Lectures and Seminars

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May 

Yoga for Core Strength & Meditation with Sarah

Tuesdays, May 3-June 21, 5:30-6:45pm
Yogic texts emphasize the importance of awareness, strength, and circulation in the abdominal area to deepen the effects of your asana and meditation practice— increased physical stability, mental concentration, and deep relaxation. This weekly asana practice is designed to help develop progressive core strength. It includes core muscle-isolation exercises interwoven within a classical asana sequence. Class will close with relaxation and meditation. Prerequisite: 6 months prior experience with Yoga 1 or greater. (8 weeks) Fee: $96 (ID#: YC) —

Restorative Yoga with Cathy

Tuesdays, May 3-June 14, 7-8:15pm
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 (using bolsters, blankets and cushions) to help reduce anxiety, increase energy and support physical and emotional well-being. This is a good class for those whose energy is depleted or who need a gentler class for any reason. (7 weeks) Fee: $84 (ID#: YR) —

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Thursdays, May 5-June 9, 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. (6 weeks) Fee: $72 (ID#: YG) —

Yoga: Mastering the Basics** with Bonnie

Saturdays, May 7-June 25, 11:30am-12:45pm
Begin your yoga practice or reintroduce yourself to the basics. Bring focus to several aspects of yoga practice. Explore range of movement exercises, alignment fundamentals, and diaphragmatic breath training. Each class concludes with a guided relaxation. This is a great class for beginners and Yoga 1 level practitioners. (7wks - **no class 5/28) Fee: $84 (ID#: YM) —

The Yoga Sutra in Practice: Refining Agni Sara, Pranayama, and Meditation with Sarah

Wednesdays, May 11-June 8, 7-9pm
In his commentary, The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait details a system of practice to deepen your experience of yoga. Agni Sara, specific pranayamas (breathing practices), and meditation are key. Join Sarah to review the themes of the sutras, and how to progressively work towards the practices described in the text. Each class will include 30 minutes of discussion followed by 90 minutes of practice. Reading will be assigned from The Secret of the Yoga Sutra book. (4 wks - *no class May 25) Fee: $60 (ID#: S35) — CANCELED
June 

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, June 2, 7-8:30pm
Join us as we continue our year-long study of Meditation for the Love of It, Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience, by Sally Kempton (available in the bookstore). Drawing on 40 years of experience as a teacher and meditator, Kempton shares practical secrets to help us turn meditation into an unconditional embrace of the fullness of our experience on and off the meditation cushion. We will be discussing Chapter 9. Fee: $5 (ID#: S36) —

Wheels of Life:
The Chakras Decoded

2-DAY LEARNING INTENSIVE with nationally known teacher Sandra Anderson
Take an in-depth look at the chakras in theory and practice. The chakra model can radically shift your understanding of our physical, energetic, mental, and emotional functioning and reveal the evolution of consciousness. We’ll explore chakras as centers of psychosomatic regulation and integration according to the tantric tradition and modern science. Experience the mind-body connection with a unique emphasis on yoga practice, and see how the many different aspects of yoga address the many different aspects of our ourselves.

  • Overview of Chakra Model - lecture

    FRIDAY, JUNE 3, SESSION 1: 6-8pm at HIB Explore symbolism and the chakra blueprint. The tantric tradition as well as recent scientific discoveries offer fascinating insights into psychosomatic integration and regulation which are relevant to our practice of yoga. (Lecture session – no mat needed).

  • Chakras in Theory and Practice

    SATURDAY, JUNE 4, SESSION 2: 9am–noon at TRINITY CHURCH SATURDAY, JUNE 4, SESSION 3: 1-4pm at TRINITY CHURCH
    Each session includes discussion and asana practice to assimilate new ideas and insights, and address your unique physical, emotional, and mental circumstances.
    Topics include:
    • Physical, energetic and mental functioning of each chakra
    • How the chakras are related to prana, kundalini, and the koshas
    • Asana, pranayama, and meditation to activate and integrate the flow of prana
    • Restoring balance to emotional and mental life with insights from chakra theory

    2-day Pass: $108 - Includes all 3 sessions / $125 after June 1st
    OR take individual sessions: $45 each / $50 each after June 1st
    (see below to register for single sessions)
    No other discounts apply to these workshops


    NOTE: Friday’s lecture will be at The Himalayan Institute. Saturday’s classes will be at Trinity Church - 371 Delaware Ave.
    Sandra Anderson: For over 20 years Sandra Anderson has shared her extensive experience in yoga theory and practice with students from all over the world. A senior faculty member and resident at the Himalayan Institute, her teaching reflects access to the living oral tradition, and the embodied experience of 30 years of dedicated practice. She is the co-author of the award-winning book, Yoga Mastering the Basics, and frequent contributor to YogaInternational.com.

    Fee: Early Bird $108, After June 1 $125 (ID#: WPASS) --



    Overview of Chakra Model - lecture with Sandra Anderson

    Friday, June 3, 6-8pm
    Fee: $45 (ID#: W1) —

    Chakras in Theory and Practice 1 with Sandra Anderson

    Saturday, June 4, 9-12pm
    Fee: $45 (ID#: W2) —

    Chakras in Theory and Practice 2 with Sandra Anderson

    Saturday, June 4, 1-4pm
    Fee: $45 (ID#: W3) —

    Teaching Yoga Beyond Asana with Sandra Anderson

    Sunday, June 5, 9:30am-12pm
    Take your teaching to the next level! Explore how to work lessons from yoga psychology and philosophy into classes and workshops. Learn to recognize and seize the teaching moment, as well as how to organize your ideas for workshops, and use resources that inspire you to design presentations and offer home study ideas. We’ll have time to plan and deliver short tutorials appropriate for your asana classroom, overcome stage fright, and enjoy discussions and personalized responses to refine presentation skills. (This will be fun!) This course is open to yoga instructors & qualifies for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. - no discounts apply to CEU’s Fee: $45 (ID#: E15) —

    Beginning Meditation with Donna

    Mondays, June 6-27, 5:30-7:00pm
    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. (4 weeks) Fee: $48 (ID#: S37) —

    Meditation for Meditators with Julia

    Monday, June 6, 6:30-7:30pm
    For students who have completed the Beginning Meditation course at the Institute. This continuing-level class offers guided meditation and support for the practice you have developed or would like to return to. Build on your awareness of diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation, and concentration techniques used in the Himalayan tradition. Prerequisite: Completion of HI’s Beginning Meditation course. Fee: $12 (ID#: S38) —

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

    Saturday, June 18, 1-4pm
    This three-hour workshop offers instruction in specific yoga postures, breathing, and meditation techniques to help you become confident in your ability to establish calm when you feel anxious and upset. Take-home materials support your ongoing body-mind practice. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes, and eat a light lunch before the program. Fee: $30 (ID#: S39) —

    Introduction to Yoga, Core Strength, and Meditation with Sarah

    Thursday, June 30, 5:30pm-7:30pm
    Yoga scriptures emphasize the importance of core strength and circulation to deepen the benefits of your yoga practice. Strength in the core improves your physical stability, self-confidence, and your ability to experience stillness and joy during meditation. Join Sarah to discuss this fascinating mind body connection, followed by an accessible core strength practice that anyone can do; beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Fee: $25 (ID#: S25) —