Lectures and Seminars

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Monday Group Meditation

Meets EVERY MONDAY 7-8pm (ET)

ZOOM Meeting Number: 139 024 694
Passcode: HIB
Our Monday night group practice has been undertaken to heal and empower collective consciousness while also strengthening the individual’s practice through the supportive energy of the group. Our evening will include light stretches, guided relaxation, and meditation.
Donation based, no pre-registration required.

May 

Gentle Yoga (Zoom) with Sapna / Sherri

Mondays, May 2-June 27, 3-4pm
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.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $80 (ID#: YGM) —

Awakening Prana (Zoom) with Julia

Tuesdays, May 3-June 21, 10-11:15am
A prana-centered style of asana practice emphasizes the subtle and meditative aspects of hatha yoga. Maintaining continuous attention on sensation in the body and movement of the breath leads to a state of deep inner awareness, calm, and tranquility. Each session will also include guided relaxation and seated meditation.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YAP-V) —

Awakening Prana (In-Person) with Julia

Tuesdays, May 3-June 21, 10-11:15am

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YAP-P) —

Stretch and Relax (Zoom) with Jackie

Tuesdays, May 3-June 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.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YSR-V) —

Stretch and Relax (In-Person) with Jackie

Tuesdays, May 3-June 21, 4-5pm

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YSR-P) —

Yogic Core Strength (Zoom) with Sarah

Tuesdays, May 3-June 21, 5:30-6:45pm
The Yogic Core is the pelvic/abdominal region of the body, including the abs, glutes, pelvic floor, and back muscles. Yogic Core Strength combines strength, flexibility, and awareness in this region to build physical strength and energetic (pranic) flow. Over time, this approach not only increases physical stability but also emotional resiliency and inner strength. This weekly class includes core muscle-isolation exercises interwoven into a classical asana sequence. Class will close with relaxation and meditation. Prerequisite: 6 months prior experience with Yoga 1 or greater.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YCS-V) —

Yogic Core Strength (In-Person) with Sarah

Tuesdays, May 3-June 21, 5:30-6:45pm

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YCS-P) —

Gentle Yoga (Zoom) with James

Wednesdays, May 4-June 8, 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.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $60 (ID#: YGW5-V) —

Gentle Yoga (In-Person) with James

Wednesdays, May 4-June 8, 5:30-6:30pm

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $60 (ID#: YGW5-P) —

Morning Routine (Zoom) with Rosa

Wednesdays, May 4-June 22, 6:30-7:30am
Would you like to establish a morning routine that will support you physically, mentally, and spiritually but do not know where to begin? Now is your opportunity; each class will include all-level asana practice, systematic relaxation, a brief meditation, 5-7 minutes of journal writing, and a brief spiritual reading. With this early morning routine, you can check self-care off of your to-do list.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $80 (ID#: MR-V) —

Gentle Yoga (Zoom) with Maya & Laura

Thursdays, May 5-June 23, 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.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YGR9-V) —

Gentle Yoga (In-Person) with Maya & Laura

Thursdays, May 5-June 23, 10-11am

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YGR9-P) —

Adaptive Yoga (Zoom) with Julia

Thursdays, May 5-June 23, 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 feedback that can bring more awareness to your posture and strengthen the supporting relationship that comes from good alignment. Corrections 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.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YGR-V) —

Adaptive Yoga (In-Person) with Julia

Thursdays, May 5-June 23, 3:30-4:30pm

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $80 (ID#: YGR-P) —

Yin Yoga (Zoom) with Tracy

Fridays, May 6-June 24, 10-11:15am
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.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

Fee: $80 (ID#: YGF) —

Yoga for Parkinson's (Zoom) with Larry

Fridays, May 6-June 24, 5:30-7pm
Our Yoga for Parkinson's class is a complete yoga class specifically catered to students with special challenges in controlled movement. The instructor focuses on increasing mobility and motor control - offering students options for improving their practice with variations, props and personal encouragement. Each class includes postures and movement exercises, breath work, and relaxation. Yoga is a valuable tool for staying connected to the body and finding peace and community while working with a challenging physical condition.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $80 (ID#: YP) —

