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.



June 3, 2010

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

Posted in 1, Eating Disorder Recovery Resources, Help for Those who Tend Toward Self-Destruction, SUNY at Buffalo Prevention and Treatment Group Updates, Western New York Eating Disorder Resources, Yoga Tips at 3:36 pm by satsanga

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

December 2, 2007

Free Yoga Classes Everyday Online!!!!!

Posted in Blogroll, Eating Disorder Recovery Resources, Help for Those who Tend Toward Self-Destruction, SUNY at Buffalo Prevention and Treatment Group Updates, Yoga Tips at 6:17 pm by satsanga


Hey everyone,

I just finished a great yoga class in my living room. It was from a web page called yoga today. The link is above. They post a new one hour class everyday.

Have fun,


September 12, 2007

We are in Yoga Journal !!!

Posted in Blogroll, SUNY at Buffalo Prevention and Treatment Group Updates, Western New York Eating Disorder Resources, Yoga Tips at 3:15 pm by satsanga

Yoga Journal October 2007, Issue 206, Page 46

 The article reports findings from our prevention group. Yay us.


March 4, 2007

Shakti Yoga in Buffalo

Posted in Yoga Tips at 7:18 pm by satsanga


A new yoga studio in Buffalo!

A spiritual, grounded, teacher has created the space


A great place to be, grow, learn, breathe….  

220 Lexington Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222

For additional information, contact:
(716) 884-YOGA


Here is the link to her webpage


January 1, 2007

From Kripalu Online: Yoga at Home for New Year

Posted in Yoga Tips at 4:14 pm by satsanga

Yoga at Home by Eva Herriott

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Creating–and maintaining–a regular personal practice is a key aspect to tapping into the long-term benefits of yoga.

 At any age, a person can begin (or recommit to) taking time each day for on-the-mat yoga practice. Luckily, one of the most common effects of yoga is that it makes you want to practice more. In this piece, health educator and writer Eva Herriott shares thoughts and tips on practicing yoga at home.

With the new year upon us, consider making it a goal to enjoy the calming and energizing effects of yoga every day by practicing in the comfort of your own home. “It’s in your home practice that the real, essential change takes place,” says Rodney Yee, a regular Kripalu presenter, author of Yoga: The Poetry of the Body, and creator of numerous instructional yoga DVDs and videos. “Going to classes and getting the support of a community of like-minded people practicing yoga is very important, of course.

But home practice is vital if you want to deepen your practice. It sets the stage for the deep insights and profound transformation of mind and body that are the real benefits of yoga.” In addition to an immediate sense of well-being, yoga facilitates change. Regular practice can help you drop negative lifestyle habits and inspire you to take on healthier ones. It can also bring a renewal of confidence, courage, and trust in yourself and the world. Ultimately, a personal practice provides time to go within to find and express one’s natural, divine self.

 In the beginning, it takes attention and commitment to make a new practice part of your daily life. However, as you feel better and better about the results, your priorities will naturally adjust to make space for it. Whether it’s three, five, or seven days a week, once you have established your routine, it becomes a part of who you are and how you live.

 The nervous system adapts to regular routines, and once the habit is established, your body signals will help prompt you to step onto your mat. The goal is to get to the point at which not doing yoga would be like not brushing your teeth.

Regularity of practice, according to Rodney, is not just the key to establishing a habit, it also opens you to the deeper insights that yoga can provide. “Every so often when you practice, you get divine flashes of knowledge,” Rodney says. “You are a farmer, and you don’t know when the rain is going to come; you just till the soil and wait. You don’t know when divine knowledge is going to come to you; you just come to your mat and practice every day. But don’t be too serious about it, because if you are too serious you will miss the wisdom that is coming in.” What to practice.

