Lectures and Seminars

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Monday Night Group Meditation meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Check out our Sunday Meditation Series and Meditation Satsang (Second Fridays) for additional ways to meditate together.

January 

Awakening Prana (In-Person) with Julia

Tuesdays, January 9-February 27, 10-11:15am
A prana-centered style of asana practice emphasizes the subtle and meditative aspects of hatha yoga practice. Maintaining continuous attention on sensation in the body and movement of the breath leads to a state of deep inner awareness, calm and tranquility. Joints and Glands exercises coupled with Yin-style postures create an appropriate practice for any level practitioner. Each session will also include guided relaxation and seated meditation.
This is the In-Person option
Fee: $96 (ID#: YAP-P) —

Awakening Prana (Zoom) with Julia

Tuesdays, January 9-February 27, 10-11:15am

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $96 (ID#: YAP-V) —

Stretch & Relax (In-Person) with Jackie

Tuesdays, January 9-February 27, 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 is the In-Person option
Fee: $96 (ID#: YSR-P) —

Stretch & Relax (Zoom) with Jackie

Tuesdays, January 9-February 27, 4-5pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $96 (ID#: YSR-P) —

Adaptive Yoga (In-Person) with Julia & Erin

Thursdays, January 11-February 29, 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 is the In-Person option
Fee: $96 (ID#: YAD-P) —

Adaptive Yoga (Zoom) with Julia & Erin

Thursdays, January 11-February 29, 3:30-4:30pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $96 (ID#: YAD-V) —

Strong Seniors (In-Person) with Cathy

Fridays, January 12-February 23, 9:30-10:30am
Building muscle while keeping the body flexible is crucial 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 mindful yoga practice to maximize mobility and minimize risk.
This is the In-Person option
Fee: $84 (ID#: YSS-P) —

Strong Seniors (Zoom) with Cathy

Fridays, January 12-February 23, 9:30-10:30am

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $84 (ID#: YSS-V) —

Yin Yoga (In-Person) with Tracy

Fridays, January 12-February 23, 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.
This is the In-Person option
Fee: $84 (ID#: YY-P) —

Yin Yoga (Zoom) with Tracy

Fridays, January 12-February 23, 10-11:15am

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $84 (ID#: YY-V) —

Yoga for Parkinson's (Zoom Only) with Larry

Fridays, January 12-February 23, 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: $84 (ID#: YP-V) —

Sunday Meditation Satsang (In-Person) with Julia

Sundays, January 14-February 25, 10-11am
Make a commitment to your spiritual growth this year by joining with others in silent, seated, meditative awareness. We will sit together to support and encourage one another while following our own personal sadhana. There will be a 15-minute introduction led by the teacher for relaxing into your practice, 30 minutes of silence, and again the teacher will guide students for the last portion of the hour, offering reflection and a space for questions and the sharing of experience.
Drop-in available - $15 per class.

Satsang is a Sanskrit term which means truth (sat) community (sangha) recognizing the importance of coming together in a group with other like-minded spiritual seekers for education, practice, and support.

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $84 (ID#: S06-P) —

Sunday Meditation Satsang (Zoom) with Julia

Sundays, January 14-February 25, 10-11am

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $84 (ID#: S06-V) —

Vishoka Meditation – 8-week Continuing Practice Series (In-Person) with Sarah & Julia

Wednesdays, January 24-March 13, 6:30-8pm
This is a follow-up to HI’s 10-week Vishoka Meditation Course. Join Julia and Sarah for an 8-week session dedicated to Vishoka meditation practice, as described in the book Vishoka Meditation: The Yoga of Inner Radiance by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD. Each session will include asana, breath training, systematic relaxation, pranayama, and seated meditation. Gain experience with the foundational and core practices in the Vishoka Meditation system. Each week Sarah and Julia will offer a home practice challenge to keep your practice progressing in between sessions. Pre-Requisite: Prior completion of HI’s Vishoka Meditation Course.
This is the In-Person option
Fee: $108 (ID#: S03-P) —

Vishoka Meditation – 8-week Continuing Practice Series (Zoom) with Sarah & Julia

Wednesdays, January 24-March 13, 6:30-8pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Fee: $108 (ID#: S03-V) —

