Lectures and Seminars

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March 

Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, March 6-April 24, 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) —

April 

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Mondays, April 9-30, 9:30-11am
Meditation is the heart of yoga practice, a method for acquiring a clear and tranquil mind. You will learn the basics: a comfortable sitting posture, diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation methods, and essential concentration techniques used in the yoga tradition. You will discover a new level of peace within yourself. (4 weeks) Fee: $48 (ID#: S27) —

Yoga for Willpower with Cathy

Saturdays, April 14-May 5, 11am-12:30pm
Willpower is the ability to know what one wants and the determination to move toward it, despite life’s challenges. Join Cathy to explore the cultivation of inner resolve through asanas that relieve abdominal congestion and stoke the fire of determination. Each class will emphasize breath awareness, core strength, mental concentration, and relaxation. Inspirational passages and discussion will also be included. This class is open to all levels. Fee: $48 (ID#: YW) — CANCELED

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, April 26, 7-8:30pm
Join us as we continue our year long study of "The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna's Counsel in time of War", translated by Barbara Stoler Miller. The Bhagavad-Gita has been an essential text in India since the time of its composition in the first century A.D. We will be discussing teachings 5 & 6. Fee: $5 (ID#: S30) —

AYS Unit #4 - Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga with Sarah Guglielmi

Friday, April 27, 2018 from 4:30-8:30pm;
Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8:30-4:30pm;
Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 8:00-4:00pm.


In this segment: 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#: AYS4) --



AYS - FINAL PAYMENT ON PAYMENT PLAN - Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification with Kathryn Templeton, Sarah Guglielmi & Julia Kress


For students enrolled in the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist training and using the installment plan.
Payment #4 is due by April 27, 2018.
Fee: $299 (ID#: ASYC-PP4) --



Gentle Yoga with Laura

Mondays, April 30-May 21, 9:30-10:30am
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: $48 (ID#: YGM) —

May 

Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, May 1-June 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. 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: $96 (ID#: YC) —

Yin Yoga with Bonnie

Wednesdays, May 2-June 20, 5-6:30pm
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. The poses are challenging only because they 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-level class. Fee: $96 (ID#: YY) —

Deepening Meditation with Donna

Wednesdays, May 2-June 6, 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 HI’s 4-week Beginning Meditation course. Fee: $72 (ID#: S31) —

Gentle Yoga with Maya

Thursdays, May 3-June 7, 5:30-6:30pm
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#: YGR) —

Yoga Philosophy: The Bhagavad Gita in Daily Living with Julia

Thursdays, May 3-17, 7-9pm
The Bhagavad Gita is highly regarded in the yoga world for its profound wisdom conveyed through the story of a teacher and student. The text beautifully weaves the reader through the four paths of yoga: Raja, Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti. In our discussion, we will explore these paths as essential in daily decision making and experiencing meaning in life. We will also explore how this ancient text remains relevant today and can guide us on our own spiritual healing journey. Through shared inquiry, we will be able to understand its purpose, take it to heart, and put theories into practice. Fee: $50 (ID#: S32) —

Household Homeopathy – A Primer in Homeopathic Remedies for Acute Conditions with Arup Bhattacharya, DHM, PhD

Thursdays, May 10-August 2, 5:30-8:30pm
DATES: Thursdays, May 10, 24; Jun 7, 21; July 5, 19, 26, Aug 2; 5:30 - 8:30 pm (8 three-hour classes) 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
Cost for all 8 classes*: $224 (ID: HHP) or $35/class (pay as you go).
Try the 1st class for free! If you wish to continue after the first class, pay a special rate of $224 for all 8 classes. Skype option available if you are unable to attend in person. Fee: $224 (ID#: HHP) —

