Budding Tree Yoga Festival, July 15, 2018 10am – 4pm

Budding Tree Yoga Festival July 15 2018

 Welcome to the Budding Tree Yoga Festival 2018! In partnership with the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, East Meets West Yoga Studio, Satya Yoga, Yoga Parkside and sponsored by Joywheel Yoga, Simply Yoga, Sun/Moon Yoga, Karuna Yoga, Graceful Warrior Yoga, Raw Renewal Yoga, Beyond Center for Yoga, Coyle Chiropractic and Kiddie Corner Daycare, we are excited to bring you a day of FREE yoga classes with health/wellness workshops and a vendor market. The Budding Tree Yoga Festival will be held at Riverworks, 359 Ganson St. Buffalo, NY. Our festival will be held outside under the roof in the big ice rink. During the summer months, the rink is covered with astro turf, making it the perfect place for yoga! Having the roof means we will be protected no matter what the weather brings on the day of our festival!


Check back for the full class schedule!

Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes that are suitable for movement. Keeping the environment in mind, please do your best to avoid plastic water bottles and bring water in a reusable water bottle. There is parking at Riverworks as well as in lots along Ganson St. 

MEET SOME OF THE INSTRUCTORS (there is more to come!):



Julie Leatherbarrow  has practiced yoga for 17 years and made a life long dream come true in 2012 by getting her certification through Yogakids, an educationally based Hatha yoga program for children.  Julie wanted to deepen her knowledge and understanding of yoga and continued her education at the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, earning her 200hour certification in May of 2015.  A big believer in continuing education, Julie started her journey in the 500hr program at the Himalayan Institute in March of this year. Bringing a youthful spirit into all of her classes, Julie believes in fully experiencing the joys of life, no matter the age. As the founder of Budding Tree Yoga (2151A Transit Rd. Elma, NY) and the Budding Tree Yoga Festival, Julie wants to share her love of yoga with others and assist them in returning to their natural state of being at peace. 

Jennifer Stern RYT-200/Ayurvedic Specialist


Jen is a RYT-200 Level Yoga Teacher and a Certified Ayurveda Yoga Specialist.  She is registered with Yoga Alliance, and completed her training through the Himalayan Institute in Buffalo, NY.  She has personally practiced yoga since the late 1990’s.  She is also certified in CPR/AED and 1st Aid through the American Red Cross. Currently teaching at Budding Tree Yoga, she enjoys sharing yoga and Ayurveda with students, helping them discover the many benefits of practice on the body and mind.  She emphasizes breath awareness, proper alignment, and relaxation in her classes. 

Erin Szwajda RYT-200


Erin attended The Himalayan Institute teaching training program and completed her 200hr certification in May 2016. She is forever grateful for her teachers, their wisdom and insight, her classmates, and everyone who has supported her along the way. Erin is well aware of the healing powers of yoga, especially the undeniable amount of self-love and acceptance that yoga provides.  Since graduating she has been teaching gentle yoga classes at Budding Tree Yoga. She also volunteers monthly at The Buffalo Peace House, and teaches private to semi private classes weekly for people with specific concerns. Erin feels truly blessed to share this gift and has a passion to continue on this journey. She considers yoga to be her companion, who can always provide a sense of stillness and inner peace. To find the calm, even in chaos. Yoga is a gift that keeps on giving.



Sarah Guglielmi MS, E-RYT, Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor

Sarah Guglielmi is a professional educator and clinician in the fields of yoga, meditation, and ayurveda. She was initially drawn to yoga over 15 years ago, while working as a product development engineer, and looking for relief from chronic stress and illness. Sarah has not only regained her health, but discovered a deeper dimension to life she finds rich and inspiring. Her overarching intention is to make the therapeutic power of yoga and ayurveda accessible and transformative for her students and clients. Sarah has served on the faculty of the Himalayan Institute and Yoga International for the past 10 years and has taught numerous workshops on yoga, yoga philosophy, subtle yoga energetics, meditation, stress management, yoga therapeutics, and ayurvedic lifestyle. She travels nationally as a teacher trainer for the Himalayan Institute’s Yoga and Ayurveda Professional Certification Programs. After completing her 200-hour teacher training with the Himalayan Institute in 2002, she lived in residence for 10 years at its Pennsylvania headquarters, where she studied directly with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Rolf Sovik, Sandra Anderson, Shari Friedrichsen, Rod Stryker, Kathryn Templeton, Dr. Carrie Demers, Mary Cardinal, and Dr. Rosy Mann. She is deeply grateful for the authentic and masterful training she continues to receive from this profound lineage. Prior to joining the Himalayan Institute, Sarah was an engineer with W. L. Gore and Associates, and holds a master’s degree in materials engineering from the University of Delaware. She currently resides in Buffalo, NY, where she serves on the staff of the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo and as an adjunct faculty member of Daemen College.

Tracy Draksic RYT-200


Tracy began her formal study of yoga at the Himalayan Institute in 1998. After many years of hatha yoga practice, she began expanding her interests into yoga philosophy & psychology, meditation, and Sanskrit. She completed the Institute’s teacher training program and became a certified instructor in 2010. Many opportunities followed for further teacher education in Toronto, Hamilton, and Honesdale, PA. Tracy manages the company web site at HIB and serves as a member of the teacher training faculty. She received a B.A. in French Literature from Wells College and an M.A. in Linguistics from SUNY Buffalo.


