Ever tackled the pose natarajasana? Then you know, it's no easy feat — but then dancing the world into existence takes some doing. Natarajasana is named after Shiva, heralded as both the Original Yoga AND the Lord of the Dance for his legendary performance drumming and whirling the universe into being.
Naina Shastra shares her native South Indian dance, chants and stories illustrating the many deep connections yoga and Indian dance share, including Siva and his consort Parvati's unbeatable prowess as both yogis and dancers. Discover how the mesmerizing art of Bharatanatyam calls on yogic mudras, mantras, philosophical lessons and epic tales to create sublime aesthetic experiences.
"My mother always accompanied me to my classes ... I grew to love the art form and today I'm so glad and thankful she dreamed for me." ~ Naina Shastri
WATCH Naina in performance
NAINA SHASTRI started dancing at the age of eight. Now a prolific artist, she has been danced on stages throughout India and the Bay Area and is the Artistic Director of Ushanjali School of Dance. She is Lead Artist/RAW Resident Artist at SAFEhouse Arts in San Francisco, a member of the Arts Advisory Committee for the City of San Ramon and Director/ Founder of Namaha Foundation for the Arts and Kalasangha non-profit art organizations . website and facebook page.
spirit in motion
Spirit in Motion marks the return of the Inspiration Series. 90-minute reminders of the capacity of the arts to inspire, awaken wonder and bring us home to our most soulful selves. Artistic Director Mahea Uchiyama has carefully chosen four internationally-renowned masters to come to the Mountain Yoga to share their sacred movement traditions from around the world. A little talk, a little performance, a little participation...lots of love.