Lectures and Seminars

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September 

Yoga for Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, September 4-October 23, 5:30-6:45pm
(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) —

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Tuesdays, September 4-25, 5:30-7pm
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#: S60) — FULL

Awakening Prana with Jackie

Thursdays, September 6-October 25, 10-11:15am
A Breath-Centered Hatha Class (Continuing Level) - 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) — FULL

Yoga for Pain Management with Stephanie

Fridays, September 7-28, 11-noon
Yoga as an Ally for Pain Management: Sharp or dull, throbbing or stabbing, physical or emotional – pain of all kind is both a source and symptom 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) —

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Mondays, September 10-October 22, 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. *No Class Oct. 1 Fee: $72 (ID#: YGM) —

Restorative Yoga with Sapna

Mondays, September 10-October 22, 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#: RY) — FULL

Yin Yoga - All Level with Bonnie

Wednesdays, September 12-October 24, 5-6:30pm
Cultivating Balance and Stability 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) —

Gentle Yoga with Maya

Thursdays, September 13-October 18, 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) —

Homeopathy - Level 1, Long-Term Training Course with Arup Bhattacharya, PhD, DHM

Mondays, Beginning 9/17, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
The Homeopathy long term course is open to any individual committed to and interested in learning the art and science of homeopathy that involves an understanding of the human microcosm, certain basic rules and laws of health, understanding what is dis-ease and how the cardinal principles of homeopathy are applied to bring about healing. Detailed and hands on in-class approach is involved starting from first year and continuing until the end of study in year 3. Each year students are given a completion certificate when they attend at least 80% of the in-class hours. Tests and take home assignments are graded towards a Diploma at the end of the 3 years. Additional training and education in human anatomy, physiology and pathology are highly recommended and individuals meeting these requirements are awarded the practitioner’s diploma.
CLASSES MEET WEEKLY BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER 2018 AND RUN THRU JUNE 2019
**Specific dates and times to be determined based on class availability.
Course cost $1,750 payable in ten installments of $175 or 5% discount if paid in full.
Find out more about the instructor and how to register at: homeopathichealers.com


Entering the Inner Shrine—Epitome of Yoga with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Thursday, September 27, 7-9pm
Join Panditji at this illuminating evening satsang and learn about the myth and truth we encounter during our spiritual quest. For ages, we have been hearing that spirituality is an inner journey, and on this journey, we must disconnect ourselves from the charms and temptations of the world; because worldly joy and spiritual enlightenment do not go together. The masters of the Himalayan Tradition, however, proclaim that we can fulfill the purpose of life while living in this world, provided we understand how to use the proper tools and means. Tantric wisdom teaches us that the human body is a living shrine, and the creator of this shrine resides therein. We must, however, learn the art of entering this shrine, and that depends on a methodical practice.
In our evening satsang, Panditji will share with you the timeless wisdom and the tested techniques of breathing and meditation that directly take us to the lotus of our heart—the seat of the Divine in us. Fee: $30 (ID#: S65) —

Hip Therapeutics for Yoga Teachers: An Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy View with Sarah Guglielmi, E-RYT 500, YACEP, AHC, C-IAYT

Saturday, September 29, 9:30-noon
The Himalayan Institute has a long tradition of educating yoga teachers in the alchemic powers of yoga and ayurveda. Join Sarah Guglielmi, Faculty of HI's upcoming Ayurvedic-Yoga-Specialist and Ayurvedic-Yoga-Therapy-Certification programs, to explore an expanded view of hip pain and dysfunction that you can share with your students. We'll review common physical and energetic imbalances of hip function. Topics include antagonist/agonist muscle pairs, vata subdoshas that influence the hip (ayurveda), and how to support proper pranic flow in the space of the root and sacral chakras. Therapeutic sequences will be practiced with handouts to take home. Attention certified yoga instructors; this course qualifies for 2.5 hours of CE training with Yoga Alliance.
No Discounts for CEU programs

