Lectures and Seminars

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September 

Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, September 5-October 24, 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. (8 weeks) Fee: $96 (ID#: YC) —

Yin Yoga with Bonnie

Wednesdays, September 6-27, 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. (4 weeks) Fee: $48 (ID#: YYS) —

Full Moon Meditation with Tracy

Wednesday, September 6, 7-8:30pm
The full moon is an auspicious time for spiritual practice. Join your fellow seekers for an evening of gentle asana, relaxation and silent meditation. Tonight, we will be practicing the Gayatri Mantra, devotion to the eternal light. Fee: $12 (ID#: S65) —

Beginning Meditation with Donna

Wednesdays, September 6-27, 7-8:30pm
Meditation is the heart of yoga practice, a method for acquiring a clear and tranquil mind. 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. (4 weeks) Fee: $48 (ID#: S66) —

Gentle Yoga with Maya

Thursdays, September 7-October 12, 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. (6 weeks) Fee: $72 (ID#: YGR) —

Asana, Pranayama and Meditation with Shari Friedrichsen

Thursday, September 7, 7-9pm
This class begins with strengthening ourselves through breath awareness and postures, naturally guiding us to explore what’s beneath the surface in our bodies, hearts and minds. Practicing asana in this manner will enhance our sensitivity to the power and healing nature of prana. This guides us further inward to pranayama practices that give us exactly what we need for cleansing, nourishing and replenishing. Once we have established ourselves quietly in the subtle dimensions of ourselves through asana and pranayama, our meditation practice is a continued movement inward towards that which is sacred, profound, and innate. Fee: $30 (ID#: S67) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, September 7, 7-8:30pm
Join us on our year-long study of "Awakening Shakti, The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga" by Sally Kempton (available in the bookstore). "Awakening Shakti" provides a practical guide for activating the currents of the divine feminine in every aspect of your life. We will discuss Chapter 7. Fee: $5 (ID#: S67) —

Neck and Shoulders with Stephanie

Fridays, September 8-29, 11-noon
THERAPEUTIC YOGA: Tension in the neck and shoulders can cause a variety of problems including headaches, limited range of movement, and poor posture. Yoga stretches relieve stiffness, create balanced strength, and maintain suppleness. By easing physical tension, you will feel better mentally as well. The series of movements taught in this session can be practiced daily to sustain tension relief. (4 weeks) Fee: $48 (ID#: YNS) —

Walking Meditation & Forest Immersion with Kandy

Saturday, September 9, 10-noon
Fall is the perfect time to step out into the outdoors and connect with the healing effects of the woods. Experience nature’s wonders through the senses and the benefits of a “simple walk” led by Kandy. The effects are best when walking in silence to calm the mind and soothe the nervous system. Please wear walking-shoes, bring water, and a bag lunch. No hills or rocky terrain. Meet at location - Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 77 Honorine Dr., Cheektowaga, NY. Fee: $5 (ID#: S68) —

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

Saturday, September 9, 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#: S69) —

Hatha Flow with Emilee

Wednesdays, September 13-October 18, 6-7:15pm
In this class, classical asanas (yoga poses) are explored through fluid movements that link with the steady flow of breath. Increasingly challenging sequences are constructed to deepen internal focus while improving strength, stamina, balance and flexibility. Each class includes traditional breath training, relaxation and meditation methods as taught in the Himalayan Tradition. This is a Level 2-3 class. Prerequisite: Yoga 2 or greater. (6 weeks) Fee: $72 (ID#: HF) —

Sanskrit Study Group with Tracy Draksic, M.A.

Fridays, September 15-June 15, 7-9pm
Year Long Study Group: Join us as we continue our study of Sanskrit, the sacred language of the Yoga Tradition. In each class, we work on grammar, vocabulary-building, and mantra recitation. Our emphasis is on enjoying the sangha (company) of fellow seekers as we deepen our knowledge and practice. Classes meet two Fridays per month from September 2017 through June 2018. Syllabus and calendar available upon request. Two texts are required for this course. New students are welcome!
Pre-requisites: familiarity with the Sanskrit alphabet and a working knowledge of the Devanagari script OR completion of the Sanskrit Mini Course
Fee: $108 (ID#: SAN) —

