Lectures and Seminars

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December 

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.
Payment #2 is due by December 1, 2017.
Fee: $299 (ID#: ASYC-PP2) --



January 

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Mondays, January 8-February 12, 9:30-10:30am
Yoga offers gentle exercises that can dramatically help those with joint pain or stiffness. In this class, 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) —

Body-Mind Practice with Athalie

Tuesdays, January 9-February 6, 10-11:15am
This five-session class incorporates instruction and practice in asana, pranayama (breathing techniques), relaxation, and meditation. Teaching is specific to participants’ routine use as self-management for anxiety and depression. The “Body-Mind” course and “Yoga and Meditation for Anxiety and Depression” workshop(s) complement one another. They can be taken together or separately. Fee: $60 (ID#: BM) —

Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, January 9-February 27, 5:30-6:45pm
Yogic texts emphasize the importance of awareness, strength, and circulation in the abdominal area to deepen the effects of your asana and meditation practice: 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, January 9-30, 7-8:30pm
Meditation is the heart of yoga practice, a method for acquiring a clear and tranquil mind. You will learn the basics: a comfortable sitting posture, diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation methods, and essential concentration techniques used in the yoga tradition. You will discover a new level of peace within yourself. (4 weeks) Fee: $48 (ID#: S05) — FULL

Yin Yoga with Bonnie

Wednesdays, January 10-31, 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. The poses are challenging only because they 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-level class. Fee: $48 (ID#: YYS) —

Gentle Yoga with Maya

Thursdays, January 11-February 15, 5:30-6:30pm
Yoga offers gentle exercises that can dramatically help those with joint pain or stiffness. In this class, 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) —

Yoga for Willpower with Cathy

Saturdays, January 13-February 3, 11am-12:30pm
For yogis, cultivating willpower is a healing technique, a force for positive change. Yoga philosophy provides practical tools for living a healthy and balanced life. This all-levels program includes weekly discussion around how yoga defines willpower. We will perform strength-building asanas to fuel the fire of determination, and explore pranayama (breathing) and relaxation techniques that lead to a calm, focused, one pointed mind. Fee: $48 (ID#: YW) —

Philosophy: The Roots of Yoga with Kerry

Thursdays, January 18-25, 7-8:30pm
Yoga draws its philosophical roots from the samkhya system, a dualistic school of Indian thought which divides reality between the changeless and the changing, between consciousness and energy or matter. In the first of this two-class session, we will explore key concepts of samkhya philosophy and then conclude the session by considering means for applying these concepts in practice and in life. Each class will end with a guided meditation. Fee: $25 (ID#: S08) —

Winter Meditation Retreat at HIB with Sarah Guglielmi and Julia Kress

Saturday, January 20, 9:30am-3:30pm
Winter is the time when nature turns inward. The pace of life slows, giving us a chance to reconnect to ourselves, and reflect on the year to come. Taking nature’s cue, we hope you will join us for HIB’s Winter Meditation Retreat.

Meditation Refinement: Posture, Mindfulness, and Concentration
(9:30 am-noon with Sarah)
We’ll begin our day reviewing why meditation is considered the most transformative practice in the yoga tradition. Then, we’ll dive into refining techniques to overcome common meditation obstacles such as physical discomfort, and a wandering mind. You will learn the importance of the Himalayan Tradition’s five-step meditation process and how to improve mindfulness and concentration. Come prepared for floor and seated practice, including a brief asana practice for meditation preparation.

Karma and Meditation: Understanding the Link
(1:00-3:30 pm with Julia)
After lunch, we’ll discuss the anatomy of the mind, and the concept of karma (cause and effect of our habitual thoughts, speech, and actions). We will discuss the mind’s many facets that allow you to interact with the world, as well as the inner dimensions of consciousness. You will begin to see why you relate to the world the way you do, and how your beliefs, actions, and identity have formed around your preferences, or habits. Gaining awareness of your preferences, and examining how they either help or hinder your happiness is key. Meditation alters your internal state of awareness, and supports the transformation of unhealthy habits. As practice progresses, you begin to make choices in life that support healthy balance, and lessen distraction and disturbance. Class will close with a short restorative asana practice, followed by a deep relaxation and seated meditation.

