about

Bharosa means trust, faith, confidence. I interpret it as faith in oneself. 

I was that kid who was labeled early on as having my head in the clouds. I wasn't given a chance. In my 16 years of teaching, I have come to believe, above all, 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 can 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.

 

write

We have all thought about writing about our lives. Then we've thought of a million reasons not to: 

"There's no time, no one will want to read it, my life isn't that exciting, I don't want to go back to that one painful time, what will so-and-so say, I don't know where to start, I'm not a writer."

Sound familiar?

Then there's this: Whether you choose to write for yourself or for 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. 

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 memoir a page-turner. Reflections is a unique memoir workshop which focuses on themes rather than a chronological list of events. The workshops are conducted in a beautiful space for thoughtful discussion, with a peaceful garden for quiet contemplation and exploration.

Each workshop consists of three parts:

  • Tips on various aspects of writing
  • Small group discussions
  • Plenty of individual writing time.

 

yoga

The word yoga evokes many images for many people. You may picture standing on your head or contorting yourself into strange shapes. You may think, "I'm not flexible." Or thin, or female, or rich (enough to afford a $20 class). Yoga has gotten quite a reputation.

I, too, struggle with the word and its connotations. I can't stand on my head and my flexibility is... complicated. What has resonated with me on my yoga journey is not how to cue the perfect downward dog. Rather what I'm learning is that I- we= do yoga all day long.

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. Yoga is self-care. It is practicing mindfulness- when you eat, socialize, walk through a forest.

Yoga is the way you are in the world.

I believe the world has enough strenuous yoga classes and that everyone needs more relaxation in their lives. My classes focus on gentle stretches that keep you connected with your breath, meditation, breathing exercises, and relaxation. 

Phi was an excellent instructor and was able to help me completely relax. She also involved masks that smelled of lavender which made focusing on our breathing much more pleasant!- Andrew

Phi is an amazing teacher. Her voice is like something from a fairytale. It makes you feel comfortable enough to completely relax and reap the full restorative benefits of her sessions!- Lauren