Anya Ambassadors

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

AUM through Voice: Jai!

For the past few years Elena Giordano has been studying Curriculum AUM at Studio Anya, which has turned into yet another beautiful source of AUM through the ARTS.  Check out Elena's original track "Jai" - the first mantra in the Mind+Body Curriculum turned into utter beauty! [...]

By |June 13th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|2 Comments

Yoga Journal: Individuating the Legs

At my personal session with Courtney today we went straight into energy work. No small talk or stretching first. I had been experiencing pain in my left leg, and I guess she could sense the urgency there. After the session she explained that our left side is emotional. And it’s no wonder, that side is the keeper of the heart. I was moved to hear that meaning because during our left-side work, I felt myself travel through four emotions very intensely. [...]

By |June 12th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|0 Comments

Mind Games for the Body (the good kind!)

In nearly three years of study with Courtney in the AUM curriculum I have learned many, many lessons. I think the most important one I've learned is what a 'mind body connection' actually means. Sometimes we know things in our minds, other times in our bodies, and we know the most sacred things in our hearts.  Like kids in a sandbox, things go best when all of these forces know how to play nice nice.  [...]

By |June 12th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|5 Comments

Defog the existentials

"Who am I living for?
Is this my limit, Can I endure some more
Chances are given, Question Existing."
~ Question Existing, Rihanna

We all have a name. Many ID cards (& Bills) confirm this - but knowing our name doesn't always mean we know who we are. We may schedule our daily to do's on iCal or by hand -- but going through the motions doesn't guarantee we understand our purpose. We fill out forms (address, social security number and date of birth) by heart - but filling in the details about what life's all about requires the heart to remember our true nature. [...]

By |June 7th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|0 Comments

the universe provides

this will be my little corner of universe where i'll traverse the teachings of centuries and days old. where i'll blend the stillness i find in motion and the inspiration i derive from Anya. i'll find a way to play with the vernaculars of said AUM curriculum (though i really don't want this to be a cerebral provocation)-- this is  about a journey within and without.

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By |June 7th, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|0 Comments

First Anya Class: Finding My Strength

The word I chose to meditate on was strength and boy did I need it. Through many rounds of inversions I felt dizzy and I had to take frequent breaks, heading into the familiar territory of child’s pose. It wasn't until we played with the “geography of the feet”--rocking from the outsides to inner blades of our feet--that I found my stride. On the subway home I continued fidgeting there, finding my centerline and balance on each foot.
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By |June 1st, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|1 Comment

AUM through Dance: The Secular Self

"Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it." ~Martha Graham

One of the dance world's greatest pioneers, Martha Graham once said, "Dance is the hidden language of the soul."  Having the opportunity to create dance based on Curriculum AUM exposes a whole new way of learning and understanding just what the curriculum is all about - and it's not just grounding the feet!  Dance speaks to us deeper then words, targeting our inner emotions and tugging at our heart strings.   [...]

By |June 1st, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|2 Comments

The Beginning

The Beginning: A Journal Entry
>When it comes to fitness, you could say I’m full of intention but lack attention. That’s why I’m drawn to Courtney Bauer’s multi-faceted curriculum at Studio Anya, and her philosophy on “getting in shape.” While we aren’t all meant to be a particular shape--like a circle or a square, we should each determine what “in shape” means to us, and work to manipulate our physical (and mental!) selves to get there. [...]

By |June 1st, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|0 Comments

Lighten Up! S.hake O.ff S.tress

"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are." ~Chinese Proverb

The adrenaline response is a powerful red-alert system --designed for emergency use only. But what happens when 911 is on speed dial? Modern day frenzy has got us stuck in a sympathetic nervous system tizzy --leaving us on the edge and ready to fight or flee at the first sign of threat (especially ones to our ego defenses).
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By |June 1st, 2012|Anya Ambassadors|1 Comment