danceimage1I began learning Bharata Natyam in 1998 with Laurissa Eifler in Boulder, Colorado. I had an immediate and deep attraction to the dance and the following year I went to study with our teacher Srimati Shyamala Mohanraj, a disciple of the great dance master T. Balasaraswati, in Chennai, India.  I was introduced to yoga for the first time there, as the Sivananda Yoga Ashram was just around the corner from where I was living.  I resonated with the early morning chanting, pranayama and asana practices we did daily. Little did I know that my early mornings of dance and yoga would have such an effect on my life in the years to come. A year later, back in the states I experienced my first Ashtanga Yoga class with Brenna Hatami and knew I found the practice for me.  There was an unspoken and powerful response in my system both during and after this flowing and challenging practice. I had never experienced anything like it before.  It took me a couple of years to build up to a traditional 6 day a week Mysore style practice.  I made my first trip to Mysore, India to study and practice with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Ragaswamy in 2005 and my commitment was sealed.  Since then I have made many trips to study in Mysore and have received the blessing of authorization to share this practice in 2010. I have been fortunate to study, practice and learn from so many yogis around the world including: Richard Freeman, Annie Pace, Joan Isbell & Eric Stauffer, David Ingalls, Rolf & Marci Naujokat, Dr. MA Jayashree and Dena Kingsberg.eka

I continued studying Bharata Natyam with Laurissa and Shyamala after my first visit to Chennai, and it was at their encouragement that I started to perform and teach.  I have since performed and taught in Colorado, Washington, D.C., Ireland and India.  On a trip to Mysore in early 2008, I began learning Odissi dance from Sindhu Kiran and fell in love with the lyrical style.  I am foremost a student and grateful beyond words for the many blessings these practices have bestowed upon me.  The fruits of these traditions have not only yielded a pathway for self-study and inquiry, but have led me around the world, enabled me to meet and share with hundreds of inspired individuals, including my husband.  It is to all the teachers, friends, seekers and spirits that I bow in heartfelt gratitude.ubaya


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