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Meditation Monday: YLM Group Practice

Meets EVERY MONDAY

unless we are closed for weather or holiday

“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.

February 

Mindfulness and Meditation: Neurology of Awareness with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, AYS

Saturday, February 29, 9:30am-12:30pm
PLEASE NOTE: This class has been rescheduled from the afternoon portion of our Day-Long Intensive on Saturday Feb. 1, 2020 entitled “Mindfulness and Meditation: A Day of Practice and Neuroscience.”
Mindfulness is awareness. The more we practice Yoga and Meditation, the more aware we become of our physical bodies, thought patterns, and our energy levels. But, how? What’s the science behind it? Our session will explore the world of neuro-physiology through modern science and ancient wisdom to help understand how we experience feelings and awareness. Personal history can interrupt our natural balance and lead to a lack of internal connection physically, mentally and energetically. We will compare yoga’s model of the mind with what science now knows about neuro-anatomy leading to a deeper and more profound experience of wholeness and equanimity. Our afternoon will conclude with guided relaxation and meditation.
* This course qualifies for 3 hours of CE training with Yoga Alliance. St/Sr discounts do not apply to CEU Trainings. Fee: $55 (ID#: E52-D) —

March 

Stretch and Relax with Jackie

Tuesdays, March 3-April 21, 4-5pm
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: $96 (ID#: YSR) —

Yoga for Core Strength with Sarah

Tuesdays, March 3-April 21, 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. 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

Adaptive Yoga 1 with Julia

Wednesdays, March 4-April 15, 3:30-4:30pm
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: $72 (ID#: AY1) —

Beginning Meditation with Julia

Wednesdays, March 4-25, 5-6pm
Meditation, a method for acquiring a clear and tranquil mind, is the heart of yoga practice. In this course, you will 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#: S15) —

Gentle Yoga with Maya

Thursdays, March 5-April 9, 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#: YGW) —

Awakening Prana with Sarah

Thursdays, March 5-April 23, 10-11:30am
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: $96 (ID#: YAP) —

Strong Seniors with Cathy

Fridays, March 6-April 24, 9:30-11am
[7 weeks] 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: $84 (ID#: YSS) —

Intro to Ayurveda (part 2): Ayurveda’s View of Prana and Agni with Julia Kress, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, AYS

Saturday, March 7, 4-7pm
Prana is the life force that enlivens and invigorates the body and mind. When felt consciously, the presence of prana awakens us. Its nourishing qualities are undeniable. Agni, the digestive fire in the body, governs digestion, assimilation, and elimination on all levels; physical and mental. When agni is healthy, we feel content, vibrant, and nourished by life. When it is out of balance, we doubt, fear, hold grudges, and feel an overall lack of energy. In this workshop, we’ll begin with the theory behind these two subtle forces of health. We’ll close with an asana practice designed to help you experience the forces of agni and prana in your own body and mind.
*This course qualifies for 3 hours of CE training with Yoga Alliance.
St/Sr discounts do not apply to CEU Trainings. Fee: $55 (ID#: E55) —

Gentle Yoga with Laura

Mondays, March 9-April 27, 10-11am
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: $84 (ID#: YGM) —

Restorative Yoga with Sapna

Mondays, March 9-April 13, 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: $72 (ID#: YRM) —

Yoga and Meditation for Anxiety and Depression with Carissa

Saturday, March 14, 10am-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#: S16) —

Soup ‘n Cinema: Becoming Nobody with Kandy

Saturday, March 14, noon-3pm
Enjoy homemade vegetarian chili, an inspired film, community and connection. “Becoming Nobody” is a documentary about Boston-born spiritual teacher and truth seeker Ram Das (a.k.a. Dr. Richard Alpert). Pre-registration is requested. Fee: $5 (ID#: S17) —

Fundamentals of Homeopathy with Arup Bhattacharya, DHM, PhD

Tuesday, March 17, 6-7:30pm
Homeopathy is a 200-year old science of energy medicine that is curative at all levels of a living being – body, emotion, mind, and spirit. There is a growing interest in homeopathy, particularly in situations where conventional and suppressive medicines have not proven helpful. Learn some of the basic concepts of homeopathy, its history, and how it is different from conventional medicine. Your personal questions will also be answered. Fee: $20 (ID#: S18) —

Yin Yoga with Bonnie

Wednesdays, March 18-April 22, 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. 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) —

Asana and The Yoga Sutra with Sarah

Saturday, March 21, 9:30am-12:30pm
The Yoga Sutra, compiled approximately 2000 years ago by the sage Pantanjali, is considered the authoritative text on yoga practice. In essence, it explains the goal of yoga is happiness, authentic enduring happiness. Asana (yoga postures) are used to condition the body and breath so they become vehicles for happiness. In this class, we’ll explore how this conditioning works. We’ll review how Ahbyasa (Practice) and Vairagya (Non-Attachment) (YS 1.12) are experienced on the yoga mat. Then we’ll explore the qualities of asana described by Patanjalii in Yoga Sutras 2.46 and 2.47; steadiness (sthira), comfort (sukha), effortless effort (prayatna shaithilya) and mental absorption into the infinite (ananta samapatti). We’ll close by applying these concepts to mat practice of Asana, Relaxation, Pranayama, and Meditation.
*This course qualifies for 3 hours of CE training with Yoga Alliance.
St/Sr discounts do not apply to CEU Trainings. Fee: $55 (ID#: E56) —