Wise Warriors (Zoom) with Cathy

Fridays, May 6-June 24, 9:30-10:30am
Building muscle while keeping the body flexible is crucial from mid-life throughout our senior years if we want to enjoy a vibrant lifestyle. Improving muscular endurance and joint mobility can help you perform better the whole day in whatever activities you enjoy. Unlike weight training, yoga uses an integrated whole-body method for strengthening while also improving balance and reducing stress. This class can help retain the function commonly lost with age and chronic conditions. Join Cathy for a “wise” yoga practice to maximize mobility and minimize risk.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $80 (ID#: WW-V) —

Wise Warriors (In-Person) with Cathy

Fridays, May 6-June 24, 11am-noon

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $80 (ID#: WW-P) —

Finding our Way Through Tough Times: Vishoka Meditation and the Yoga Sutra (Zoom)

with Sarah Guglielmi
Wednesdays, May 11, May 18, June 8 from 6:30-8:30pm

The goal of yoga is to free ourselves from pain and suffering, to experience a state of sorrowless joy called Vishoka. How do we do this in the face of a world in crisis? The Yoga Sutra offers a roadmap. It guides us on how to practice and contemplate life, so that we may gradually transform our worldview and understand the root cause of pain. It reminds us how to take care of ourselves and find our center in tough times, so that we can clarify what is ours to do to move towards personal and collective healing. Vishoka Meditation is a step-by-step system to progress through this process. During this three-week series, Sarah will introduce Vishoka Meditation and tie-in guideposts from the Yoga Sutra text. Each session will include study, discussion, and Vishoka Meditation practice.
Recommended Reading: Vishoka Meditation: The Yoga of Inner Radiance by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD (available in our bookstore).
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.

This is the ONLINE option
Fee: $65 (ID#: S21-V) --



Finding our Way Through Tough Times: Vishoka Meditation and the Yoga Sutra (In-Person)

with Sarah Guglielmi
Wednesdays, May 11, May 18, June 8; 6:30-8:30pm

This is the IN-PERSON option
Fee: $65 (ID#: S21-P) --




Balance Training (Zoom) with Stephanie

Wednesdays, May 11-June 15, 11am-noon
Solid physical balance is more than just being able to stand on one foot. Improving balance can prevent injuries, sharpen mental focus and relieve stress. In this 4-week yoga session, we will build body awareness and create a foundation for improving strength and stability. You may find that improving your physical balance can help you strike a balance in the other aspects of your life as well.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $60 (ID#: YBT-V) —

June 

Relaxation and Stress Management (Zoom) with Julia

Wednesday, June 1, 6:30-8pm
The yoga tradition offers a collection of useful tools for managing stress and reducing anxiety. Through relaxation and yoga, you can quiet your reactions to stressful events and lessen their impact on body and mind. Learn to awaken the calming force within you and make peace with situations that challenge your inner life. Join Julia for an evening of discussion and guided practice.
This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. Fee: $25 (ID#: S25) —

Spring Cleaning at HIB with Staff

Friday, June 3, 12:30-3:30pm
Help tidy up the yard, scrub the nooks & crannies, wash windows; whatever your specialty, we’ve got a project for you! Come when you can, stay for as long as you can. Please let us know that you are coming: 716-883-2223 Fee: $0 (ID#: S26) —

Continuing Meditation (In-Person) with Donna

Mondays, June 6-27, 6-7:30pm
This course is a continuation of the theory and practices from the Foundations of Meditation course. Deepen your experience of pranic sensitivity and an immersive state of mind as we continue to explore pranayama, relaxation, and breath aligned asana. In this course, you will learn the systematic techniques of Vishoka Meditation that will vitalize your personal practice.
Prerequisite: Completion of HIB’s 4-week “Foundations of Meditation” course within the last two years. Fee: $65 (ID#: S27) —

