RASAYANA, LLC: Ayurveda | Massage | Yoga

Where the Guru is You

Clear Mind Strong body:

A Self-care system using Ayurveda, yoga, and Massage 

to create a clear, calm mind and healthy body bandwidth


Rasayana's 10-week signature program for helping down-to-earth, eco & socially-conscious professionals, who are are feeling stretched-out, over-scheduled, and over due for an overhaul in their self-care and energy levels.  It's a tribe of wellness pros, healthcare and social workers with a holistic bent, yoga instructors, scientists, change-makers, and the naturally curious who feel drawn to nature and the wisdom of ancient traditions.  People like you who already have generally healthy habits, yet the daily grind of work, home, and world matters has hijacked your ability to enjoy steady energy levels.

You want to…


Reclaim your time and stop racing against the clock...

Get stuff done without burning out...

Have the same amount of energy at the end of the day as you did at the start of it so you can...

Improve the quality of time you spend with loved ones

Have more time to invest in yourself, your interests, and your hobbies...

Fall asleep easily and wake up feeling refreshed, relaxed, and alert…


You want to strengthen your libido…


Enjoy a healthy weight without becoming obsessed with food, calorie-counting, or fasting...

Experience improved memory and concentration, so you can accomplish more in less time with less effort

Reduce allergy flare ups and pain so you can enjoy more time outdoors...

Strengthen your immune system so your body so you can decrease your reliance on medications...

Enjoy steady blood-sugar levels and moods so you can keep from burn-out at work...


You want to feel less anxious or depressed...


You want to feel more alive, engaged, and re-connected to your Life Force Energy and that of the world around you.  


But the problem is...


Small, ongoing minor health problems like allergies, muscular tension & pain, insomnia, poor digestion, and anxiety sap your energy and leave you too fatigued to do much of anything else anymore and your self-care program has back-slided.  Chronic fatigue, low libido, foggy memory, painful menses, infertility, autoimmune disease, and Hashimotto's thyroiditis may be parts of your landscape.  You've become what the classic texts of Yoga and Ayurveda call a rogi, or the person plagued by  ill-health. You always seem to be left feeling irritable and so tired, you miss out on your own life experiences...while the world misses out on the best expression of you.


Being a rogi means you need more vitality.  More clarity. More space...to digest the sensory overload coming at you from all directions.  So you can get done what’s needed, to get to the things you love.  You choose to feel good  in the face of all the world’s bad; but this is genuinely a radical act and requires making that choice a daily habit.   

Don’t ask what you can do for the world. Ask what makes you come alive. 

Because what the world needs more of, is people who have come alive.”

- Howard Therman, theologian

I invited Kris to speak at my Intercultural communication class, while exploring a thematic unit dealing with cultural differences in health care practices, including the origins, treatment, and prevention of disease. She clearly sees teaching as personal and interactive. She is not the 'sage on the stage' but rather a 'guide on the side' who helps students explore issues with honesty, sensitivity, and imagination - issues that encourage development of the whole self and unite body, mind, and spirit.

-P. Gardner, Professor (Berklee College of Music, Boston)

I come back, again and again, to this extraordinary woman and her extraordinary work. I


am very familiar with Ayurvedic healing modalities, and Kris is among the very best I


have ever worked with. The atmosphere is lovely; she is very good about prefacing the


work with the right questions so she knows exactly what to do...I would recommend this


highly to anyone, and have to all I know.


- Eve S. (Cambridge, MA)

"I am so grateful for Kris.  I've had abhyanga and shirodhara in England, India, Austria etc.


  I can't quite describe it, but in both sessions I felt that she had a real intuition, a great


sense of compassion and respect for my body.  I have post traumatic stress disorder and


after two sessions I haven't needed my Atavan, experienced a single flashback, and my


nightmares have reduced greatly.  Kris and her treatments really give me hope, that


combined with my current therapy, I can be free of PTSD and body dysmorphia. I didn't


think it would be such a large piece of my healing."     


-P.P. (Cambridge, MA)

Six months ago, my daughter and I visited Kripalu in Lennox MA for Healing Arts therapy.


 An amazing experience that led us to search for Ayurvedic treatments closer to Boston.


