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​​ Christine - Owner/ERYT-500/AYS/CPT

​​Why I do what I do. I love yoga and like most when I started I believed it was just an exercise routine and it twisted you up like a pretzel. As my learning and training evolved I soon began to realize it's a lifestyle, a lifestyle that I was drawn to, because I was slowly over time finding out who "I" really was. I began to drop all the "labels" and "assumptions" of what I "thought" my life should be and just started to live life to the fullest. Like George Harrison says/sings Try to realize it's all within yourself No one else can make you change And to see you're really only very small And life flows on within you and without you.
I earned my 200 hour certification right here in Buffalo at the Himalayan Institute on Delaware Ave. I continued my studies at the Himalayan Institutes ashram in Honesdale PA gaining my 500 hour certification. I Then continued with earning an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist certification, 3 Wisdoms Tradition Wellness coach Certification, and I am currently in the "graduate studies" in the Himalayan Institutes Ayrvedic Yoga Therapist program. I compleated Yoga Foar All training and I am currently in Warriors at Ease level one training, which is training to help bring yoga and meditation to military communities, and working with PTSD. 

Growing up I was not an athletic child, I was the chunkiest snowflake in my one and ONLY year in ballet, never even finished my year in modern dance because I was not able to skip. I had zero grace, and zero coordination, which is a bummer because I never learned the rest of The Hustle". 

So why on Gods green earth would I open a yoga studio. Thing is I never wanted to "run/own" a studio, all that time marketing, paying bills, hiring teachers dealing with all the "business stuff" really bores me, I always felt I could be using that time to help others, teach more, serve my community. But with the general perception people have of yoga I needed to do something, so Satya Yoga was born. I get a lot of flack because of the name, what does it mean, I can't pronounce it, I get that, But Satya means truth, truth in though, word and deed, and is one of the yamas (yamas are the first limb on the eightfold path of yoga). So My mission (one of them....) is in the name, everyday I teach what I know to be true. 

To help guide people so they can discover their true inner radiance, is my top priority. I always ask the class before we start "what do you need today"? "How can I help/serve you"? And I mean it, class is about your needs its about you not me, not my agenda. I get excited when your back pain starts to go away, you don't get as many headaches, you are breathing better and don't need your asthma medicine as much, You have started to meditate and your anxiety and panic attacks are starting to diminish, YOU FEEL BETTER IN GENERAL, you fall in live with life again, you come back to your spiritual practice surrendering to your divine, and most of all YOU LOVE AND ACCEPT YOURSELF JUST THE WAY YOU ARE. 

Yoga offers so much and can be so many thing to so many people, like I said before it's a lifestyle. Yoga doesn't care if you eat meat, drink, swear, are fat, skinny, what your skin color is, your religion, your gender, what you are wearing, you get the idea it's for everybody. It's kind of funny people have told me you don't "look" like a yoga teacher, it makes me giggle. I know what they mean, mainstream media has made yoga out to be this glamorous bendy, twisty practice that you do in $100 yoga pants and $98 tank tops. Hair always looks perfect and you face is made up like a movie star. Lets be real if your face has makeup all over it, it is going to run down your face after the third down dog..... Your hair....a mess after your first down dog. And then the big one. I am not a "skinny girl" and I'm in my later 40's! Life is not a Nike ad people, be who you are.

​​Carolyn RYT 200/AYS

My yoga journey began at a local gym. I first walked into a yoga class because I had a personal trainer who suggested that I take a group class. I think cardio kick or body sculpt was more of what she had in mind, but those classes did not appeal to me. I remember thinking that yoga seemed cool, I liked stretching and an early morning class would fit my schedule. I was a typical yoga beginner. I found a spot in the back corner, hiding as best I could. I would rubberneck constantly. 
I looked around the room at everyone else, trying to figure out where to put my body and limbs when asked to, “move into a triangle pose” or any other pose for that matter. But after class, I felt great! I kept going back until it just became part of my routine.
Over the next few years my interest in yoga began to grow. I moved to the front of the class. I started to take more yoga classes and with different instructors, Christine being one of them. I even moved my mat to the front of the room!
​​​​My attention began to shift to proper alignment in poses. I bought a book on yoga anatomy and took a yoga 101 workshop. Then the seed was planted…
why don’t you think about teaching yoga.” It was more of a statement than a question. I began thinking, why not? Teaching yoga sounds pretty cool. My personal yoga practice has grown and made me feel better both inside and out. So why not teach and share this experience with others?
Within the next year, one of the yoga teachers at the gym told me she would be moving. She asked me if I would consider being her replacement and teach the class after she moved. After about a year of teaching at the gym I enrolled in the Himalayan Institute’s 200 hour teacher certification course here in Buffalo. I am enjoying my ongoing journey through life and yoga. My hope for any individual who decides to give yoga a try, is that they begin to enjoy their own journey too.

