February 8, 2011

Heal with Yoga Classes in WNY

Posted in Blogroll, Eating Disorder Recovery Resources, Help for Those who Tend Toward Self-Destruction, Western New York Eating Disorder Resources, Yoga Tips at 9:12 pm by satsanga

Yoga Information Sheet


Yoga has been found to be effective for decreasing symptoms in eating disordered behavior, anxiety disorders, depression, and to improve life satisfaction. Consider taking a yoga class to improve your well-being (Cook-Cottone)



Yoga is ……

From Yoga Journal: Initially, the discipline of hatha yoga—the physical aspect of yoga—was developed as a vehicle for meditation. The repertoire of hatha yoga prepared the body, and particularly the nervous system, for stillness, creating the necessary physical strength and stamina that allowed the mind to remain calm.

The word hatha also has several translations. With ha meaning “sun” and tha meaning “moon,” we have the common interpretation of hatha yoga as “a union of the pairs of opposites.” A more technical translation of hatha yoga is “force or determined effort.” Thus hatha yoga, the “yoga of activity,” is the yoga that addresses the body and mind and requires discipline and effort. It is the yoga that we can feel, that we can experience, right here and right now. Hatha yoga is a powerful method of self-transformation. It is the most practical of the yogas, and sages have recommended its practice in some form for millennia as preparation for all the other yogas.

Visit the yoga journal webpage for lots of information on yoga: http://www.yogajournal.com


What to expect:


Most classes start with a warm up sequence that involves breath work and stretching. Often this is followed by a series of sequences (e.g., sun salutations) or postures. These sequences involve standing and balancing sequences. Often, floor work follows and can include forward bends, spine strengthening postures, and backward bends. Core work may also be included. Many classes also incorporate inversions (feet above head) next. Finally, nearly all classes end with savansa or a deep relaxation. This is sometimes extended to meditation. The exact nature of the class will vary from instructor to instructor and by the type of yoga being practiced. They all of have common goal- to integrate mind and body through movement and breath. Ultimately, yoga classes prepare you for meditation and reflection—mindfulness (Cook-Cottone).


There are different types of yoga and each has its own benefits. For those looking for restoration and relaxation try restorative yoga, gentle yoga, or yoga for relaxation. Vinyasa yoga is more active and involves linking movement and breath through a series of yoga sequences. These classes can be physically challenging. Birkram or hot yoga is typically done in a heated room and can be physically challenging as well.   Most classes often range from $15.00 to $17.00 a class. You can increase cost effectiveness if you buy 10 and 30 day class passes or join at a yearly rate (Cook-Cottone).



A Guide to Local Classes:




Bikram Yoga



912 Elmwood Avenue (at the corner of W. Delevan)


Bikram Yoga Williamsville
Director:Becky Machado
5459 Main Street 2nd Floor
Williamsville, NY 14221


Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 yoga-stretching postures and breathing exercises created by Bikram Choudhury taught in a 90 minute class. Each pose is a challenge based on one’s personal abilities. The postures are practiced in the safe environment of a heated room so that deep penetration can relieve one’s body resistance without risking injury. The postures produce a training effect without pounding the spinal column, thus relieving back problems. By the end of the class you will have worked every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, internal organ and gland while systematically moving oxygenated blood to 100% of the body. The result is restoration of health to all body systems. As you increase strength, flexibility and balance in your body, you will be eliminating conditions of stress produced by fast-paced lifestyles. Regular practice of this series of postures results in a clear mind, a healthy body and radiant spirit.



East Meets West

758 Elmwood Avenue

Buffalo, NY



We take great pride in our commitment to transmitting powerful Yoga techniques influenced by the most highly esteemed Eastern and Western teachers and lineages. We offer a variety of traditions and styles, from the most gentle to the most challenging, and a variety of class levels from Intro through advanced that enable you to develop your practice safely and effectively while remaining in an energetic flow. It is our hope that our precise yet compassionate teaching will motivate and inspire, and our extraordinary yoga community will support and nurture you.


Himalayan Institute Buffalo
841 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209
Phone: (716) 883-2223
Fax: 716-883-3790



We offer classes, workshops, and a variety of other events and programs throughout the year. A free brochure, mailed bi-monthly, lists all our programs. We also participate in community outreach activities through presentations at businesses, schools, community health fairs, and employee assistance programs.