We found it in Rasayana's beautiful space. Kris Quinones is very gifted. I am grieving a


major loss and was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis in my thoracic spine, leaving


me emotionally raw to say the least. Kris understood. She took time to discuss my health


issues and recommended treatment along with a plan moving forward...For the first time


in months, I slept like a baby and woke rejuvenated. Two days have passed and my body


continues to feel supple with unblocked energy flowing. My daughter received


Shirodhara and Abhyanga bodywork. Her experience was rich as well.  We are thrilled to


have found Kris. I highly recommend Rasayana and look forward to experiencing more of


her many Ayurvedic treatments. We are very lucky to have her in our area!

 


-Jen S. (Boston, MA)

I can't tell you how much better I felt overall, what a nice complement it was to the


cleanse I was doing.  I went home and the next several days it was like my crown chakra


was just wide open.  I felt so light, connected, eager for life, full of possibilities!


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-A. Wilson (Somerville, MA)

I have embarked on a series of deep tissue massage treatments with Kris for a specific


focus related to a sports injury.  I’ve seen her twice now and have been very favorably


impressed with both her skill and her level of knowledge and direct experience in the


anatomy of my injury and the challenges of my recovery...She has proven to be an


excellent diagnostician and thoughtful in terms of matching provider skills to client


needs.


 -J. Hodges (Somerville, MA)

As a former rogi, I know exactly how you feel.  My professional career in medicine started in 1997 as a research and orthopedic assistant to several Boston-area surgeons. I was an anatomy geek and competitive martial artist, ready to prove I could win at anything.  My hours were stretched between the do-jang, the ortho clinic, the operating room, and building my CV for my own application to medical school...working twice as hard as my male counterparts to prove I deserved to be there at all.   I considered my lifestyle a healthy one.  I was well-liked by colleagues and quickly worked up the ladder wherever I landed. I exercised vigorously and had shed myself down to a size 8 from 24, I slept deeply and soundly.  Gone were the binge drinking and ganja-induced snack attacks of college years.  I was a machine.....firing on all cylinders.


During my orthopedic and sports medicine years, I put up with ungrateful patients, migraine-inducing hospital protocols, surgeons with elephant-sized ego’s, and then...after years of “paying my dues” in Boston hospitals and clinics, I was rejected by all the medical schools I applied to.  


Ironically, I’m not sure I cared anymore.  My body was always tired, requiring multiple hits on on the snooze button to drag out of bed at 7:30a.m.  (after a solid 8 hours of sleep!).  I was short on patience and sharp with my words.  Morning breakfast was a cup of coffee.  Lunch was a quick salad or sandwich and dinner was pork chops with bangers and mash.  My childhood history of  chronic sinus infections and relentless cold sores continued into adulthood as my hot-blooded, competitive approach to living was burning bridges left and right.  My relationships with family were strained and I often felt on the the look-out for life's next emergency....and ready to prove how prepared I was for it.


An injury at the 1999 Boston International Karate Championships was the cannon that stopped me.  


A tear in my hip labrum shed light on a congenital condition (dysplasia) I never knew I had, and  *poof* just like that, I went from a competitive athlete to an MRI-waving MD telling me I’d be lucky to make it to age 30 without needing a bilateral hip replacement. His frankenstein-like (o-kay, my words not his) surgery where my pelvis would be sawed in half, repositioned, and “put back together again” was another option down the road.  With any luck and lots of physical therapy, I might be able to walk “a little longer”.


I cried for two days, envisioning midlife on in a wheelchair.  


I chose a lesser-invasive surgery, a long prescription of PT, and an invitation to a tiny yoga studio in Rye, NH for a 1-hour class that turned into a 17+ year personal practice and self-healing journey.  My hips got strong and so did my spirit.  


I applied my knowledge of Orthopedics and went back to school to become a licensed clinical massage therapist.  Two years later, a chance massage treatment while traveling in Mexico piqued my interest in Ayurveda - the traditional medical system of India based on natural methods and nature’s rhythms.


Since then, I've spent over a decade and invested in over an additional $25,000 in professional trainings with medical doctors, therapists, shamans, vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) life coaches and yoga masters, dedicated to holistic self-healing both here in the United States and abroad, in my search for self-healing and energy management.  I’ve been oiled up in a panchakarma clinic and humbled by a hive of bees while hiking the Western Ghats.  I rolled out my yoga mat, rolled up my sleeves, and dug deep into what the yogis had to say about living mi vida loca.  

