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AUM on the GO: How to Use Aromatherapy Benefits Daily

Gina Flores introduces us to Essential Oil and Aromatherapy.  Check out this week's AUM on the GO! video to learn about how to incorporate Aromatherapy and it's benefits into your daily life.

What's your favorite Aromatherapy benefit?

By |October 8th, 2012|AUM on the GO!|0 Comments

AUM on the GO: October Astrology with Kim Kamila

Psychic & Spiritual Advisor Kim Kamila discusses October astrology on this month’s AUM on the Go! video.

By |October 1st, 2012|AUM on the GO!|1 Comment

Body Language

The language of the body permeated today's class: Can you feel this part of your body having a dialogue with that part?  Can you foster a relationship between the front body and the back body? Can you feel how, in this position, what is going on with your arms that speak to the alignment of your lower body? Do you notice how one side will almost speak a different language from the equal on the other side?

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By |October 1st, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|1 Comment

AUM through Art: Atmatype Drawings – A Collaborative Dialectic

NYC Multimedia Artist, Carlos Vazquez shares his views and answers our questions about the Atmatypes and his stunning visual interpretations created specifically for us!  Check out Carlos' interview below, then check out his amazing visual works based on each of the 22 Faculties. [...]

By |September 26th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|0 Comments

AUM through Movement: Enliven the Hands Workshop

In March of 2012 we began our free movement workshop series presented by Perceptions Dance and Studio Anya that assists in the artistic exploration of the AUM Curriculum while teaching its techniques through movement and dance.   Kate Enright joined us for our very first workshop to explore some of the AUM Curriculum techniques through movement.  Our second workshop was led by AUM Curriculum creator Courtney Bauer. [...]

By |July 30th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|2 Comments

Just Breathe! (B.ringing R.enewed E.nergy A.round T.he H.idden E.ntrails)

In times of difficulty, stress or nervousness, we often hear a very familiar phrase from another caring soul, “Just Breathe.”  But what does that even mean?  Aren't we breathing 20,000 times a day already?

Our bodies record the stories that play out during our lives. Our breathing patterns shed light on the parenthesis between the phrases -- elucidating insights about our state of being and doing--  as one moment unfolds into the next ...

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By |July 25th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|1 Comment

AUM through ART: The Secular Self

Project AUM began with the exploration of the AUM Curriculum through dance, and has since blossomed into AUM through the Arts.  Carlos Vazquezz, NYC multimedia artist and Studio Anya Student is the first of our visual artists to bring the AUM Curriculum to life.

The Secular Self is the main character in Faculty 1 and represents our human existence as seen from the [...]

By |July 24th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|0 Comments

Aha is a Teacher’s Ta Da!

A dear friend once told me that the easiest way to learn is to teach others. Truth be told when asked what I do for a living I often want to answer, ‘I’m a full time student’ but I realize this doesn’t exactly compute. I spend much of my days teaching private yoga and pilates classes – surely I should answer ‘I’m a teacher.’ In all honesty I never learn as much as when I see the ‘aha!’ moment in a student’s eye and know that what I’m working to convey is known and felt and much like the Velveteen Rabbit – made real. [...]

By |July 17th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|2 Comments

Tense Sense

Before my private pilates circuit session today with the sweetest of the sweet Sarah, I was dragging myself to make the walk to Anya. I have been battling a bout of insomnia for the past two nights and the lack of rest had seriously effected my ability to articulate my muscles in even the simplest of motions. My brain felt fatigued and refused to cooperate. My mind and my body were simply not connecting, the conversation was weak. But Sarah’s bright spirit and smiling heart is always inspiring, and she compassionately challenged and encouraged me-my body and my brain-to enliven and awaken! [...]

By |July 13th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|0 Comments

Embrace C.O.M.F.O.R.T (C.ompassionate O.fferings M.ade F.or O.ne’s R.elief/T.ransmutation)

“If it is one man’s karma to suffer, isn’t it our dharma (duty) to help ease his suffering and pain?” Sri Mata Amritananda-mayi Ma

“Life is suffering” says the Buddha.  What can seemingly be a very grim outlook on life only seems that way because we cannot wrap our minds around the process of overcoming the suffering. [...]

By |July 12th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|2 Comments

Anatomy of a Yoga Studio

This week I attended both Mods and Lila, two of the more challenging core classes available at Anya (pause for applause...thank you). But this post isn’t going to be about how great I am for doing a bit of exercise for once. It’s about a theme I noticed while doing that work in various parts of the Anya studio: lines.

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By |July 10th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|0 Comments

Ground down to Rise Up

First, I look at my feet. I witness my feet.  How do I prove to myself that I have feet, and that I can use them to ground me when I need them?  I scan and I sketch the foot with my outside eye so that I internalize this existential query and know that I have feet to ground into the Earth.  In order to bring this experience into the body, ANYA offers five exercises on the floor.
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By |July 6th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|0 Comments

Mind Banter

“What's encouraging about meditation is that even if we shut down, we can no longer shut down in ignorance. We see very clearly that we're closing off. That in itself begins to illuminate the darkness of ignorance.”

-Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart

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By |July 3rd, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|2 Comments

AUM through Voice: Sat Nam

It's finally here: track two from Elena Girodano based on Curriculum AUM's second mantra!  Check out Elena's original track created just for us.  "Sat Nam" will get your feet moving with it's original beats and spectacular vocal trance.  But don't take our word for it, go ahead and listen: [...]

By |July 2nd, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|0 Comments

The Bones of It

Have you ever been humming along in a Yoga or Pilates class when you realize all the other students are panting, sweating and shaking, barely able to sustain a pose that you just popped right into, easy peasy? Well, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you were probably doing it wrong.
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By |June 29th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|2 Comments

Spread the L.O.V.E (L.aw O.f V.astness E.xpressing)

“Without love we stand alone, separated from the core of existence.” – Osho
Love! What is love?  Some would say it’s guaranteed by blood. Others find it in friendships. Many share it with pets. It’s easy to see in moments of beauty, courage and grace. Evidently, it is something we can fall in and out of.  And, surely, Western culture promotes Love as that which completes us. Whether we identify with the head over heels Romantic or the naysaying critic, how we experience love depends on our individual story.
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By |June 26th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|6 Comments

The Foot Lesson

Mini Challenge: Grounding the Feet

As I mentioned in my introductory post, I may have victories in my practice that seem no big deal to the average bear, I mean Yogi. I may also have challenges that seem rudimentary. [...]

By |June 26th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|1 Comment

D.I.G.

My fingers urge with excitement to tell you the wonders Anya has helped me discover! Where to begin? My name is Jeff and I am a huge A.N.Y.A. fan.
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By |June 22nd, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|1 Comment

Living in the Hands

Enlivening the Hands: I place the palm centers of my hands together. I create a module of interest. I itemize the points of interest: sole centers, tips, base of fingers. I start to friction the namaste shape my hands make, creating heat and energy.  [...]

By |June 20th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|5 Comments

AUM through Movement: Workshop with Kate Enright

Project AUM began with the exploration of the AUM Curriculum through dance, and has since blossomed into AUM through the Arts.  In March of 2012 we began our free movement workshop series presented by Perceptions Dance and Studio Anya that assists in the artistic exploration of the AUM Curriculum while teaching its techniques through movement and dance.   [...]

By |June 18th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|1 Comment