Clearing the Path 2 (Zoom Only) with Tracy Draksic, MA

Thursdays, January 25-February 29, 7-8:30pm
Join fellow seekers for an exploration of Dr. Stephen Parker’s groundbreaking synthesis of yoga theory and modern science: Clearing the Path – The Yoga Way to a Clear and Pleasant Mind: Patanjali, Neuroscience, and Emotion, 2017. We will be looking at methods for understanding ourselves more deeply through asana, pranayama, pratyahara, and meditation. Students will have journaling assignments to work on between classes to aid in our goal of clearing the mind field of painful emotional disturbances, thereby progressing on the spiritual path.

This course will be a continuation of our study from Fall of 2023. It is not necessary to have taken part one in order to participate in part two. We recommend registering early, however, so Tracy can send you preparatory materials.
Fee: $108 (ID#: CTP2) —

February 

Foundations of Vishoka Mediation (4-week seminar - In-Person) with Sarah

Mondays, February 12-March 4, 6:30-7:30pm
The practice of meditation helps us cultivate a relaxed nervous system and peaceful mind. In this course, you will learn the essential elements of Vishoka Meditation, the system of meditation taught by the Himalayan Institute, that directs you to an experience of inner radiance and tranquility. Topics include healthy breathing, relaxation techniques, and seated meditation for greater focus and clarity. Whether you are an experienced meditator interested in refining your practice or just beginning, this course will support your inward journey.
This is the In-Person option
Fee: $65 (ID#: S15-P) —

Foundations of Vishoka Mediation (4-week seminar - Zoom) with Sarah

Mondays, February 12-March 4, 6:30-7:30pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Fee: $65 (ID#: S15-V) —

Deconstructing Uddiyana Bandha & Agni Sara (In-Person) with Sarah

Saturday, February 24, 10am-1pm
Awakening the Lower Three Chakras in Asana Practice
Uddiyana Bandha (upward flying lift) is an energetic seal or “lock” used in asana practice to direct the flow of energy (prana) in the pelvis and abdomen (home of the lower 3 chakras). Re-establishing the proper flow of prana here can help you, and your students, tap into their inner reservoir of stability, courage, and mental clarity. We’ll begin with the energetic, mental, and muscular anatomy of Uddiyana Bandha. Then we’ll move through an asana practice designed to progressively develop Uddiyana Bandha, apply it in classical yoga postures, and culminate in the master practice of Agni Sara. Take take-home sequence will be provided.

Attention certified yoga instructors: this course qualifies for 3-hours of CE training with Yoga Alliance.
St/Sr discount may not be applied to CEU Trainings.

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $55 (ID#: E88-P) —

Deconstructing Uddiyana Bandha & Agni Sara (Zoom) with Sarah

Saturday, February 24, 10am-1pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Fee: $55 (ID#: E88-V) —

March 

HIB Book Club (In-Person Only) with Kandy & MaryJo

Friday, March 1, 12:30-2pm
HIB Book Club meets on the first Friday of the month. Explore books and authors with us–tea and good company provided! All are welcome. March’s book is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014). Donation Based: $5-$10 suggested donation Fee: $0 (ID#: S20) —

Contemplative Writing: An Introspective Approach Using Poetry (In-Person Only) with Rosa

Three-monthly sessions. Attend all three or just one or two.
Saturday, March 2, 11 am - 12:15 pm
Saturday, April 13, 11 am - 12:15 pm
Saturday, May 4, 11 am - 12:15 pm

There is no correct or incorrect way to write. The process and product can vary. Contemplative writing only asks us to slow down and know ourselves better by witnessing what awakens in us as we listen, read, speak, and write. The goals can be different each time we acknowledge what speaks to us and what we need to give voice to—we begin to get clarity about what brings us peace and what troubles us. We will use poetry to prompt our thinking and writing.
For this writing opportunity, come ready to play with words: to read, to reflect, to meditate, to write, and to interact with others. Contemplative writing is an embodiment practice that supports the need to feel, experience, and act, and not just think our way through the world.
COST: $40 Full Three-Part Series (ID: S21) OR see below to register for individual classes (ID: S21-1-3)

