Lectures and Seminars

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Monday Group Meditation

Meets EVERY MONDAY 7-8pm (ET)

ZOOM Meeting Number: 139 024 694
Passcode: HIB
Our Monday night group practice has been undertaken to heal and empower collective consciousness while also strengthening the individual’s practice through the supportive energy of the group. Our evening will include light stretches, guided relaxation, and meditation.
Donation based, no pre-registration required.

September 

Awakening Prana (Zoom) with Julia

Tuesdays, September 7-October 26, 10-11:15am
A prana-centered style of asana practice emphasizes the subtle and meditative aspects of hatha yoga. Maintaining continuous attention on sensation in the body and movement of the breath leads to a state of deep inner awareness, calm, and tranquility. Each session will also include guided relaxation and seated meditation.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YAP-V) —

Awakening Prana (In-Person) with Julia

Tuesdays, September 7-October 26, 10-11:15am

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YAP-P) — FULL

Stretch and Relax (Zoom) with Jackie

Tuesdays, September 7-October 26, 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.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $80 (ID#: YSR-V) —

Yogic Core Strength (Zoom) with Sarah

Tuesdays, September 7-October 26, 5:30-6:45pm
The Yogic Core is the pelvic/abdominal region of the body, including the abs, glutes, pelvic floor, and back muscles. Yogic Core Strength combines strength, flexibility, and awareness in this region to build physical strength and energetic (pranic) flow. Over time, this approach not only increases physical stability but also emotional resiliency and inner strength. This weekly class includes core muscle-isolation exercises interwoven into a classical asana sequence. Class will close with relaxation and meditation. Prerequisite: 6 months prior experience with Yoga 1 or greater.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YCS-V) —

Yogic Core Strength (In-Person) with Sarah

Tuesdays, September 7-October 26, 5:30-6:45pm

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YCS-P) — FULL

Chair Yoga (Zoom) with Renee

Tuesdays, September 7-October 26, 10-11am
Chair yoga offers all the benefits of a regular yoga class to those who have difficulty with kneeling, getting up and down off the floor, and mobility limitations. This class will include breath work, relaxation and meditation. Come and enjoy a new sense of freedom and comfort for body, mind and spirit.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $80 (ID#: YCT-V) —

Foundations of Meditation (In-Person only) with Donna

Wednesdays, September 8-29, 5:30-7pm
The practice of meditation leads us to a relaxed nervous system and peaceful mind. In this course, you will learn the essential elements of meditation that direct you to an experience of inner radiance and tranquility. We will cover developing healthy breathing, relaxation techniques, and cultivating pranic awareness that leads to greater focus and clarity. Whether you are an experienced meditator interested in refining your practice or just beginning, this course will support your inward journey. (This course is NOT included with the All-Access Asana pass). Fee: $48 (ID#: S50) — FULL

Adaptive Yoga (Zoom) with Julia

Thursdays, September 9-October 28, 3:30-4:30pm
This class will involve modifications to traditional postures using a chair, the wall, and blocks in order to find physical balance, alignment, and ease. The instructor will offer feedback that can bring more awareness to your posture and strengthen the supporting relationship that comes from good alignment. Corrections are done in a safe and predictable way to ensure that your practice is safe and that the sensory experience through your limbs and core is felt strongly. This class is slow paced to allow for questions, transition and repetition.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YGR-V) —

Adaptive Yoga (In-Person) with Julia

Thursdays, September 9-October 28, 3:30-4:30pm

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YGR-P) —

Gentle Yoga (Zoom) with Laura / Maya

Thursdays, September 9-October 28, 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.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YGR-V) —

Gentle Yoga (In-Person) with Laura / Maya

Thursdays, September 9-October 28, 5:30-6:30pm

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YGR-P) —

Yoga for Parkinson's (Zoom) with Larry

Fridays, September 10-October 29, 5:30-7pm
Our Yoga for Parkinson's class is a complete yoga class specifically catered to students with special challenges in controlled movement. The instructor focuses on increasing mobility and motor control - offering students options for improving their practice with variations, props and personal encouragement. Each class includes postures and movement exercises, breath work, and relaxation. Yoga is a valuable tool for staying connected to the body and finding peace and community while working with a challenging physical condition.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $80 (ID#: YP-V) —

Strong Seniors Level 1 (Zoom) with Cathy

Fridays, September 10-October 29, 9:30-10:30am
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.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $80 (ID#: SS1-V) —

Strong Seniors Level 1 (In-Person) with Cathy

Fridays, September 10-October 29, 9:30-10:30am

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $80 (ID#: SS1-P) — FULL

Strong Seniors Level 2 (Zoom) with Cathy

Fridays, September 10-October 29, 11am-noon
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.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $80 (ID#: SS2-V) —

