Bharosa offers private, public and small-group classes in yoga, Bollywood dance and creative writing around the Bay Area.
The word bharosa has many interpretations - trust, faith, confidence. I interpret it as faith in oneself. I have been a teacher and writer for 15 years. In sharing my offerings with you, I do so with trust, faith, confidence- in me and in you.
My deepest value is accessibility. I believe in providing offerings that promote access to all, whatever your age, race, gender identification, sexual orientation, financial situation, and physical requirements may be.
So come, try out whatever calls your name, have bharosa in yourself.
I specialize in yoga for:
- chronic pain, injury and disability
I first discovered yoga in my early 20s. It came easily to my young body and though the practice was mostly physical, I immediately noticed a mental calm. Upon moving to the Bay Area, I couldn't find any yoga that wasn't heated, which doesn't work for me, so a break of nearly 10 years followed.
Then began a period of great personal tumult and great life change. During all this, a voice inside whispered, "Go back to yoga" and I was fortunate enough to find non-heated classes in Oakland, where I had recently relocated. My return to yoga was not smooth; not only was my body older, but my personal hardships had manifested in physical pain throughout my body and left my mind mired in anxiety and depression. But I kept coming back because something deep down told me this was where I needed to be, on my mat, in a yoga class, moving and breathing, sweating (and often crying my way through savasana).
Over the years, yoga helped me learn to manage my pain by getting to know my body, its tendencies and its needs, and my meditation practice allowed me to cultivate a sense of ease in my mind. Through self-study and community, I developed a loving relationship to the disability I’ve lived with since I was a child, to celebrate the things I excel at instead of wishing for things I don’t have access to. All these things led to a connection to my deeper self, my spirit, and today, I live each day grounded to my true self and my true purpose.
If you’re seeking a sense of ease in your body and mind, as well as connection to your true self and purpose, I invite you to my one-on-one sessions, where we can work more in depth on your personal goals.
One-on-One or small group sessions may be booked upon request. Contact me for details.
My classes do not require you to be an athlete or a gymnast, to have a body that is a certain flexibility or mobility or shape. My classes are for regular people who want to heal and grow, to connect to their best selves. All you need to do is show up, just as you are.
Leela Yoga Coming January 2018 1708 Lincoln Ave, Alameda
India Community Center Mondays 6 pm-7 pm 525 Los Coches Street, Milpitas
J-Sei Community Center Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 am 1285 66th St., Emeryville
Kenneth Aitken Senior Center Thursdays 9:30-10:30 am 17800 Redwood Road, Castro Valley
Whether you choose to write just for yourself or to share with loved ones, writing is empowering. It is cathartic. Even if no one else ever reads a word, when you sit down and write out various aspects of your life, powerful themes and connections to your own history reveal themselves. If you choose to share with loved ones, your children get to see you beyond care-taker/bill-payer. Your grandkids connect with you in a real way.
Reflections: Your Story, Your Way is a unique memoir workshop which focuses on themes rather than a chronological list of events. Sharing with peers creates a sense of confidence and empowerment. Best of all, you don't have to be a writer to write about your life. This course does offer basic tips to help you find your voice and make your story a page-turner.
Hayward Senior Center Wednesdays 1:00 pm-2:15 pm Hayward
Contact me for details.