Fee: $40 (ID#: S21) --



Contemplative Writing: An Introspective Approach Using Poetry (In-Person Only) with Rosa

Saturday, March 2, 11am-12:15pm
March Session Fee: $15 (ID#: S21-1) —

Sunday Meditation Satsang (In-Person) with Julia

Sundays, March 3-April 28, 10-11am
Make a commitment to your spiritual growth this year by joining with others in silent, seated, meditative awareness. We will sit together to support and encourage one another while following our own personal sadhana. There will be a 15-minute introduction led by the teacher for relaxing into your practice, 30 minutes of silence, and again the teacher will guide students for the last portion of the hour, offering reflection and a space for questions and the sharing of experience.
Drop-in available - $15 per class.

Satsang is a Sanskrit term which means truth (sat) community (sangha) recognizing the importance of coming together in a group with other like-minded spiritual seekers for education, practice, and support.

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $96 (ID#: S22-P) —

Sunday Meditation Satsang (Zoom) with Julia

Sundays, March 3-April 28, 10-11am

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $96 (ID#: S22-V) —

Yoga for Strength and Stability: Refining Alignment for Endurance and Ease (In-Person) with Steve

Wednesdays, March 6-27, 4-5pm
Yoga for Strength and Stability: Refining Alignment for Endurance and Ease
According to the Yoga Sutra, Sthira (stability) and Sukha (ease), are the hallmarks of a yoga pose. Over time, the goal is to experience more strength and stability in a pose without an increase in tension. Refining your alignment is one of the keys to building strength that coexists with ease. In this series, Steven will break down the alignment fundamentals of familiar poses to awaken a deeper experience of strength, endurance, and ease. Poses include Warrior 1, Triangle Pose, and Tree Pose.
Pre-Requisite: Completion of Hatha 1 and an introduction to Warrior 1 and Triangle Pose.
This is the In-Person option
Fee: $48 (ID#: S23-P) —

Yoga for Strength and Stability: Refining Alignment for Endurance and Ease (Zoom) with Steve

Wednesdays, March 6-27, 4-5pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
INCLUDED in the Online Asana Pass
Fee: $48 (ID#: S23-V) —

Meditation Satsang (Second Fridays, In-Person Only) with Jenny

Friday, March 8, 7-8pm
Formerly “New Moon Meditation” – we have switched this offering to meet on the second Friday of each month.
Join with others in silent, seated, meditative awareness. There will be a 15-minute introduction led by the teacher for relaxing into your practice, 30 minutes of silence, and again, the teacher will guide students for the last portion of the class, offering reflection and a space for questions and the sharing of experience.
Donation Based: $10 suggested donation. Registration requested.

Satsang is a Sanskrit term that means truth (sat) community (sangha), recognizing the importance of coming together with other like-minded spiritual seekers for education, practice, and support.

Fee: $0 (ID#: S24) —

Soup and Cinema (In-Person Only) with Kandy

Saturday, March 9, 12-2:30pm
Come out of the cold to enjoy a big bowl of Kandy’s delicious homemade soup, an inspired film, and a group discussion. Today’s film is “The Boys in the Boat” Soup: Lentil stew served with hummus, pita, and salad. Bring a dessert to share if you like (optional)—registration is requested. Fee: $10 (ID#: S25) —

Deepening Vishoka Meditation (In-Person) with Sarah

Wednesdays, March 13-April 10, 6:30-7:30pm
Four Weeks - No class April 3rd
This class is a continuation of “Foundations of Vishoka Meditation” (the system of meditation taught by the Himalayan Institute). Deepen your journey towards Vishoka, inner freedom, by introducing specific relaxation and pranayama techniques into your practice. Explore Tension Relaxation, Nadi Shodhanam, and So Hum Pranayama. Suggestions for home practice will be provided. Prerequisite: Prior participation in “Foundations of Vishoka Meditation” or “Beginning Meditation” at HIB.
This is the In-Person option
Fee: $65 (ID#: S26-P) —

Deepening Vishoka Meditation (Zoom) with Sarah

Wednesdays, March 13-April 10, 6:30-7:30pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Fee: $65 (ID#: S26-V) —