Want to learn more about weaving Yoga and Ayurveda into your teaching? HI Buffalo's Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Training for Yoga Teachers begins Nov. 9th. HI Honesdale's Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification Program begins Jan. 16th.
Fee: $40 (ID#: E38) —

October 

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Wednesdays, October 3-24, 4-5:30pm
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#: S66) —

Going Green! with Julia

Thursday, October 4, 7-9pm
DIY Personal Care & Household Cleaning Products: If you missed our August session, we hope you will join us this evening to learn how to make your own toothpaste, face cleanser, laundry soap, and more! Let us embrace simpler methods of body care and house cleaning that will be healthier for you and the environment. By making your own cleaning products, you not only save money, but you also limit the environmental impact of industrial waste, traveling to the store, and waste disposal. We will put an ayurvedic twist on some of these products as well to make them just right for the season and your constitution.(Please bring a few small containers with you so you can take home samples.)
Fee: Donation based. $10 suggested donation. Fee: $0 (ID#: S67) —

Mindfulness in Nature with Kandy

Saturday, October 6, Kandy
Meditation and Hike to the Eternal Flame Falls at Chestnut Ridge Park: 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 notifies via e-mail. Pre-registration is required.
Meet at Chestnut Ridge Casino Parking Lot, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Orchard Park. We will drive together to the Eternal Flame Lot.
Fee: Donation based. $10 suggested donation. Fee: $0 (ID#: S68) —

Yoga for Osteoporosis with Ann

Tuesdays, October 9-30, 5:30-6:45pm
Healthy Bones, Happy Body: Bone loss can put us at risk for a number of injuries including fractures from falling. Studies have shown that a regular yoga practice including 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 1 or greater. Fee: $48 (ID#: YO) —

Meditation for Inner Healing with Donna

Tuesdays, October 9-30, 7-8pm
Continuing Level Course: The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can help you tune into the healing force within. This is one of Yoga’s most powerful, nourishing mantras that supports growth and guides you towards the higher aim of life. This four-week course is designed to expand and enhance your current meditation practice. You will learn the pronunciation, translation, and meaning of this traditional mantra, as well as, explore how to incorporate it into your practice. Each session will include gentle asana, relaxation, and guided meditation.
Prerequisite: Completion of HIB’s 4-week Beginning Meditation course. Fee: $48 (ID#: S69) —

Group Meditation with Kerry

Wednesday, October 10, 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 is required.
Fee: Donation Based. $10 suggested donation. Fee: $0 (ID#: S70) —

Yoga and Meditation for Anxiety and Depression with Lidia Snyder, LMSW

Saturday, October 13, 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#: S71) —

Yoga in Daily Life with Larry

Thursdays, October 18-25, 7-8:30pm
Foundations of Yoga Philosophy and Practices for Self-Transformation: People come to Yoga for various reasons. We want to feel better. We want more peace and less stress in our lives. We want a sense of joy, happiness and fulfillment that goes beyond mere satisfaction of our desires. We want more genuine power and efficacy in our lives. This is the promise of Self-Transformation handed down to us by the rich history and tradition of the Himalayan Masters. In this course, we will explore the process of Self-Transformation to enhance our daily practice and mindset. Topics include, but are not limited to, the eight limbs of Raja Yoga, Yamas, Niyamas, and Purushartha (The 4 Aims of Life). Suggestions for contemplation and home practice will be provided. Fee: $60 (ID#: S72) —

Ayurveda in the Kitchen with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, AYS

Saturday, October 20, 9:30-noon
Fall Digestive Boost through Food: The central fire of digestion (agni) is key to feeling balanced in body and mind. This workshop will discuss agni and how to balance it in the changing season with spices, herbs, and food. Looking at the medicinal properties, as well as, the energetics of food and spices can enlighten our perspective and bring a whole new outlook on why and how we prepare what we do. Learning helpful tips and techniques for working comfortably and spiritually in the kitchen can bring great joy and enthusiasm to your time spent in the heart of the home. There will be a demonstration of the spices and foods and the opportunity to try them.
Attention certified yoga instructors; this course qualifies for 2.5 hours of CE training with Yoga Alliance.
No Discounts for CEU programs Fee: $40 (ID#: E39) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, October 25, 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 13 and 14. 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#: S73) —

November 

AYS Unit #1 - The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga with Sarah Guglielmi

Friday, November 9th from 4:30-8:30pm Saturday, November 10th from 8:30-4:30pm Sunday, November 11th from 8:30-4:30pm.

