Natasha Devalia practices and teaches pranayama (breath work), yoga asana, and belly dance. She has been deepening each practice individually and has found the interrelation between them to be of particular interest – how each practice potentially informs and supports the other.
As a teacher, Natasha welcomes and supports each practitioner to develop and expose themselves to the practice at their own pace and level, with guidance from an experienced teacher. She strongly encourages the development of a regular, sustainable self-practice.
Yoga and Natasha
Natasha is a student of Paul Dallaghan. She completed her yoga teacher’s training with him in 2006 at “Centred Yoga at Samahita Retreat”, and has been teaching yoga since then.
She attends continuing education workshops yearly with Paul Dallaghan, Sri OP Tiwari, pranayama master of the Kaivalyadham Institute in Lonavala India; as well as Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor.
The Dance of Life
Natasha has been studying and practicing Bharatanatyam, a classical South Indian dance form, from the age of 6. At 16 she performed her arangetram (graduation) in Lusaka, Zambia where she grew up, and soon after spent 3 months training at Bharata Kalaanjali, the Dhananjayan’s dance academy in Chennai, India.
She has continued to integrate Bharatanatyam in her various fusion dance performances.
She was introduced to belly dance 13 years ago by her Lebanese mother-in-law in Montreal during her mother-in-law’s visit. Natasha’s love for belly dance only increased when she moved to Beirut where she took dance classes with teachers, including with the world-renowned Lebanese dancer, Amani.
More recently Natasha has been studying dance with Rachel Brice – Tribal Fusion Belly Dance performer, choreographer, and teacher.