Lectures and Seminars

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The Power of Restorative Postures and Relaxation Methods: Assisting your students with props and techniques with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, AYS

Saturdays, February 9-March 18, 10am-1pm
Seeing the body and mind as an energetic system, we will look through the lens of science and yoga philosophy to understand the purpose behind supported asana and systematic relaxation. Using the techniques of mindfulness, breath control, and movement, you will be guided through a full range of yoga practices to alter circulatory patterns, sensory interpretation, and perception as a means to establish balance, effort, and ease. When implemented into your yoga practice, these techniques assist in releasing tension in the body and mind and allow you to be at home within yourself in a profound way.
Attention certified yoga instructors: this course qualifies for 3 hours of CE training with Yoga Alliance.
No discounts may be applied to this program. Fee: $45 (ID#: E41) —


Beginning Meditation with Donna

Mondays, March 4-25, 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#: S16) — FULL

Yoga for Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, March 5-April 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) —

Yoga as an Ally for Pain Management with Stephanie

Tuesdays, March 5-26, 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: $48 (ID#: YPM) —

Yin Yoga with Bonnie

Wednesdays, March 6-April 24, 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. 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: $96 (ID#: YY) —

Ease and Wisdom - Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom (for K-12 educators) with Rosa D’Abate

Wednesdays, March 6-20, 4:30-6pm
Educators sometimes lack the comfort and confidence in sharing their own mindfulness practices with their students. The purpose of this series of classes is to provide opportunities for teachers and other school personnel to develop comfort in bringing mindfulness practices into their daily work with students. While the benefits of mindfulness and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) have been highly publicized, many teachers are still unsure how to best infuse these practices into their work with students. This three-week series will explore the connection between mindfulness and SEL and how the components and competencies of each are implemented in the classroom. This course requires that participants either have or want to cultivate their own awareness-based practices because mindfulness is an experiential discipline; therefore, participants will be exploring a variety of mindfulness practices for personal and professional use. Fee: $45 (ID#: S17) — CANCELED

Awakening Prana with Jackie

Thursdays, March 7-April 25, 10-11:30am
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) —

Gentle Yoga with Maya

Thursdays, March 7-April 11, 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) —

Asana, Pranayama, Bandhas, and Mudras: Advanced Techniques to Deepen Your Practice with Julia

Thursdays, March 7-28, 7-8:30pm
According to ancient texts and the first-hand experience of yoga practitioners, the application of a combination of techniques within a yoga practice can increase physical and mental stabilization and lead to profound growth in meditation and overall appreciation of life. The mudras and bandhas are precise muscular engagement exercises that add a layer of complexity and strength to the physical work of asana as well as energetic reference points to work from. Pranayama is the practice of altering the state of the breath as well as awakening to the way in which the life force circulates through our system. These techniques allow the practitioner to sustain the hold of a posture for a longer period of time and lead to an expansion of awareness and control of the subtler inner realm of body and mind. Please bring your yoga mat. Pre-requisite two years of asana experience. Fee: $48 (ID#: S19) —

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Mondays, March 11-April 15, 10-11am
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) —

Restorative Yoga with Sapna

Mondays, March 11-April 15, 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) —

Healing Vagal Tone: A Yoga Therapy View of Chronic Stress with Sarah Guglielmi and Julia Kress

Saturdays, March 16-18, 9:30am-3:30pm
Open to Yoga Teachers and Interested Students

Join HIB’s 500-Hour Teacher Training instructors, Julia and Sarah, for a comprehensive look at the subtle body and physiological view of chronic stress. In this full-day training, we will cover the anatomy of the nervous system, Polyvagal theory, and the importance of vagal tone in building “stress resiliency.” We will discuss the latest research on how yogic breathing, systematic relaxation, and mindful abdominal engagement (such as Agni Sara) support vagal tone. Both sessions include discussion and practice. Please bring your yoga mat. Optional vegetarian potluck lunch from noon -1pm to visit with your Buffalo teaching community!
Attention certified yoga instructors; this full-day course qualifies for 5 hours of CE training with Yoga Alliance (or 2.5 hours per session).