In this segment: Yoga and Ayurvedic philosophy: understanding purusha (pure consciousness) and prakriti (universal nature); the elements manifest in the body: koshas (sheaths) and doshas (constitutions); the ayurvedic clock: the hour, season, and stages of life. Suggested additional reading: The Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.
No Senior/Student discounts may be applied to this program.
Fee: $399 (ID#: AYS1) --



AYS - ALL 4 UNITS - Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification with Kathryn Templeton, Sarah Guglielmi & Julia Kress

Unit 1: November 9-11, 2018
Unit 2: Completed online
Unit 3: January 25-27, 2019
Unit 4: March 22-24, 2019


About the Certification: Students will learn how prana (life force) and ojas (deep vitality) can be cultivated to regulate and support agni (digestive fire) for optimal health; a deeper knowledge of the ayurvedic maps: doshas (constitutions), gunas (psychological tendencies), vayus (winds or movement of prana), and koshas (sheaths); how to adapt asana (postures) and pranayama to kindle our agni and better circulate prana for efficient energy management; the alchemy of yoga and ayurveda along with diet and lifestyle adjustments to adapt to daily, seasonal, and stage-of-life changes; how to identify typical constitutional imbalances and know how to address vikruti (imbalances) through asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, meditation, diet, cleansing, and lifestyle adjustments.
Required Reading -- Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume One: Fundamental Principles by Dr. Vasant Lad and Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization by David Frawley. These books will be available for purchase on-site and are not included in the cost of tuition.
No Senior/Student discounts may be applied to this program.
Fee: $1396 (ID#: ASYC) --



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


We offer a four part payment plan to help with the cost of full registration. $499 is due at the time of registration. Three more payments of $299 will be due at the beginning of sessions 2-4.
Fee: $499 (ID#: ASYC-PP1) --



AYS Unit #2 - Psychology of Ayurveda and the Physiology of Yoga

Online Course to be completed between November 12, 2018 - January 24, 2019.

In this segment: the Architecture of the Mind and the Gunas; scientific use of asana, pranayama, and meditation; subtle essences: prana, tejas (fire of intelligence), and ojas; circulation of prana via the vayus; practices for seasonal changes and vata imbalance. Suggested additional reading: Ayurveda and the Mind by David Frawley.
No Senior/Student discounts may be applied to this program.
Fee: $399 (ID#: AYS2) --



AYS - SECOND 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.

Fee: $299 (ID#: ASYC-PP2) --



January 

AYS Unit #3 - Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions with Julia Kress

Friday, January 25th, 2019 from 4:30-8:30pm
Saturday, January 26th, 2019 from 8:30-4:30pm
Sunday, January 27th, 2019 from 8:30-4:30pm.


In this segmant: Agni, Ama and Digestion according to the Pancha Kosha Model. You will leave with a thorough understanding of ayurveda as it relates to food and digestion including - the six tastes and proper diet, as well as, internal and external practices to regulate agni. Learn how to make ghee, kitchari, medicinal oils and teas - demonstrations, samples and recipes included. Suggested reading/recipe book: Eat – Taste – Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living by Thomas Yarema, Daniel Rhoda and Johnny Brannigan.
No Senior/Student discounts may be applied to this program.
Fee: $399 (ID#: AYS3) --



AYS - THIRD 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.

Fee: $299 (ID#: ASYC-PP3) --



March 

AYS Unit #4 - Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga with Kathryn Templeton

Friday, March 22nd, 2019 from 4:30-8:30pm
Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 from 8:30-4:30pm
Sunday, March 24th, 2019 from 8:30-4:30pm.


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.

Fee: $299 (ID#: ASYC-PP4) --