Lectures and Seminars

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Chair Yoga with Ann

Wednesdays, November 4-December 16, 10-11:30am
Chair yoga offers all the benefits of a regular yoga class to those who have difficulty with kneeling, getting up and down off the floor, and mobility limitations. This class will include breath work, relaxation and meditation. Come and enjoy a new sense of freedom and comfort for body, mind and spirit. This class will be held at an off-site location. LOCATION: 719 Englewood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14223. Ample parking and 1-step entry into the building. (6wks - *no class Nov. 25) Fee: $72 (ID#: CY1) —

Gentle Yoga with Candace

Thursdays, November 5-December 17, 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: $72 (ID#: YG5) — FULL

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Wednesday, December 2, 7-8:30pm
Join us as we conclude 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 9&10. Bring the book and share your related experience. Registration required. Fee: $5 (ID#: S64) —

Healing Through the Holidays with Shari Friedrichsen

Thursday, December 3, 7-9pm
Holiday season can be a time of chaos and stress. During this class, we will be practicing asanas and pranayama that allow us to access and rest in our own inner light, joy and peace. It’s always there, with or without a season, so come find your own sanctuary in the midst of busyness. You’ll be able to celebrate the outer gatherings with more of yourself intact. Fee: $30 (ID#: S66) —

Luminous Joy: An Exploration of Pranayama and Meditation with Shari Friedrichsen

Monday, December 7, 7-9pm
According to the Yoga Sutra, meditation is the key to experiencing profound states of inner connection, empowerment, and joy. Join Shari to refine the 5-step meditation process and learn the advanced pranayama, and concentration techniques that are referenced in the Yoga Sutra. Leave with a deeper understanding of meditation and the confidence to continue your practice at home. Fee: $30 (ID#: S67) —

The Season of Moving Inward with Julia

Mondays, December 7-21, 6-7:30pm
Find the reason this season to contemplate and study oneself through meditation and inspiring works from various traditions. We will read from the works of Eknath Easwaran, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Swami Rama, Deepak Chopra, Dr. DeMartini, and Sue Monk Kidd to explore the vast realms of yoga philosophy, quantum physics, folklore, and Christianity, and consider how they interrelate and move us in the direction of understanding the purpose of meditation and spirituality. Our time will be spent in discussion, practicing pranayama, and meditation. Fee: $40 (ID#: S68) —

Meditation for Meditators with Donna

Wednesdays, December 9-16, 7-8:00pm
For students who have completed the Beginning or Deepening Meditation course at the Institute. This continuing-level class offers guided meditation and support for the practice you have developed, or would like to get back to! Build on your awareness of diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation, and concentration techniques used in the Himalayan tradition. Prerequisite: Completion of the Beginning Meditation course. Fee: $24 (ID#: S69) —

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

Saturday, December 12, 1-4pm
DATE CHANGE FROM BROCHURE! 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#: S65) —


Essence of the Yoga Sutra: Live and Digtal Workshop with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and HIB Staff

7-Part Series
Immerse yourself in The Essence of the Yoga Sutra. This unique series includes a combination of digital and live content from the Spiritual Head of the Himalayan Institute. Additionally, senior teachers at the Buffalo center will facilitate each class, lead practicums and guide group discussion.
  • Sat Jan 9, 2pm-5pm - KICKOFF Event: Course Introduction with Sarah and Team, followed by Live Stream Lecture with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
6 Consecutive Wednesdays - Lecture, Group Discussion, and Yoga Practice
  • Wed, Jan 13, 7-8:45pm The Secret of Being a Yogi Part 1
  • Wed, Jan 20, 7-8:45pm The Secret of Being a Yogi Part 2
  • Wed, Jan 27, 7-8:45pm Yoga: Power to Change, Power to Prosper Part 1
  • Wed, Feb 3, 7-8:45pm Yoga: Power to Change, Power to Prosper Part 2
  • Wed Feb 10, 7-8:45pm Samadhi: The Power and Perfection of Yoga Part 1
  • Wed Feb 17, 7-8:45pm Samadhi: The Power and Perfection of Yoga Part 2 and Program Closing
In this interactive digital workshop you will:
  • Learn the secrets of the masters as you refine your practices of asana, pranayama, relaxation, and meditation into a precision yoga practice.
  • Tap into the main bioenergetic pranic hubs of the body. Cultivate the power needed to bring about self-transformation and prosperity.
  • In a methodical way, learn how to reclaim a vibrant, clear mind instead of one that is distracted and subject to roaming tendencies.
  • Step-by-step practicums. Learn the specialized yogic techniques of Agni Sara (“essence of fire) and pranayama practices of Pracchardana and Vidharana.
  • Assimilate potent practices that have been part of an unbroken living tradition for thousands of years. These practices lead us to the lotus of the heart, which is the seat of our soul and the gateway to samadhi: the power, perfection, and essence of Yoga.
  • Participate in a real-time guided meditation and Q&A session with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. He will address your specific questions, clarify workshop content so you can take these practices home, and will guide you through the practice of meditating on the lotus of the heart.
Fee: Pre-Register $129, at door $159 (ID#: SDW) --


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 8:30-6:30pm; Sunday, February 7th from 8:00-4:00pm.

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) -- [FULL]


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 8:30-6:30pm; Sunday, April 10th from 8:00-4:00pm.

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) -- [FULL]


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

Friday, May 13th from 5:30-9:30pm; Saturday, May 14th from 8:30-6:30pm; Sunday, May 15th from 8:00-4:00pm.

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) -- [FULL]


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Holiday Party

Thursday, Dec 10, 7-8:30pm

Join us for caroling and refreshments as we celebrate the season! We’ll also wrap presents for the families we have adopted for the holidays through Child & Family Services and the Morey House.