9:30am - noon - Supporting Vagal Tone with Agni Sara and Preparatory Practices with Sarah Guglielmi
noon -1pm - Potluck lunch (optional) for participants. Please bring a dish to share.
1:00 - 3:30pm - Linking Chronic Stress Science and Yogic Relaxation Techniques with Julia Kress

Full CEU Intensive: $85 (ID: E42-A)
AM only: $45 (ID: E42-B)
PM only: $45 (ID: E42-C)
Fee: $85 (ID#: E42-A) — FULL

Healing Vagal Tone AM SESSION with Sarah

Saturdays, March 16-18, 9:30am-noon
Fee: $45 (ID#: E42-B) —

Healing Vagal Tone PM SESSION with Julia

Saturdays, March 16-18, 1-3:30pm
Fee: $45 (ID#: E42-C) —

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) --

Spring Nature-Walk at Beaver Island State Park with Kandy

Saturday, March 23, 10am-noon
Location: 2136 Oakfield Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072 We will meet at Beaver Island (Parking Lot #1, located near the Lagoon Water Wetlands) for a walking-observation of spring’s abundance. Bring your binoculars to catch all the action! The terrain is flat, but it may be a little muddy. If the walk is canceled due to inclement weather, registrants will be notified via e-mail, and we will post it on our Facebook page (facebook.com/hibuffaloyoga). Pre-registration is requested. Donation based. $5 suggested donation. Fee: $0 (ID#: S23) —

Body Image and Eating Concerns Seminar: Nourish with Carissa

Saturday, March 23, 10am-noon
Nourish is a workshop for individuals dealing with food and body image concerns. This session integrates Hatha Yoga and experiential activities. The intent is to assist participants to connect to the present moment, challenge negative thoughts, manage symptoms and feel more balanced and nourished within the body and mind. Utilizing self-compassion and acceptance, participants will learn to embrace and live in their bodies more effectively. A trauma-sensitive, person-centered approach will be utilized. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Fee: $20 (ID#: S24) —

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) --

HIB’s Spring Retreat Spring Cleanse & Daily Detox with Sarah Guglielmi and Julia Kress

Saturday, March 30, 9:30am-3:30pm
Join your HIB community for a day of learning, gentle cleansing, and practice. Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science of holistic health, reminds us that we are a part of nature and our health excels when we follow nature’s rhythms. Over the winter, the body constricts and internal cleansing processes slow down. In the spring, it helps to take the load off the digestive system with a simple diet and practices that help the body clear excess.

Our morning begins with a review of seasonal Ayurvedic cleansing. We will discuss the concepts of Agni (digestive fire), Ama (toxin load), and the seasonal Ayurvedic Clock. The morning will close with a grounding and restorative asana sequence. Cleansing pranayama and seated meditation will be included to support mental and emotional detox.

In addition to seasonal cleansing, Ayurveda recommends daily support for the body’s elimination channels and organs; the skin, lungs, kidneys, colon, and liver. After lunch we will explore how to address these channels and the psychology behind habit formation and self-care. Our afternoon yoga practice will move lymphatic fluid, working to improve vitality and leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!


The Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse: A How To
AM Session: 9:30 am - noon with Sarah

Lunch: noon - 1 pm (lunch provided)
Full-day participants, join us for a detox supportive lunch of kitchari (beans and rice), mixed vegetables; fruit based dessert and snacks. Detox teas will be served throughout the day.