Strong Seniors Level 2 (In-Person) with Cathy

Fridays, September 10-October 29, 11am-noon

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $80 (ID#: SS2-P) — FULL

Gentle Yoga (Zoom) with Tracy

Fridays, September 10-October 29, 10-11:15am
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.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YGF-V) —

Gentle Yoga (In-Person) with Tracy

Fridays, September 10-October 29, 10-11:15am

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YGF-P) —

Gentle Yoga (Zoom) with Sapna & Sherri

Mondays, September 13-October 25, 3-4pm
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.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $70 (ID#: YGM-V) —

Asana Alignment Tune Up (Zoom) with Sarah

Mondays, September 13-October 25, 5:30-6:30pm
One Pose Per Week (All-Level)
This class is designed both for beginner yoga students and those looking to revisit the fundamentals of alignment in asana. Each week will highlight one pose. The class sequence will cover preparation for the pose, exploration of the pose (including modifications), and counterbalancing after the pose. Get your questions answered and get unstuck, so you can enjoy your yoga practice even more. Poses covered include Warrior 2, Triangle, Half Moon, Chair Pose, Warrior 1, Downward Facing Dog, and Cobra.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Sept-Oct BONUS for Online Asana Pass! Fee: $70 (ID#: S51) —

Morning Routine (Zoom) with Rosa

Wednesdays, September 15-October 27, 6:15-7:30am
Would you like to establish a morning routine that will support you physically, mentally, and spiritually but do not know where to begin? Now is your opportunity; each class will include all-level asana practice, systematic relaxation, a brief meditation, 5-7 minutes of journal writing, and a brief spiritual reading. With this early morning routine, you can check self-care off of your to-do list.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $70 (ID#: MR-V) —

Gentle Yoga (Zoom) with James

Wednesdays, September 15-October 20, 9-10am
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.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $60 (ID#: YGW9) —

Stabilizing the Hips, Knees & Feet (Zoom) with Stephanie

Wednesdays, September 22-October 13, 4-5pm
Each area of the body affects other areas. For instance, instability and pain in the hips can cause instability and pain in the knees and feet. An imbalance in these areas may have been caused by injury, surgery, or repetitive daily activities. In this specialized therapeutic yoga session, we will use a gentle approach to restore balance by strengthening and stabilizing the hips, knees and feet.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $40 (ID#: YHF) —

The Katha Upanishad (Zoom) with Tracy

Thursdays, September 23-October 28, 7-8:15pm
The major Upanishads are the most ancient and philosophically profound texts of the Vedic tradition. In this class, we will read the Katha Upanishad together and discuss its teachings on life after death, discovering the sages’ method for living life fearlessly and dying gracefully. As our text, we will be using Pandit Rajmani Tigunait’s book: The Pursuit of Power and Freedom – Katha Upanishad available in our bookstore.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. A class recording will be available for 7-days (until the start of the next class) in case you want to watch (or re-watch) later. Fee: $75 (ID#: S53) —

Clean Sweep: North Creek South Creek Park (In-Person) with Kandy

Saturday, September 25, 10-11:30am
Sponsored by HIB and Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
Site captain, Kandy Svec, will be leading today's cleanup along Scajaquada Creek at North Creek South Creek Park. Removing plastic and debris at this section of the creek helps protect a vital watershed that flows into the Niagara River. Buffalo Niagara Water Keeper will be providing all gloves and supplies. Please wear comfy shoes/boots and bring your mask. Please pre-register. If this event is canceled due to inclement weather, we will notify you via e-mail and post it on our Facebook page.
Meeting place: 152-156 South Creek Dr., Buffalo 14225 Fee: $0 (ID#: S54) —

BIRD WATCHING & NATURE WALK: Forest Lawn (In-Person) with Uli

Saturday, September 25, 4-6pm
Grab your binoculars and explore one of WNY’s best hot spots for bird watching! Easy walk - flat terrain. Wear good walking shoes. Please pre-register. If we cancel due to inclement weather, we will notify you via e-mail and post it on our Facebook page. Please arrive 10 minutes early so that we can begin on time.
Meeting place: Forest lawn Cemetery - meeting at the Chapel parking lot.
Fee: Donation Based - $5-$10 suggested donation
PLEASE NOTE: this walk was originally scheduled to take place at Tifft Nature Preserve. Due to a scheduling conflict, it has been moved to Forest Lawn. Our apologies for any inconvenience. Fee: $0 (ID#: S55) —