Journaling Collective with Rosa

Saturday, March 21, 1-3pm
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 offered by the instructor, 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. Bring a journal (journals are also available in our bookstore), and join us for an afternoon of writing and reflection. Tea will be provided. Fee: $10 (ID#: S19) —

Yoga as an Ally for Pain Management with Stephanie

Tuesdays, March 24-April 14, 10:30-11:30am
Sharp or dull, throbbing or stabbing, physical or emotional – pains of all kinds are both sources and symptoms of stress. When pain crops up, it compels us to find ways to manage it. Yoga breathing techniques, relaxation skills, and postures are uniquely situated to help. They are natural, easily learned, and readily available. Stephanie is a veteran of managing her own pain resulting from serious injuries and surgeries. Fee: $48 (ID#: YPM) —

SPRING CLEANSE AND DAILY DETOX FULL-DAY RETREAT with Sarah Guglielmi and Julia Kress

Saturday, March 28, 9:30am-3:30pm
Join your HIB community for a day of learning, gentle cleansing, and practice. Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science of holistic health, reminds us that we are a part of nature and our health excels when we follow nature’s rhythms. Over the winter, the body constricts and internal cleansing processes slow down. In the spring, it helps to take the load off the digestive system with a simple diet and practices that help the body clear excess.
Our morning begins with a review of seasonal Ayurvedic cleansing, and how you can put it into practice at home. We will discuss the concepts of Agni (digestive fire), Ama (toxin load), and the seasonal Ayurvedic Clock. The morning will close with an ayurvedic asana practice for gentle cleansing and stability. Cleansing pranayama and seated meditation will be included to support mental and emotional detox.

In addition to seasonal cleansing, Ayurveda recommends daily support for the body’s elimination channels and organs; the skin, lungs, kidneys, colon, and liver. After lunch, we will explore how to address these channels and the psychology behind habit formation and self-care. Our afternoon yoga practice will move lymphatic fluid, working to improve vitality and leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

SCHEDULE:
AM SESSION: 9:30 am - noon
The Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse: A How To / with Sarah
LUNCH: noon - 1 pm
(lunch provided) Full-day participants, join us for a detox supportive lunch of kitchari (beans and rice), mixed vegetables; fruit based dessert and snacks. Detox teas will be served throughout the day.
PM SESSION: 1 - 3:30 pm
Daily Detox Routine and Practice / with Julia
Full Day - includes lunch: Fee: $85
Can’t stay the day? You are welcome to attend a single session. See below. Fee: $85 (ID#: S85) —

SPRING CLEANSE AND DAILY DETOX RETREAT: AM SESSION with Sarah

Saturday, March 28, 9:30am-noon
Fee: $45 (ID#: SC-am) —

SPRING CLEANSE AND DAILY DETOX RETREAT: PM SESSION with Julia

Saturday, March 28, 1-3:30pm
Fee: $45 (ID#: SC-pm) —

April 

The Power of Prana: An Exploration of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation with Shari Friedrichsen

Thursday, April 2, 7-8:30pm
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 in the subtle dimensions of ourselves, our meditation practice is a continued movement inward towards that which is sacred and profound. Leave with a deeper understanding of meditation and the confidence to continue your practice at home. Fee: $25 (ID#: S20) —

Journaling Collective with Rosa

Saturday, April 18, 1-3pm
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. Bring your journal (journals are also available in our bookstore) and join us for an afternoon of writing and reflection. Tea and inspiration will be provided! Fee: $10 (ID#: S21) —

Awareness Thru Movement with Mara

Tuesdays, April 21-May 12, 10-11am
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: $48 (ID#: S22) —

Deepening Meditation with Donna

Tuesdays, April 21-May 25, 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 the use of a personal mantra. Prerequisite: Completion of HI’s 4-week Beginning Meditation course within the last five years. Fee: $72 (ID#: S23) —

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

Tuesday, April 21, 6-8pm
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) —

HIB Joins Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s Shoreline Sweep 2020 with Kandy

Saturday, April 25, 10am-noon
HIB’s CLEAN UP SITE: Scajaquada Creek at West Ave. - 1488 West Ave., Buffalo 14213 - Meeting along West Ave underneath the expressway at Scajaquada Creek
We have our work cut out for us this year! We will be gathering at Scajaquada Creek at West Ave. to pick up litter along the shoreline – this location is one of the dirtiest of the dirty! Kandy will be leading “Team HIB” once again this year as we take our yoga off the mat and into the world. Please pre-register!

PLEASE NOTE: HIB will be CLOSED Saturday April 25th (no sat. am drop-in yoga class) in lieu of our Shoreline Sweep efforts. We hope you will join us at Scajaquada Creek or at one of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper’s other clean up locations. For more information go to: bnwaterkeeper.org/spring-shoreline-sweep/ Fee: $0 (ID#: S25) —