Northeast Family YMCA

4433 Main Street

Amherst, NY 14226

716-839-2543 (phone)

716-839-2352 (fax)



This class focuses on breath, strength, and flexibility. All levels.


To register for a set of 7 classes rate is $70.00 for non-members. There are registration cycles for the 7 week classes. * Consider joining a fitness center. Here is an example of what is offered. At the Northeast YMCA Membership fees are at $39.50 per month and an $ 80.00 joining fee. For about $39.50 X 12 = $474.00 a year (plus $80.00 sign-up fee). You could start off on the right foot (at least) three days a week:


Yoga        M, W, F at 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM

Catherine Cook-Cottone



Rising Sun Yoga Center

Georgetown Square

5225 Sheridan Dr (at Evans St)

Williamsville, NY 14221



Rising Sun Yoga is a studio where we introduce you, each and every time, to the essence of yoga.  We invite you to take a class as we have outstanding teachers who enjoy what they do. It’s apparent in their approach.

Yoga Teachers with backgrounds in Anusara, Iyengar, Kundalini, and Gentle Yoga. Dancers with training in the MidEast, advanced Qigong teachers, experienced Drummers and Singers.



Shatki Yoga

133 Grant St
Buffalo, NY 14213
(716) 884-YOGA


Shakti Yoga offers daily classes in vinyasa flow yoga, as well as meditation, chanting, dance and live music events. As an instructor, Michelle promotes freedom of movement, clarity of mind and awakening of spirit. A typical class with Michelle is playful and spontaneous. Chanting, meditation and pranayama are always incorporated. The steady pace of her class creates a constant flow of energy. The power of breath is always present.
Power Yoga

13 Lincoln Rd.

Snyder, NY 14226

(Near Main and Harlem)

(716) 218- YOGA [9642]


Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga offers a different kind of yoga practice. It’s based on intuition rather than tradition. If you think you need to go to a health club to be fit and beautiful, think again. If you think that you need to escape to a cave in the Himalayas to find the enlightenment that yoga promises, think again. Baptiste Vinyasa Yoga offers more than the familiar poses and breathing techniques; it offers a way to face life with a renewed personal strength.



PTSD Resources: Gift From Within

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:09 pm by satsanga


Gift From Within, (www.giftfromwithin.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals.


Our Founder is Dr. Frank Ochberg, clinical professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University and the former Associate Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Frank Ochberg is a founding board member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and recipient of their highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award.


Gift From Within helps everyone with PTSD by sharing ideas, improving morale, and reducing the stigma of the diagnosis and its treatment.


Articles For Students, Counselors and Educators Include:

Helping Traumatized Children at School

The Counting Method for Ameliorating Traumatic Memories

Understanding and Preventing Compassion Fatigue – A Handout For Professionals

The Art and Science of Caring for Others without Forgetting Self-Care

Exposure To A Traumatic Event Does Not Automatically Put A Person On A Path To Develop PTSD:
The Importance of Protective Factors To Promote Resiliency.

Victims of Disasters: Helping People Recover

Guilt Following Traumatic Events

Anniversary Reactions: A Survivor’s Guide on How to Cope

Posttraumatic Therapy

Trauma Addiction: Safety and Stabilization

Dealing with Domestic Abuse: Lessons from Kathy

Partners with PTSD

Major Depressive Disorder: A Condition That Frequently Co-Occurs with PTSD

Peaceful Heart: A Woman’s Journey of Healing After Rape

Recovery From Unnatural Death

FREE VIDEOS: Location: Webcast Page

How Does PTSD Affect Brain Function?
PTSD & Depression,The Color Wheel: Positive And Negative Emotions,

Transition From Military To Civilian Life,

Nightmares Versus Flashbacks,

Trauma Memories,

Non-Lethal Triggers For PTSD,


NEW: Military Family Resources

Additional A-V Resources:

Surviving Trauma & Tragedy: Lessons For Future Physicians & Mental Health Professionals
Winner of the 2007 Freddie Award in Psychiatry
Victims of violence often feel shame, self-blame and rejection. Some develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; a psychological wounding that is oftentimes unrecognized and misunderstood. This compelling program, filmed in a live classroom setting at Michigan State University is a unique teaching tool for educators in the health field. Aimed at medical students it is also equally suited for nurses and allied health professionals. The audience is the Class of 2007, College of Human Medicine, at MSU. The speakers are trauma survivors, members of the Michigan Victim Alliance, discussing details of personal traumatic events that led to their being diagnosed with PTSD. Their stories will help future health professionals realize how important doctors, nurses and members of the medical team can be in the diagnostic and recovery process for survivors of extreme trauma.  DVD. $50.00. RT: 82 minutes.

When Helping Hurts: Preventing & Treating Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue is a hazard to the helping professionals that deal with traumatic events.  This film heightens awareness of the symptoms and risks of Compassion Fatigue.  New information about prevention, resilience and treatment is presented.  Specific strategies on awareness, lifestyle balance and connecting with others are given to assist trauma workers.  Experts Frank Ochberg, M.D., Charles Figley, Ph.D., John Wilson, Ph.D., Carl Bell, M.D., Atle Dyregrov, Ph.D.  and Angie Panos, Ph.D. offer their own stories and advice on dealing with Compassion Fatigue. 17 Minute $30.00. Suitable for individuals, classroom or training.


“Living With PTSD: Lessons For Friends, Partners and Supporters”

This program is valuable for those who care about the PTSD sufferer in their life. It explains what PTSD is, why it is important to learn about this medical disorder, what you can do to help, ways to treat it, how to deal with caregiver burden and how PTSD affects the family and other relationships. It features Dr. Frank Ochberg and Dr. Angie Panos two experts on posttraumatic stress disorder. 18 Minutes. $30.00.


Explaining PTSD Is Part of Treating PTSD

In this program, Dr. Frank Ochberg and Dr. Angie Panos, give new therapists, and therapists new to PTSD insightful and thoughtful suggestions about explaining the condition. Their approach includes educating patients, significant others, caregivers, and the general public.  They do this without becoming either too technical or too superficial, but in a supportive, consistent, enthusiastic, and friendly manner. Dr. Ochberg models describing PTSD to your patient and Dr. Panos discusses how to explain the causes of PTSD to a general audience.24 minutes. $48.00.


Survival From Domestic Violence: Stories of Hope and Healing”

This film presents stories of women who transformed their lives after living through domestic violence. The steps they took to create safety, build a support system and find independence are described. Through their first hand accounts they give other victims hope that healing and recovery is possible.  VHS or DVD. 14 minutes $30.00.


“Recovering From Traumatic Events: The Healing Process”

This educational video presents recovered survivors and therapists discussing their experiences with the healing process after traumatic events. This film will sensitively present insight into the impact of trauma in the survivor’s life, however, the main focus of the film is on what helped or did not help them during their healing process. Closed Captioned. Two versions: 32 minute Professional $65.00 in VHS or DVD, and a Survivor Version, 20 minutes $30.00.  

NEW PTSD & Veterans: A Conversation With Dr. Frank Ochberg

How do we help our veterans who are returning from war with PTSD? Our DVD provides an intimate conversation with Dr. Frank Ochberg, as he shares his experiences, seasoned insights and suggestions. This program is for the mental health practitioner who has treated a variety of clients including those traumatized by abusive relationships, sexual assault, disasters, Sept 11, and violent crime. Dr. Ochberg feels that treating veterans is a privilege and he shares his experiences dealing with veterans from the Vietnam era, Afghanistan and Iraq. He welcomes those therapists who are supporting our returning men and women as they adapt to civilian life. $60 individuals, $120 group showing/institutional. 57:41.


Thank you for your consideration.




Joyce Boaz
Gift From Within- PTSD Resources for Survivors and Caregivers
l6 Cobb Hill Road
Camden, ME 04843 USA
207 236-8858 ph
207 236-2818 fax
Gateway to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Information http://www.ptsdinfo.org
Violent Death Bereavement Society http://www.vdbs.org
Please be aware that the materials on this website are intended for educational purposes. This is not meant to replace or act as a substitute for the care and advice given to you by your own clinician or mental health counselor.
Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within. Franz Kafka