"I am still learning." Michelangelo

About The Sagebook

The Sagebook is an interactive platform for Mind + Body integration presented by Studio Anya as a philosophy of movement we call, A.pplied N.eo Y.ogic A.wareness. Practical wisdom for the Modern Day Seeker, The Sagebook offers the best of the best from East to West, in a Mind + Body curriculum we call, AUM. As a soothsaying daily guide for earned epiphanies, The Sagebook picks us up, brushes us off and equips us with all the tools we need to thrive in this journey we call, life.



Get Yourself

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am 'I'?" And "If not now, when?" -Hillel the Elder

Since the beginning of time, Seekers of all sorts have studied the meaning of our existence. Philosophers, Physicists, Theologians, Artists, and Scientists alike present models for the whys and hows of what it’s like to be a human being—doing in an ever-evolving world.

Questions about topics like reality, purpose, free-will, destiny, consciousness, and love have inspired endless discussion across the ages.

At a glance, we can travel back in time to the ancient Oracle—“Know Thyself,” head East to the selflessness of the Buddhist Teachings and to the Hindu Atman, skip across centuries to Locke’s Tabla Rasa and Shakespeare’s “To thine own self be true,” venture West to Hume’s Bundles, Freud’s Tripartite, Jung’s Archetypes, Emerson’s Self Reliance, and all the way up to the fifth rung of Maslow’s Self-Actualization, and we’ll only scratch the surface of an oceanic quest for meaning.

Essentially, at our fundamental core, we long to know—What is real?

… And if we follow Descartes’ advice, we may think therefore I am till forever and a day and still not know for sure. The illuminated intellect, Immanuel Kant, on the other hand, posed these three gems to inspire action-oriented insights: What can I know? What ought I to do? What may I hope?

The Sagebook offers a step-by-step guide to realizing these questions and more—through a systematic practice of body mindfulness or what we call A.pplied N.eo Y.ogic A.wareness. Through a community of like-minded individuals, Studio Anya presents a decision-making model designed “to get yourself” in harmony, each in our own unique way, with universal (uni-verse, one song) subjects like Wisdom, Compassion, and Grace.

The Inspiration         The Story           What is the Self?          What's Your Story?           DewBee Tales

In Shape

“The body says what words cannot.” ~Martha Graham

Getting in Shape is a common goal shared by many of us. But, what does being in shape mean? Getting in the middle of a juicy sphere like James in the Giant Peach, sitting in the center of the Mayan Pyramids, or squaring Jungian circles til Quaternity are clearly not our point—so what can be said of this mainstream phraseology?

From Michelangelo’s David, to Rodin’s statue of The Thinker, to the behind-the-scenes elegance of Degas’ ballerinas, to the abstraction of figures in Cubist works like Picasso’s Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon, to Martha Graham’s contract and release choreography, to the divinely inspired Yogic asanas—the exploration of form and formlessness travels through a sacred geometry of shapes, etched in translation, across time.

And, while we needn’t get bogged down with a heavy discussion about philosophy, physics, or Phi to understand what it means to “get in shape,” the process of looking and feeling our best warrants an investigation of the mind+body connection. As we shine the light of awareness upon this relationship we can use the Buddha’s advice to guide our way: “As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.”

If our inner disposition shows up in our outer character, can it be assumed, short of some sort of astral trip, that we, in fact, live in our bodies? And if so, does our mood shape our face or does our face shape our mood?

From the perspective of as above as below, our inner and outer stories can shape each other from both directions—after all, Confucius did say, “And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” In this light, Joseph Pilates’ assertion: “the mind shapes the body” complements the notable Chinese scholar, Dai Zhen’s notion: “feelings do not err, when we are in the right position.” At the core of this investigation, regardless of the vantage point, however, is the acknowledgment that a deeply powerful relationship exists between our attitudes, moods, and our overall posture—creating two sides of the same coin, as Natalie Cole describes it, life can make us “Bitter or Better”.

