Lectures and Seminars

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March 

Restorative Yoga with Julia

Tuesdays, March 4-April 22, 9:30-11am
It is important for each of us to take time to relax and replenish energy. While all yoga is nurturing, these sessions will especially focus on restorative and supported postures that calm and relax the body. This is a good class for those whose energy is depleted by illness or who need a gentler class for any reason. Fee: $80 (ID#: YR) — FULL

Bodymind Practice with Athalie

Wednesdays, March 19-April 23, 7-8:30pm
This six-week class incorporates instruction and practice in asana, pranayama, relaxation, and meditation, with information specific to their routine use as self-management for anxiety and depression. Prerequisite Seminar: "Yoga and Meditation for Anxiety and Depression". Fee: $60 (ID#: YA) — FULL
April 

Homeopathy for Household Use with Arup Bhattacharya, HD, PhD

Wednesdays, April 16-June 11, 5:30-8:30pm
Homeopathic medicine is an invaluable tool in home health care. Explore the basic principles of homeopathy, learn how homeopathic remedies are selected for acute conditions, and survey core remedies used to address common illnesses in children and adults. Learn how to use homeopathy safely and effectively to keep yourself and your family healthy through your life's journey. 8 weeks, no class April 30th. Fee: $199 (ID#: S29) —

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

Saturday, April 26, 1-4pm
Become more confident in your ability to create calmness and focus when you are anxious and emotionally upset. This slow-paced, internally focused workshop facilitates mental clarity about what occurs 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. Only a closed water bottle may be brought to the class space. Fee: $25 (ID#: S32) — FULL

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Wednesday, April 30, 7-8:30pm
Please join us in the study of The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele (available in our bookstore). We will discuss Chapter 5, “Brahmacharya: Nonpossessiveness,” and the Questions for Exploration at the end of the chapter. Bring the book and share your experience of the explorations. Registration required. Fee: $5 (ID#: S33) —

May 

Meditation on the Chakras with Tracy

Saturday, May 3, 1-3pm
BHUTA SHUDDHI is a specific meditative practice to purify the body and prepare the mind for deeper levels of meditation. We will explore the seven central chakras or energy centers located along the center axis of the body, their seed mantras, and visual representations (yantras) with the goal of stabilizing and enlivening pranic energy. We will learn the method and practice together. Fee: $25 (ID#: S40) —

A Flavor of India - Part 3 with Shobha Chowdhary

Sunday, May 4, 12-3pm
Chapati, paratha, puri... In this class, we will be learning all about making traditional Indian breads! Bread is a wonderful accompaniment to any meal and often a meal within itself, especially when stuffed with vegetables and spices. We will learn the differences between varieties of Indian bread, how to chose flour and other ingredients, which type of pan to select, and how to prepare right on the stovetop. Bring your rolling pin and join us! No prior attendance to this cooking series is necessary. Classes will be held at Tracy’s house in West Amherst, directions provided at registration. Fee: $40 (ID#: S41) —

Restorative Yoga with Carolyn

Tuesdays, May 6-June 24, 9:30-11am
It is important for each of us to take time to relax and replenish energy. While all yoga is nurturing, these sessions will especially focus on restorative and supported postures that calm and relax the body. This is a good class for those whose energy is depleted by illness or who need a gentler class for any reason. Fee: $80 (ID#: YR) —

Asana and the Third Chakra with Sarah

Tuesdays, May 6-27, 5:30-6:30pm
Yoga is a multi-dimensional practice. It transforms the body, mind, and the flow of prana, or life force. The third chakra, or navel center, governs the flow of prana that gives rise to strong digestion, courage, indomitable will, and vitality. In this series, learn simple, subtle, and profound practices to add to your current asana routine that will build the foundation to access pranic energy at the navel center. Fee: $40 (ID#: YN) —

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Tuesdays, May 6-27, 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 the essential concentration techniques used in the yoga tradition. Discover a new level of peace within yourself. Fee: $45 (ID#: S42) —

Gentle Yoga with Bill/Laura

Thursdays, May 8-29, 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: $40 (ID#: YG) —

Yoga Nidra with Jan

Saturday, May 10, 2-3:30pm
Learn the practice of Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep)—a method for deep rest and relaxation. Through a series of practices, we will systematically relax the body and mind, and consciously move our awareness toward deep sleep. Discover how to travel from waking to dreaming to deep sleep, and enjoy complete rest in a relatively short period of time. Fee: $20 (ID#: S44) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Wednesday, May 28, 7-8:30pm
Please join us in the study of The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele (available in our bookstore). We will discuss Chapter 6 “Aparigraha: Nonpossessiveness” & Chapter 7 “Yama Review” and the Questions for Exploration at the end of the chapter. Bring the book and share your experience of the explorations. Registration is required. Fee: $5 (ID#: S45) —