The Bhagavad Gita in Theory and Practice (In-Person) with Julia

Thursdays, March 21-April 25, 6:30-8pm
Over six weeks, we will delve into The Bhagavad Gita, a sacred text beloved by yoga practitioners the world over. Our discussion will be directed towards enhancing our understanding and practical application of the various paths of yoga. The Gita is divided into three sections, each describing a method for spiritual unfoldment, including karma (selfless service), bhakti (devotion), and jnana (knowledge). Through the lens of the three paths, we will uncover our full human potential and align it with truth, confidence, and peace in our lives. Join Julia as she draws from multiple translations and commentaries on the Gita. No textbook is required, though you may wish to bring your favorite translation. Handouts provided.
This is the In-Person option
Fee: $108 (ID#: S28-P) —

The Bhagavad Gita in Theory and Practice (Zoom) with Julia

Thursdays, March 21-April 25, 6:30-8pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Fee: $108 (ID#: S28-V) —

Energize and Invigorate! Ayurveda and Asana (In-Person) with Sarah

Saturday, March 23, 10am-1pm
Sequencing for the Kapha Dosha
Ayurveda, the wisdom of self-healing, offers a wealth of tools for seasonal balance. During late winter and early spring (February-April), it’s common to feel heavy, sluggish, and unmotivated. The body can become more prone to mucous congestion and water retention. All these symptoms point to an imbalance in the Kapha Dosha. Modifying your yoga sequences to energize and invigorate can bring relief. Join Sarah for a morning of discussion and practice. Review the fundamentals of Ayurvedic asana and how to sequence for the Kapha dosha. Then, experience a kapha balancing practice that you can use at home. If you’re a yoga teacher, you can weave this sequence into your group yoga classes to bring the benefits of Ayurveda to your students.

Attention certified yoga instructors: this course qualifies for 3-hours of CE training with Yoga Alliance.
St/Sr discount may not be applied to CEU Trainings.

This is the In-Person option
Fee: $55 (ID#: E89-P) —

Energize and Invigorate! Ayurveda and Asana (Zoom) with Sarah

Saturday, March 23, 10am-1pm

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Fee: $55 (ID#: E89-V) —

April 

HIB Book Club (In-Person Only) with Kandy & MaryJo

Friday, April 5, 12:30-2pm
HIB Book Club meets on the first Friday of the month. Explore books and authors with us–tea and good company provided! All are welcome. Registration is requested. April’s book is Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese (2009). Donation Based: $5-$10 suggested donation Fee: $0 (ID#: S30) —

Meditation Satsang (Second Fridays, In-Person Only) with Leanne

Friday, April 12, 7-8pm
Formerly “New Moon Meditation” – we have switched this offering to meet on the second Friday of each month.
Join with others in silent, seated, meditative awareness. There will be a 15-minute introduction led by the teacher for relaxing into your practice, 30 minutes of silence, and again, the teacher will guide students for the last portion of the class, offering reflection and a space for questions and the sharing of experience.
Donation Based: $10 suggested donation. Registration requested.

Satsang is a Sanskrit term that means truth (sat) community (sangha), recognizing the importance of coming together with other like-minded spiritual seekers for education, practice, and support.

Fee: $0 (ID#: S31) —

Contemplative Writing: An Introspective Approach Using Poetry (In-Person Only) with Rosa

Saturday, April 13, 11am-12:15pm
April Session
There is no correct or incorrect way to write. The process and product can vary. Contemplative writing only asks us to slow down and know ourselves better by witnessing what awakens in us as we listen, read, speak, and write. The goals can be different each time we acknowledge what speaks to us and what we need to give voice to—we begin to get clarity about what brings us peace and what troubles us. We will use poetry to prompt our thinking and writing.
For this writing opportunity, come ready to play with words: to read, to reflect, to meditate, to write, and to interact with others. Contemplative writing is an embodiment practice that supports the need to feel, experience, and act, and not just think our way through the world. Fee: $15 (ID#: S21-2) —