FLASH FORWARD TO NOW where…


My relationship with my family is the strongest and happiest I can ever remember…

I wake up naturally between 5:00 - 5:30 a.m. feeling alert, relaxed, and rested…

I enjoy a career doing something I feel passionate about...

I rarely get sick…

My cold sores are a thing of the past…

I samba, swing, and jive as a ballroom dance competitor…and the Orthopedic surgeon who did my surgery remains astonished I am neither limited nor in pain.


I feel ALIVE and CONNECTED thru Ayurveda, Yoga, and massage, and I created Clear Mind Strong Body to give you a boost in energy and the steady stamina to feel alive and connected too.  I've jumped thru a lot of hoops (and a few jungles, literally) to extrapolate what I know to be true about self-healing, and to not confuse it with the clouded illusions of false prophets. "Do not fall in love with a Guru," one of my teachers, Dr. Rosy Mann, told me. "Fall in love with the lessons of Ayurveda. They are eternal.  I am not," she continued.


I was lucky my liberal arts education of the early 90's, valued an understanding of intellect and character within communities - along with an equally strong commitment to developing individuals into leaders of conscience. It  was the basis of the core curriculum, and remains a strong foundation for my personal, spiritual, and professional life now.


The lessons I've learned from studying orthopedics, competitive sports, massage, yoga, and Ayurveda are hard-won.  I've developed this signature system so you won't have to fight for them.  You can avoid drowning in the sea of information on the internet about what Ayurveda is and isn't.  You can lean into the support of a community of like-minded people, achieving the long-lasting results you're looking for more quickly.  Quite simply, I've found a group format provides the accountability and support that most of my clients need, and have difficulty doing on their own once they've left my office.


Now let’s get to work!  Vamanos!


During my 10-week signature system, you can expect to learn specific practices in my personal daily life that are going to help you re-engineer your life, rewire your brain, and reboot your body’s natural rhythms.  All so you can

  •  focus more clearly, 
  • sleep more deeply, 
  • and have the energy and stamina to complete what you must, 
  • while doing what you want in life, with maximum joy.


You’re going to simplify your life and wade deep into the waters of self observation and self healing.  


There may be a few tears, some sweat, and a little tough love, but YOUR LIFE MATTERS and there are no shortcuts.  You will be cultivating sustainable self-care skills to create an easeful and upbeat attitude in life.   Because of these self-care skills you experience what many of my successful clients report: crushed cravings, decreased allergy flare ups, manageable weight and moods, and  less anxiety or depression. 


These skills are so valuable because, more than anything, they'll empower you to see further into the future without the weight of dread, and help you manage your ability to show up for yourself.....and for those in your world - without the overwhelm and over-commitment that you typically feel.

Some key concepts I’ll be teaching you in Clear Mind Strong Body include…


MODULE 1: AYURVEDA ABC'S & YOUR UNIQUENESS (week 1)

Vedic approaches are somewhat like Goldilocks.  The same bowl of porridge couldn’t satisfy all three bears, so why would it work for Goldi?  Emphasizing relation to self is a key concept in Ayurveda and by understanding your unique mind-body type (dosha), your journey to self healing will be more effortless and effective.  You can’t know where you’re headed to if you don’t know where you’re starting from.


MODULE 2: SLEEP HYGIENE & EARLY MORNINGS (weeks 2 & 3)

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as being a “night owl” and having a good day starts with a good night’s sleep beforehand.  You’ll pinpoint the contributive factors to your lack of quality ZZZ’s, support healthy hormones and start conditioning your biorhythms with that of the natural world using evening routines and recipes. Wake up without an alarm clock and design your day!


MODULE 3: SELF MASSAGE & PAIN MANAGEMENT (week 4)

Armed with some knowledge of anatomy and kinseology, diminish pain and enjoy a greater freedom in your body using foam rollers and massage balls.  Safely break up scar tissue, shorten recovery time after sport or travel, and apply warm organic oil to stimulate energy points (marma) to improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and manage the “flight or fight” nervous system response to the stressors of daily modern life...all from the comfort of your home or hotel room!


