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Open House: The Himalayan International Institute

September is the time for going back to school, but learning is not for children only. Buffalo has many places where adults can learn; the Himalayan Institute is an example of one. In a historic mansion at 841 Delaware Avenue and Barker Streets, the Himalayan Institute offers hatha yoga on all levels, therapeutic yoga, yoga teacher training, and holistic health classes.

Visit the Institute on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. for the 45th anniversary celebration of the Himalayan Institute. Former co-director of the Buffalo Center, Mary Gail Sovik, will present information about the institute’s history, tradition, and mission. The event is free and open to the general public, but call the institute at 716-883-2223 or register on line at: to let them know you are coming so they set up enough chairs. After the talk, there will be a reception with tea and conversation.

The Himalayan International Institute is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1971 by Swami Rama. In 1974 the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo was established. The institute was founded for the purpose of building a bridge between the East and West, between spirituality and science, between ancient wisdom and modern life. Its mission is to provide an environment where participants can find the knowledge and training that will allow them to realize their full potential; a goal as important today as it was in the early 1970’s.


If you have never visited the Himalayan Institute or taken a yoga class before, you might want to stop by the open house on September 15th to find out why yoga classes have become so popular. There is an ancient, time-tested philosophy behind yoga and the benefits are physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. You can review the schedule of 25-30 classes a week at the Himalayan Institute by checking out the website; They also have a bookstore with a great selection of books as well as holistic health products that you might not find elsewhere.

The teachers and much of the staff at the Buffalo center volunteer their time to support the mission of the Institute. They are knowledgeable and welcoming to newcomers as well as long-time yoga practitioners. The old mansion and grounds are maintained in beautiful and homelike condition which increases the warmth of visiting there. I’ve never gone there for a class or a book store purchase without leaving feeling uplifted.

Isn’t that the best invitation to learn?

Written by Judith Frizlen

Judith Frizlen

Judith Frizlen is the founder of the Rose Garden Early Childhood Center and author of Words for Parents, Words for Teachers and Caregivers and Unpacking Guilt, a Mother's Journey to Freedom. Books and blogposts are on her website at She is a fan of early childhood, urban architecture and the revitalization of Buffalo.

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