Lectures and Seminars

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October 

Yoga for Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, October 30-December 18, 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) — FULL
November 

Awakening Prana with Jackie

Thursdays, November 1-December 20, 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: $84 (ID#: YAP) —

Gentle Yoga with Maya

Thursdays, November 1-December 13, 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) —

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Mondays, November 5-December 10, 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: $72 (ID#: YGM) —

Deepening Meditation with Donna

Tuesdays, November 6-December 11, 6:30-8pm
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#: S80) —

Yin Yoga with Bonnie

Wednesdays, November 7-December 19, 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: $72 (ID#: YY) —

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) --



Restorative Yoga with Sapna

Mondays, November 19-December 17, 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: $60 (ID#: RY) — FULL

Out of the Mall and Into the Park: Riverwalk at Tonawanda Park with Kandy

Friday, November 23, 10am-noon
Meet at Mississippi Mudds parking lot: 313 Niagara St., Tonawanda, NY
Escape the chaos of the mall and come for a meditative walk in nature. Spend a few hours in the brisk fall air with friends of the earth on a guided walk led by Kandy. Please wear appropriate shoes. The ground is level for an easy stroll. If this event is canceled due to inclement weather, registrants will be notified via e-mail. Pre-registration is required. Donation based. $10 suggested donation. Fee: $0 (ID#: S84) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, November 29, 6-7pm
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 15 and 16. (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#: S85) —

The Roots of Tantra and Yoga with Sandra Anderson

Thursday, November 29, 7-8:30pm
Chakras, yamas and niyamas, asana, meditation, Vedic chanting, fire rituals....how are they related? From where did these practices arise? What is the basis for our familiar daily practices? What does hatha yoga have to do with the Yoga Sutra and how are hatha yoga, the Yoga Sutra, Vedanta and tantra related? Join Sandra Anderson to clarify and define your conceptual context of yoga through both discussion and specific, illustrative practices. See where our physical and spiritual teachings come from, how they are linked to one another, and establish an organized framework for understanding the knowledge you have gained over years of study!

Learn more about Sandra Anderson, E-RYT 500: click

Fee: $25 (ID#: S86) —

Lions and Tigers and Elephants, Oh My! Exploring the Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Friday, November 30, 6-8pm; Saturday, December 1, 9am-12pm; Saturday, December 1, 1-4pm
3 PART SEMINAR with Sandra Anderson

From asana to samadhi, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika is the most influential pre-modern text on yoga. The Pradipika is a tantric text focusing on asana, pranayama, and esoteric practices that work with prana, the life force. Untrained, the pranic force runs amok at the mercy of instinct, social conditioning, and deep-seated distorted perceptions, exhausting our vitality and leaving us angry, distressed, depressed, and dis-eased.
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika shows us how the exuberant instinctive forces and the rampaging mind can be brought to heel, awakening and empowering our self-awareness and inner locus of control. Then our passions, in the service of a greater intelligence, operate joyfully and harmoniously at every level of our being. How well trained is your inner beast? Join us for two days of practice and discovery.

All sessions will include discussion and practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and specific practices drawn directly from this classic text.

SESSION 1: Overview of the text and its historical context
SESSION 2: Chapters 1 and 3: Asana, Mudra, and Bandha--Directing and focusing prana
SESSION 3: Chapter 2 and 4: Shatkarma and Pranayama--Six cleansing practices and breath training, and Samadhi--Uniting and stabilizing the mind and prana
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2-day Pass: $108* (ID: HPASS) Includes all 3 sessions / $125 after Nov. 24 OR take individual sessions: $45 each / $50 each after Nov. 24 Please note: We do not recommend taking session 3 only w/o taking session 1 or 2. * No other discounts apply to this event.
Fee: $108 (ID#: HPASS) --


Pradipika: Session 1 with Sandra Anderson

Friday, November 30, 6-8pm
Session 1 Fee: $45 (ID#: HP1) —

December 

Pradipika: Session 2 with Sandra Anderson

Saturday, December 1, 9am-12pm
Session 2 Fee: $45 (ID#: HP2) —

Pradipika: Session 3 with Sandra Anderson

Saturday, December 1, 1-4pm
Session 3 Fee: $45 (ID#: HP3) —

Rejoice and Renew with Shari

Thursday, December 6, 7-8:30pm
An evening with Yoga Therapist Shari Friedrichsen: 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.

Learn more about Shari Friedrichsen, E-RYT 500: click

Fee: $25 (ID#: S87) —

HIB’s HOLIDAY CELEBRATION with Staff

Sunday, December 9, 6-8:30pm
We hope you can join us for a vegetarian potluck dinner as we come together to celebrate the love and light of our community. Please bring a dish to share. We will wrap presents for the families we have adopted through Child & Family Services before dinner, and gather with tea and desserts afterwards to watch" Scrooged”, the comedic version of "A Christmas Carol", starring Bill Murray. Please RSVP if you are able to attend. Fee: $0 (ID#: S89) —

Group Meditation with Kerry

Wednesday, December 12, 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#: S88) —

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

Saturday, December 15, 9:30-noon
This 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 clothing. Fee: $25 (ID#: S91) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, December 20, 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 17 and 18. (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#: S90) —

FULL MOON Yoga Nidra Practice with Tracy

Saturday, December 22, 10am-noon
Take a time out, right 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 intuitive and nurturing energies of the full moon and leave refreshed and centered. Fee: $25 (ID#: S92) —

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) --