Lectures and Seminars

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May 

Household Homeopathy – A Primer in Homeopathic Remedies for Acute Conditions

with Arup Bhattacharya, DHM, PhD Saturdays, May 4 & 11; June 1, 8, 15 & 22; July 13 & 20 (8 wks), 9 am - noon
Learn the secrets of homeopathic prescribing for various household conditions such as cough and colds, diarrhea, flu, aches and pains, injuries, allergies, skin rash, and other acute conditions. 24 hours of in-class training will focus on the art and science of prescribing homeopathic remedies including the principles of dosage, potency, and repetition. Learn the commonly used remedies in detail for multifaceted use in various conditions. This course is only offered once per year and is a prelude to the year-long in-depth course that will be offered this fall.
Find out more about Arup at: homeopathichealers.com
Try the 1st class for free. If you wish to continue, pay a special rate of $224 for all 8 classes (or $35 per class if you choose to pay as you go). Skype option available if you are unable to attend in person.
Fee: $224 -- [CANCELLED]


July 

Hello Sunshine! Exploring Sun Salutations with Jackie

Mondays, July 1-29, 5:30-6:45pm
(4 weeks - no class July 15) Experience the asanas associated with Surya Namaskar (Sun Salute) in a new light. While staying attentive to the breath, we will work alternately from active forms of the practice to an observant restful place to explore strength, endurance, flexibility, and the subtle body connections that reveal our inherent luminosity. This class series is geared towards experienced level practitioners. Fee: $48 (ID#: Y3M5) —

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Mondays, July 1-August 19, 9:30-10:30am
(8 weeks) Yoga offers gentle exercises that can dramatically help those with joint pain or stiffness. In this class, we will 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: $96 (ID#: YGM) —

The Art of Deep Relaxation with Jackie

Tuesdays, July 2-August 13, 4-5pm
[6 weeks] Relaxation doesn’t always come readily. Our environment, life’s events, and prolonged habits create (and sustain) a level of tension within ourselves that becomes our “normal.” Explore gentle movements, breath awareness, tension/release exercises, and a number of relaxation techniques that work to soothe the nervous system while strengthening the pathways of mind to muscle. Softening our inner grip opens us to a fresh perspective, which can reveal a profound state of inner calm. Although this is an all-level class, prior experience with yoga practice is requested.
(6 wks - no class July 16) Fee: $72 (ID#: S55) —

Strong Seniors with Cathy

Tuesdays, July 9-August 20, 9:30-11am
[7 weeks] The importance of building muscle while keeping the body flexible is crucial in the senior years if we want to continue to enjoy a vibrant lifestyle. Improving muscular endurance and joint mobility can help you to perform better the whole day whether walking, sitting, bending, lifting heavy things and even sleeping. Unlike weight training, yoga uses an integrated whole-body method for strengthening while also improving balance and reducing stress. Join Cathy for a yoga practice that will empower your senior years! Pre-seniors welcomed. Fee: $84 (ID#: YSS) —

Yoga for Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, July 9-August 20, 5:30-6:45pm
(7 weeks) (Continuing Level) - Yogic texts emphasize the importance of awareness, strength, and circulation in the abdominal area to deepen the effects of your asana and meditation practice. These include 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: $84 (ID#: YC) —

Beginning Meditation with Larry

Tuesdays, July 9-30, 6-7:30pm
(4 weeks) Meditation, a method for acquiring a clear and tranquil mind, is the heart of yoga practice. In this course, you will 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 Fee: $48 (ID#: S57) —

Yin Yoga with Bonnie

Wednesdays, July 10-August 14, 5:30-6:45pm
(6 weeks) The practice of Yin Yoga is a slow-paced method in which poses are held for extended periods of time with a focus on increasing circulation and energetic flow into joints, ligaments and connective tissues. Poses are held for several minutes as you bring awareness deep into your body. This quieting practice inspires focus and inner calm and is complementary to the more active asana styles. This is an all-levels class. Fee: $72 (ID#: YY) —

Awakening Prana with Jackie

Thursdays, July 11-August 22, 10-11:30am
[7 weeks] A Breath-Centered Continuing-Level Hatha Class - Prana is the vital force that sustains not only the body but also creation at every level. Breath is the vehicle for prana, and it is through breath awareness that our yoga practice truly comes alive, taking us to new levels of personal observation and experience. In this class-series, we will review the anatomy of breathing and build upon asana, relaxation and meditative-pranayama techniques that link us directly to our source of energy. Conscious engagement with prana inspires strength, balance and vitality on all levels: body, mind, spirit. Prerequisite: Yoga 1 or greater. This is a Continuing-to-Experienced level class. Modifications will be presented for more challenging yoga postures and sequences. Fee: $84 (ID#: YAP) —