Conquering Cravings: Yoga for Willpower and Self-Transformation with Cathy

Saturday, September 16, 9:30-noon
So much of our lives are driven by cravings—habits and compulsions drive us to overeat, overwork, watch too much TV and form unhealthy relationships. Yoga philosophy provides practical tools for living a healthy and balanced life. Asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and mindful relaxation and meditation enliven the courage, determination and enthusiasm necessary to transform negative habits into positive ones. This workshop includes lecture and practice. Take-home materials will support your on-going home practice. Fee: $25 (ID#: S70) —

Yoga for Willpower with Cathy

Tuesdays, September 19-October 24, 7-8:30pm
For yogis, cultivating willpower is a healing technique, a force for positive change. This 6-week follow-up to “Conquering Cravings” includes weekly discussion around how yoga defines willpower. We will perform strength-building asanas to fuel the fire of determination, and explore breathing and relaxation techniques that lead to a calm, focused, one pointed mind. (6 weeks) Fee: $72 (ID#: YW) —

Rise ‘n Shine! Fall Equinox - AM Yoga Class with Kerry

Friday, September 22, 6:45-8am
Embrace the onset of fall with an early morning practice to soothe body, mind and soul. We will balance the cooling days with the warm sounds of the solar mantras and the season’s turn toward darkness with slow rhythmic salutations to the sun. Led by Deva Premal’s chanting of the Gayatri mantra, we will close the practice by turning toward the light within. This is an all-levels class, although some experience with yoga is anticipated. No previous experience with the gayatri mantra is needed. Fee: $10 (ID#: S71) —

Ayurvedic Lifestyle: Fall Ayurvedic Cooking Class with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, YACEP

Saturday, September 23, 9:30-12:30pm
In this holistic lifestyle class, you will learn how spices, teas, and specific foods will kindle the digestive fire, improve focus, and emotional stability in the autumn and winter season. You will observe the art of preparing spices and foods to assist in seasonal balance and health and also have the opportunity to try everything that is made. You will receive recipes and spice packets to bring home with you for an easy transition. Attention Yoga Teachers: This course qualifies for 3 continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $45 (ID#: E29) —

Gentle Yoga with Laura**

Mondays, September 25-October 30, 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. (5wks – no class Oct. 9) Fee: $48 (ID#: YGM) —

October 

AYS - ALL 4 UNITS - Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification with Kathryn Templeton, Sarah Guglielmi & Julia Kress

Unit 1: October 20-22, 2017
Unit 2: Completed online
Unit 3: February 16-18, 2018
Unit 4: April 27-29, 2018


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) --



Beginning Meditation – AM Class with Donna

Tuesdays, October 3-24, 9:30-11am
Meditation is the heart of yoga practice, a method for acquiring a clear and tranquil mind. 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#: S73) —

Yin Yoga with Bonnie

Wednesdays, October 4-25, 5:30-7pm
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. (4 weeks) Fee: $48 (ID#: YYO) —

Asana and Ayurveda for the Season: Ground and Replenish with Sarah Guglielmi, MS, E-RYT-500, AYS

Wednesday, October 4, 7-9pm
At its core, Ayurveda understands that all of us have a unique “nature”, or Ayurvedic constitution, that follows the rhythms of mother nature. Fall is the “vata” time, characterized by the elements of air and space. As the summer heat cools, the winds blow, temperatures vary, and nature begins to dry out. Internally this can leave us feeling restless, dry, and fatigued. In this class we will review the concept of ayurvedic constitution, and how it is affected by the season. We will close with an asana practice to ground and restore and the optional sampling of a nourishing nighttime drink of spiced milk (non-dairy alternative provided). Use this nightly ritual to nourish and hydrate during the dry season. Attention Yoga Teachers: This course qualifies for 2 continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $30 (ID#: E30) —

Full Moon Meditation with Tracy

Thursday, October 5, 7-8:30pm
The full moon is an auspicious time for spiritual practice. Join your fellow seekers for an evening of gentle asana, relaxation and silent meditation. Tonight, we will be practicing the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, a mantra for healing and inner strength. Fee: $12 (ID#: S74) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursday, October 5, 7-8:30pm
Join us on our year-long study of "Awakening Shakti, The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga" by Sally Kempton (available in the bookstore). "Awakening Shakti" provides a practical guide for activating the currents of the divine feminine in every aspect of your life. We will discuss Chapters 8&9. Fee: $5 (ID#: S75) —

REFLECT & RENEW: HIB’s Fall Get-Away to Honesdale, PA!

