Toronto, March 18 (CINEWS): Meet Ashima Suri the founder/Artistic Director of Limitless Productions, an Indo-contemporary Dance Theatre company that uses performance art to encourage social change. Indo-contemporary is a blend of Indian Classical Dance and Contemporary Ballet.
As an entrpreneur, Ashima wears a variety of hats. As an artist, she fuses dance, theatre and storytelling as a way to breakdown social barriers. As a Yoga Therapist, she uses her many years of experiences in life-skill, employment and self-care work to deliver powerful healing sessions to people across the GTA. She is also a published writer and fitness instructor.
Do you have any Saturday traditions?
I always practice yoga. Being a busy mom of a toddler, yoga keeps me grounded and centered for the day. Sometimes I ask her to join in with me. In addition, during high-peak performance times, I also choreograph and do quite a bit of my creative work on that day. Keeping it balanced with time spent with my daughter as well.
How do you unwind?
I unwind with yoga and meditation. It’s always my go-to when I just need to breathe, release and let go. I have a yoga mat in my bedroom that is always out whenever I need to just go into a child’s pose or a downward dog. On some other special occasions, I also enjoy a nice glass of wine, watching theatre, dance, movie and having a good time with friends and family.
Are you a foodie and are there any restaurant recommendations?
I enjoy food and love to eat out once in a while. As a family, we love our Japanese food. My daughter is learning how to use the chop sticks. She definitely loves her food! A great Japanese restaurant in Toronto is GUU. But really, most Japanese restaurants are just amazing… and also very healthy! I also love the comfort of Indian food. Favourite go-to place is the Host. I’ve also recently tried Nirvana and really liked it.
Do you explore the city from time to time, any favorite areas?
I review shows and films so I’m lucky to always be out and about exploring many different parts of the city. I’m in Toronto more so I tend to gravitate to Cabbagetown, Queen Street, King West and Yonge and Eglinton. All very different locations and that is what I love. The diversity!
Where do you live in the city and what do you find appealing about your neighborhood?
I live in the Leaside area. The people are very nice, I’m close to the TTC, I have access to Desi food from Thorncliffe and there are plenty of parks!
What are your weekends like, how do you spend it?
I do quite a bit of work on the weekends. All fun creative work. The time I do have I spend with family with some small social engagements with friends. I’m a social person but I took a bit of a back seat when I started Limitless Productions – my dance theatre company. With that said, I’m always available if anyone needs and I definitely enjoy watching a movie when I can. I’m also very happy continuing to explore my artistic side and create. I think when you find your own purpose and passion in life, it fills you up in ways that nothing else can. It fuels and energizes my soul and I can’t imagine living my life without it.
What’s your philosophy in life?
My philosophy in life is to be true to yourself. Your authentic self is what will make your light shine. It is what the world needs. As people, we tend to get very critical of ourselves. I would encourage others to let go of that judgement and begin to love the body that has been given to you. Life is a gift. We choose how to live it every day. Find what makes you happy and don’t be afraid to explore that part of you. Enjoy life.
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