Lectures and Seminars

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September 

Yoga for Core Strength and Meditation with Sarah

Tuesdays, September 6-October 25, 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. Fee: $96 (ID#: YC) —

Yoga for Willpower with Cathy

Tuesdays, September 6-October 25, 7-8:15pm
Willpower is inner strength: the ability to know what we want, move toward it, and overcome life’s challenges. Join Cathy to explore the cultivation of willpower through asanas that relieve abdominal congestion and stoke the fire of determination. Each class will emphasize breath awareness, core strength, mental concentration, and relaxation. Fee: $96 (ID#: YW) —

Restorative Yoga for Back Care with Julia

Wednesdays, September 7-October 26, 9:30-11am
Increase your working knowledge of the anatomy of the pelvis and spine. These insights will give us the springboard into understanding how certain movements can enhance stability as well as freedom in the body. Breath work and relaxation are woven into the yoga poses to promote physical and energetic response. This class is open to anyone having clearance from a doctor to exercise. Most poses will be done on the floor, and modifications will be offered. Fee: $96 (ID#: YB) —

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Wednesdays, September 7-28, 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. Fee: $48 (ID#: S40) —

Foundations of Sanskrit 4 with Tracy

Wednesday, September 7, 7-9pm
We will continue the Himalayan Institute's Home Study Course including readings from the Bhagavad Gita. Class meets two Fridays per month from September through June. Syllabus and calendar available upon request. Pre-requisites: familiarity with the Sanskrit alphabet and a working knowledge of the Devanagari script. Fee: $78 (ID#: SY4) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, September 8, 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). 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 Chapter 10. Fee: $5 (ID#: S41) —

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

Saturday, September 10, 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#: S42) —

The Nervous System, Pranayama, and Relaxation with Julia

Saturday, September 10, 1-3:30pm
This workshop is open to all yoga teachers and yoga students. Deepen your anatomical knowledge of the nervous system and nadis (energy channels). We will review the kosha model, as described in Vedantic philosophy, to bring a greater understanding of the effect thoughts, speech, and action have on our whole being. Explore pranayama and relaxation methods that help cleanse, balance, and strengthen the nervous system. This workshop is half lecture / half practicum. Please bring your mat. This class qualifies for 2.5 contact hours of continuing education credit with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $40 (ID#: E18) —

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Mondays, September 12-October 17, 5:30-6:45pm
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#: YGM5) —

Deepening Meditation with Donna

Mondays, September 12-October 3, 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: HI’s Beginning Meditation course. Fee: $48 (ID#: S43) —

Gentle Yoga with Sapna

Thursdays, September 15-October 20, 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#: YGR5) —

The History of the Himalayan Institute - Celebrating 45 Years! with Mary Gail Sovik

Thursday, September 15, 7-8:30pm
Satsang: Join us for this very special gathering as we celebrate the Himalayan Institute’s 45th year anniversary. Mary Gail will share her insights on the institute’s history, tradition, and mission. Hear reflections from teachers and students in the community – come share your story! Tea and dessert will follow. FREE EVENT! Fee: $0 (ID#: S44) —

Yoga: Mastering the Basics with Bonnie

Saturdays, September 17-October 29, 11:15-12:30pm
Begin your yoga practice or reintroduce yourself to the basics. Explore range of movement exercises, alignment fundamentals, and diaphragmatic breath training. Bring focus to several aspects of yoga to further develop your ongoing practice. Each class concludes with a guided relaxation. This is a great class for beginners and Yoga 1 level practitioners. Fee: $84 (ID#: YMB) —

PASSAGES: Acknowledging Life’s Transitions with Mary Gail Sovik

Saturday, September 17, 1-4pm
We pass through many stages in life, from diapers to doshas. And right along with the physical and emotional growth is spiritual and mental exploration. Come spend an afternoon acknowledging your passages – life goals, ‘hiccups’, overcoming obstacles, opportunities, detours, and accomplishments. Let us share inspiration and encouragement, remembering our spiritual source as a fountain of strength and fulfillment. Fee: $25 (ID#: S45) —

