Lectures and Seminars

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October 

Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, October 31-December 19, 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) —

November 

Yin Yoga with Bonnie

Wednesdays, November 1-December 13, 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. *No Class 11/22 Fee: $72 (ID#: YYS) —

Gentle Yoga with Maya

Thursdays, November 2-December 14, 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. *No Class 11/23 Fee: $72 (ID#: YGR) — FULL

Yoga for Willpower with Cathy

Saturdays, November 4-18, 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: $36 (ID#: YW) —

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Mondays, November 6-December 11, 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) —

Yoga for 50+ with Mary

Mondays, November 6-27, 5:30-6:30pm
Fine tune your yoga practice with like-minded yogis who want to maintain a safe and effective practice honoring our bodies into midlife and beyond. This class will focus on maintaining/improving range of motion, strength and balance. We will explore postures in a supportive, fun and relaxing environment using props and modifications as needed. Pre-requisites: Yoga I and II. Fee: $48 (ID#: Y50P) —

Deepening Meditation with Donna

Mondays, November 6-December 11, 7-8:30pm
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#: S83) —

Out of the Mall and Into the Woods with Kandy

Friday, November 24, 10am-12pm
Guided Walk at TIFFT Nature Preserve
1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14203
Escape the chaos of the mall and come for a meditative walk with nature. Spend a few hours in the brisk fall air with friends of the earth on a guided walk lead by Kandy. Dress warmly, wear walking shoes, and bring a hot beverage. No hills or rocky terrain. Meet at location. Fee: $5 (ID#: S84) —

‘TIS THE SEASON! A Special Asana, Pranayama & Meditation Practice for the Holidays with Sandy Anderson

Thursday, November 30, 7-8:30pm
The winter holiday season is a time of festivities and celebration–a time that favors peace, joy, and the light of spirit. However, the holidays can also be a challenging time. Join us in tending the abiding inner light of being, and open your heart to the spirit of the season. We will explore a refreshing yoga practice to kindle the flame of joy and devotion, along with a pranayama and meditation practice to invoke a deep sense of peace and connection. This is an all-levels class, although some experience with yoga practice is anticipated. Fee: $25 (ID#: S85) — FULL
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) --



Back Care with Stephanie

Fridays, December 1-15, 11am-12pm
This course will increase your working knowledge of the anatomy of the pelvis and spine. Mindful movements will help deepen your understanding of how certain postures enhance strength and stability throughout the torso. Breath work and relaxation are woven into the yoga poses to promote physical and energetic responses. Most poses will be done on the floor, and modifications will be offered. Fee: $36 (ID#: YB) —

Full Moon Meditation with Tracy

Sunday, December 3, 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 for healing and inner strength. Fee: $12 (ID#: S88) —

Spiritual Study and Practice Group for Women with Donna

Thursdays, December 7-14, 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 12 & 13. Fee: $5 (ID#: S89) —

Turning Darkness to Light with Shelly Craigo

Thursday, December 7, 7-8:30pm
SATSANG: Personal Practice for Enlightened Activism
Humanity has endured cycles of prosperity and impoverishment, peace and darkness, ingenuity and stagnation, and spirituality and science, for centuries. Where we are today in this process of growth and decline may be seen as we observe—both externally and internally—the qualities of fear, anger, sorrow, and greed, and their proportionate interplay with those of love, compassion, and joy. If you’ve been asking yourself:
• How can I maintain equanimity amidst chaos?
• How can I prevent internal polarization in response to external stressors?
• How can I restore balance inside and around me?
• How can I align with the positive, productive, and powerful flow of the Divine Feminine?
• How can I accelerate my yoga practice for greater growth?
• How can I be instrumental in bringing and sustaining a positive change within myself, and in the world?
you will benefit personally and collectively from this conversation and the take-away—a practice that resolves these questions, brings a new dimension to your sadhana (practice), and engages you as a force of change.
Shelly brings a message and a practice for change from Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD. Fee: $0 (ID#: S90) —

Holiday Party with Staff

Friday, December 15, 6-8pm
Potluck dinner and game night! 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. After our meal, let the reindeer-games begin with game night at HIB! Spend an evening with fellow yogis off the mat – enjoying food, conversation, and a whole lot’a fun! Pre-registration requested.
Proceeds from tonight’s festivities will go to The Buffalo City Mission to help provide meals to people in need this holiday season. You are welcome to donate more if you like. Fee: $5 (ID#: S91) —

Rise ‘N Shine – Winter Solstice AM Yoga Class with Kerry

Thursday, December 21, 6:45-8am
Join in the year’s final early morning yoga class marking the cyclic changes in season and light. Just as nature follows its steady path of nurturance and growth, we will continue to build our inner resources and light with a full mala of movement and chant. After warming our bodies with gentle stretches and postures, we will move into a quarter mala (27 rounds) of meditative sun salutations – completing the mala at the conclusion of practice with 81 chanted recitations of the gayatri mantra.
This is an all-levels class, although some experience with yoga is anticipated; modified and gentle forms of sun salutations will be presented. No previous experience with the gayatri mantra is needed. Fee: $10 (ID#: S92) —

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) --