Sowmya

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SowmyaA professional dancer for 12 years, Sowmya worked with the Attakalari Centre for Movement Art for 5 years and has been trained in Contemporary Dance, Kalaripayattu and Bharatanatyam. After Attakalari, Sowmya worked for many international choreographers and dance companies, and has performed across the world. She currently performs Bharatanatyam, and is learning under Guru Rama Vaidyanathan. Sowmya sees Yoga, not as a shift from Dance, but an extension of it. “Yoga has helped me maintain stillness in my movement and a sense of inner peace amidst all the chaos.” Her first Yoga class was with Arun from Prashant Yogashraya, a very popular Iyengar teacher. She realised the potential that Yoga held for her as a dancer, and has never looked back. She has been trained in Hata yoga, but wants to specialise in Iyengar Yoga. In her classes, she tries to find new transitions from one asana to the other, and believes that “you can inspire or teach somebody only when you truly experience it yourself; it’s important for me to find that comfort in my practice to be able to teach a student about it.” Sowmya describes Yoga in one word : “Stillness”

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