Carrie Portrait

My yoga practice began as an outlet for physical activity. I was a swimmer for much of my young life and in college, swim practice was my meditation. After graduating, I found that I missed those hours I spent immersed in water, connecting movement and breath, completely engaged in my own in my body. I started yoga in order to move in a new way, but realized it filled the hole that had previously been occupied by swimming. The process of turning inward, focusing on the alignment of my body and moving with the breath, allows me the opportunity to rest my mind. It is from that perspective that I structure my classes. I began teaching in 2008 and completed my 200-hr teacher training certification with The Himalayan Institute in Buffalo, NY.



Julia Kress started her yoga practice with the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy in 1990 in Buffalo, NY. Soon she moved to the ashram in Honesdale, PA to intensify her studies through immersion of the life style. There she learned the subtle art of yoga therapy through working with various populations and the Science of Ayurveda through working in the vegetarian kitchen and The Center for Health and Healing. She has her E-RYT 500 hour certification, a BA in Exercise Science, is certified as an Advanced Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Specialist, and completed 4 courses in working with Disabilities and Yoga including Yoga for the Visually Impaired and Deaf. Julia currently is Administrative Coordinator of Teacher Training at the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, teaches all levels class’s, meets with private clients of all abilities, and works with two Universities bringing Yoga and Ayurveda to college students. 



Kerry has been practicing yoga since the early 90’s and teaching yoga at the Himalayan Institute since 1995. She is a graduate of both the Himalayan Institute’s Teacher Training Program (200 and 500 hour) and Meditation Training Program. Foremost among her other programs of yogic study is the Living Tantra program with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait along with several extended practice intensives at the Himalayan Institute’s centers in Honesdale, PA and in India.  In 2014, Kerry joined the faculty of the Himalayan Institute’s Teacher Training program in Buffalo.  Following a 25-year career in international affairs, Kerry is now focusing her time and attention on the study and teaching of yoga and restoring a few of Buffalo’s wonderful old homes.  



Leigh Fox 

My yoga practice began over 15 years ago.  It began as a physical practice; a way to feel good while raising my family.  However, very quickly it became something much bigger for me.  I found a connection between placing my body in certain positions and the sense of well being that I felt when I finished.  Practicing yoga brought me physical comfort and mental peace.  Yoga has been the impetus for years of self-exploration and self-discovery.  My own yoga practice continues to unfold in a way that is both amazing and humbling.  Yoga makes me a better mom, a better wife, and better human. As a teacher, I encourage students to use their yoga practice as a way to discover the body, mind, and spirit.  I encourage folks to listen to their own bodies and decide what they need from their practice.  My intention is that people build strength and move their bodies with more ease.  I hope to guide students on a path of self-discovery through connection to their breath.


Lidia J Snyder, LMSW, RYT-200, TCTSY-F

Lidia turned to yoga and meditation in the late 1990’s while trying to start a family. She realized yoga’s transformational capacity and is a devoted practitioner who became a RYT-200 hour Certified Instructor in 2013. Her teaching is grounded in the ancient Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali allowing each student to arrive at a place of strength, will and steadiness combined with ease, acceptance and comfort. Drawing on her background as a licensed social worker, Lidia offers a welcoming experience that meets each student “where they are”. She teaches Hatha yoga in the Himalayan tradition and is a 300 hour certified facilitator for Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, an empirically validated treatment for PTSD and Complex Trauma through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Center in Boston. Lidia teaches both traditional and treatment-oriented sessions across Western New York for individuals, groups, and organizations. She lives in Buffalo with her husband, son and dog.

Karen Hansen RYT-200

Karen has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years she completed her formal studies at the Himalayan Institute earning both her 200 Hour Teacher & Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification (AYS). She continues her formal studies and will complete her 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification through HI in September of 2018.
She opened Sun Moon Yoga & Wellness in Jamestown, NY in 2015. In addition to group classes, private clients and volunteer work, she teaches Lakeside Yoga at Chautauqua Institution during the summer season.

Megan Callahan

Megan’s sacred path began early in life. She knew as a young child that she was meant to be a healer and teacher. She loves to work with people to help them become more connected to and aware of their bodies’ innate wisdom and potential. She found her way to yoga as a young teen ago to help with a serious physical condition, and continues to be amazed and humbled by what is discovered on the mat.  She has been teaching for over a decade, and is the owner of Yoga Parkside, a studio in North Buffalo housed within Parkside Lutheran Church, and manages OWM Yoga Downtown inside of Osteopathic Wellness Medicine. She has been leading kirtan for 8 years and is part of a local kirtan group called “Lila Mandala.” Every Tuesday, Yoga Parkside hosts “Tune in Tuesdays” a kirtan and satsang gathering that all are welcome to. Megan is also a Reiki Master-Teacher, musician, and energy worker. She combines her philosophy of energy work into her classes, working with compassion and love as the universal life force is strengthened and balanced. Her classes also often include chanting, unique sequences and self-inquiry using yogic and buddhist principles.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please, email Julie@buddingtreeyoga.com


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