Lectures and Seminars

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January 

Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, January 5-February 16, 5:30-6:45pm
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 (variations offered), followed by classical yoga postures to integrate and feel the effects. *prerequisite: completion of Yoga 1. Fee: $84 (ID#: YC) —

Chair Yoga with Ann

Wednesdays, January 6-February 10, 10-11:30am
THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD OFF-SITE - 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. LOCATION: 719 Englewood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14223. Ample parking and 1-step entry into the building. Contact the Himalayan Institute for registration and directions. (6wks) Fee: $72 (ID#: CY1) — CANCELED

Gentle Yoga with Sapna

Thursdays, January 7-February 11, 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) —

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.
DATES:
KICKOFF SATURDAY JANUARY 9th
  • 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) --



Mastering the Basics with Bonnie

Saturdays, January 9-February 20, 11:15-12:30pm
Begin your yoga practice or reintroduce yourself to the basics. This class draws upon content from the award-winning book Yoga: Mastering the Basics, by Sandra Anderson & Rolf Sovik, PsyD. (available in our bookstore). 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. Beginners welcome! Fee: $84 (ID#: YMB) — FULL

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

Mondays, January 25-February 15, 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 is available for those who can’t attend in person. *Fee: $99 or $30 per class. Fee: $99 (ID#: S07) —

February 

Deepening Meditation with Donna

Wednesdays, February 3-24, 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. *prerequisite: completion of the Beginning Meditation course. Fee: $48 (ID#: S08) — CANCELED

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]


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

Saturday, February 6, 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. Fee: $30 (ID#: S10) — FULL

Cinema & Soup Saturday - Part II with Kandy

Saturday, February 13, 9:30am-12pm
Enjoy tea and a movie followed by soup and discussion. Each film in this 4-part series reflects yoga philosophy. We will watch “The Hundred Foot Journey”—A feud between two adjacent restaurants is resolved when all involved engage in the yogic principle “involve everyone, exclude no one.” Fee: $10 (ID#: S11) —

Household Homeopathy - A Primer in Homeopathic Remedies for Acute Conditions with Arup Bhattacharya, HD, PhD

Saturdays, February 20-April 9, 9:30am-12:30pm
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. *Skype option available for those who can’t attend in person. (24 hours of class time). *Fee: $224 or $35 per class. Fee: $224 (ID#: S12) —

SATSANG: Pillars of Happiness with Rolf Sovik, PsyD

Thursday, February 25, 7-8:30pm
It is said that four pillars uplift spiritual life and lead to inner happiness. They include self-control, spiritual inquiry, contentment, and good company (satsang). Interestingly, the sage Vashishta recommends satsang, good company, as the greatest source of spiritual growth. So bring your thoughts and questions about yoga/meditation and join Rolf for an evening devoted to satsang, the company of inspired aspirants. *No Fee - donations welcomed. All proceeds collected will go towards H.I.Humanitarian Projects. Fee: $0 (ID#: S13) —

WORKSHOP: Soothing Inner Life through Meditation, Mind and Mantra with Rolf Sovik, PsyD

Saturday, February 27, 9:30-noon; 1:30-3:30pm
Yoga advises us to “uplift the self by the Self.” These are puzzling words at first, but in meditation they make perfect sense. They assure us that there is a joy and fullness in us that has the power to nurture and transform our lives. This workshop will focus on meditation practice—on methods to awaken joy and explore the riches of inner life. The science of mantra is a fascinating aspect of this process and the workshop will include practice and discussion of general mantras available for everyone to use. This will help in deepening meditation. * Note: Program includes a 90-min. lunch-break. You are welcome to bring a bag-lunch and eat at the center, or there are restaurants near-by. Separate pricing is available if you are only able to attend one session. Fee: $75 (ID#: RS) —

WORKSHOP: Session One with Rolf Sovik, PsyD

Saturday, February 27, 9:30am-12pm
Fee: $45 (ID#: R1) —

WORKSHOP: Session Two with Rolf Sovik, PsyD

Saturday, February 27, 1:30-3:30pm
Fee: $45 (ID#: RS2) —

March 

Yoga for Core Strength and Meditation with Sarah

Tuesdays, March 1-April 19, 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. Effects include an increase in 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: Continuing level class - 6 months prior experience with Yoga 1 or greater is required. Fee: $96 (ID#: YC) —

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Tuesdays, March 1-29, 5:30-6:45pm
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. (4wks - no class 3/22) Fee: $48 (ID#: S15) —

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Thursdays, March 3-April 7, 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#: YG) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, March 3, 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 discuss Chapters 4 and 5. Fee: $5 (ID#: S16) —

SATSANG: Information on TCTSY Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with Lidia Snyder, LMSW, RYT-200

Thursday, March 3, 7-8:30pm
Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga is built on a foundation of hatha yoga, neuroscience, attachment and trauma theory. When trauma is held in the body, it can result in impairment in numerous ways. Through breathing exercises, gentle movements (without hands-on adjustments), and periods of rest, participants are invited to rebuild a positive relationship with themselves. The main objective is to establish a safe space for using yoga forms as opportunities to notice what is felt in the physical body and to practice making choices about what to do with our bodies. Attendees will experience TCTSY for themselves in addition to an informational discussion segment and details on participation in upcoming sessions. - No Fee - Trauma-Sensitive Yoga sessions for pre-registered participants will take place Thursdays, Mar. 17-Apr. 28, 7-8pm. Cost is $15 per class. For more information and to request a registration form please Email: lidia@roadrunner.com, or call (716) 883-2223. Fee: $0 (ID#: S17) —