MODULE 4: DIGESTION & DETOX (weeks 5 & 6)

Maximize your body’s capacity to convert raw material into strong tissue and sustained energy.  Naturally crush food cravings and manage a steady weight, mood, and blood-sugar level without the need to starve yourself.   Eliminate poor food combining which leads to gas, bloating, and constipation. Turn your body into a fat-burning machine.


MODULE 5: BREATH-BODY BASICS (week 7)

Safely manipulate the depth and pattern of your breathing to effectively manage stress, chronic fatigue, anger, or anxiety.  Combine these techniques with mindful movement in your body, and amplify your capacity for concentration, focus, and pain management (without meds!).  You will learn tips for establishing a home practice, gross and subtle body anatomy,  and train your brain that life is not an emergency.  Find the Force like Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.


MODULE 6: TIME MANAGEMENT (week 8)
Build calendar integrity and employ healthy boundary-setting using my 3-part assertion technique, so you can take control of your time and your attention.  Use techniques from Ayurveda and Yoga to learn how to bend, extend, and even stop time.

MODULE 7: SENSORY MANAGEMENT & CARE (week 9)
Sharpen and care for your (5) five sense organs with daily and seasonal routines, to experience fewer allergies, less fatigue, and steady mental stamina in an age of information overload.

MODULE 8: MANTRA & MINDSET (week 10)

Utilize sound therapy and visualization techniques to bring clarity to your mind, and diminish depression and anxiety. Learn traditional healing mantras and proper elocution to reset the mind's field of consciousness to experience ease and clear thinking - and accomplish what may at first appear impossible.  

My style is often preparation-focused and results-driven, and thankfully, my attention to detail has always been one of my greatest strengths.  Here’s how we’ll spend our 10 weeks together:


  • During your complimentary 30-minute Breakthrough Session, we'll chat about your health goals/concerns and how this program (or any other of my services) can best serve you.  If we both feel it's a good fit to work together, you'll be invited to become a client and we'll enroll you in an appropriate program.  When possible, I’ll provide referrals or resources.
  • Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive an email with your Welcome Packet and Client Agreement. Simply add your electronic signature to the Agreement, return it, and I’ll give you full access and login information to the Clear Mind Strong Body membership page on Rasayana’s website. This is where you’ll find recommended reading, weekly lessons, workbooks, and pre-recorded Zoom webinars ( 45-75 min. in length), unlocked each week for each of the (8) milestones I’ve mapped out for you.
  • A private Facebook Group (moderated by Kris and Rasayana Ambassadors) provides peer support with like-minded professionals who are also in the Clear Mind Strong Body program, looking for more energy and vitality. Studies have shown that peer support and group coaching programs create more accountability and yield better results and have higher success rates, than 1-on-1 coaching models.  Woot! Woot!
  • A 90-minute Live group Q&A session with Kris each week provides 1-on-1 coaching and clarity for your individual needs. Can’t make it? No worries! They’re recorded and reposted on the membership website and private Facebook Group for 24/7 access.
  • (3) three MP3 audio recordings of yogic breathing exercises to download onto your mobile device and take with you anywhere in the world!
  • Access to Kris’ personally tested daily lifestyle habits, routines, resources and recipes
  • Members only access to YouTube Instructional videos on Kris’ self-massage techniques: Head, Neck & Jaw, Shoulders, Mid & Low Back, Hips & Iliotibial Band, Legs, Feet, Abdomen & Chest, Knees, 

I cannot believe how lucky I am to have Rasayana so close. I have been visiting Kris for


about a year now and have had several treatments - therapeutic massage, abhyanga,


shirodhara, svedana - as well as Ayurvedic consultation. I can honestly say that Kris is


incredibly skilled in all of these things. On top of that, she is a genuinely warm and caring


person. Her positive energy makes her work all the more beneficial. If you have any kind


of pain or discomfort, go see Kris. If you don't have pain but you just want to feel better,


go see Kris. She is worth every penny.


