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Meditation Monday: YLM Group Practice

Meets EVERY MONDAY

ZOOM Meeting Number: 139 024 694

“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.

April 

Gentle Yoga ZOOM with Tracy

Mondays, April 6-27, 10-11am
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. If you do not hear from us, it might mean we do not have a current email for you. Please call us: 716-883-2223.
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: $28 (ID#: YGM) —

Stretch and Relax ZOOM with Jackie

Tuesdays, April 7-28, 4-5pm
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. If you do not hear from us, it might mean we do not have a current email for you. Please call us: 716-883-2223.
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: $28 (ID#: YSR) —

Yoga for Core Strength ZOOM with Sarah

Tuesdays, April 7-28, 5:30-6:45pm
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. If you do not hear from us, it might mean we do not have a current email for you. Please call us: 716-883-2223.
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: $28 (ID#: YC) —

Adaptive Yoga 1 ZOOM with Julia

Wednesdays, April 8-29, 3:30-4:30pm
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. If you do not hear from us, it might mean we do not have a current email for you. Please call us: 716-883-2223.
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 hands on assists that can bring more awareness to your posture and strengthen the supporting relationship that comes good alignment. The assists 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. Fee: $28 (ID#: AY1) —

Yin Yoga ZOOM with Bonnie

Wednesdays, April 8-29, 5:30-7pm
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. If you do not hear from us, it might mean we do not have a current email for you. Please call us: 716-883-2223.
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: $28 (ID#: YY) —

Gentle Yoga ZOOM with Maya/Sapna

Thursdays, April 9-30, 5:30-6:30pm
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. If you do not hear from us, it might mean we do not have a current email for you. Please call us: 716-883-2223.
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: $28 (ID#: YGW) —

Awakening Prana ZOOM with Sarah

Thursdays, April 9-30, 10-11:30am
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. If you do not hear from us, it might mean we do not have a current email for you. Please call us: 716-883-2223.
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: $28 (ID#: YAP) —

Strong Seniors ZOOM with Cathy

Fridays, April 10-May 1, 9:30-11am
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. If you do not hear from us, it might mean we do not have a current email for you. Please call us: 716-883-2223.
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: $28 (ID#: YSS) —

Journaling Collective with Rosa

Saturday, April 18, 1-2:30pm
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. If you do not hear from us, it might mean we do not have a current email for you. Please call us: 716-883-2223.
Keeping a journal is a powerful way to understand the workings of your own mind and to formulate a systematic plan for your life goals. The Yoga Sutra emphasizes the importance of this kind of self-study with the niyama of svadhyaya. Through the insight of our own written words in response to various prompts, we can begin to see, understand, and question our thinking and our way of being in the world. Writing in a group helps to further deepen insights.Join us for an afternoon of writing and reflection. Fee: $10 (ID#: S21) —

Asana and The Yoga Sutra with Sarah

Saturday, April 18, 9:30am-12pm
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. If you do not hear from us, it might mean we do not have a current email for you. Please call us: 716-883-2223.
The Yoga Sutra, compiled approximately 2000 years ago by the sage Pantanjali, is considered the authoritative text on yoga practice. Encompassed in the goal of yoga is freedom from fear, a topic on the forefront of our minds at this uncertain time. Moving towards fearlessness brings us more moments of emotional stability, presence , and personal power. From there, we can take a clearer next step forward. There are specific ways to work with your asana (yoga posture) practice to move potently towards the goal of fearlessness. In this workshop, we’ll focus on Yoga Sutras 2.46-2.48, and how the qualities of steadiness (sthira), comfort (sukha), effortless effort (prayatna shaithilya) and mental absorption into the infinite (ananta samapatti) pave the way for the digestion of stress, movement towards fearlessness. We’ll close by applying these concepts to a guided mat practice of Asana, Relaxation, Pranayama, and Meditation.
*This course qualifies for 2.5 hours of CE training with Yoga Alliance.
St/Sr discounts do not apply to CEU Trainings. Fee: $55 (ID#: E56) —

Awareness Thru Movement ZOOM with Mara

Tuesdays, April 21-May 12, 10-11am
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. If you do not hear from us, it might mean we do not have a current email for you. Please call us: 716-883-2223.
Let go of patterns of discomfort and discover more optimal movement through the Feldenkrais Method® in this month long series that will focus on better whole self usage while revealing more ease in every day functions. Your brain directs your body’s movement and in return receives information which it immediately uses to enhance and improve your neuro-muscular activity. In Awareness Through Movement® classes, we will examine how your nervous system finds the most comfortable way to organize your body’s movement, co-ordination, posture and balance through gentle movements on the floor. Based on the needs of the students, course content will include areas and relationships such as: lower back, shoulders, neck, walking, and balance. Fee: $28 (ID#: S22) —

Homeopathy for Anxiety & Depression with Arup Bhattacharya, DHM, PhD

Tuesday, April 21, 6-8pm
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. If you do not hear from us, it might mean we do not have a current email for you. Please call us: 716-883-2223.
Interested in learning how homeopathy can help those who suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, and depression? Dr. Arup Bhattacharya will present his approach to treating these issues along with case reports from his past positive outcomes. The talk will end with a Q&A session where you can ask Arup specific questions. For more information visit: www.homeopathichealers.com. Fee: $35 (ID#: S24) —