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A new concept is catching on really fast in the city, it can be described as yoga with a twist and its called Bolly Yoga.
According to Ashima Suri, the ravishing force behind this form of yoga, it is a fun, interactive, motivating yoga dance workshop series designed to uplift and inspire. “Through conscious movement and mindfulness breathing, participants will feel a powerful release, connect to their authentic selves and be empowered. Bolly-yoga integrates classic Bollywood tunes with inspirational messaging. It weaves in story-telling to create impact and empower others,” she said.
The workshop series is rooted in love. Our foundation of teaching comes from the heart to the heart. Yoga mixed with dance is a powerful tool that helps people release and tap into their own inner power. As people’s awareness grows, so doesthe people attending the workshop. Real change can happen through conscious uplifting movement.
In an exclusive interview with Can-India, Ashima lovingly talks about her life and times.
Tell us a little about who you are, you’ve grown up in England, how did you end up here?
I am the Founder and Artistic Director of Limitless Productions (www.limitlessproductions.ca) and Founder/Yoga Therapist for I AM Limitless (www.iamlimitless.ca). Born in England, I moved around quite a bit with my family due to my dad’s career. I have lived here for 15-years now.
What gave you the idea of Bolly Yoga? It seems to be quite a concept.
Bolly Yoga is a fun, interactive and transformative dance yoga experience that taps into the inner voice and unleashes the power within. The idea came from my Teacher, Emerson Lim from Karma Teachers, who said he could see me doing ‘bolly yoga’. At that time, it was just a concept and two months later I wrote a proposal and gave it life.
I did this because individually Bollywood and Yoga have a great significance in our culture and combining the two mediums really allows this form of dance yoga to be even more powerful and create a change. It is new and unique and it is really there to help others feel empowered and feel limitless.
Is it geared mostly to women or can men have fun with it too?
Men and Women can both enjoy Bolly Yoga! It is less of ‘just a class’ and more of an experience. It is a way to build community and connect people. It can raise self-esteem and self-worth in both genders and of all ages.
You are a young mother, what do you think happens to so many South Asian moms after having their first kid?
As a mom, we are torn between the roles we play. When the child is born, the emphasis or attention is given to the new baby. But at the time of the child’s birth, the mom is also re-born. Her life as she knows it has changed –much more significantly than her partners. That transition phase is crucial for both babies and moms but moms tend to be put aside and further isolated, thus lowering their self-esteem. In the South Asian culture, women even more so tend to ‘sacrifice’ their individuality for the sake of the family. Their goals and dreams are put aside. Their voices become silenced. Through techniques such as Bolly Yoga, we re-ignite this flame. We find ways to empower and transform from the inside out. It is imperative for women, especially moms, to have a self-care system in place so they can continue to feel themselves and grow.
Where do you see yourself in ten years, professionally and personally?
Both professionally and personally, I see myself taking my message of being limitless worldwide. I’d like to strengthen the brand and empower women limitless leaders through my Limitless Coaching program. My greatest desire is to open up a Limitless school in India, with a focus in arts and yoga, serving children and women. In addition, I’d like to create more productions and go on tour both with the company and solo work.