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

 

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.

Contact me for details on current classes.

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.

 

I just shared the link with our friends (who will be in the dance) and they are all very impressed at how easy you make it look. - Vinita

My sister had never danced ever, but she was able to make up the moves. Even my husband who hates dancing, did it, watching it. - 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