Walking Meditation - Japanese Garden with Kandy

Thursday, May 10, 6-8pm
We will enjoy a walking meditation and mindfulness practice among the cherry blossoms. Located on 6 acres along Delaware Park’s Mirror Lake, the Japanese Garden is an oasis of tranquility in the city. Please pre-register, providing contact information in the event we need to notify you of cancelation due to weather. Dress comfortably, wear walking shoes, and bring a beverage.
Meet at location: The Japanese Garden - 1 Museum Ct., Buffalo 14216 Fee: $5 (ID#: S33) —

Yoga to Manage Moods with Carissa

Saturday, May 12, 10-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: $20 (ID#: S36) —

Group Meditation: Circle of Light with Kerry

Monday, May 14, 7-8pm
Group meditation helps to expand collective consciousness while also strengthening an individual’s practice through the supportive energy of the group. Join fellow seekers for an evening of gentle asana, relaxation, chanted practice of the Gayatri Mantra (for purification and spiritual guidance), and silent meditation. Practice of the Gayatri Mantra will take place on a Monday every other month. No previous experience is required. Fee: $5 (ID#: S37) —

Yoga for 50+ with Mary

Wednesdays, May 16-June 6, 4:30-5:30pm
Fine-tune your yoga practice with like-minded yogis who want to maintain a safe and effective practice honoring our bodies into mid-life and beyond. This class will focus on maintaining/improving range of motion, strength and balance. We will explore postures in a supportive, fun and relaxing environment using props and modifications as needed. Pre-requisites: Yoga I and 2. Fee: $48 (ID#: Y50P) —

Guided Tour and Yoga at the Darwin Martin House with Bonnie

Monday, May 21, 5:30-8pm
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House is a historic landmark, and tonight we have it all to ourselves! We will begin with a docent-led tour of this incredible complex, followed by gentle yoga and guided meditation with Bonnie in the Greatbatch Pavilion. The pavilion’s glass-walls link the exterior with the interior, creating a natural environment for peaceful reflection. We will close with a tea reception.
Meet at the Greatbatch Visitors’ Center (125 Jewett Pkwy., Buffalo 14214) which is the glass building to the left of the Martin House. Street parking will be available. Please bring your yoga mat. Tickets must be purchased in advance through HIB (hibuffalo.org). Fee: $30 (ID#: S38) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, May 31, 7-8:30pm
Our year-long study of "The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna’s Counsel in time of War", translated by Barbara Stoler Miller, continues with a discussion of teachings 7 & 8. This book is available in our bookstore. "The Bhagavad-Gita" has been an essential text in India since the time of its composition in the first century A.D. It has been an inspiration to many as one of the great spiritual classics of world literature. Fee: $5 (ID#: S39) —

June 

HIB Retreat to Beat the Heat! with Julia & Sarah

Saturday, June 2, 9:30am-2pm
At its core, Ayurveda understands that all of us have a unique “nature”, or Ayurvedic constitution, that follows the rhythms of Mother Nature. Summer is “Pitta” time - the sun is strong and the fire element dominates nature both outside and inside of us. We feel bright, powerful, and productive! However, as the heat of summer rises, there is a tendency to get overheated and irritable. Join Sarah and Julia for a day of yoga practice and kitchen demonstration. Learn specific asana, pranayama, and recipe remedies you can use to beat the summer heat!
Our morning will begin by reviewing how the elements and doshas are impacted by the summer season. Learn specific yoga postures and pranayama practices you can use to “chill out” your body and mind. We will close with a 90-minute All-Levels Pitta- Pacifying mat practice. (please bring your yoga mat)
After lunch, we will head into the kitchen where recipes will be discussed and the use of herbs and spices demonstrated. Hints on how to make nutritious food digestible in the summer without having to take in cold-temperature foods that slow metabolism down will be provided.
RETREAT SCHEDULE:
AM SESSION: 9:30 - 11:45 am
Pitta Pacifying Asana and Pranayama – with Sarah
LUNCH: 11:45 -12:45 pm
Full-day participants, join us for bean salad, quinoa salad, kale with coconut and date dish, hibiscus mint tea and dessert
PM SESSION: 12:45 - 3 pm
Ayurveda in the Kitchen - with Julia
FULL DAY - includes lunch: $85 Can’t stay the day? You’re welcome to attend a single session. See below for registration. Fee: $85 (ID#: BHAP ) —

