February 8, 2011

Heal with Yoga Classes in WNY

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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.



June 3, 2010

Make This Summer 2010 Be the Summer You Quit Your Eating Disorder

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Make this summer be the summer you quit your eating disorder!!

Caring, Acceptance, and Tolerance Yoga Group starts Friday June 4th.
10 sessions throughout the summer on Fridays from 4:30-6:00 PM.

An excellent way to start the weekends– with a positive  attitude and plans for success.

The group combines DBT and Yoga both known to reduce eating disorder symptoms.

Contact Catherine Cook-Cottone to Register at cpcook@buffalo.edu.

You are worth the effort! You can do this!

Find new ways to feel safe and to care for your body.

With a stronger self, you can say good-bye to your eating disorder.

Use this summer to get it right!

Contact Catherine Cook-Cottone at cpcook@buffalo.edu to register

April 27, 2010

Someday Melissa

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Bulimia Nervosa is a serious life threatening illness. If you are struggling, commit to getting better now. Go to your therapy group, therapist, friends, support group. Don’t let yourself pretend it won’t hurt you or that another day won’t matter. EACH DAY MATTERS.

We need more money for research.



April 9, 2009

Success in Wellness? High Risk Body Change Strategies

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Soon to be released!!!!

In order to enhance prevention efforts in the schools, this review begins with an overview of the shared developmental etiology and individual descriptions of the most prevalent body-change strategies in youth populations (i.e., eating disorders, AAS abuse, and excessive exercise). Next, major developments in high-risk, body-change prevention practices are reviewed in detail (i.e., constructivism/active learning and iatrogenic/effective methodologies). Best-practices in school-based prevention are then addressed. This includes an overview of Tier I (e.g., universally-applied practices) and, Tier II (e.g., population-specific practices). Finally, general implications for policy and practice for schools are identified.

September 28, 2008

Treatment Group to Start 10/15

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What: An 8-session treatment group using mindful and restorative yoga, journaling, and structured activities to help you decrease
eating disordered symptoms and increase wellness behaviors
and coping.

When: Wednesday evenings 6:00-8:00 PM
(10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10)

Where: 1131 Delaware Avenue
(The old Delaware Pediatrics, just past Ferry on left from 198)

Who: Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D.,
Licensed psychologist and eating disorder specialist

Linda Kane, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Yoga Instructor

Fee: $40.00/session* (pay per session plan) or 5% discount
for pay in total at first session ($304.00).
*Workbooks and Yoga Manuals included in fee.

Yoga mats and pillows available for use

Contact Catherine Cottone at cpcook@buffalo.edu

May 8, 2008

Neurofeedback for Symptom Reduction in Patients with Bulimia Nervosa

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A Treatment and Research Study



Who: We are hoping to recruit women 18 years of age or older who are in treatment for Bulimia Nervosa and who also experience attention difficulties. Ten of the women recruited will be asked to participate in pre and posttests as well as neurofeedback sessions and ten women will only be asked to take the pre-test and post-test and to continue their treatment as usual.


Content: The specific aims of this study are to assess effectiveness of neurofeedback (i.e., regulating electrochemical brain activity through use of EEG neurofeedback) on the: (a) reduction of eating disordered symptoms, (b) increase of attention, mindfulness, and daily functioning,  (c) and increase life satisfaction and self-concept.


Neurofeedback Providers and Investigators: Neurofeedback sessions will be provided by Susan M. Santarpia under the supervision of Judy Chiswell, Ed.D., OTR, BCIA-EEG. Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D. a licensed psychologist, eating disorder specialist, and assistant professor for the Department of Counseling School and Educational Psychology at SUNY Buffalo is a co-investigator on the study.


When: Following obtained informed consent, participants will meet individually with the principal investigator for an intake session during which the pretesting will be completed.

 For those in the treatment group, the Neurofeedback sessions will take place bi-weekly, at Hemisphere’s for 10 weeks. Finally for both groups, individual posttest sessions will be conducted to complete the final assessments


Where: Hemisphere’s 6511 Main Street Williamsville 14221


Cost:  No fee


Eligibility:  Participants must be female and must maintain ongoing medical care through an eating disorder program. 


If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in a research project, you should contact (anonymously, if you wish) The Research Participant Advocate at Walden University is Leilani Endicott, you may contact her at 1-800-925-3368, extension 1210, if you have questions about your participation in this study. You may also contact the Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board, College of Arts and Sciences, Room 810 Clemens Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260, (or by phone 716-645-2711).


For information related to:

Registration and Intake session, please contact Susan M. Santarpia (716-316-9597) or smsantarpia@yahoo.com 



April 3, 2008

America the Beautiful? News from NEDA

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“America the Beautiful” – Powerful Documentary- Coming your way! 