October 

The Zen of Journal Making (In-Person) with Donna Stepien

Friday, October 1, 1-4pm
Join artist and educator Donna Stepien for an afternoon of hands-on interactive journal making. This class is designed for you to use items that you may have at home, so you may continue to make your own journals with ease and without having to purchase many items. In this session, you’ll practice mindful awareness as Donna guides you to make three simple book structures: pamphlet (a stitched book), concertina (accordion structure), and Japanese stab (a lovely book where the binding is a key decorative element). There are specific tasks—instructions—toward any goal, or outcome, which today is making books! To think of these tasks as rituals helps us to perceive them in a soft, accepting way, and learning to repeat these rituals you will become confident to explore and make journals on your own, or move to an advanced class!
Paper and necessary supplies will be available for you to use during class, but if there are any ‘special’ papers, decorative beads, or tools (like your favorite scissors) that you might like to use, you are welcome to bring those. For more information, please call or email. Fee includes materials. Fee: $35 (ID#: S56) —

The Anatomy of Meditation (Zoom) with Julia Kress

Sunday, October 3, 10am-1pm
CEU Open to Yoga Teachers and Interested Students
Join Julia Kress to learn more about the neurobiology and physiology of how meditation affects the mind and body. This program will include examples of different types and methods of meditation and how they affect the landscape of our thoughts and feelings and offers us an array of choices depending on our energy level, time available, and needs. A slide show will give you visual images of just how powerful meditation and mindfulness can be for your nervous system. The presentation and practices will inspire you to see how meditation can be part of your everyday life.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. A class recording will be available for 2-weeks in case you want to watch (or re-watch) later.
Attention yoga teachers: This course qualifies for Continuing Education credits with Yoga Alliance (This training is NOT a part of the Online Asana Pass)
Fee: $55 (ID#: E68) —

NATURE WALK: Upper Rim of the Niagara River (In-Person) with Kandy

Sunday, October 10, 11am-1pm
Enjoy amazing views as we walk along the upper rim of the Niagara River towards Whirlpool State Park. Our walk will be approximately 2-3 miles round trip on flat terrain. We will NOT go down to the gorge. Please wear good walking shoes, bring water and your mask. You also wish to pack a lunch for afterwards. Please pre-register. If we cancel due to inclement weather, we will notify you via e-mail and post it on our Facebook page.
Meeting place: PARKING LOT of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Museum. 825 Depot Ave West, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Fee: Donation Based - $5-$10 suggested donation. Fee: $0 (ID#: S58) —

Becoming a Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher - Introduction (Zoom) with Lidia J Snyder, LMSW, RYT, TCTSY-F

Saturday, October 16, 9:30am-12:30pm
CEU Open to Yoga Teachers and Interested Students
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 class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. A class recording will be available for 2-weeks in case you want to watch (or re-watch) later.
Attention yoga teachers: This course qualifies for Continuing Education credits with Yoga Alliance (This training is NOT a part of the Online Asana Pass)
Fee: $55 (ID#: E69) —

HIB Fall Retreat - Take a Break! Sustainable Living: Rejuvenation on the Mat and In the Kitchen (Zoom) with Sarah & Julia

Saturday, October 23, 9:30am-3:30pm
Sustainable living is not just conserving and nourishing our external environment, but also the environment within. To sustain ourselves, sometimes we need a break. Most of us are carrying excess stress, both from our personal lives, and the collective stress of our time. The transition from summer to fall is an ideal time to take a pause, a time for dedicated self-care, nourishment, and building reserves. Join Sarah and Julia for a day of rejuvenation and nourishment both on the mat and in the kitchen.

Morning Session with Sarah: 9:30am-12pm We’ll begin with the natural cycles of effort and rest, according to Ayurveda, followed by Ayurvedic guidelines to restore energy during the fall season. Our morning practice will be appropriate for all levels, and will include gentle movements to release fatigue, “container” practices to restore energy, and restorative postures for deep rest. A take home practice guideline will be provided for you to use at home.

Lunch Break: 12-1pm

Afternoon Session with Julia: 1-3:30pm The afternoon session will be spent in the kitchen discussing how seasonal foods and spices nourish and rejuvenate during the fall transition. Making the right food choices can enhance our resiliency as we move towards the cooler months. Julia will demonstrate how to cook beans and vegetables with seasonally supportive herbs and spices. She will also highlight practical food preparation tips to support sustainability of our outer environment. Recipes and tips will be provided for you to implement at home.

Full Retreat: $80 (ID: S59-full)
Morning session ONLY: $45 (ID: S59-AM)
Afternoon session ONLY: $45 (ID: S59-PM)
To register for one session, please see below.

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. A class recording will be available for 2-weeks in case you want to watch (or re-watch) later.
Fee: $80 (ID#: S59-full) —

HIB Fall Retreat - Take a Break! Sustainable Living: Rejuvenation on the Mat and In the Kitchen (Zoom) with Sarah

Saturday, October 23, 9:30am-12pm
Morning session ONLY
Fee: $45 (ID#: S59-AM) —

HIB Fall Retreat - Take a Break! Sustainable Living: Rejuvenation on the Mat and In the Kitchen (Zoom) with Julia

Saturday, October 23, 1-3:30pm
Afternoon session ONLY
Fee: $45 (ID#: S59-PM) —