I feel the call to share my deepest passion with you...DANCE! I've been a dancer since I remember my self. Explored many dance forms and styles as a child and a young adult, until I discovered Odissi - the sacred dance of ancient India. Odissi dance, so perfectly expressing the strength, grace, and beauty of the female body, captured my heart forever.
I would like to begin with expressing my attitude for dance; which is grounded in the spiritual traditions of the east.
Odissi dance is about connecting with the earth, the spirit, and one's ancestors and community. Sparking an attitude of devotion and gratitude to life. It is a branch of tantra yoga; We explore and then unite Male/Female energies (tandava / lasya) while grounding the body, opening the lower center (hips/pelvis) and offering that powerful raw energy to the unfolding of the heart, that in turn illuminates the spirit...As I discovered dance by being a Yogini first, I recognized myself as a Sacred Dancer - Devadasi, embracing the dance as a spiritual practice.
Protima Gauri BediStudying Indian temple dance provides yogi/nis the opportunity to develop coordination and fusion of strength, flexibility, balance, and a sense of RHYTHM all at once. The way I teach and practice this dance is as opening gateways deeper and more fully into ecstatic union and bliss. Finding the inner flow deep in the subtleties of core alignment and precession of gestures, and guiding it through dance into emotional expression (Bhavas) is truly a trans formative and rewarding experience!