​​​​Lindsey - RYT-200

My interest in yoga began in 2012 when my best friend returned home during her husband’s deployment. I drove past a yoga studio and thought that it would be something fun for us to try together. We were awkward, unsure and sweaty, but we left with a sense of excitement and rejuvenation and couldn’t wait to go back!
​​I spent the next few years falling in and out of practice. There were times I would practice consistently and times when I would go a month or two without seeing the inside of a studio. Even during times of inconsistency, one thing I knew for sure was that my life was always better with yoga. I found a love for the Hatha style of yoga and spent time after classes talking to Christine about her experiences with the Himalayan Institute. I learned that the act of participating in a yoga class (asana practice), was just a small part of Yoga and that the entire practice can be both fun and transformative.
When the opportunity came to register for the upcoming 200 Hour Teacher Training program through the Himalayan Institute in Buffalo, I sat down in front of the computer for over an hour debating whether I should sign up. “What if it’s too hard”? “Do I really want to teach or just practice”? “Will it fit into my busy schedule”? The doubts were immeasurable. That’s when I remembered to not be so hard on myself. Doubts are okay, and uncertainty are okay, but I never wanted them to be the reason why I miss out on life experiences. I gave myself a little pep talk, and completed the registration. ​​
I can honestly say that I learned more about myself in that nine months of training that I had ever imagined. The most important lesson I took away from my experience was to take care of myself and to recognize and honor who I am in a non-judgmental and loving way. The group of students in training were some of the most caring and supportive people I have ever met. I was so happy to have them to learn and grow with. Knowing that there was a group of people on the same path I was helped me appreciate the journey even more.
So here I am today, excited to share what I have learned with new faces in a beautiful studio that is both welcoming and free of judgment. If you are on the fence about whether or not to try yoga, remember that growth happens outside of your comfort zone. Be kind to yourself and know that doubts are okay. Then give yourself that little pep talk and stop by and check us out.

Bonnie Prunella  500RYT

Anyone remember the PBS program, Lilias, Yoga and You.  I tuned into Lilias each week, and developed an interest in continuing a yoga practice.  Working, attending college and living on my own, I did not have money for a studio class. I found Lilias Fogan’s classes relaxing.  Eventually, I bought other yoga DVDs (and yes, video tapes) to use more frequently. I started taking classes at the local exercise club and met yoga teachers.  Then I found the Himalayan Institute in Buffalo, and fell in love with all aspects of yoga. 
I took classes, attended seminars and eventually completed the 200 hour teacher training at HIB in 2012.  A yoga teacher was born. Also, an avid practitioner came into existence: I love to take classes as much as I enjoy teaching them.  

In 2016, I started taking a Yin yoga class and fell in love with the focused, mindful poses in a Yin practice.  After attending two Yin intensive trainings, I created a Yin class based on those teachings and my deep love for Hatha yoga.   This year, 2018, I completed the 500-hour teacher training at HIB.

For more than 30 years, I was a school teacher.  Now, I teach yoga. It is a wonderful fit. In all my classes, I guide the participants to develop an awareness of their movements and sensitivity to what they might experience in their own practice.  In my practice, I do not to judge if a pose is correct, but focus on the pose helping me become more stable, focused, flexible and strong. At times, I have doubts and apprehensions that hold me back. My personal yoga practice brings me back, helps me face my fears and accept my own limitations.  I’ve learned to try things, to laugh, to fall and to get up again. For most of us, yoga is a work-in-progress. I encourage attempts, explorations and actions that make yoga worthwhile for everyone who comes to a practice. Together, we grow as a yoga community.