Lectures and Seminars

* No Classes on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27

CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS Wed, Dec 24th – Sun, Jan 4

View a copy of our current print brochure!

November 

Yoga for Bone Health - Part 2 with Kandy

Saturdays, November 1-22, 9:30-11am
Continue your study and practice of healthy bones! Flexibility exercises, core control, and strengthening major muscles that surround the joints can go a long way in improving low bone density conditions and joint inflammation. Restorative poses, relaxation, and meditation also included. New students welcome. (4 wks) Fee: $40 (ID#: YBH) —

Gentle Yoga with Tess

Mondays, November 3-December 8, 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. (6 weeks) Fee: $60 (ID#: YG9) —

Beginning Meditation with Julia

Mondays, November 3-24, 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. (4 wks) Fee: $45 (ID#: S85) —

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Mondays, November 3-24, 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 the essential concentration techniques used in the yoga tradition. Discover a new level of peace within yourself. (4 wks) Fee: $45 (ID#: S86) —

CEU Course for Teachers - Downward Dog and Headstand for All Levels with Sarah

Tuesday, November 4, 7-9pm
OPEN TO ALL YOGA TEACHERS: Headstand is a powerful pose to develop strength, integration, confidence, and enthusiasm! The key with all challenging postures is to offer students a starting point, and a progressive path to move towards the goal. In this workshop, we will explore a progressive sequence to move into headstand using modified variations that build on each other. Proper Alignment, core strength, and bandha engagement will be covered. * This class qualifies for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $35 (ID#: E03) —

Restorative Yoga with Julia

Tuesdays, November 4-December 23, 9:30-10:45am
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. (8 wks) Fee: $80 (ID#: YR) —

Tension Relief for Neck & Shoulders with Stephanie

Tuesdays, November 4-December 16, 5:30-6:30pm
Tension in the neck and shoulders can cause a variety of problems including headaches, limited range of movement, and poor posture. Yoga stretches relieve stiffness, create balanced strength, and maintain suppleness. By easing physical tension, you will feel better mentally as well. The series of movements taught in this session can be practiced daily to sustain tension relief. (7 wks) Fee: $70 (ID#: YT) —

Power Up! Yoga for Core Strength with Sarah

Wednesdays, November 5-December 17, 5:30-6:45pm
Join Sarah for a weekly 75 minute asana practice designed to give you greater access to powerful poses, such as Downward Facing Dog, Revolved Triangle, Half Moon, Warrior III, Chair Pose, Eagle, and Headstand. Sequences will include preparatory practices to build body awareness, strength, and energy flow in the abdominals, gluteals, back, legs, and shoulders. Class will end with a systematic relaxation and guided meditation. Prerequisite: Yoga 2, or a minimum of 6 months of prior yoga experience. (7 wks) Fee: $70 (ID#: YC) —

Gentle Yoga* with Laura

Thursdays, November 6-December 18, 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) -- no class 11/27 Fee: $60 (ID#: YG5) — FULL

Satsang: The Art of Joyful Living with Tracy

Thursday, November 13, 7-8:30pm
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. Yoga science gives us a method to begin this life changing exploration. We will enjoy lecture, discussion and a guided relaxation - meditation. Satsang is free and open to the public. Please bring a dry or canned good for donation to the Food Bank of WNY. Fee: $0 (ID#: S87) —

Lecture 2: Ayurveda in the Kitchen-Vata Season with Kandy

Sunday, November 16, 9:30-12pm
Finding balance during vata season can be challenging. In this class we will present the vata pacifying diet-what to favor and what to avoid. We will prepare the vata churna (spice combination), Pilau (Indian rice dish) and Cardamon cake. The tendency for vata imbalance can be felt in the body with excessive muscle stiffness, arthritis, chronic fatigue. Discussion will offer insight on how to deal with the many vata imbalances. NOTE: DATE CHANGED FROM BROCHURE. Fee: $25 (ID#: S88) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Wednesday, November 19, 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 11, “Svadhyaya – Self Study,” and the “Questions for Exploration” at the end of the chapter. Bring the book and share your related experience. Registration required. Fee: $5 (ID#: S89) —

Exploring the Sun Salutation with Stephanie

Saturdays, November 22-December 20, 11-12pm
In this session, the Sun Salutation sequence will be taken apart and practiced mindfully. The course’s purpose is to integrate poses in the sequence improving strength, stamina, flexibility and balance. We will create intentional action and link movement with the breath throughout the sequence. (4 wks) *no class Dec 6 Fee: $40 (ID#: YS) —

December 

Relaxation & Stress Management with Donna

Tuesdays, December 2-23, 7-8pm
Embrace the season with a relaxed and focused mind. 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 to make peace with situations that challenge your inner life. Fee: $40 (ID#: S90) —

Healing Through the Holidays with Shari Friedrichsen

Thursday, December 4, 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. Check out Shari's bio on our Faculty page. Fee: $25 (ID#: S91) —

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

Saturday, December 6, 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#: S92) —

CEU Course for Teachers - The Nervous System, Pranayama, and Relaxation with Julia

Saturday, December 13, 10am-12pm
OPEN TO ALL YOGA TEACHERS: We will review the anatomy of the nervous system, subtle anatomy of the Nadi’s, and refer to the the Kosha model to ground our understanding in the affect our thoughts, speech and action have on our whole being. In detail we will explore the use of pranayama and relaxation methods that help cleanse, balance and strengthen the nervous system. This is half lecture half practicum so you will have the experience to draw from to reach your students in an authentic way. * This class qualifies for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $35 (ID#: E04) —

Guided Meditation & Relaxation with Donna

Sunday, December 14, 9:30-10:30am
Gather for a morning practice of gentle stretching followed by a guided relaxation and meditation practice. Fee: $5 (ID#: S93) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Wednesday, December 17, 7-8:30pm
Please join us as we conclude the study of The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele (available in our bookstore). We will discuss Chapters 12-14, “Ishvara Pranidhana - Surrender,” and the “Questions for Exploration” at the end of the chapter. Bring the book and share your related experience. Registration required. Fee: $5 (ID#: S94) —