Lectures and Seminars

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March 

Gentle Yoga with Tess

Mondays, March 2-April 20, 9:30-10:30am
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: $80 (ID#: YG9) —

Beginning Meditation with Julia

Mondays, March 2-23, 9:30-11am
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: $45 (ID#: S15) —

Deepening Meditation with Donna

Mondays, March 2-30, 7-8:30pm
This class is a continuation of the practices from the Beginning Meditation course. Vitalize your meditation practice by deepening your personal experience of mindfulness and concentration. Learn additional relaxation and breathing methods, how to use a mala, and use of a personal mantra. Pre-Requisite: Completion of Beginning Meditation. Fee: $65 (ID#: S16) — CANCELED

Restorative Yoga with Julia

Tuesdays, March 3-April 21, 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) — CANCELED

Introduction to Holistic Health & Homeopathy with Arup Bhattacharya, HD, PhD

Tuesdays, March 3-31, 6-8pm
Join us for a four part lecture series to learn some of the basic concepts and principles of health and homeopathy and how it is different from other systems of medicines, including conventional medicine and herbal remedies. * Skype option available for those who can’t be here in person. * No class 3/17 Fee: $99 (ID#: S17) —

Therapeutic Yoga: Strengthen Your Back with Jackie

Tuesdays, March 3-April 7, 5:30-6:30pm
The health of your spine is reflected in the way you sit, stand, and move; in the way you breathe; and in the way you think and feel. Learn simple movements and exercises to keep your spine fit and flexible. Strengthening spinal muscles will improve your posture and help you feel capable of meeting life’s inner and outer challenges. Fee: $60 (ID#: YB) —

Yoga for Core Strength with Sarah

Wednesdays, March 4-April 22, 5:30-7:00pm
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), followed by classical yoga postures to integrate and feel the effects. * Pre-Requisite: Completion of Yoga 1. Fee: $80 (ID#: YC) — FULL

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Thursdays, March 5-April 16, 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. * No class April 2nd Fee: $60 (ID#: YG5) — FULL

Yamas and Niyamas with Julia

Friday, March 6, 6-9pm
The yamas and niyamas are the core philosophical rungs of yoga that are meant to help us steer our thoughts, speech and action in order to achieve the goal of yoga, Samadhi. The thought constructs of this philosophy follow us from the very beginning of our contemplative journey to the end where we experience the subtlest level of peace. This course will help you gain a greater understanding of how to employ these principles in our daily life as well as in our yoga sadhana. * This course qualifies for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $45 (ID#: E05) —

Embody Shakti - Vinyasa Flow with Kandy

Saturdays, March 7-April 25, 9:30-11am
Shakti is a woman's life force energy (or prana) that manifests as her power to heal. It is empowered, whole, beautiful and wise. Your Shakti energy gives rise to your maternal authority and feminine wisdom. Experience a vigorous vinyasa practice to create energy, strengthen, and deepen your connection to your feminine self. Pre-requisite: Yoga 2 or greater. (6wks - no class 3/14 & 4/11) * Pre-requisite: Yoga 2 or greater. Fee: $60 (ID#: S19) —

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

Saturday, March 7, 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. Only a closed water bottle may be brought into the classroom. Fee: $25 (ID#: S20) — FULL

Indian Cooking with Tracy & Kandy

Sunday, March 8, 12-2pm
Join us as we celebrate Holi, the Indian festival of colors! We will be making two colorful and tasty dishes: bell peppers and mushrooms with fenugreek and tomato dal. After lunch, we will enjoy tea and dessert. Copies of recipes will be provided. Location: Tracy’s house in West Amherst. Directions will be provided. Fee: $35 (ID#: S21) —

Laughter Yoga with Sapna

Friday, March 27, 5:30-6:30pm
Laugh yourself healthy! Join us for a fun and unique class consisting of gentle stretches, breath work, interactive playful laughter exercises, and relaxation. Dress comfortably, no mat necessary for this class. Fee: $10 (ID#: S22) —

Begin Again - The Rite of Spring with Kandy

Saturday, March 28, 11:30-2pm
Transition from winter heaviness and embrace the lightness of spring. Learn tips for a simple spring cleanse, allergy support, and review a spring grocery list. We'll close with a detox asana practice, followed by tea and snacks. Dress comfortably and bring your yoga mat. Fee: $25 (ID#: S23) —

April 

Bodymind Practice for Anxiety and Depression with Athalie Joy, PhD

Wednesdays, April 1-29, 5:30-6:45pm
This five-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. (5 wks) * Prerequisite Seminar: “Yoga and Meditation for Anxiety and Depression.” ** Note date change from brochure Fee: $50 (ID#: YA) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Wednesday, April 1, 7-8:30pm
Join us in the study of Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, by Pema Chodron (available in our bookstore). We will discuss chapters 7 and 8. Bring the book and share your related experience. Registration required. Fee: $5 (ID#: S24) —

Household Homeopathy with Arup Bhattacharya, HD, PhD

Tuesdays, April 7-May 26, 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 life’s journey. (8 wks, 24 hours of class time) *Skype option available for those who can’t be here in person. Fee: $224 (ID#: S25) —

Balance Your Doshas - Create Your Own Ayurvedic Daily Routine with Sarah

Thursday, April 9, 7-9pm
Support your health and wellness by implementing a daily routine. Review the Ayurvedic clock and explore how to align your routine with nature to improve energy levels, mental focus, and overall stamina. Learn the benefits of a mindful sleep schedule, a morning cleansing routine, and evening wind-down ritual. Specific practices and instructions will be provided. Fee: $25 (ID#: S26) —

Satsang: Organic Gardening with Ann Neumann, M.A.

Thursday, April 16, 7-8:30pm
Join avid organic gardener, Ann Neumann, on an exploration of earth-friendly gardening techniques with step by step instruction on compost and soil amendments, seed and plant selection, in-ground and raised bed options, and potted plant gardens. In observance of Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, we will also share ideas on how to be "sustainable" in our garden, our lives, and our homes. Nourish and nurture your soul – work with the earth and let your "prana" flow. * Satsang is free and open to the public - donations welcome. Fee: $0 (ID#: S27) —

Challenging Postures to Concentrate the Mind with Kerry

Saturday, April 25, 9:30am-12pm
Bring the fresh and promising energy of spring to an exploration of some of yoga’s more challenging asanas such as: eka pada padangusthasana (extended hand to big toe pose), bakasana (crow), urdhva dhanurasana (wheel) and pincha mayurasana (peacock). Through experiences of the inherent balance of a posture’s opposing forces and the physical grounding which flows from the power of effort, we’ll discover one of the greatest benefits of challenging postures: a concentrated mind! A warm-up asana practice will be followed by a workshop style exploration of individual postures. * Requirement: Completion of Yoga 2, a home practice, and a willingness to explore! Fee: $20 (ID#: S28) —

The Art of Joyful Living - Practice Session with Tracy

Sunday, April 26, 12-2pm
In his book, The Art of Joyful Living, Swami Rama says, “Happiness is of your own creation!” The key to finding this inner joy is learning to understand yourself on every level: as body, mind and spirit. At our satsang in November, we had a lively discussion on how we might come to understand the functions of mind and gain a clearer vision of why we think, feel and behave the way we do. Now we will look at the practices Swamiji gave for clearing the cobwebs and gaining a strong mental focus. We will be working with breathing, meditation and inner reflection. Fee: $20 (ID#: S29) —