Gentle Yoga with Maya

Thursdays, July 11-August 15, 5:30-6:30pm
(6 weeks) Yoga offers gentle exercises that can dramatically help those with joint pain or stiffness. In this class, we will 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#: YGW) —

Yoga as an Ally for Pain Management with Stephanie

Tuesdays, July 23-August 13, 10:30-11:30am
(4 weeks) Sharp or dull, throbbing or stabbing, physical or emotional – pains of all kinds are both sources and symptoms of stress. When pain crops up, it compels us to find ways to manage it. Yoga breathing techniques, relaxation skills, and postures are uniquely situated to help. They are natural, easily learned, and readily available. Stephanie is a veteran of managing her own pain resulting from serious injuries and surgeries. Fee: $48 (ID#: YPM) —

Yoga to Manage Moods with Carissa

Saturday, July 27, 10am-noon
Yoga provides a holistic approach to mood and symptom management. Using a combination of gentle physical poses, mindful-breathing, and relaxation techniques, participants will feel more connected and balanced within the body and mind. A trauma-sensitive, person-centered approach will be utilized, and individual attention and modifications will be provided as needed. No prior yoga experience is required. Fee: $15 (ID#: S63) —

Restorative Yoga with Julia

Wednesdays, July 31-August 21, 3:30-4:30pm
It is important for each of us to take time to relax and to 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: $48 (ID#: RY) — FULL
August 

Nature Immersion: Group hike to the Eternal Flame Falls at Chestnut Ridge Park with Kandy

Saturday, August 3, noon-2pm
Once considered an “obscure” attraction in the region, the Eternal Flame Falls is a small waterfall located in the Shale Creek Preserve, a section of Chestnut Ridge Park. A small grotto at the waterfall’s base emits natural gas which can be lit to produce a small flame. The Trail is .56 miles one way with moderate difficulty. We will also hike adjacent trails. Please wear appropriate shoes (No flip-flops or sandals). Bring water and a snack. A walking stick is useful. If this event is canceled due to inclement weather, registrants will be notified via e-mail and, it will be posted on our Facebook page. Pre-registration is required. Meet at Chestnut Ridge Casino Parking Lot, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Orchard Park by noon. We will drive together to the Eternal Flame Lot. Donation based: $5 suggested donation. Fee: $0 (ID#: S64) —

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

Mondays, August 5-26, 6-8pm
(4 weeks) This seminar will provide an overview of the natural remedies that homeopathy offers; what it is, how it works, where and when it was developed as well as the history of its use. In addition, basic homeopathy applications for common illnesses and injuries, where to purchase remedies, and when it would be practical and appropriate to incorporate homeopathy for self-care and home healing will be covered. Students will leave with a greater understanding of homeopathy, and a deeper appreciation of the connection between physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.
Bio: Arup Bhattacharya, DHM, PhD has been a homeopathic practitioner since 1992 and teaches extensively in Ontario, Canada and in Western NY. He is also a research faculty member at Roswell Cancer Institute in Buffalo. Find out more about Arup at: homeopathichealers.com.
Try the 1st class for free! If you wish to continue after the first class, pay a special rate of $99 for all 4 classes. Skype option is available if you are unable to attend in person. $30 per class. Fee: $99 (ID#: HH1) —

Mindfulness Tools for K-12 Educators: Going Deeper into Mindfulness with Rosa

Monday, August 5, 3:30-5:30pm
Is mindfulness for me or for my students? Many teachers are exploring the realities of this seemingly paradoxical question. In fact, the answer is both. It is difficult to teach what you don’t know or understand. Albert Einstein said “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” Explore what mindfulness is, the benefits, the misconceptions, how you may want to use it in your life and in your classroom. And hopefully, after this workshop, you will be able to explain it to your grandmother, your administrator, and to your significant other. Fee: $15 (ID#: S65) —

Year Long Meditation (and Beyond): Be a Powerful Force for Change with Ishan Tigunait

Thursday, August 8, 7-8:30pm
In a world full of unrest, fear, and negativity, we need a way to find equilibrium and reconnect with our inner peace, with those around us, and with humanity as a whole. Year Long Meditation, a global group practice undertaken in 2019-2020 to heal and empower collective consciousness, answers this urgent call. In this satsanga, led by Ishan Tigunait of Himalayan Institute Honesdale, learn about how our collective efforts can restore balance in today’s world and how you can participate from wherever you are. Join us, and learn how your contribution to a combined goal of 1,000,008 hours of meditation will have a powerful ripple effect that reaches far beyond those around you. Satsang is free and open to the public. Pre-registration required. Fee: $0 (ID#: S66) —