This new film, “America the Beautiful,” examines our new obsession with physical perfection. It will be released in theaters across Chicago initially, April 25 – 27 and, if the run is successful, it will go to New York and Los Angeles in May, followed by 30 other cities across the US. Visit: http://www.americathebeautifuldoc.com

  News from NEDA

National Eating Disorders Association
603 Stewart Street, Suite 803
Seattle, WA  98101
P: 206.382.3587  F: 206.829.8501

March 31, 2008

New Eating Disorder Support Group In Buffalo

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Eating Disorder Support Group
Eating Disorder Support Group
ANAD-Anorexia Nervous and Associated Disorders
Sundays 6-7 p.m.
Beginning April 6th
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
1540 Maple Road
Williamsville NY, 14221
Board Room

Frequently Asked Questions:

-Frequency of attendance is a matter of personal choice.

-For some, using ANAD groups at the beginning of their illness gives them some motivation, education, and information on resources in their community.

-Others use ANAD groups during active treatment or recovery as an adjunct to their therapy.

-Many will return to ANAD groups to help prevent a relapse or to share stories of inspiration.

-No, all ANAD services are free.

-Individuals with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorders NON (Not otherwise Specified). Family members are also welcome to visit.

Mandy Howard
Email: pahoward@buffalo.edu
Phone: 404-291-4018
Carly Hadjeasgari
Email: cfh5@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-208-8151

March 27, 2008

Wellness and Yoga Group Update- Can you Really Recover?

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Our group this Spring has worked hard to stay connected. The weather has been very Wednesday focused. But we are up and running.

We were talking about the BIG QUESTION last night, “Can you really recover?”

And the answer is yes. and next, it is not easy. .. and next you need to stay mindful and focused on being well and NOT on being sick.

Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.”

I believe this. I believe that we can work toward being well one little behavior at a time. Here are a few:

1. Ride out your feelings. When a uncomfortable feeling comes…stay there and feel it. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply and let the feeling come to you. You can handle it. It is information for you. Ask yourself about the feeling, “Is this feeling about right now?” “Is this feeling about a memory?” “Is this feeling about my expectations for the future?”…Then, focus on the NOW. Feel your breath. Bring your awareness to the present. …The feeling will transform. It becomes yours and something that you can handle. Some find it helpful to write what is happening down.

2. Practice harm reduction. If you feel you might binge and you are in a place in which you really can’t breathe through it, eat a big bowl of air popcorn (a can of soup, a veggie patty). If you are restricting to manage your feelings, drink a slim-fast (better than skipping) and look forward to your next healthy meal. When you can, get back on track. These are not failures. These steps are you getting closer to the healthy path.

3. Practice one healthy thing a day. Just one. This can be a date with a friend, a peaceful walk, meditation, a yoga session, a bath, making a good meal, sharing your feelings with a safe person…Just one thing a day.

These things will get you started.


December 18, 2007

Yoga and Wellness Group 2008

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Spring 2008

Wellness and Yoga Project:

A Group Approach to Treating Eating Struggles

A Treatment Group and Research Study

Advance Registration Required (see below)

Content: Each session will address the mind and body issues that can be an integral part of eating struggles. In the group, we will work on healthy ways to experience self and body and to reduce reliance on unhealthy eating behaviors. Journaling and yoga techniques will also be used throughout the program.

Instructors: The groups will be conducted by Catherine Cook-Cottone, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Melissa Goldstein, Yoga Instructor.

When: The Wellness and Yoga Project will on UB North Campus and meet for 10 sessions from 7:00-9:00 PM. Wednesdays on these dates: January 30, February 4, February 11, February 20, February 27, March 5, (Spring Break), March 12, March 19, March 26, April 2, , and April 9. Following obtained consent and assent, group members will meet individually with a group leader in an initial intake session. In order to develop the program and explore its effectiveness, all members will complete surveys at the intake session, as well as following the last group session.

Where: The Room is 271 Richmond (the Aerobics Room), Ellicott Complex, North Campus. Parking in Richmond Lot (or equivalent room)


Cost: $120 prior to the start of group, receipts will be given for submission for insurance reimbursement. Scholarships are available. Please inquire.

Eligibility: Participants must be female and must maintain ongoing medical care.

For information related to:

Registration and Intake session, please contact Dr. Catherine Cook-Cottone (645-2484 X 1073) or cpcook@buffalo.edu

Eating Disorders Research at http://www.gse.buffalo.edu/cap/satsanga/

Group schedules and updates at the weblog https://satsanga.wordpress.com/

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