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ABOUT

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Bharosa offers public, private and semi-private 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.

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YOGA

Specialty

I specialize in yoga for:                                                                                             

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  • Senior Citizens 
  • QTPOC and LGBTQIA   
  • Self Care                                                                                            
  • Beginners
  • Disability, differently-abled
  • Injury Recovery
  • Anxiety and Stress-Relief

Modalities I incorporate

  • Meditation
  • Reiki
  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Shiatsu
  • Breathing Exercises

Trainings

  • 200 hour YTT, Yoga Garden, San Francisco
  • 500 hour YTT, Piedmont Yoga, Oakland
  • Subtle Body, Piedmont Yoga, Oakland
  • Reiki Level II, Piedmont Yoga, Oakland
  • Spiritual Justice, Piedmont Yoga, Oakland
  • Integrative Yoga and Healing for Trauma, Piedmont Yoga, Oakland
  • Nature as Teacher, Piedmont Yoga, Oakland

Faculty Work

  • 200 hour YTT, Piedmont Yoga, Oakland
  • Spiritual Justice, Piedmont Yoga, Oakland
  • Deep Healing Trauma Informed Training, Piedmont Yoga, Oakland

My Yoga Journey

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. For a variety of reasons, 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". When I finally listened to the inner voice, 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.

The way I love to teach yoga, then, is from this fully embodied place: working with the body you have in this moment, being with it and celebrating it. In all my classes, public or private, I incorporate Reiki, meditation, aromatherapy and acupressure, so that you truly access the mind-body-spirit connection.

upcoming workshops

March 10: CalState East Bay Queer Conference, "Self Care For Healing and Mobilization"

March 10: Kenneth Aitken Senior Center, "Yoga for Stress Relief"

April 7: QTPOCC, Berkeley, "Self Care for Healing"

April 28: Kenneth Aitken Senior Center, "Yoga for Beginners"

Contact me for details.

CLASSES

Private Sessions

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.

 

Public Classes

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.

 

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

“If I’d been asked to design the perfect session, it would’ve fallen far short of what I actually experienced working with Phi. What a wonderful surprise to meet such a kind, skilled and intuitive teacher. I can hardly wait until our next session!”
- Christine

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
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WRITING

 

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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. 

 

Classes:

Hayward Senior Center                   Wednesdays 1:00 pm-2:15 pm          Hayward

Private classes: Contact me for details.

“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
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DANCE

BOLLYWOOD DANCE

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. 

Public Classes

India Community Center                Mondays 12 pm-1 pm                        Milpitas

 

BOLLYWOOD CHOREOGRAPHY

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
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CONTACT