The Sagebook takes Maya Angelou’s wisdom to heart: “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” We support “getting in shape” as a daily practice that empowers our inner discretion as if cultivating a sub-conscious switchboard to regulate a full spectrum of mood lighting. Like a masterful sculptor, we learn to chisel away things like stress, tension, and fatigue so we can cultivate our true stature. As if drafting from a customized blueprint that is divinely proportioned, we create our shapes to reflect our intention. Drawing from both the ancient and the new, The Sagebook presents the best of the best from Yoga, Pilates, and Dance, woven as one uniquely codified series of exercises designed for radical and enduring change—“getting in shape” from all points of view.

Curriculum Aum          What is a Faculty?         The Core Story         Personal Profile Assessment

Make a Difference

“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.” ~Marianne Williamson

The one constant in life is change. Whether we are a creature of habit or an avid seeker of the grass is greener, “to every season turn turn turn” and moments unfold like a succession of waves, no matter our preference.

In a similar regard, there are two common translations for The Buddha’s First Noble Truth: “Life is Impermanence” or “Life is Suffering.” In the space between these varying interpretations, lies the potential to negotiate our decision-making on matters both big and small. As we expand our awareness of the natural flux of the universe, we summon the courage to create a spirit of resilience in our chosen style for change.

The extraordinary leader, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was given the name Mahatma, meaning Great Soul, as he inspired a nation to cultivate the art of self-reliance -- taking personal responsibility to “Be the Change” he wanted to see in the world. In order to put this wisdom in to practice, we need to identify the change we want to see in the world. We must name our intention before we can build the pathways inside ourselves to manifest the vision.

The cauldron lies within, let the mind+body alchemy begin! Like a sacred sojourn or what Carl Jung called Soul-work, we turn inward and align our very infrastructure to support our mission.

As Lao Tzu proposes, The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and like an Escher lithograph—the direction of these steps may lead us inward along a spiraling staircase winding in many directions. In this capacity, the change process demands an evolutionary fitness fueled by a science of self-realization. Authoring authenticity becomes a daily practice to be nurtured and understood, and the earned reward is r.eality e.xisting a.s l.ove in divine proportion. When we Self-define, we can then Self-design our life story in the reflection of our dreams! As Thoreau asserts, “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. They are where they should be. Now put foundations under them.”

In this anthem of accountability, we own (o.rder w.hat’s n.eeded) the details in our daily “is-ness” in order to make the themes we care about the most come alive in all of our busy-ness. Let’s take this query to the day-to-day and start living the questions as Rilke would suggest and Dig (d.oin’ i.t g.ood) in Socrates Style to excavate some experiential evidence that would make even the most pragmatic existentialist smile! Playful in spirit, as if looking through a love lens, we explore our findings with as much interest as Einstein had for Physics—and remember that even he believed: “Intuition is the only real valuable thing.” Pontificate not about concepts of Self, as Yoda would say: “Feel the force!” Create confidence, what Albert Bandura describes as Self-Efficacy—those things we know in our hearts and can renew again and again and forever again.

The Inner Story           The Outer Story           The Limbo Story

Become a Sage

“To every Form of being is assigned,” calmly spoke the venerable Sage, “An active Principle.” ~William Wordsworth

Deep within each one of us resides a “wisdom seat”—a place of incandescent knowledge—that already knows the answers to even our most puzzling riddles. To become a sage we need only clear away the clutter that obstructs the passage to this innate light. Like an excavation, we unearth the essential elements of our nature and reveal our core power.

The Sagebook presents a series of dynamic meditation techniques like a course in “know thyself”. In a system seeped in ancient wisdom & seasoned with modern savvy, Mind + Body Fitness takes on a whole new meaning. Combining the Being of Anya with the Doing of Curriculum AUM, The Sagebook maps out a guided journey of Self-Realization for the Modern Day Seeker. In a step- by- step discovery we explore our Personal Profile and Posture to better understand our Purpose and Path.

Produced by a like-minded community of dynamic movers at Studio Anya, the classes, lessons, concepts, and techniques are all time-tested and handled with care. Whether you enroll in our Online Mind + Body Fitness Classes, dabble or dive in to our Mind+Body Curriculum, get inspired by the campaign called Project Posture, take comfort in our “Daily Doses of Inspiration” or resonate with the Body Banter about Mind + Body Healing—the pages unfold like a treasured series of pithy tales about life, love, and “how then shall we live…”

Become a Sage           The Care Counsel           The Wisdom Seat