Atmadasi

Today I got a surprise in my inbox. It was a link to a short piece about my Bharata Natyam teacher, Shrimati Shyamala Mohanraj. Atmadasi reminds me why I was drawn and devoted to the dance in the first place-as a method of yoga or union with the divine-to meet, resonate and share from a “vibration inside,” as Shyamala so eloquently put it. In an age where traditions have become commodities, and watered down and/or morphed into Western models accommodating modern life, it is a pleasant reminder of their very basis and original intent-to realize the Self.

Thanks once again to the teachers, and their teachers, and their teachers, and their teachers, and their teachers…

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