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 offering my passions to you, I do so with trust, faith, confidence, in me and in you.

My way of doing things means accessibility. I was that kid who was labeled early on as having my head in the clouds. I wasn't given a chance. As a teacher, I believe, first and foremost, in accessibility. I make all content- whether writing, dance or yoga- accessible and enjoyable for my students. 

You don't have to be a 'writer' to write; you don't have to be a 'dancer' to dance; you don't need to 'be flexible' to do yoga. If you write, you're a writer. If you dance, you're a dancer. If you take a deep breath, you practice yoga.

I want anyone who so desires to have access to my offerings. I work with people of all ages, races, abilities, etc. 

So come, try out whatever calls your name. 

Have bharosa in yourself.




Phiroozeh Petigara is the founder of Bharosa. She is a writer and teacher based in Oakland. 



There is a yoga beyond flexibility and brand names: yoga is staying connected to your breath throughout the day. It is stretching your body in the morning and at night in ways that speak to you.

Yoga is self-care. It is mindfulness. Yoga is the way you are in the world.

To me, the primary goal of yoga is not to get exercise or really toned arms. To me, yoga is about using stretches, breath work and meditation to constantly work towards a balance between body, mind and spirit.  


Priya Living                                     Mondays 10-11 am                         Fremont

J-Sei Senior Center                       Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 am                1285 66th St., Emeryville

St. Andrew Manor                          Thursdays 9:30 am-10:30 am        West Oakland


Livermore Area Senior Center     Tuesdays 3 pm-4 pm                      Livermore

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My individual sessions with Phi have been rejuvenating. Her calm and delightful energy balances perfectly with her expertise and care, and love how easy and smooth it feels. - Ben

Phi is such a natural teacher. She connected with me immediately. Her energy is grounded and serene, and my session with her was fantastic. Even better, she’s a student, constantly practicing and learning her craft. I can’t say I’ve had a better yoga experience than I had with her. - Julia



Bollywood is the word for the Indian film industry. Dance is a big part of these movies. Bollywood dance combines elements from classical and folk dances (including bhangra), as well as hip hop, jazz, salsa, you name it. My classes are designed with newcomers in mind- newcomers to dance, and newcomers to Bollywood. The focus is not on perfection, or even dance. The focus is on enjoyment and empowerment. 


India Community Center                Mondays 12 pm-1 pm                        Milpitas


Fremont Senior Center                   Mondays 1:30 pm -2:15 pm                 Fremont


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I offer personalized choreography for weddings, sangeets, or any special occasion in your life. I have worked with people aged 12-85, of varying abilities. My main goal is to make dance accessible and fun. I work with people local to the Bay Area, and remotely using video tutorials.

Packages are custom designed based on your needs. Please contact me for further details. 

Below is a sample of my work. The clients simple and high energy moves for a relatively large group. Everyone was spread around the US and India, and they all learned the dance remotely via videos I made. I love this performance because everyone is having so much fun, which is what matters most to me.

My sister had never danced, but she was able to follow Phi’s easy moves. Even my husband who hates dancing, did it, watching the videos. - Anonymous

Phi understood our need. We had four dances for four different age groups and different abilities. And we were on a major time crunch! Phi was honest in telling me whether she could do it or not. With a time crunch like that, I couldn’t afford someone saying yes then not delivering. She included an instruction video followed by an actual dance video. This was very helpful for my family who was scattered across the country to practice following instructions then practicing the dance on their own. - Anu



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


Livermore Area Senior Center        Tuesdays 1 pm-2:30 pm                     Livermore

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“This class has changed my life and how I view it. I have found my voice in writing- how wonderful.” Madeline

”Phi has created a safe space for me to tell my story.” John