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Meditation Monday: YLM Group Practice

Meets EVERY MONDAY thru Dec. 2019

Monday, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, 7-8 pm
Monday, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 7-8 pm

“Year Long Meditation” (YLM) is a global group practice that has been undertaken to heal and empower 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. Our time each week will be applied towards the Institute’s goal of 1,000,0008 meditation hours. Join the practice. Change the world.

Donation based, no pre-registration required.

September 

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Mondays, September 9-October 21, 10-11am
(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: $72 (ID#: YGM) —

Yoga for Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, September 10-October 29, 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: $96 (ID#: YC) —

The Art of Deep Relaxation with Jackie

Tuesdays, September 10-October 22, 4-5pm
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. Fee: $72 (ID#: S73) —

Yin Yoga with Bonnie

Wednesdays, September 11-October 30, 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: $84 (ID#: YY) —

Restorative Yoga with Julia

Wednesdays, September 11-October 30, 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: $96 (ID#: YRW) — FULL

Awakening Prana with Jackie

Thursdays, September 12-October 31, 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: $96 (ID#: YAP) —

October 

Back Care Basics for Yoga Teachers with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, AYS

Tuesdays, October 8-29, 7-9pm
4-part CEU series for Yoga Instructors and Interested Practitioners
Many of our students suffer with back pain; knowing how to address this safely within a yoga class can be difficult. This series of workshops will give you information on specific back problems and increase your working knowledge of the anatomy of the pelvis and spine. The lower extremities can also create issues for the position of the pelvis and state of the back, so we will dive into the anatomy of the legs and feet to make this connection. You will also learn to use props and variations on classical postures. See how you can enhance safety and accessibility and make yoga enjoyable for all! Each session will be half lecture, half practice.
Attention certified yoga instructors: this course qualifies for 8 hours of CE training with Yoga Alliance.
Discounts do not apply to CE trainings.
Fee: $120 / 4-week course or take individual classes for $40 per class. You may sign up for individual classes further down this page.

WEEK 1 - Oct. 8 / Anatomy of the Spine and Range of Motion
WEEK 2 - Oct. 15 / Anatomy of the Pelvis, Legs, Feet and Stretching
WEEK 3 - Oct. 22 / Anatomy of the Torso and Restorative
WEEK 4 - Oct. 29 / Strengthening and Recovery

Fee: $120 (ID#: E47-ALL) —

Meditation Monday: YLM Group Practice with Staff

Monday, October 21, 7-8pm
“Year Long Meditation” (YLM) is a global group practice that has been undertaken to heal and empower 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. Our time each week will be applied towards the Institute’s goal of 1,000,0008 meditation hours. Join the practice. Change the world! Pre-registration requested. Donation Based. $10 suggested donation.
“Meditation Monday” will now meet EVERY MONDAY Sept.-Dec. 2019 (except when we are closed for holidays)
Fee: $0 (ID#: MM-07) —

Deepening Meditation (6 week Course) with Donna

Mondays, October 21-November 25, 6-7:30pm
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 the use of a personal mantra. Prerequisite: Completion of HI’s 4-week Beginning Meditation course within the last five years. (This course is separate from “Meditation Monday: YLM Group Practice.) Fee: $72 (ID#: S84) —

Back Care Basics for Yoga Teachers - WK #3 with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, AYS

Tuesday, October 22, 7-9pm
WEEK 3 - Oct. 22 / Anatomy of the Torso and Restorative Fee: $40 (ID#: E47-3) —

An Empowering Approach to Pain Management - Integrative Health and Healing with Dr. Terri Oswald

October 25-27 (4-part seminar)

Persistent pain can affect all aspects of our life leading to frustration and isolation. This seminar shines a new light on pain treatment options that activate the body’s innate healing power. Drawing from modern science and the healing traditions of yoga and Ayurveda, this holistic approach of nutritional wisdom, stress mastery, positive psychology and purposeful movement can unlock your healing potential and provide lasting solutions to persistent conditions such as chronic back pain, fibromyalgia and arthritis.