-Anastasia S. (Somerville, MA)

I have had the pleasure to be introduced to Kris by one of my good friends. I saw Kris


multiple times for Ayurvedic massage and healing sessions which were amazing. I also


took her Breath of Relief: Pranayama & Hiking Series in summer 2016.  I absolutely


enjoyed learning from Kris while being in nature. Kris is very intuitive, patient, and very


talented. I always feel completely safe and nurtured in her presence. To add to this


experience, I hired Kris to be my personal yoga trainer for several sessions to deepen my


practice and get back into routine. It was a phenomenal opportunity to have sessions


built entirely based on my physical and emotional needs. I highly recommend Kris and


her practice. Whatever service you decide to choose you will not be disappointed.


- Maria S. (Somerville, MA)
My husband and I have been going to Kris for massages for a few years now. She is an outstanding massage therapist, who knows exactly how to balance ancient Indian Ayurvedic methods to suit your body's unique needs to ultimately heal, comfort and uplift you holistically. Kris is patient, well-trained and very detail oriented! 
-S.G. (Cambridge, MA)

I credit Kris with relieving some severe sciatica and associated problems, allowing me to


join my spring hockey season.  She has a great sense of what makes up an injury - my


sciatica left me with several - and honed right in on critical spots without much if any


advice from me during sessions.  If I ever have any other injury which might need such


therapy, I'll go to Kris.


-Sean D. (Mid-Cambridge, MA)
 


Clear Mind 

Strong Body


A Self-care system using Ayurveda, yoga, and Massage 

to create a clear, calm mind and healthy body bandwidth


 
Complimentary 30 min. Discovery Call ($80 value)
 
 (8) Weekly pre-recorded Webinars ($450 value)
 
 (8) Weekly workbooks ($900 value)
 
 (10) 90 min. Live group Q&A sessions with Kris ($1,875)
 
 (3) 20-min. MP3 Audio recordings of yogic breathing techniques for download ($20 value)
 
 Members only access to Kris’ personal resources, tools, vendors, and favorite recipes ($100 value)
 
 Members only access to Kris’ (10) Vimeo instructional self-massage videos ($500 value)
 
  *LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP & ACCESS
  Total Value: $3,925

“Things may come to those who wait,

but only the things left by those who hustle.” -Abraham Lincoln

*Pay Only $2,355
If You Commit During Your
Complimentary Discovery Call!

 

PLUS, I’ve got some freebies to help sweeten the deal.  Who doesn’t like freebies?!


1. My 1-hour mp3 audio recording of a hip opening & strengthening yoga sequence, that’ll be sure to bring some needed ground control to your hectic life. ($20 value)

2.  My recipe for an all natural bug spray using essential oils. ($50 value)

3.  My original eNews article, Favorite Essential Oils and Why I Use Them

4.  My original 5-part eNews series, Atlas Injured: Allopathic & Ayurvedic Perspectives on Back Pain

5.  My original 2-part eNews series, A Bone to Pick: Allopathic & Ayurvedic Perspectives on Osteoporosis and Bone Health

Once you’ve registered for the program and returned your signed Client Agreement, you’ll get a confirmation email with details on membership log-in and the private Facebook Group.  You’ll be on the train out of rogi-ville to the land of sustained energy and Stamina.  So you can get out there in the world and enjoy what you love.

Do not confuse desire with determination.  

Dearly wishing for something is not the same as being dead serious about accomplishing it.

Only when an idea changes to a concrete goal - with a specific action plan - will things start to happen


Clear Mind Strong Body is a program I’ve very proud of.  It’s a culmination of my personal training, trials and tribulations over the last 20 years, delivered with high professional standards of care.  It’s a specific action plan and declaration of a better quality of living.  So you can have the energy and stamina to get done what’s needed, and then get to the things you want, with more clarity and ease.


No woo woo magic potions.  No need to abandon your personal religious beliefs.  No false promises.

The yogi’s from 5,000 years ago were serious about understanding how to extend life and feel great while doing it.  They’ve codified and passed down the systems of Yoga and Ayurveda for thousands of years, and systems that don’t work, don’t last.  


I’m a firm believer that we create our realities from our thoughts and from our habits.  I also know how hard it can be to change habits - especially when trying to go at it alone.  My promise to you goes beyond chanting and stretching.  I promise to inspire you, share my own vulnerability and personal stories, give you clear instructions, keep you safe, and hold you accountable so you can get back to the business of living fabulously.  