HIB Retreat AM Session with Sarah

Saturday, June 2, 9:30-11:45am
Fee: $45 (ID#: BH1) —

HIB Retreat PM Session with Julia

Saturday, June 2, 12:45-3pm
Fee: $45 (ID#: BH2) —

Intro to Ayurveda - Part 1 with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, AYS

Saturday, June 2, 4-7pm
Ayurveda is the Vedic system of self-healing. It is based on nature’s laws of healing and discovering your unique elemental constitution. In this workshop, you will learn how to adjust your lifestyle choices for optimal health. We will explore the fundamental philosophy of Ayurveda, personal constitution, seasonal change, and how the ratio of elements in your make-up impacts your physiological and psychological tendencies. By knowing your constitution, and understanding how seasons alter your stamina and vitality, you can adjust asana and pranayama and establish routines to create more balance and ease.
Attention Certified Yoga Teachers: This course qualifies for 3 continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $45 (ID#: E34) —

Yoga for Osteoporosis with Ann

Mondays, June 4-25, 10-11:30am
Bone loss can put us at risk for a number of injuries, including fractures from falling. Studies have shown that a regular yoga practice that includes stretching and muscle activation can help improve the strength and integrity of our bones over time. In this course, we will explore a series of poses developed by Dr. Loren Fishman, Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in NYC, and top researcher on the effects of yoga on osteoporosis. Prerequisite: Yoga 1or greater. Fee: $48 (ID#: YO) —

NYS Yoga Festival - Letchworth State Park


Saturday, June 9, 10 am - 5:30 pm
We hope you will join your friends from HIB for a day of yoga, hiking, meditation, workshops, music, and a bit of fresh air! For tickets and information go to: NYS Yoga Festival.




Group Meditation: Awakening Inner Healing with Donna

Thursday, June 14, 7-8pm
Group meditation helps to expand collective consciousness while also strengthening an individual’s practice through the supportive energy of the group. Join fellow seekers for an evening of gentle asanas, relaxation, chanted practice of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (for nurturing and healing), and silent meditation. Practice of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra will take place on a Thursday every other month; no previous experience is required. Fee: $5 (ID#: S40) —

Walking Meditation and Summer Solstice Mindfulness Practice with Kandy

Thursday, June 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Artpark - 450 S 4th St, Lewiston, NY 14092
We will honor the change of season and our connection to nature and to one another with a walking meditation and mindfulness practice. Artpark spans an auspicious 108 acres, providing majestic views of the Niagara River Gorge. Please pre-register, providing contact information in the event we need to notify you of cancelation due to weather. Dress comfortably, wear walking shoes (no flip-flops), and bring a beverage. Meet at the main entrance parking lot. Fee: $5 (ID#: S41) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, June 28, 7-8:30pm
Our year-long study of "The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna’s Counsel in time of War", translated by Barbara Stoler Miller, continues with a discussion of teachings 9 & 10. This book is available in our bookstore. "The Bhagavad-Gita" has been an essential text in India since the time of its composition in the first century A.D. It has been an inspiration to many as one of the great spiritual classics of world literature. Fee: $5 (ID#: S42) —

Intro to Ayurveda - Part 2 with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, AYS

Saturday, June 30, 4-7pm
Prana is the life force that enlivens and invigorates the body, mind and senses. Agni, the digestive fire in the body, governs digestion, assimilation, and elimination on all levels; physical and mental. When agni is healthy, we feel content, vibrant, and nourished by life. When it is out of balance, we doubt, fear, hold grudges, and feel an overall lack of energy. In this workshop, we’ll begin with the theory behind these two subtle forces of health. We’ll close with an asana practice designed to help you experience the forces of agni and prana in your own body and mind.
Attention Certified Yoga Teachers: This course qualifies for 3 continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $45 (ID#: E35) —