October 

Fearlessness, Freedom, & Loving Life! Exploring the Master Practices of Agni Sara and Meditation with Sarah

Thursdays, October 6-27, 7-8:45pm
In his commentary, The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi Pada, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait details a system of yoga practice to awaken the unshakable courage, joy, and inspiration we all need to face the challenges of the world today, and enjoy our life in the present! Agni sara, specific pranayamas (breathing practices), and meditation are key. Join Sarah to review the themes of this ancient yoga handbook, and how to progressively work towards the practices described. Each class will include 30-minutes of discussion followed by practice. Reading will be assigned from "The Secret of the Yoga Sutra", available in our bookstore. Fee: $60 (ID#: S46) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, October 6, 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). 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 Chapter 11. Fee: $5 (ID#: S47) —

Yoga and Meditation for Anxiety and Depression with Ann Loretan and Jonathan Treible, PhD

Saturday, October 8, 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#: S48) —

Ayurveda in the Kitchen: Expanding Yoga Practice Into with Sarah Guglielmi, MS, E-RYT-500, AYS

Saturday, October 8, 1-4pm
(Includes a Chai Tea Demonstration and Tasting) - Open to All Yoga Teachers and Yoga Students This workshop is open to all yoga teachers and yoga students. Ayurveda is the ancient “sister science” of yoga, that teaches you how to artfully choose the best activities, foods, and routines to support the strength and power you cultivate on your yoga mat. It expands your practice into daily life and, for yoga teachers, deepens the scope of what you can offer to your students. We will begin with a brief review of Ayurvedic constitution, doshas, and how to assess food for balance using the concept of the 6 tastes. Then we’ll move to the kitchen to make dosha-balancing chai tea(s). Homemade chai tea is a nourishing aromatic blend of tea, milk, and spices. It provides a delicious and simple way to apply ayurveda on your stovetop as we move into the cooler months! Dairy alternative and recipes will be provided. This class qualifies for 3 contact hours of continuing education credit with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $45 (ID#: E19) —

Introduction to Sanskrit with Tracy Draksic, M.A.

Saturday, October 22, 1-3:30pm
As a yoga teacher or practitioner, there is no doubt that you have been exposed to the sounds of the Sanskrit language. Whether it be the asana names, chanting, mantra or philosophical terminology, knowledge of Sanskrit can open doors to deeper levels of practice and enjoyment of yoga sadhana (practice). In this introduction, we will thoroughly cover the alphabet and pronunciation with time for discussion, practice and questions. No prior experience needed. This class qualifies for 2.5 contact hours of continuing education credit with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $40 (ID#: E20) —

Meditation for Meditators with Donna

Monday, October 24, 6-7pm
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#: S49) —

Yogathon! Benefit for Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network with Staff

Saturday, October 29, 1-3pm
Join instructors from the Himalayan Institute for this special fund-raising event! Three yoga classes, ranging from Gentle to Intermediate, will be held simultaneously throughout the building. Enjoy an afternoon of yoga (and good karma!) as you come out to support a great cause! 90-minute classes will take place from 1-2:30 pm with a tea reception to follow. Pay in advance at the Himalayan Institute or go to www.bppn.org click Events to pay via PayPal (or pay at the door). For questions contact: Denise Herkey-Jarosch, (716) 253-7066 or dhj@bppn.org. Fee: $20 (ID#: BPPN) —

March 

Yoga Teacher Training 500 Hour

March 2017 - July 2018
As an experienced yoga teacher, you desire a trusted space to turn for further training, inspiration, and the next step in your professional journey and personal practice. Our 500-hour teacher certification program offers yoga teachers from all traditions an avenue to further deepen their personal practice and teaching.
For complete information and dates, click here.
Fee: $4199 early bird, $4499 after January 15th (ID#: YTT500) --