In this experiential seminar, learn how the mind-body connection can help you activate your healing response and reverse habitual reactions to pain. Through lecture and gentle practice sessions, discover the knowledge and tools to experience better sleep quality, greater endurance, and increased capacity for activity, while letting go of fears related to movement. This combination of evidence-based theory and mindful movement makes the seminar invaluable for yoga teachers, massage therapists, family members and other caregivers to more effectively assist individuals experiencing various forms of chronic pain.

Theresa Oswald, MD, is a resident faculty physician of the Himalayan Institute. She is also the founder and president of Knowledge as Medicine (KnowledgeAsMedicine.com). As an integrative medicine physician with 30 years of experience, Dr. Oswald helps people improve function and reduce pain. A graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, she completed her residency training at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Northwestern University.

She is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as in integrative medicine. Her career as a physiatrist has been spent creating and implementing new ways to help optimize her patients’ functioning in all areas of health: body, mind, and spirit. She is a staff physician at PureRejuv Wellness Center, the holistic medical clinic on the grounds of the Himalayan Institute.

SAVE with an ALL ACCESS PASS! Includes all 4 sessions
No other discounts apply to this seminar.
Early Bird: $135 / $175 after Oct. 18
You may sign up for individual classes further down this page.

EASING PAIN WHILE CREATING HEALTH
Session 1: Friday Oct. 25, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

PAIN SOLUTION FROM THE KITCHEN ‘FARMACY’
Session 2: Saturday Oct. 26, 9:30 - 12 pm

MOVEMENT AS MEDICINE
Session 3: Saturday Oct. 26, 1 - 3:30 pm

UNRAVELING THE EMOTIONAL LIFE OF PAIN
Session 4: Sunday Oct. 27, 9:30 - 12 pm

Fee: $135 (ID#: S85-ALL) --


An Empowering Approach to Pain Management - Integrative Health and Healing - Session #1 with Dr. Terri Oswald

Friday, October 25, 6:30-8pm
EASING PAIN WHILE CREATING HEALTH Fee: $30 (ID#: S85-1) —

An Empowering Approach to Pain Management - Integrative Health and Healing - Session #2 with Dr. Terri Oswald

Saturday, October 26, 9:30am-noon
PAIN SOLUTION FROM THE KITCHEN ‘FARMACY’ Fee: $45 (ID#: S85-2) —

An Empowering Approach to Pain Management - Integrative Health and Healing - Session #3 with Dr. Terri Oswald

Saturday, October 26, 1-3:30pm
MOVEMENT AS MEDICINE Fee: $45 (ID#: S85-3) —

An Empowering Approach to Pain Management - Integrative Health and Healing - Session #4 with Dr. Terri Oswald

Sunday, October 27, 9:30am-noon
UNRAVELING THE EMOTIONAL LIFE OF PAIN Fee: $45 (ID#: S85-4) —

Meditation Monday: YLM Group Practice with Staff

Monday, October 28, 7-8pm
“Year Long Meditation” (YLM) is a global group practice that has been undertaken to heal and empower 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. Our time each week will be applied towards the Institute’s goal of 1,000,0008 meditation hours. Join the practice. Change the world! Pre-registration requested. Donation Based. $10 suggested donation.
“Meditation Monday” will now meet EVERY MONDAY Sept.-Dec. 2019 (except when we are closed for holidays)
Fee: $0 (ID#: MM-08) —

Back Care Basics for Yoga Teachers - WK #4 with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, AYS

Tuesday, October 29, 7-9pm
WEEK 4 - Oct. 29 / Strengthening and Recovery Fee: $40 (ID#: E47-4) —

November 

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Fridays, November 1-22, 10-11:30am
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. Fee: $48 (ID#: S86) —

Restorative Yoga with Sapna

Mondays, November 4-December 9, 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: $72 (ID#: YRM) —

Strong Seniors with Cathy

Tuesdays, November 5-December 17, 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) —