Daily Detox Routine and Practice
PM Session: 1 - 3:30 pm with Julia

Full Day - includes lunch: $85 (ID: S25-A)
Can’t stay the day? You are welcome to attend a single session:
AM Session only: $45 (ID: S25-B)
PM Session only: $45 (ID: S25-C)
Fee: $85 (ID#: S25-A) —

HIB’s Spring Retreat AM SESSION with Sarah

Saturday, March 30, 9:30am-noon
Fee: $45 (ID#: S25-B) —

HIB’s Spring Retreat PM SESSION with Julia

Saturday, March 30, 1-3:30pm
Fee: $45 (ID#: S25-C) —


Beginning Meditation with Donna

Tuesdays, April 2-23, 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#: S28) —

Finding Fulfillment in Meditation

Thu, April 4, 7 - 8:30 pm & Saturday, April 6, 1:30 - 4 pm
Two-Part Seminar with Rolf Sovik, PsyD.

Meditation is not a single practice but a collection of practices woven together to address each dimension of human life. When we truly need to relax, to uncover solutions to a vexing problem, or to develop a more meaningful understanding of life, meditation provides us with core strategies to address our needs. This seminar will help you identify the meditative practices that have literally provided inspiration for millennia. It will help re-establish fundamental aims of practice and explain how such simple techniques as japa—mantra repetition—can be linked to the highest goals of self-realization.
For those who have previously received a mantra, the seminar will reinforce the development of personal practice. For those who may be nearer the beginning of meditation training, the seminar will clearly lay out what the stages of training consists of and the importance of approaching meditation with simplicity and humility. Join long-time teacher Rolf Sovik to build confidence in your path as an inward seeking student of yoga.

President and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute, Rolf Sovik, PsyD, began his study of yoga and meditation in 1972. He is a student of H.H. Swami Rama and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, and under their guidance has explored the teachings of the Himalayan tradition. He holds degrees in philosophy, music, Eastern Studies, and Clinical Psychology. He and his wife Mary Gail currently reside at the Institute’s headquarters in Honesdale, PA.

Full Program: $65 (ID#: MA)

To get the most out of this program, attending both sessions is recommended, but if time only allows for one, you are welcome to attend a single session:
Thursday only: $25 (ID: MB)
Saturday only: $45 (ID: MC)

Fee: $65 (ID#: MA) --

Finding Fulfillment in Meditation DAY ONE ONLY with Rolf Sovik, PsyD

Thursday, April 4, 7-8:30pm
Fee: $30 (ID#: MB) —

Finding Fulfillment in Meditation DAY TWO ONLY with Rolf Sovik, PsyD

Saturday, April 6, 1:30-4pm
Fee: $45 (ID#: MC) —

Meditation Monday: Group Practice with Donna

Monday, April 8, 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. Donation Based: $10 suggested donation. Fee: $0 (ID#: S27) —

Yoga to Manage Moods with Carissa

Saturday, April 13, 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#: S29) —

SATSANG: Reflections of the Kumbha Mela: Slide Show and Discussion with Jackie and fellow travelers

Thursday, April 18, 7-8:30pm
This past February, a number of us made a pilgrimage to the Himalayan Institute’s campus in Allahabad India, for the Kumbha Mela. The focus during this event was an 11-day group practice led by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait along the bank of the Ganges River. Join friends and fellow travelers for a full recap and to learn more about how you can take part in the Institute’s year-long-meditation beginning this July. FREE – Please pre-register Fee: $0 (ID#: S30) —

Core Strength Therapeutics: An Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Approach to Building Progressive Strength with Sarah Guglielmi MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500, AHC, YACEP

Saturday, April 27, 9:30am-12:30pm
Join Sarah Guglielmi, a faculty member of HI’s upcoming Ayurvedic-Yoga-Therapy-Certification program, to explore an expanded view of core strength. Topics include antagonist/agonist muscle pairs, vata subdoshas that influence cores stabilization (samana and apana), and the influence of the 1st and 2nd chakras. This approach is appropriate for all levels of students including beginners and those with limitations. Therapeutic sequences will be practiced, with handouts to take home.
Attention certified yoga instructors, this course qualifies for 3 hours of CE training with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $45 (ID#: E43) —