $399 (ID#: AY1) --


AYS Unit #2 - Psychology of Ayurveda and the Physiology of Yoga with Sarah Guglielmi

Friday, February 5th from 5:30-9:30pm; Saturday, February 6th from 8:30-5:30pm; Sunday, February 7th from 8:30-5:30pm.

In this course: the Architecture of the Mind and the Gunas; scientific use of asana, pranayama, and meditation; subtle essences: prana, tejas (fire of intelligence), and ojas; circulation of prana via the vayus; practices for seasonal changes and vata imbalance.
Suggested additional reading: Ayurveda and the Mind by David Frawley.
No Senior/Student discounts may be applied to this program.
Fee: $399 (ID#: AY2) --


AYS Unit #3 - Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions with Julia Kress

Friday, April 8th from 5:30-9:30pm; Saturday, April 9th from 8:30-5:30pm; Sunday, April 10th from 8:30-5:30pm.

In this course: Agni, Ama and Digestion according to the Pancha Kosha Model. You will leave with a thorough understanding of ayurveda as it relates to food and digestion including - the six tastes and proper diet, as well as, internal and external practices to regulate agni. Learn how to make ghee, kitchari, medicinal oils and teas - demonstrations, samples and recipes included.
Suggested reading/recipe book: Eat – Taste – Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living by Thomas Yarema, Daniel Rhoda and Johnny Brannigan.
No Senior/Student discounts may be applied to this program.
Fee: $399 (ID#: AY3) --


AYS Unit #4 - Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga with Kathryn Templeton

Friday, May 13th from 5:30-9:30pm; Saturday, May 14th from 8:30-5:30pm; Sunday, May 15th from 8:30-5:30pm.

In this course: the practical application of yoga and ayurvedic psychology; dinacharya (daily routine); cleansing, asana, pranayama and mediation; additional training on the nadis (energy channels); introduction to tongue and pulse diagnosis; working with private clients using yoga and ayurveda - assessment, developing a treatment plan, practicing client interaction and making individual prescriptions for yoga, diet and lifestyle interventions.
No Senior/Student discounts may be applied to this program.
Fee: $399 (ID#: AY4) --



Treatment of Advanced Pathology Using Homeopathy – Underlying Principles and Concepts

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 3 & 4, 9am-5pm
LOCATION: Buffalo Library – Auditorium,
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203

Learn about possibilities of homeopathic medicine, the second most common medicine to be practiced worldwide, from internationally acclaimed homeopath and master clinician Dr. Farokh Master. This seminar is available for online live participation and is open to the general public.
Hosted by Homeopathic Healers and sponsored by Buffalo & Erie County Public Library & supported by The Himalayan Institute.

Early bird registration: $200 by Aug. 30; $225 by Sept. 30. $250 after Oct. 1. Institute members get 20% off the listed price. Additional non-member companion also gets the discounted price. Check should be made payable to ‘Homeopathic Healers’ and can be mailed to the Institute or dropped off at the front desk. For any questions on the event please e-mail arup_2000@yahoo.com or call 716-566-7758