Stretch and Relax with Jackie

Tuesdays, November 5-December 17, 4-5pm
This all-levels class will take you head-to-toe(s) through a range of stretches and yoga postures that help to release muscular tension and improve range of motion. Guided breath work, relaxation techniques, and meditation will be included to soothe the nervous system and strengthen the mind-body connection moving you towards a deep sense of inner peace. Fee: $84 (ID#: S87) —

Yoga for Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, November 5-December 17, 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: $84 (ID#: YC) —

Yin Yoga with Bonnie

Wednesdays, November 6-December 18, 5:30-6:45pm
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) —

Restorative Yoga with Julia

Wednesdays, November 6-December 18, 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: $72 (ID#: YRW) —

Meditation and Mindfulness with Rolf Sovik, PsyD

Thursday, November 7, 7-8:30pm
Meditation is a systematic process of turning within. It blends concentration methods with attitudes designed to quiet and comfort your mind. Join Dr. Sovik to explore a guided practice session illustrating how elements of meditation, concentration and mindfulness, work together. Use this opportunity to raise questions about meditation and deepen practice skills.
Rolf Sovik, PsyD. is the President and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute and a long-time teacher of yoga and meditation. He is the author of "Moving Inward: The Journey to Meditation", co-author of "Yoga: Mastering the Basics", and a regular contributor to YogaInternational.com and HI’s Wisdom Library (himalayaninsitutue.org). Fee: $25 (ID#: S88) —

Awakening Prana with Jackie

Thursdays, November 7-December 19, 10-11:30am
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: $72 (ID#: YAP) —

Gentle Yoga with Maya

Thursdays, November 7-December 19, 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#: YGW) —

Becoming a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher: An Introduction with Lidia J Snyder, LMSW, RYT, TCTSY-F

Saturday, November 9, 9:30am-noon
Because traumatic experiences are widespread, yoga teachers can expect to have students in class who have survived trauma. This CEU workshop will help yoga teachers understand trauma in its many forms, how traumatic experience can be housed in the physical body, and how this can be addressed within the context of yoga, in the safest manner. Traditional and trauma informed yoga approaches will be compared to assist teachers in cultivating a trauma informed experience for students. *This course qualifies for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $45 (ID#: E49) —

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Mondays, November 11-December 16, 10-11am
(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: $72 (ID#: YGM) —

Yoga as an Ally for Pain Management with Stephanie

Tuesdays, November 12-December 17, 10:30-11:30am
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: $72 (ID#: YPM) —

The Reason for the Season – Practice, Contemplation and Joyful Meditation with Julia

Saturday, November 16, 9:30am-noon
Deepen your appreciation for the inward oriented influence of the winter season by hearing from great authors and practitioners from various traditions on the benefits of contemplation and refining inner perspectives. We will practice yoga in all forms: asana, pranayama, relaxation, and meditation, as well as, discuss the tenets of self-study (svadhyaya), commitment to practice (tapas), and trustful surrender (Ishvara Pranidhana) in the context of seasonal reflection. Fee: $30 (ID#: S90) —

Practices for Lasting Peace with Kerry

Thursday, November 21, 7-8:30pm
4-Part Practice and Discussion Series based on Why We Fight: Practices for Lasting Peace by Pandit Rajmain Tigunait Ph,D
Part 3 of 4: Achieving peace in our world, society, community, family—and most of all within oneself—is a desire common to virtually all of humanity, but history shows us again and again how deeply challenging that desire is to realize. As Pandit Rajmani Tigunait outlines in his book, Why We Fight: Practices for Lasting Peace, lasting societal change and transformation begins in the hearts and minds of the individual. His book provides useful guidance drawn from many spiritual traditions and specific practices to sow the seeds of personal transformation. This evening we will be discussing chapter 3 and the contemplation practices offered therein. We will conclude with a 30-minute “Cave of the Heart” guided meditation practice. Fee: $10 (ID#: S91) —

Three Wisdom Traditions: In-Person Learning Lab Retreat

November 22-24, 2019
with Kathryn Templetion and Sarah Guglielmi

Yoga therapeutics, ayurvedic medicine, and traditional clinical psychotherapy are three powerful healing traditions which can restore balance in life. Imagine applying all three synergistically to support the challenges in your life, or in the lives of clients and students! Designed for yoga, ayurveda, mental health, and allied health professionals, the Three Wisdom Traditions (3WT) Wellness Coach Certification Program will allow you to create and implement effective wellness treatment plans.
Receive a $100 Discount Code for the On-Line 3WT Core Concepts when you register for the 3WT In-Person Learning Lab at HI Buffalo (Code will be sent to you upon registration).

