Lectures and Seminars

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April 

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) — FULL

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) — CANCELED

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) — FULL

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) —

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) — FULL

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) —

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Mondays, June 4-25, 5-6:30pm
Meditation is the heart of yoga practice, a method for acquiring a clear and tranquil mind. 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. Fee: $48 (ID#: S43) —

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.




Turning Darkness to Light Next Step: Call to a Collective Consciousness - Aligning with the Force of Change with Shelly Craigo

Tuesday, June 12, 7-8:30pm
There is no substitute for love, understanding, and compassion. It fills human minds and hearts with stability and clarity. When these qualities are systematically awakened and concentrated an energy field saturated with love, compassion, mutual understanding, equanimity, and clarity ensues. This is the birth of a positive purpose-driven collective consciousness that guides us as individuals, communities, and societies in:
  • navigating today’s fear-fueled world
  • organizing and focusing our sometimes unruly inner makeup, aligning it with a greater meaning and purpose
  • experiencing our multi-faceted connection with a higher reality
  • bringing a balancing, and lasting change to our inner and outer environments
  • Souls aspiring to awaken fully, who believe in the power of a positive collective consciousness and find joy in contributing to one and understand the importance of benefiting from one, are called to take part in a very well-defined practice called Rudra Yaga. Rudra Yaga is a time-tested group practice that invokes and propitiates the life-force and it’s benevolent aspects.
    FREE EVENT, Registration Required Fee: $0 (ID#: S44) —

    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) —