After meeting Lygia from Brazil and Florina from Romania, we had a lovely and inspiring day with Delara, who is the embodiment of internationality and life without borders.
"I was born in Iran and lived there until the age of 12. My family moved to Canada, I spent my adolescent and university years in Canada. Martial Arts was my refuge and community during my years growing up in Canada since I didn’t feel like I really belonged there. I always dreamt of dancing flamenco since childhood, and I had started to dance as a young adolescent. At age 20 I moved to Spain for the first time to pursue my dream, and at age 23 I moved permanently."
"After years of nomad life working as a dancer, I currently reside in the beautiful canton of Vaud in Switzerland, where I continue sharing my love for dance, therapy and Yoga.
I found yoga at first a means of finding equanimity during the stress of University and dance training, and it was that thread of balance that got me hooked in 2003."
"It was not until 2009 and finding the Ashtanga Vinyasa system in Madrid, taught by Borja Romero, that I experienced the profound and transformative impact that a dedicated and daily practice can have on all aspects of life."
"I continue to study and to practice Yoga and Sufi teachings with great enthusiasm and inquisitiveness. I am currently practicing Ashtanga Intermediate Series seeking the guidance of my teachers abroad, making trips to India and taking workshops. I highly resonate with the asana teachings of Richard Freeman and David Garrigues, because they are also fans of Ida Rolf and integrate Rolfing and Yoga philosophy into their teachings."
"For me practicing Yoga is doing Alchemy, polishing ones-self to be able to see clearly, instead of the vision being obscured by the endless thoughts of the mind living in the past and the future. The practice of yoga brings less suffering for me and eventually being content with what is already available."
"The practice of Yoga can be done 24 hours a day, however practicing Pranayama, Asana and meditation almost daily give me an opportunity to come home to myself, to practice embodiment and to tune in with the divinity and the cosmic being that dwells within."
"As a movement educator and yoga teacher, my goal is to lead practitioners of all levels to develop a safe and sustainable self-practice; to grow by mindful embodiment and to overcome past injuries and limitations."
"It has been my experience that those who understand and respect their bodies tend to have an open and compassionate perspective on life. I believe that becoming more attuned to our physical experience affects the choices we make in relation to ourselves, to our fellow human beings, our environment and to our planet. My mission, then, is to contribute to humanity’s deeper embodiment. "