Like precious minerals buried in the earth, the value of yoga can be found in higher concentrations within the depths of practice, often hidden below the superficial manifestations of posture and form. As we become more invested in the art and science of yoga, our ability to extract this deeper, more personal information amplifies. Practice, then, becomes a vessel of possibility to see ourselves clearly, not as our own or another’s projected image, but as we really are.
Magic does not necessarily require extraordinary circumstances or teachings, but rather the capacity to participate fully in the ordinary and mundane. The simplest experiences and challenges we encounter in practice and everyday life are potent with possibility. Whether attempting to spin a forearm, spin the fibers of breath, or tame the spinning fluctuations of mind, when we are able to do so without grasping or rejecting, magic is inherent.
Polarity is reality. Right/left, inhale/exhale, birth/death, trust/fear are but a few examples out of infinite possibility. When held in balance, polarity gives us necessary tension in which to channel energy and bear witness. When opposites are left unchecked, we may find ourselves off-kilter, injured, and/or misguided.
Each day of this immersion will shine a light into different ways of viewing the self (through various physiological, subtle-energetic, and spiritual lenses) and offer techniques that may be applied on a personal basis in a variety of situations to bring oneself toward balance. Through experiential practices, discussion, and hands-on applications, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to tailor and evolve a personal practice that can remain vital and deeply supportive over the entirety of one’s life.
In this weekend mini intensive, Anya will share a variety of methods for creating harmony and balance in the body using subtle and powerful variations of asana as well as self-administered and partnered hands-on work. In addition, vital practices of stillness, breath and meditation will lay the framework for maintaining the equilibrium established in the physical form. The backbone of the work includes a core set of techniques that successfully address specific systems, tissues and joints, however time and space will be provided for individual concerns from group participants. Each attendee can expect to come away with a deeper understanding of his or her own physicality and equipped with a set of tools to encourage sustainability on and off the mat for years to come.
A six day therapy immersion covering everything from asana to pranayama and meditation. Lots of self-inquiry and a good amount of discussion. Refine your practice to better serve yourself exactly where you are. Co-taught with Stephen Thomas.
Vinyasa Yoga, which often emphasizes the fluid transitions between postures, can be an elegant and incredibly fun practice when all things (form, attention and effort) are consistently in their proper place.
In restorative work, we use yoga props (blocks, bolsters, belts) as our support system and foundation, so that the muscular and nervous systems may also relax and unwind.
Vinyasa can be translated as “placement in a special or particular way”. For newer and experienced teachers alike, this four-day immersion focuses on the various ways the “placement” of instruction can be refined using the philisophical guidelines of the Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path as a foundation. Particular emphasis will be placed on vinyasa sequencing and instructing with the breath, but the work as a whole applies to teaching in any style or lineage.
Arm balances are an incredibly rich and varied family of postures that require a sense of clarity in the core and fearlessness in the heart. Together we will look at the components of most traditional arm balancing asanas using the Breakti® Method, a system which draws from yoga and basic elements of breakdance.
Throughout this weekend, we will focus on specific ways we may use props to explore deeper questions of physical and mental pathways, uniting the darker, more mysterious aspects of experience with the light of understanding. Chairs, blankets, blocks and other objects will provide the scaffolding to support asana and breath in various ways; allowing for deep and insightful presence in all aspects of practice.
Come join in an intelligent, creative and sweat-infused class post-TDay at my fave NYC studio, Kula Yoga in Tribeca! You may fill up with all your favorites on Thanksgiving night; I'll be happy to help you lighten the load on Friday morning!
All levels welcome!
We will journey over to Le Pain Quotidien on W Broadway afterward for catching up, hugs, and some coffee for those of you that still need it! See you soon!
Please join for an afternoon of compassion and contemplation through yoga and meditation - open to all levels and abilities regardless of experience or background..
Together we we will raise awareness for those who are suffering and struggling at the hands of violence and displacement. Through mindfulness and awareness we will share in our collective humanity.
The hip is one of the strongest joints in the body and bears enormous weight, yet is designed to be flexible and mobile in healthy form. The hips are also crucial for sacro-iliac and lumbar function, as well as for the health of the knees. This enlightening workshop includes clearly aligned asana and simple therapeutic methods to release and stabilize the hip joints and low back. We will finish with gentle postures allowing practitioners to abide in the spaciousness created in the pelvis. For all levels, please reach out to Anya in advance with any specific hip or low back issues you would like to address.
Geerdet und geschmeidig: arbeiten mit Hüfte und unterem Rückenbereich
Die Hüfte ist eines der stärksten Gelenke im Körper und erträgt enormes Gewicht, und doch ist es dazu gemacht, in gesunder Form flexibel und beweglich zu sein. Die Hüften sind auch äusserst wichtig für das Iliosakralgelenk und die Lenden-Funktion, so wie für die Gesundheit der Knie. Dieser lehrreiche Workshop umfasst klar ausgerichtete Asanas und simple therapeutische Methoden, um die Hüftgelenke und den unteren Rückenbereich zu lösen und zu stabilisieren. Wir werden den Workshop mit entspannenden Haltungen beenden, um in der Geräumigkeit verweilen zu können, welche wir im Becken kreiert haben. Offen für alle Stufen. Bitte kontaktiere Anya im Voraus, falls du irgendwelche speziellen Probleme der Hüfte oder des unteren Rückenbereichs anschauen willst.
This 2-week training is a chance to revisit and re-evaluate the way that the Hatha Yoga practices are presented and practiced. Through practice, dialogue, lecture, video clips, film, and group experience, we will explore old and new paradigms and emerging thoughts to see how they can be woven into the current Yoga practices of asana, pranayama and meditation. In all areas, the approach will be to understand/contemplate the practices and to experience them first-hand. Theory and practice are balanced in this training.
Students will receive a workbook/script and will also be expected to journal and write during the course. Some dialogue and practice sessions will be recorded (audio and video) and the recordings will be made available after the course for a fee.
All teaching is in English but there will be daily group sessions where small groups break off to discuss/dissect/review and re-present material. These small group setting are 3-5 persons and are usually conducted by the group in a language (ie. German, French etc.) according to the needs of the small group.
Vinyasa can be described as the way we choose to place ourselves clearly and meaningfully, or our choice of attention and effort in each moment. Do we choose to stave off, cling to, or find peace in our experience moment to moment? Certainly not restricted to yoga practice, our paths and relationships in life are also deeply affected by these same choices.
In this well-rounded practice, Anya’s playful and unique sequencing of postures are woven together with mindfulness and compassion practices from the Buddhist tradition. Whether in long holds, flowing series, or quiet contemplation, we will observe our minds and hearts, witnessing where we hold too tight or let go too quickly and how we might gently relax more with our experience whether on or off the mat. From seated to flying postures, from traversing the subway to traversing our greatest personal challenges, we can aspire to find peace in each moment.