Personal Practice: The Secret of Transforming the World Within & Without

with Ishan Tigunait & Shiva Tigunait

Friday, August 9th from 7-9pm;
Saturday, August 10th from 9:30am-12:30pm;

Can you imagine a world without fear, stress, anger, anxiety, and negativity? The yoga tradition says that the key is in our own hands. We are all equipped with the ability to reshape our habits and attitudes to live with more clarity and joy, and to reinvest these qualities in the larger world we in which we live. Yoga gives the tools, and our self-effort is the means. This is how our personal practice helps us heal and transform ourselves on every level—and be a force of positive change.
In this experiential mini-seminar, led by Ishan Tigunait and Shiva- Tigunait of Himalayan Institute Honesdale, learn time-tested techniques for positive self-change. You will learn how collective consciousness is reshaped by group practice, and how your individual practice fits in. Ishan and Shiva- will teach specific techniques of yogic breathing, meditation, and contemplation that you can integrate into your life—along with the practical philosophy behind these techniques. Guided pranayama and meditation will give you precise tools to implement in your daily practice. Don’t currently have a meditation practice? You will learn the basics of designing a practice that works for you, and how you can participate in a special group practice called Year Long Meditation.
Please join us for a vegetarian potluck immediately following Saturday’s program. Refreshments, rice and veggies provided. Salads and deserts welcomed. Stay and meet the Tigunait’s!
If you are unable to attend both days, you are welcome to attend a single session. See below:
Fee: $70 (ID#: PP-A) --



Personal Practice: Part 1 Only with Ishan Tigunait & Shiva Tigunait

Friday, August 9, 7-9pm
Fee: $30 (ID#: PP-B) —

Personal Practice: Part 2 Only with Ishan Tigunait & Shiva Tigunait

Saturday, August 10, 9:30am-12:30pm
Fee: $45 (ID#: PP-C) —

Meditation Monday: Group Practice with Donna

Monday, August 12, 7-8pm
Group meditation helps to expand collective consciousness while also strengthening an individual’s practice through the supportive energy of the group. Our evening will include light stretches, guided relaxation, and meditation. Pre-registration requested. Donation Based: $10 suggested donation. Fee: $0 (ID#: S68) —

Subtle Body Anatomy and the Chakra System – Two-Part Training with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, AYS

Thursdays, August 15-22, 6:30-9pm
THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO YOGA INSTRUCTORS AND INTERESTED PRACTITIONERS.
This two-part course will take you through a visual, descriptive, and practical experience of the gross body and the chakra system that correlates to it. By understanding more about the subtle energy systems of the chakras and their inner weaving throughout and around the body, a new perspective on postural imbalances, disturbances, emotional disruption can be linked to an interruption of prana. By reviewing the anatomy of the body and how it functions, you increase appreciation for the kinetic energy that sources it and can be inspired by the opportunities for physical and spiritual growth, expansion, and connection.
*Attention certified yoga instructors; this course qualifies for 3 hours of CE training with Yoga Alliance. Discounts do not apply to CE trainings.
Can’t make both weeks? You are welcome to attend a single session. See below: Fee: $80 (ID#: E47-A) —

Subtle Body Anatomy and the Chakra System – Part 1 Only with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, AYS

Thursday, August 15, 6:30-9pm
Fee: $45 (ID#: E47-B) —

Subtle Body Anatomy and the Chakra System – Part 2 Only with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, AYS

Thursday, August 22, 6:30-9pm
Fee: $45 (ID#: E47-C) —

HIB’S KIDS DAY-CAMP – YOGARAMA! with Donna Mattucci & Capucine Philson

Monday, August 26, 9am-3pm
Literary Artist, Poet and Playwright, Capucine Philson, and Donna Mattucci Yoga Instructor, Elementary School Educator have joined forces to create a unique day camp opportunity for youth ages 8-12 combining Yoga and Drama. Your child will practice strength, flexibility, and body awareness through the stretching and postures of classical yoga, also be exposed to mental focus while learning to relax the nervous system through breath training, and have an opportunity to increase self knowledge and confidence with mindfulness. All of these skills will be enhanced in the Theater arts portion of the experience that will incorporate creativity through speech, movement and poetry encouraging participants to express themselves theatrically, broadening their imaginations, and above all, having fun. Campers will be involved in preparing a delicious natural food lunch that will be included along with a healthy snack. We also plan to enjoy outdoor activities weather permitting. We encourage you to invite your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and neighbors to participate in this jam-packed day of goodness at HIB.
*Limited number of spaces available. Pre-registration closes Wed., Aug. 21. St/Sr discounts do not apply for YOGARAMA.
Includes lunch and snack. Fee: $55 (ID#: S69) —