Lectures and Seminars

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November 

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) —

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) —

January 

New Year's Meditation with Tracy

Sunday, January 4, 1-2:30pm
Join your fellow seekers as we celebrate another year of yoga and friendship at H.I.Buffalo. We will enjoy light stretching and a guided relaxation followed by the Cave of the Heart Meditation. Set your intentions for a bright and healthy 2015. Hope to see you there! Bring a sweet to share. Chai will be provided. Fee: $15 (ID#: S01) —

Gentle Yoga with Tess

Mondays, January 5-February 16, 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: $70 (ID#: YG9) —

Restorative Yoga with Julia

Tuesdays, January 6-February 17, 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: $70 (ID#: YR) —

Stabilizing the Hips, Knees & Feet with Stephanie

Tuesdays, January 6-February 17, 5:30-6:30pm
Each area of the body affects other areas. Instability and pain in the hips can cause instability and pain in the knees and feet. An imbalance in these areas may have been caused by injury, surgery or repetitive daily activities. In this specialized therapeutic yoga session, we will use a gentle approach to restore balance by strengthening and stabilizing the hips, knees and feet. (7 wks) Fee: $70 (ID#: YH) —

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Tuesdays, January 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: $45 (ID#: S02) —

Yoga for Core Strength with Sarah

Wednesdays, January 7-February 18, 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 (variations offered), followed by classical yoga postures to integrate and feel the effects. Pre-Requisite: Completion of Yoga 1 (7 wks) Fee: $70 (ID#: YC) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Wednesday, January 7, 7-8:30pm
Join us as we study the work of Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of the Tibetan meditation master Chogyam Trungpa. We will start with her book Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, available in the bookstore. For our first meeting we will have an introduction to the group with discussion of group guidelines and suggestions for our practice and study. We will also be discussing the overview and chapters 1&2 of the book. Fee: $5 (ID#: S03) —

Introduction to Ayurveda with Sarah

Thursday, January 8, 7-8:30pm
Ayurveda is the vedic system of self-healing based on the truth that we all have a unique nature. By aligning our lifestyle with that nature, we can dramatically improve our health. In this satsang, you will be introduced to the concepts of Ayurvedic Constitution, the Doshas, Ayurvedic imbalance, and how our everyday complaints such as indigestion, low energy, and restless sleep can be supported by educated shifts in routine, diet, and even the choice of asanas you practice. Great for those new to Ayurveda, and those looking for a fresh view of the fundamentals of Ayurveda! Satsang is free and open to the public. Donations welcome. Fee: $0 (ID#: S04) —

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Thursdays, January 15-February 19, 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: $60 (ID#: YG5) —

Laughter Yoga with Sapna

Friday, January 16, 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. Wear loose comfortable clothing, and leave your yoga mat at home! Fee: $10 (ID#: S05) —

Beginning Yoga: Mastering the Basics with Stephanie

Saturdays, January 17-February 7, 11:30-12:30pm
Hone your beginner yoga practice or reintroduce yourself to the basics. In this on-going series, beginner concepts will be reinforced and the fundamental elements of your practice will be solidified. Strengthen your yoga foundation and watch your practice grow! (4 wks) Fee: $40 (ID#: YMB) —

Ayurveda for a Healthy You with Kandy

Saturday, January 17, 9:30am-12pm
Resolve to be a better you! Spend time with fellow yogis in spiritual discussion and practice. Reset the spirit, the mind and the body. Restorative practice and pichu-oleation of the forehead-a cotton cloth with oil is placed on the forehead to help maintain calmness and help balance the doshas. Wear comfortable clothing. Fee: $25 (ID#: S06) —

Yoga Sutra Discussion Group with Sarah

Thursdays, January 22-February 12, 7-8:30pm
Awaken the Power of Your Practice! The Yoga Sutra, compiled approximately 2000 years ago by the sage Pantanjali, is considered the authoritative text on yoga practice. We will use Pandit Rajmani Tigunait’s commentary The Secret of the Yoga Sutra to explore the goals of yoga, the fruits of practice, and the “how to” according to Patanjali. Deepen your understanding of yoga and broaden the impact it has on your life. Reading material from the text will be assigned each week. We will spend the first hour discussing key concepts and close with 30 minutes of gentle stretching, breathing, relaxation, and meditation to explore the “how to” as described in the text. All students at any level are welcome! (no class Feb. 5) Fee: $45 (ID#: S07) —

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

Saturday, January 31, 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. Fee: $25 (ID#: S08) —

February 

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Tuesdays, February 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 essential concentration techniques used in the yoga tradition. Discover a new level of peace within yourself. (4 wks) Fee: $45 (ID#: S09) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Wednesday, February 4, 7-8:30pm
Join us in the study of Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, by Pema Chodron (available in our bookstore). We plan to discuss Chapter 3&4. Registration required. Fee: $5 (ID#: S10) —

Ayurveda in the Kitchen: Chai for Your Dosha with Sarah

Saturday, February 21, 10am-12pm
Wellness with Chai Tea! Homemade chai tea is a nourishing aromatic blend of tea, milk,and spices. The stimulating effect of the tea, balanced by the milk and spices, make it a nice alternative to coffee. Applying Ayurveda in your kitchen is a matter of understanding how certain foods and spices are likely to impact your inherent nature or dosha constitution, and then how to modify a dish (or beverage) to suit your needs. We'll begin with a brief review of Ayurvedic constitution, doshas, and how to assess food to create balance. Then we will move to the kitchen to make vata, pitta, and kapha balancing chai. A dairy alternative will be provided. Snacks & recipes too! Fee: $25 (ID#: S11) —

Yoga and Bio-Energetics: Refining Your Practice of Asana with Connie

Saturday, February 21, 1-2:30pm
Bio-energetics is a system of breath, movement and mindfulness designed to release tension and promote free flow of energy in the body. Emphasis is placed on body alignment, grounding, energetic awareness, and deep rest. Experience a sequence that incorporates elements of Bio-Energetics and yoga (asana, breath-work, systematic relaxation). Leave feeling light and refreshed. Fee: $15 (ID#: S12) —

The Core of Consciousness with Rolf Sovik, PsyD

Thursday, February 26, 7-8:30pm
In ancient times, Indian philosophers portrayed reality using six different but complementary approaches. These six schools of thought included one that is considered the most ancient and which is paired with yoga practice, a school called “Samkhya.” Join Rolf for a discussion of this ancient school and learn how its philosophy can lift both your understanding and your practice of yoga. Fee: $25 (ID#: S13) —

The Joy of Turning Within with Rolf Sovik, PsyD

Saturday, February 28, 9:30am-12pm
Teachers of yoga often direct us to turn inward—to look for reality within ourselves. We can do that only if we have some idea of the reality we are looking for. Passages from the Bhagavad Gita offer clear and inspiring instruction that shows us how our practice of yoga is also a journey within. They make the aims of yoga appealing to all. Join Rolf to explore selected ideas from the Gita and to apply them in meditation practice. Fee: $35 (ID#: S14) —