Yoga: Mastering the Basics with Bonnie

Saturdays, March 5-April 23, 11:15-12:30pm
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. A great class for beginners and Yoga 1 level practitioners. *no class 3/26 Fee: $84 (ID#: YMB) —

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

Saturday, March 5, 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#: S18) —

Meditation for Meditators with Julia

Monday, March 7, 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#: S19) —

Body-Mind Practice with Athalie

Tuesdays, March 8-April 12, 5:30-6:45pm
This six-session class incorporates instruction and practice in asana, pranayama, relaxation, and meditation. Teaching is specific to participants’ routine use as self-management for anxiety and depression. Fee: $72 (ID#: BM) —

Restorative Yoga with Cathy

Tuesdays, March 8-April 19, 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. Fee: $84 (ID#: YR) —

Cinema & Soup Saturday - Part 3 with Kandy

Saturday, March 12, 9:30am-12pm
Enjoy an inspiring film followed by homemade soup and discussion. Each film in this four-part series reflects yoga philosophy. In March we will watch “Calvary”— Passover and Easter lessons on forgiveness, death and resurrection. Fee: $10 (ID#: S20) —

Healthy Living 101 with Julia

Saturday, March 12, 1-3pm
Little changes go a long way! Learn simple techniques on creating a healthier lifestyle through nutrition, movement, and stress-management. Discover just how easy it is to incorporate nutritional food choices into daily life. We will enjoy a short sequence of “no-sweat” movements that improve range of motion (no yoga mat needed), and discuss the effects that exercise and mindful-relaxation have on the cardiovascular and nervous systems. Fee: $25 (ID#: S21) —

Foundations of Meditation with Julia Kress, E-RYT 500, AYS

Sunday, March 13, 12:30-3:30pm
This course will provide yoga teachers and practitioners the essential tools and philosophical content for setting up a meditation practice. Develop a step-by-step method of settling into a comfortable seated position. Explore pranayama (breathing practices) to establish awareness, relaxation, and concentration methods for harnessing the energies of the mind to progress further in the practice. *Attention Certified Yoga Instructors: This course qualifies for 3 continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $45 (ID#: E12) —

SATSANG: The Gayatri Mantra with Kerry

Thursday, March 24, 7-8:30pm
Considered a universal prayer from the Vedas, the gayatri mantra inspires clarity, wisdom, and openness of heart. Spend an evening exploring the meaning of this ancient mantra and becoming familiar with its soothing sounds. We will anchor our evening practice with 108 recitations of the mantra. Satsang is free and open to the public - donations welcome! Registration is required. Fee: $0 (ID#: S22) —

April 

Cinema & Soup Saturday - Part 4 with Kandy

Saturday, April 2, 9:30am-12pm
To conclude our film series, we will watch “All is Lost”, with Robert Redford as the cast of one, stranded in the Indian Ocean. Yogic principles are required as he faces many challenges. Soup and discussion to follow. Fee: $10 (ID#: S23) —

Exploring the Spirituality of Giving through Yoga with Kerry

Saturdays, April 2-30, 9:30am-11:30am
When we give freely of ourselves to others, we naturally open to new ways of seeing and feeling and to live a more compassionate life. Despite a genuine desire to help others and to contribute to important causes, often our giving isn’t quite as free as we might think. Join like-minded others in exploring how regular yogic practice can help one to prepare to give of oneself more fully. Each class includes asana, meditation, and an opportunity for discussion and journaling. In addition to maintaining a manageable daily yoga practice, attendees are asked to commit to giving one hour per week to a person or a cause of one’s choosing. (4wks -no class 4/16) Fee: $45 (ID#: S24) —

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

Saturday, April 2, 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#: S25) —

Meditation for Meditators with Julia

Monday, April 4, 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#: S26) —

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Wednesdays, April 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 essential concentration techniques used in the yoga tradition. Discover a new level of peace within yourself. (4 wks) Fee: $48 (ID#: S27) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, April 7, 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 Chapters 6 and 7. Fee: $5 (ID#: S28) —

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]


Homeostasis: A Woman's Strength to Find Balance with Kandy

Saturday, April 23, 9:30-11:30am
Healthy balance begins with the awareness and effect of hormones in daily living. Stress, loss of sleep, weight gain, poor digestion and fatigue are all symptoms of hormonal imbalance. In this class we will discuss the major hormones and how we can work toward a happier, healthier life. Gentle yoga and meditation are included. Suggested reading: “Balance your Hormones, Balance Your Life” by Dr. Claudia Welch. Fee: $25 (ID#: S29) —

Chakras and Core Strength: Deepen Your Pranic Connection with Sarah Guglielmi, MS, E-RYT-500, AYS

Saturday, April 30, 9:30am-12pm
CEU CLASS FOR YOGA INSTRUCTORS & PRACTITIONERS: The chakra system offers a unique view of the mind- body connection. Each chakra is a hub of energy (pranic force) that governs specific functions of the physical body and psyche. A yogic approach to core strength builds circulation, flexibility, and pranic flow in the pelvic abdominal area. This is the home of the lower three chakras (the root, sacral, and navel centers). When energy flow in the physical space of these chakras is balanced, the intelligence governed by these chakras flows promoting physical stability, mental clarity, and unshakeable self-confidence. Join Sarah to learn about the anatomy of the lower three chakras, an approach to core strength to awaken their intelligence, followed by an experiential practice. *Attention Certified Yoga Instructors: This course qualifies for 2.5 continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $40 (ID#: E13) —

May 

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]