Meditation

January 

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) —

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

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) —

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) —

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) —

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) —