June 

Relaxation & Stress Management with Donna

Mondays, June 2-23, 7-8pm
The yoga tradition offers a collection of useful tools for managing stress and reducing anxiety. Through relaxation and yoga, you can quiet your reactions to stressful events and lessen their impact on body and mind. Learn to awaken the calming force within you and make peace with situations that challenge your inner life. Fee: $40 (ID#: S46) —

Yoga for Balance with Stephanie

Tuesdays, June 3-24, 5:30-6:30pm
Physical balance is very important in performing functional activities safely. Maintaining your balance is a complex process that uses sensory information to create muscle responses to keep you from falling. In this four week yoga session, we will work to improve balance by exploring proper body alignment, strength for balancing and improving concentration. Fee: $40 (ID#: YB) —

Sanskrit Mini Course with Tracy Draksic, M.A.

Wednesdays, June 4-6, 7-9pm
As students of yoga and meditation, the sounds of Sanskrit surround us. This mini course will give you the basics to begin unlocking the intrinsic beauty of yoga’s sacred language. On the first night, we will look at the sound system and writing system. On the second night, we learn to recite the prayers and mantras of our Tradition. On the third evening, join the year long study group for an Agni Hotra fire ceremony in the H.I. courtyard, weather permitting. This class will prepare you to join the year long group as we begin our second year in September if you wish. Fee: $60 (ID#: S48) —

Satsang: The Gayatri Mantra with Donna

Thursday, June 12, 7-8:30pm
The gayatri mantra is traditionally called “the Mother of the Vedas.” This mantra connects us to the teacher within, helping us receive inner guidance and inspiration. Gayatri practice helps us overcome weakness and gain inner strength. If you are struggling with confusion, doubt or lack of direction this practice will enable you to get in touch with your own intuition. Learn more about the purpose and practice of this mantra to deepen your meditation and develop your spiritual fulfillment. Satsang is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Fee: $0 (ID#: S49) —

The Secret of the Yoga Sutra with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D.

Tuesday, June 17, 7-9pm
70+ CITY LECTURE & BOOK TOUR -- The Yoga Sutra is the source wisdom of all yoga traditions. It holds the key to unlocking the mystery and power of yoga, and finding ultimate fulfillment and freedom. In this inspiring lecture and workshop, grounded in time-tested wisdom, you’ll discover the promise hidden in the Yoga Sutra, and gather the tools and means to experience the missing element of your practice. This lecture will be held in the Auditorium of The Temple Beth Zion (located across the street from The Himalayan Institute of Buffalo). *No Sr/St/Mem discounts apply to this special event. Fee: $30 (ID#: SPRT) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Wednesday, June 25, 7-8:30pm
Please join us in the study of The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele (available in our bookstore). We will discuss Chapter 8, “Saucha: Purity,” and the Questions for Exploration at the end of the chapter. Bring the book and share your experience of the explorations. Registration required. Fee: $5 (ID#: S51) —

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

Saturday, June 28, 1-4pm
Become more confident in your ability to create calmness and focus when you are anxious and emotionally upset. This slow-paced, internally focused workshop facilitates mental clarity about what occurs 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. Only a closed water bottle may be brought to the class space. Fee: $25 (ID#: S52) —

August 

YOGA: The Art of Transformation with The Cleveland Museum of Art

Friday, August 8, 8am-10pm
JOIN THE HIMALAYAN INSTITUTE of Buffalo for a day trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art to see the Smithsonian’s, Yoga: The Art of Transformation. “Through masterpieces of Indian sculpture and paintings, this first-ever exhibition to examine the visual culture of yoga, explores yoga’s goals; its Hindu, as well as Buddhist, Jain and Sufi manifestations; its means of transforming body and consciousness; and its profound philosophical foundations.” The fee includes round-trip bus transportation from the Himalayan Institute, museum entry and group tour, and a vegetarian “box lunch” for the return trip. To ease one’s physical comfort throughout the day, optional multi-level hatha classes will be offered at sunrise at the Institute and in Cleveland’s Wade Park prior to return. Registration is required by May 15 as seating is limited. Registrations will be taken on a first come-first serve basis. *No Sr/St/Mem discounts apply to this special event Fee: $108 (ID#: SCM) —

Donation with The Himalayan Institute of Buffalo

Friday, August 8, 8am-10pm
For additional $108, you can help to support those needing financial assistance to attend the yoga exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art as well as the plans underway at the Himalayan Institute to transform its first floor entryway through color and art. Fee: $108 (ID#: SD) —

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Learn more about the YOGA exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art — click here


Learn more about the Secret of the Yoga Sutra program with Pandit Rajmani — click here