RETREAT SCHEDULE:
AM SESSION: 9:30 am – noon
Meditation Refinement: Posture, Mindfulness, and Concentration - with Sarah
LUNCH: noon - 1 pm
Full-day participants, join us for vegetable stew, scones, chai tea and dessert.
PM SESSION: 1-3:30 pm
Karma and Meditation: Understanding the Link - with Julia
FULL DAY - includes lunch: $85

Can’t stay the day? You’re welcome to attend a single session:
AM Session only: $45
PM Session only: $45
Register below Fee: $85 (ID#: MRF) — FULL

Retreat AM Session only with Sarah

Saturday, January 20, 9:30-noon
Fee: $45 (ID#: MR1) — FULL

Retreat PM Session only with Julia

Saturday, January 20, 1-3:30pm
Fee: $45 (ID#: MR2) — FULL

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, January 25, 7-8:30pm
We embark on a year-long study of "The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna’s Counsel in time of War", translated by Barbara Stoler Miller. 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 religious classics of world literature. For our first meeting, we will discuss the Introduction as well as group guidelines and suggestions for the year-long study. Fee: $5 (ID#: S09) —

February 

SATSANG: Inspiration from HI’s Wisdom Library: Video and Guided Practice with Jackie

Thursday, February 1, 7-8:30pm
The Himalayan Institute’s headquarters in Honesdale, PA offers a rich resource for inspirational materials through its on-line Wisdom Library (himalayanistitute.org). This evening at H.I.Buffalo, we will watch “Yoga Sadhana: Wedding of the Human and the Divine” with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD. This live-stream, which originally aired on Nov. 12, 2017, focuses on yoga as a means for self-transformation and the divinity that lies at our core. Our evening will conclude with a brief discussion and guided meditation. Satsang is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Fee: $0 (ID#: S10) —

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

Online Course to be completed between November 1, 2017 - February 15, 2018.

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) --



Soup & Cinema: Winter Film Series with Kandy

Saturday, February 3, 11:30am-2pm
Enjoy an inspired film, homemade soup, and group discussion. Today’s movie is “Groundhog Day" - a tale of self-transformation. Phil Connors (Bill Murray) relives the same day until eventually becoming the more sattvic (virtuous) version of himself. Fee: $10 (ID#: S11) —

Yoga and Meditation for Anxiety and Depression with Athalie Joy, PhD

Saturday, February 3, 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#: S12) —

Kitchen Sadhana: Nourish Your Body, Feed Your Soul with Julia

Sunday, February 4, 10am-12:30pm
Learning tips and techniques for working comfortably and spiritually in the kitchen can bring great joy and enthusiasm to your time in the heart of the home. We will discuss how spices, herbs, and foods can be used to take care of the body and mind. 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. There will be a presentation of spices and foods and the opportunity to try them in the format of teas, milks, soups, and desserts. Fee: $30 (ID#: S13) —

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Wednesdays, February 7-28, 5-6:30pm
Meditation is the heart of yoga practice, a method for acquiring a clear and tranquil mind. You will learn the basics: a comfortable sitting posture, diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation methods, and essential concentration techniques used in the yoga tradition. You will discover a new level of peace within yourself. (4 weeks) Fee: $48 (ID#: S14) —

Group Meditation: Awakening Inner Healing with Donna

Thursday, February 8, 7-8pm
Group meditation helps to expand collective consciousness while also strengthening an individual’s practice through the supportive energy of the group. Join fellow seekers for an evening of gentle asana, relaxation, practice of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (for nurturing and healing), and silent meditation. Practice of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra will take place on a Thursday every other month; no previous experience is required. Fee: $10 (ID#: S15) —

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

Friday, February 16, 2018 from 4:30-8:30pm
Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 8:30-4:30pm
Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 8:00-4:00pm.


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.
Payment #3 is due by February 16th, 2018.
Fee: $299 (ID#: ASYC-PP3) --



Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, February 22, 7-8:30pm
Join us as we continue our year long study of "The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna's Counsel in time of War", translated by Barbara Stoler Miller. The Bhagavad-Gita has been an essential text in India since the time of its composition in the first century A.D. We will be discussing teachings 1 & 2. Fee: $5 (ID#: S16) —

April 

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

Friday, April 27, 2018 from 4:30-8:30pm;
Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8:30-4:30pm;
Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 8:00-4:00pm.


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.
Payment #4 is due by April 27, 2018.
Fee: $299 (ID#: ASYC-PP4) --