with Mary Gail Sovik and Aradhana Petryszak
Friday, October 6, 2017–Sunday, October 8, 2017
Join us for HI Buffalo’s first fall getaway to the Himalayan Institute’s campus in Honesdale, PA. This special program, featuring Mary Gail Sovik and Irene (Aradhana) Petryszak, has been designed just for us! Our weekend will include a special HIB tea reception, lectures and discussion on various topics that relate to bringing harmony to our daily lives, hatha classes, guided relaxation, and meditation. Come and learn about the foundational principles of yogic lifestyle (the yamas and niyamas) and how every action in life is sadhana (spiritual practice). We will share engaging inspirational stories (feel free to bring along your favorite), reflect on what is important to us, and contemplate how we can feel nourished and renewed. We will have plenty of time to enjoy the Institute’s 400-acre campus nestled in the Poconos, along with optional use of the Institute’s PureRejuv Wellness Center, where you might choose to book a massage or other therapeutic treatments.
Cost: $108, plus room and board. (no discounts apply)
For more information, registration and accommodations go to:
www.himalayaninstitute.org/calendar/ or call: 570-253-5551 ext. #2
Program code: RRHIB1017



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

Saturday, October 7, 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#: S76) —

The Anatomy of Yoga - Part 1: The Lower Body with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, YACEP

Saturday, October 14, 9:30am-12:30pm
Through visual aides, discussion and practice, you will gain a greater understanding of the anatomical mechanics of the lower body. We will delve into specific techniques that engage the feet, legs, and pelvis. When the lower portion of the body is properly aligned, the stability that is created provides a profound energetic boost to the spine, organs, and mind. This workshop includes part lecture and part practice - bring your yoga mat. Attention Yoga Teachers: This course qualifies for 3 continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Fee: $45 (ID#: E31) —

A Friendly (& fun!) Guide to Ayurveda and Preserving Prana in Food with Kandy & Ann

Saturday, October 14, 9:30-3pm
FULL-DAY EVENT- includes lunch
9:30-11:30 Our morning will focus on building an understanding of the foundations of Ayurveda and how to use the concepts in daily life to enhance health and well being. We will review the ayruvedic clock, look at the role of the elements in our constitution, and discuss food and nutrition for the season.
11:30-12:30 Lunch of the fall’s harvest! A fresh vegetarian meal will be provided for morning & full-day participants.
12:30-3:00 Preserving Prana: Ann Neumann, local organic gardener, will provide methods on how to “preserve Prana” in your favorite fruits and vegetables. Canning and freezing this year’s harvest as well as tips to prepare your garden for winter and next spring for planting will be presented.
Fee: $55 (ID#: S76) —

A Friendly (& fun!) Guide to Ayurveda and Preserving Prana in Food - AM ONLY with Kandy & Ann

Saturday, October 14, 9:30-12:30pm
includes lunch Fee: $35 (ID#: S77) —

A Friendly (& fun!) Guide to Ayurveda and Preserving Prana in Food - PM ONLY with Kandy & Ann

Saturday, October 14, 12:30-3pm
Fee: $20 (ID#: S78) —

Living with Purpose with Tracy

Thursday, October 19, 7-9pm
Perplexed by the amount of discontentment he observed in most people, Swami Rama set out to explore the reasons why we are often unable to find real joy in our lives. In his book, Happiness is Your Creation, Swamiji explains how yoga practice can free us from our feelings of being alone and incomplete. In particular, we will discuss the seven golden laws of healthy living - how to eat, breath, sleep, think, enjoy life’s pleasures and interact with others properly all the while moving towards the higher goal and purpose of life. This class will include lecture, discussion and close with a guided meditation. Fee: $25 (ID#: S79) —

AYS Unit #1 - The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga with Sarah Guglielmi

Friday, October 20th from 5:30-9:30pm; Saturday, October 21st from 8:30-4:30pm; Sunday, October 22nd from 8:00-4:00pm.

In this segment: Yoga and Ayurvedic philosophy: understanding purusha (pure consciousness) and prakriti (universal nature); the elements manifest in the body: koshas (sheaths) and doshas (constitutions); the ayurvedic clock: the hour, season, and stages of life. Suggested additional reading: The Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.
No Senior/Student discounts may be applied to this program.
Fee: $399 (ID#: AYS1) --



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) --



February 

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) --



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) --



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) --