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Flying Bison Brewing Co. will launch a new monthly community giving program – Yoga on Tap: Charity Yoga. The first class starts at 6 p.m. Monday at the brewery, 840 Seneca St., and will benefit the It Happened to Alexa Foundation. “This is another way Flying Bison is working to make a direct impact in our community,” Parrish Gibbons Herzog, Flying Bison's special events…

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Those who watch others work through the stretches, poses and meditation that come with yoga only see part of an ancient practice that has grown during the Buffalo resurgence. The most ardent practitioners in the region – whether instructors or students – also know it has the power to help them better navigate the twists and turns of life. Its physical nature forces o…

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David "Simba" Wedderburn started taking yoga classes during his junior year at SUNY Buffalo State, but it wasn’t until his senior year that his practice really clicked. He credits Cheryl Erbacher, a Baptiste-style instructor who helped take the regional yoga community by storm five years ago when she co-created HEAL Bflo. “She inspired me to be great,” said Wedderburn, …

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For those times when you need a little wine after yoga class, Megan Leith might have the solution. Leith, of the Town of Tonawanda, has opened up a barre yoga studio in Allentown, called Barretend, where she hopes to do special events or special classes, with wine available afterward. She is seeking a special-use permit from the Common Council for a tavern license at…

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Looking for a healthy escape from winter right in your backyard? A series of weekly yoga classes starts Wednesday under the Palm Dome at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Yoga instructor Leanne Oldenbrook, with Oasis Yoga and Wellness (Crescent Moon Yoga), will lead a pair of evening classes each Wednesday through May 15, except March 6 and 27. A gent…

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Spend $27 on a Monday night yoga class at the Buffalo Bills practice facility and Pegula Sports & Entertainment will throw in a free ticket to a Bills home game. Impact Yoga will present Namastadium: Yoga in the Fieldhouse from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the ADPRO Sports Training Center in Orchard Park. Like Impact’s classes at HarborCenter on the Buffalo waterfront, the …

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Erin Szwajda discovered yoga after her mother, Nancy Ward, was diagnosed five years ago with multiple sclerosis. "I was on a quest to help my mother and fell in love with the practice myself," said Szwajda, of Hamburg, who became a yoga instructor about two years ago after receiving her training at the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo. She will be among two dozen instr…

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Outdoor yoga, salsa dancing and biking are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Summer yoga: The Winery at Marjim Manor, 7171 E. Lake Road in Newfane, will host a yoga class at 5 p.m. and it will be tailored to those who attend. If attendees prefer, it can be held outside. Call …

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You slogged through the latest Western New York winter sitting around the house, binge-watching TV and using your treadmill as a clothes hanger. Or you did use that treadmill – almost daily – during the mostly indoor months, or tackled the same fitness class or circuit training session routinely, wishing you could expand your exercise horizons and enjoy more time with frie…

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Slow Roll in Buffalo and as part of the Ride for Roswell, Zumba at Sunset Beach, and lots of outdoor classes across the region are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Towne blood drive: The Towne auto dealers plan several blood drives in coming weeks including one from noon…

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Exercise on New Era Field, take a yoga class at the Botanical Gardens or hear a world-renown meditation expert in the region this week. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in Western New York. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Riders can start to gather at 5:30 p.m. for a 10-mile guided excursion …

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Outdoor fitness classes, health-related author talks and healthy food truck options have become popular fare as Larkin Square has ramped up its wellness offerings during the last six years. Visitors welcome better weather with free use of Hula-Hoops, pickleball courts and a mini-golf course in the revitalized neighborhood several blocks east of downtown. Larkin Square l…

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Yoga teacher in training Ashley Feneziani wasn't sure she was ready to lead her first class at Turning Point House, an addictions recovery center for men in the Southtowns. "When I go to yoga classes, it's usually me surrounded by a group of other women in Spandex pants," said Feneziani, a high school French teacher in the Williamsville school district. Turning Point…

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HEAL Bflo co-founders Cheryl Erbacher and Jocelyn Kowalczyk have seen the powerful connections yoga can forge as they've organized a series of community wellness events during the last four years. Two visits by Dan Nevins stand out. Nevins lost both his legs to an improvised explosive device nearly 14 years ago in Iraq. He reluctantly tried Baptiste yoga four years ago,…

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A yoga class for seniors at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, a talk in Amherst about plant-based eating, and a pair of fundraisers to support kids and seniors are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Zumbini: This early childhood music and movement program for newborns to age 4, w…