Three of the four elevators in my building are out of service and it is an eternity before the fourth arrives. I am pacing and mumbling and I have pressed the call button with increasing force maybe twelve times. Finally the doors open only to stop at every floor between mine and the lobby while the elevator becomes so packed that I can scarcely breathe let alone move. [...]
The hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone….or is it?
Prior to a recent session with Johnson, I found myself feeling some more than usual aches and pains in my lower back and my right knee. But despite the pain, I continued my usual workout routine including a morning run with hubby along the west side, which was clearly exacerbating the problem.
Kim Kamila, Psychic & Spiritual Advisor, shares her insights into December's journey. Learn more about what's to come in December - and how the arts fit in - in this week's AUM on the Go! video.
Oh Anya, I was sitting in a library minutes before arriving for the weekly session, studying medical terminology. I wished for a bit more time with the books but my hips were quite sore from the previous three-day Thai massage training I had led and mentally I needed the "workout" knowing that it might be the one and only time of the week that I would be led through the traversing wonders of my bodies: physical, mental, and spiritual.
Secular S.E.L.F: (S.ecular E.go’s L.egislated F.rame) and True S.E.L.F (S.ublimely E.mbracing L.ove/F.reedom)
Across the board in all major traditions, there is a very evident cultivation of the Self to be the best version that one can possibly be. Rites of passage into manhood or womanhood exist in all kinds of varying customs and cultural variations, all with the emphasis on growth and heading towards or becoming a fuller version of who one already is.
As I continue to explore my practice at Anya, I am at the same time progressing into the later stages of my pregnancy. And from day-to-day physical changes and new challenges are made apparent. Still, knowing this body is a healthy home, a safe haven, providing a nourishing environment for my already bouncing baby boy is empowering. But the physical manifestation is also the result of an organic, ongoing mind+body dialogue, facilitating this profound miracle!
What parts of a plant actually make essential oils? Gina Flores enlightens us and teaches us about the many ingredients of essential oils, and what their benefits are in this week's AUM on the GO! video.
In recent posts, I never addressed the fact that I am pregnant! But by now, as I begin my third trimester, it is kind of hard to ignore! As an active person, I’ve remained so throughout my pregnancy, and besides typical first trimester nausea and a few brutal bouts with menacing migraines early on, I embraced my slowly shifting shape and never really felt inhibited or encumbered by it! Until now!
It was a simple instruction on the Reformer: Reach out through the base of the big toe, activate the baby toe - reach it out to the side and perhaps back a bit. In response, I felt the adductors blink and wake up. Or was it Sartorious? Whichever muscle or group of muscles that are responsible for inner rotation sprung into action. My legs worked more at ease within their natural frame lines.
The first time I set foot into Studio Anya I thought wow, what is this place? ANYA ~ Applied Neo Yogic Awareness ~ yes please, I will have some of that! The header of the webpage says "A Yoga and Pilates Sanctuary".......but for me, this place felt like a sacred sanctuary, as if I had journeyed to some far away, [...]
I had been looking forward to the semi-private Pilates session for weeks. I let Courtney know that I had pain deep in my hip. She warned me that it might get temporarily worse/magnified. I was willing because her subtext was, "the work will be worth it."
Who is the Observologist?
The Observologist is the main character in Faculty 2 and represents our human existence in the role of the Inner Stenographer and Journalist. Imagine an omniscient narrator holding the lens and consciously zooming in or out depending on levels of curiosity, comfort and concentration. The Observologist is the full spectrum spectator of our experiences –the one who people watches, “rubbernecks” and absorbs the whole scene. [...]
What does November bring? Themes of change are in the air with the election, holidays, and scorpio. See what Spiritual Advisor & Psychic Kim Kamila has to say about this month.
What do you think about Kim's advisings? [...]
To begin, focus your mind on the job at hand, and invoke that which is the source of your spiritual strength. Pray that the cleansing will bring light and peace. Place a tablespoon of salt in a bowl of water, wetting the fingers lightly flick the salt water in all direction in the room. Careful of delicate fabrics. Then open the window/s to circulate the air. Pour the remaining water out, rinse bowl and add fresh hot water. [...]
“Art is the literacy of the heart” --Elliot Eisner
In my writing, I often take personal experiences to help relate to others, offer insights and most important, establish connections I would not otherwise have consciously designed. With all of the intellectual work that goes into writing, formulating coherent thoughts and aiming to connect with one’s audience, I had rarely stopped to take the time to focus on the rest of my Self – the body, the spirit – that connects our thoughts to actions. [...]
"Stand Tall! Face the day, awaken the real."
Such words already command power over us, but Kristin Porter - modern jazz vocalist extraordinaire - creates a work of art that when listened to wraps us in a nest of inspiration. Kristin takes our Faculty 1 Sutranym and creates a powerful work of art for our ears in our very first "Sutra-Hymn".
I'm in the middle of Anya class, minding my own business, when the phrase "Break a Leg!" pops into my head and sticks. I can't tell you the number of times I've heard this while quaking in the wings preparing for an entrance onto the stage. It has become so familiar, that I almost don't even think about it anymore. I wouldn't want to actually break my leg. It certainly would be inconvenient to happen in the middle of class. And yet, there it was, tagging itself as my intention for the day.
Ever thought about adding meditation into your daily life but weren't sure if it was right for you? In this week's AUM on the GO! video, Johnson gives some quick tips and advice about the benefits of meditating and why you should try it. Check out this week's AUM on the GO! video to see what Johnson has to say.
As a doctor who addresses patients' desires for facial perfection on a daily basis, I am the first to point out that we are all asymmetrical. I know, for example, that my right eye does not open as wide as my left eye when I smile, and that a bump on the right side of my nose makes it very difficult to find sunglasses that sit straight on my face.
Our weekly semi-private session had been on hiatus over the summer, which means it had been a while since last I took care of myself. So when the instructor asked how we felt my first thought was, "older". While the 30s are infinitely more fun than I've ever had, physically I feel less and less forgiveness - a solidifying of sorts, or maybe more of a congealing. It's worrisome.