Full details on our 3WT webpage.

Fee: $349 (ID#: 3WT2) --


Gratitude Walk: Knox Farm State Park with Kandy

Friday, November 29, 10am-noon
Address: 437 Buffalo Rd, East Aurora, NY 14052 - Meet at Main Gate at the Red Barns This Thanksgiving weekend we invite you to join us for a Gratitude Walk at the Knox Farm estate. Immerse yourself in the healing quality of nature as we pay homage to Mother Earth. Appropriate for all skill levels. Please pre-register so that we can notify you via email if we need to cancel due to inclement weather. Mostly flat terrain. Wear proper footwear. Fee: $0 (ID#: S92) —

December 

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Mondays, December 2-23, 6:30-8pm
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. Fee: $48 (ID#: S93) —

Rejoice and Renew with Shari Friedrichsen

Thursday, December 5, 7-8:30pm
Holiday season can be a time of chaos and stress. During this class, we will be practicing asanas and pranayama that allow us to access and rest in our own inner light, joy and peace. It’s always there, with or without a season, so come find your own sanctuary in the midst of busyness. You’ll be able to celebrate the outer gatherings with more of your inner self intact. Please bring your mat. Fee: $25 (ID#: S94) —

Yamas and Niyamas: The Eight Rungs of Yoga with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, AYS

Saturday, December 7, 4-7pm
The yamas and niyamas are the core philosophical rungs of yoga that are meant to help us steer our thoughts, speech and action to achieve the goal of yoga, Samadhi. The thought constructs of this philosophy follow us from the very beginning of our contemplative journey to the end where we experience the subtlest level of peace. This course will help you gain a greater understanding of how to employ these principles in your daily life as well as in your yoga sadhana. *This course qualifies for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $45 (ID#: E50) —

HIB’s HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: Circle of Light with Staff

Thursday, December 12, 7-8:30pm
For many, light is symbolic of life itself. It represents divinity, wisdom, hope, and kindness. Join us as we come together to honor the gift of light within ourselves and within one another. This year our holiday party just happens to fall on the full moon, making it all the more festive! Our evening will include a heart-oriented meditation practice; a short video from Brother David Steindl Rast, and an open circle of sharing thoughts and laughs with friends old and new. Sweet treats and warm drinks will be served. Please bring a poem, story and/or dessert to share if you are inclined (no pressure!)
Please RSVP via registration to let us know that you are coming. Fee: $0 (ID#: S96) —

Yoga to Manage Moods with Carissa

Saturday, December 14, 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: $20 (ID#: S95) —

Practices for Lasting Peace with Kerry

Thursday, December 19, 7-8:30pm
4-Part Practice and Discussion Series based on Why We Fight: Practices for Lasting Peace by Pandit Rajmain Tigunait Ph,D
Part 4 of 4: Part 4 of 4: We will conclude our series this evening with a discussion of chapter 4, a 30-minuite “Cave of the Heart” meditation practice, and contemplations to strengthen our inner resolve for lasting peace. Fee: $10 (ID#: S97) —

WINTER SOLSTICE Yoga Nidra Practice with Tracy

Saturday, December 21, 10am-noon
Take a time out, in the midst of the holiday mayhem, for a morning of stillness and connection to your inner life. Join us for a meditative approach to asana, integrating the healing aspects of hatha and yin postures, followed by the practice of Yoga Nidra for complete relaxation of the body and mind. Tap into the rejuvenating and self-reflective energies of the solstice and leave refreshed and centered. Fee: $20 (ID#: S98) —