Nature Walk: Buckhorn Island State Park with Kandy

Saturday, April 13, 10am-12:30pm
This trail runs along the Niagara River with great views of the city. It is an easy walk of about 4 miles. At the end of the trail is an osprey stand; with any luck, we might have a sighting! Please register so we can notify you via email if we need to cancel due to inclement weather. Bring a snack and your binoculars (if you have them).
Park Address: 5805 E River Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072
Meet at East-West Park Road - Woods Creek Trail entrance.
Donation Based: $10 suggested donation.
Fee: $0 (ID#: S36) —

Community Gathering: Maitri (Friendship) Circle (In-Person Only) with Donna

Thursday, April 18, 6:30-7:30pm
The word Maitri means friendship. We are gathering in the spirit of friendship, inspiration, and support on our journey of self-discovery through yoga. This will be a facilitated discussion group in which we will explore various themes related to our practice and the influence of yoga/meditation on our lives. Whether you are new to our community of seekers or are an old friend, we hope you will join us. This month’s theme is: “April showers and May flowers.” What seeds have you planted, and what flowers do you hope to see blossom?
Donation Based: $10 suggested donation. Fee: $0 (ID#: S33) —

Earth Day Cleanup Event: Spring Sweep 2024 with Kandy

Saturday, April 20, 10am-noon
Sponsored by Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
Site Captain Kandy Svec will lead TEAM HIB at this year’s Spring Sweep, part of the Great Lakes Cleanup. Buffalo Niagara Water Keeper will be providing all gloves and supplies. Please wear comfy shoes/boots. Registration for this event is through Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper (not HIB) so that they have a record of how many participants will be at this location. When registering, select our designated site: Great Baehre Swamp/Billy Wilson Park. If this event gets postponed due to inclement weather, BNW will notify you via e-mail and post it on their Facebook page. For more information and to register, go to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Spring Sweep.
LOCATION: Great Baehre Swamp/Billy Wilson Park
ADDRESS: 1290 Hopkins Road, Williamsville 14221


Exploring the Chakra System (In-Person) with Tracy

Sundays, April 21-28, 10am-noon
Join Tracy for a two-part workshop designed to help you understand and work with the Chakra System. In the first session, we will study traditional models from yogic and tantric sources and learn to practice the purification of the elements or “Bhuta Shuddhi.” In the second session, we will compare what we have learned to modern research on the human energy centers and how to forge a personal relationship with pranic energy in our own bodies. When theory and practice come together, we have a powerful way to understand who we are and how we function on a subtle level. Classes will include lecture, relaxation, pranayama, visualization, and mantra.
This is the In-Person option
Fee: $55 (ID#: S37-P) —

Exploring the Chakra System (Zoom) with Tracy

Sundays, April 21-28, 10am-noon

This class will be available on Zoom. Meeting code will be emailed 24 hours before class time.
Fee: $55 (ID#: S37-V) —

The Mindful Cook: An Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse (In-Person Only) with Julia

Saturday, April 27, 10am-1pm
The threshold from winter to spring is an opportune time to relieve the body and mind of congestion that may be in our systems from the cold winter season. There are enjoyable and practical kitchen and self-care techniques for enhancing the vitality of the tissues by gently scrubbing away toxicity on the inside and outside. This interactive workshop will take place in the main classroom and kitchen. There will be a cooking demo. Lunch will be provided, as well as detoxifying teas to start our day. Handouts and recipes will be given. Fee: $45 (ID#: S35) —

May 

Contemplative Writing: An Introspective Approach Using Poetry (In-Person Only) with Rosa

Saturday, May 4, 11am-12:15pm
May Session
There is no correct or incorrect way to write. The process and product can vary. Contemplative writing only asks us to slow down and know ourselves better by witnessing what awakens in us as we listen, read, speak, and write. The goals can be different each time we acknowledge what speaks to us and what we need to give voice to—we begin to get clarity about what brings us peace and what troubles us. We will use poetry to prompt our thinking and writing.
For this writing opportunity, come ready to play with words: to read, to reflect, to meditate, to write, and to interact with others. Contemplative writing is an embodiment practice that supports the need to feel, experience, and act, and not just think our way through the world. Fee: $15 (ID#: S21-3) —