Clear Mind Strong Body is ideal for adult professionals (ages 35-55), who…


  • Are ecologically and socially conscious change-makers
  • Are naturally curious and enjoy time outdoors
  • Feel drawn to the wisdom of ancient teachings and practices from other cultures
  • Are committed to personal development, but have been lacking self-love and self-care for too long 
  • Who have been dealing with fatigue, congestion, or autoimmune disorders
  • Feel out of synch with their body
  • Suffer from brain fog
  • Want to re-vitalize their relationships
  • Appreciate the value of working with a mentor or teacher
  • Are ready and willing to invest the time & money in achieving their next level of health or wellness goals
  • Want natural approaches to health without the side effects of medication
  • Those who believe spirit and soul are as important as mind and body


Clear Mind Strong Body is not likely to be a good fit for those who...


  • Are working with a terminal health condition…
  • Struggle with addiction or eating disorders…
  • Are looking for quick fixes...
  • May have difficulty relinquishing control, listening to instruction, or lack compliance...
  • Those unwilling to actively participate in the group forums (no lurking!  You must contribute too).
  • May be looking for a clergy member
  • Are not ready to invest time & money in achieving their next level of health or wellness goals

 

The true gifts of yoga are only experienced by those with the discipline to practice it every day.  Only when we begin to practice, will true transformation occur.


- Swami Kripalu
 
Your alternative is to continue the grind of daily life as it’s been, and be vulnerable to chronic fatigue, compromised immunity, and poor mental health.  That’s doesn’t sound like living to me. And I'm sure it doesn't for you either.

So your choices are before you - and I'm ready to help you if you're willing to commit to your journey.
 

Frequent Q&A’s…


Q:  Does the program recommend or use herbs?


A: Clear Mind Strong Body emphasizes the medicinal power of culinary herbs and spices. Undervalued and less popular, perhaps, in our supplement-driven attitude.  Yet, with a little adventure and panache in the kitchen, these flowers, stems, seeds, leaves, and roots  are powerful plant medicine!  

*Note: Traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulas are considered and implemented strictly at Kris’ discretion.


Q:  I’m vegan and don’t want to eat ghee or dairy.  Do you offer vegan alternatives?

A:   Clear Mind Strong Body does offer vegan variations of recipes.  Hip, hip hooray!    Ayurveda is just beginning to enjoy the spotlight after Yoga arrived on our shores first.  It's a medical system that considers all the Universe creates as potential medicine - sometimes including animal fat, bone, or marrow for therapeutic benefit.  But if you're veggie or vegan, we'll just focus on the tons of other nourishing, plant-centric & lifestyle practices Ayurveda offers and cross that bridge if and when we need to.  


Q:  Will this program interfere with my Acupuncture/Reiki/Chiropractic...treatments?

A:  There is no reason it should.  Ayurveda emphasizes a diet and lifestyle focusing around (3) three major pillars in our life: Sleep, Food, and Sex. Clear Mind Strong Body emphasizes daily habits and rhythms that optimize the body’s ability to benefit from all approaches to healing.  Even those from other systems or traditions.  I’m happy to discuss specific concerns during your complimentary 30-minute Discovery call.


Q:  Do you accept health insurance payments?

A:  Rasayana does not accept assignment of benefits from health insurance companies. Some of my clients offset their financial investment in these out-of-pocket-expenses by setting up a tax-deductible Health Savings or Flex Spending Account with their employer or bank. This requires a little strategic planning and I encourage you to speak with your financial advisor to find a plan that works for you...but it can save you some serious Benjamins at the end of the year. Know what I mean?  


Q:  How long will it take to see results?

A:  That depends. It's not uncommon in goal-setting for people to mistakenly overlook the need to  evaluate their competency levels in the  skill sets needed to get them where they want to go. Or they don't know the right questions to ask to get those skills.  Generally it takes 6-8 weeks to establish a new habit and the more frequently that new habit is performed, the stronger the bond to your routine it becomes, and this is when some dramatic shifts can occur.  The more consistent you are with the assignments, the faster you’ll find results.  


Q:  Do you offer any discounts or a payment plan?

A:   You bet!  I want to work with go-getters and will give a fast-action discount of 40% (that's over $1,500 Benjamins!) if you enroll during your Discovery Call.  Payment plan options are not available, but you can offset costs by establishing a Health Savings Account with your accountant.