Vishoka Meditation: A Primer for Yoga Teachers (Zoom) with Sarah

Sunday, June 12, 10am-1pm
CEU – Open to Teachers and Interested Students
The goal of yoga is Vishoka, a state of abiding, enduring, sorrowless joy. We get glimpses of this in our daily yoga practice. Nearly all yoga practitioners find their practice to be an invaluable emotional support. A support we all need now more than ever. Understanding the Vishoka Meditation worldview and system of practice can help you radically deepen the emotional strength and nourishment that you experience through yoga and meditation. In this workshop, Sarah will introduce the Vishoka Meditation system, followed by a 75-minute practice. Experience specific refinements to your asana and breath training practices. Learn the Flow of Awareness and Aharana Pranayama techniques, designed to deepen your pranic awareness and move you towards the state of Vishoka. Fee: $55 (ID#: E76-V) —

Vishoka Meditation: A Primer for Yoga Teachers (In-Person) with Sarah

Sunday, June 12, 10am-1pm

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $55 (ID#: E76-P) —

Mindfulness in Nature: Group Hike at 18-mile Creek - South Creek Trail with Kandy

Sunday, June 12, 10am-1pm
Enjoy the nurturing quality of community in nature. Our walk today is 4.2 miles out and back on a trail along 18-mile Creek. There will be some moderate hills, but an easy walk overall. Wear hiking shoes, bring water, and your mask. Please register, so that we can notify you via email if we need to cancel due to inclement weather.
Meeting place: Trail head at dead-end of South Creek Rd. (off Old Lake View Rd.): Address: 2601-2687 S Creek Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075
Donations gratefully accepted Fee: $0 (ID#: S28) —

Life as Sadhana, Sadhana as Life – An evening with Rolf and Mary Gail Sovik (In-Person) with Rolf & Mary Gail Sovik

Thursday, June 16, 7-8:30pm
Let's enjoy an evening together of stories and questions about how meditation influences our lives and how our lifestyle influences our meditation. We are all in this together, going back 5,000 years in this Tradition. Join Rolf and Mary Gail for some of their stories and history, followed by a guided meditation practice.
Rolf and Mary Gail were the directors of HI Buffalo for over 25 years before moving to the Institute's headquarters in Honesdale. They have been practicing and teaching in the Himalayan Tradition for close to 50 years. Their wealth of knowledge and experience make their visits to Buffalo a cherished and inspirational time for all. We hope you will join us for this very special Satsang. Fee: $25 (ID#: S28) —

October 

Vishoka Meditation Course: Support and Structure to Transform Your Personal Meditation Practice (Zoom) with Sarah Guglielmi and Julia Kress

Wednesdays, October 12 – December 14; 6:30-8:30pm

Imagine a life free from pain and sorrow and infused with joy and tranquility. The ancient yogis called this state Vishoka, and they insisted that we all can reach it, even in the midst of a highly chaotic world.

How do we do it? We train our mind to stay focused on what we can control. We design our meditation practice, our yoga lifestyle, and our worldview to support our evolution towards Vishoka.

The Vishoka Meditation® Course is the official companion to Pandit Rajmani Tigunait’s Vishoka Meditation book and is designed to help you comprehensively experience the wisdom and practices described therein.

In this intensive program, we’ll go through Vishoka Meditation step-by-step, and break down all the preparatory practices as well as the complete practice of Vishoka Meditation. Learn each step systematically, while you build your practice at home in between sessions. The Vishoka Meditation system expands on the 5-Step meditation process you know from the Himalayan Tradition. It will help you take your practice to the next level, and is designed for students of all proficiencies, from those just beginning, to experienced meditators and yoga teachers.

Cost: $349 (Payment Plan Offered)
EARLY BIRD: $299 – Register by September 15, 2022

Attention Yoga Teachers: This course qualifies for 20 CEU credits with Yoga Alliance. This course is a prerequisite for the Vishoka Meditation Teacher Training Course offered through the Himalayan Institute headquarters in Honesdale, PA.

Check out our HIB Vishoka Meditation Course page!

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time. This is the ONLINE option

Fee: $299 (ID#: VMT-V) --


Vishoka Meditation Course: Support and Structure to Transform Your Personal Meditation Practice (In-Person) with Sarah Guglielmi & Julia Kress

Wednesdays, October 12-December 14, 6:30-8:30pm

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $299 (ID#: VMT-P) —