Most people, including experienced practitioners of yoga, find it useful to alternate between home practice and yoga classes, which offer the benefits of instruction combined with the amazing feeling of doing yoga in a group. Ideally, you can create a foundational sequence of poses and breathing practices from what you learn and experience with a teacher. Some styles of yoga recommend a particular series and method of practice. While there is a good deal of variety, most people begin their practice by taking a moment or two to settle in, often with a few conscious breaths. In general, a well-rounded practice includes at least one or two of each of the following: standing poses, back bends, twists, hip openers, forward bends, and restorative poses. One guideline is to think about whether you are flexing and stretching your spine in as many directions as possible. And don’t underestimate the importance of savasana, the 5 to 15 minutes of deep relaxation at the end of your practice. Although it may not feel like you are doing anything, this is actually the most important pose of all. “The deep relaxation at the end of your practice is vital, because it allows your awareness to focus on the effects of the practice and to integrate its results,” says Don Stapleton, Dean of Yoga Education at Kripalu and author of Self-Awakening Yoga: The Expansion of Consciousness Through the Body’s Own Wisdom. “If you just jump up and run out the door, it’s almost like it didn’t even happen.

The more you stay present to receive the effects of the postures, both after each posture and at the end of your practice, the more the effects stay with you throughout the day and throughout your life.”

Getting Started If you are new to yoga, it’s a good idea to take several yoga classes so you know a number of basic poses well enough to practice them safely and enjoyably at home. Other people like to get started with DVDs, videos, or books, and these can be helpful in teaching a foundational yoga practice. If you already know a little, what are you waiting for? You’d be surprised how much you already know. Take the leap! Start small. Set moderate, realistic goals for yourself. A good place to start is with 30 minutes a day, gradually working your way up to an hour. If that seems like too much, start smaller. Even 15 to 20 minutes a day will be enough to experience benefits (even 5 minutes–and you can do anything for 5 minutes!). It’s the quality of the time, not the quantity. When to practice. Whenever possible, settle on a fixed time of day, so you don’t have to constantly plan your day to find time for your yoga practice. Some people find it easiest to practice just before going to bed, when the house is quiet and the responsibilities of the day are behind them. Some people practice first thing in the morning, or they never get around to it. Before dinner is another popular time. Figure out what works for you. On days when you have less time than usual, try a shorter session, or just take 5 minutes to sit and breathe. Where to practice. Living rooms, bedrooms, studies–any room can become a yoga sanctuary. Roll out your mat or spread your blanket and voilà. Choose a place that gives you as much privacy as possible–and definitely don’t answer the phone! Alert those you live with that this is time just for you. Your yoga spot will become a sanctuary that you want to return to.

What to do if you miss a day or two. Don’t be hard on yourself or give up altogether. Take a breath, recommit, and start back up again. You may need extra support at first; set up a yoga buddy or teacher you can check in or practice with. Listen to your body (it wants to practice!) and keep your eye on the goal. Eventually, you’ll miss it on days when you can’t practice.

Don’t Lose the Juice If you have a regular yoga practice, but have gotten uninspired, the following tips can help you revitalize: Make it enticing. Even experienced practitioners of yoga find that more often than not they have to overcome some initial resistance or inertia to get started. “Start with poses you like, so there’s not so much resistance,” says Rodney, “Coax yourself gently into practice. Get to the mat and do something you love.” Then, as your body warms up, gradually work your way towards more physically demanding and challenging poses.

Create variety. Listen to your body and be attentive to its needs. Sometimes your body needs a quiet and restorative practice and at other times, something more dynamic and vigorous. On a particular day, you may decide to focus on specific groups of poses, a specific part of the body, or a specific “weak link” you’d like to work on. Enjoy the feelings in your body. “Staying present to the sensations created by each posture is the most important part of your yoga practice,” says Don Stapleton. “Our inner wisdom communicates to us through sensations. When you focus awareness on the sensations created by each posture, you are actually enhancing the sensations and improving their efficiency. In this way, you establish a communication link to your inner wisdom, which is the ultimate purpose of a yoga practice.”

Eva Herriott, PhD, is a health educator and writer who specializes in natural health and the therapeutic applications of yoga.

December 14, 2006

Sun Saluations for Winter Warmth and Strength

Posted in Yoga Tips at 4:54 pm by satsanga

Remember to take care of yourself during this time of thinking of and caring for others.

 It can be so easy to disconnect from the things that matter for your health during these days at the end of the semester, during exams,  as the holidays approach. So much to do…..

 Self-care, Self-care, Self-care….

Go here for the Sun Salutation 


You will show others through your actions how valuable we all are.

The Sun Salutation is a great way to connect with the whole body and start a day of self-care