Hemalayaa

Hemalayaa

Qualifications: Certified to teach Yoga (Vinyasa Flow and Hatha).

Personal History: From the age of 8-18, I lived in Milton, Ontario, Canada. My biggest desire was to look like everyone else with white skin and blond hair. But, my parents are from Punjab, India and my skin is dark, my hair brown. Though born in Canada, my parents were fresh off the boat and English was my second language. We were one of the only Indian families in town and I didn't like many things about being Indian, except one - the dancing. In our culture, we danced at every any occasion. This celebratory dance is called Bhangra, a form of dance popularized in India’s Bollywood movies. Bollywood is India's Hollywood and Bombay is the bustling city where these vibrant films, famous for their storytelling through dance and music, are made. In contrast to my parent’s conservative Sikh values, the Bollywood dance numbers that mesmerized me as a girl were exuberant, sensual, and epitomized freedom. Dancing always made me happy. It started me on the road to accepting myself and discovering my sensuality. Looking back, I feel blessed to have been brought up in such a rich culture. I first encountered yoga as a little girl, watching my dad practice in his pajamas. In my early 20’s, I began taking yoga classes, studying yoga philosophy, and, most of all, studying Indian dance. This journey of embracing my own culture and uncovering its sensual as well as spiritual traditions began transforming my life. I was no longer the shy and demure pigtailed Indian girl and I began to share some of the fruit of what had allowed me to change with the women in my life. At first, I began teaching friends and then clients and classes.

Workout Philosophy: A healthy mind, a healthy body, and a joyous life flow from an open heart.

Sucess Story: “I love all the videos and I am getting friends and family Bollywood dancing. It just makes me feel good. It feels even more important to me as I am approaching 50 that I feel how much fun it is to be in this body. I have always 'worked out' and stayed in good shape, but Hemalayaa helps me to be playful and even more aware and grateful to be here. Thanks so much.” -- Janet, Tucson, Arizona

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