Creative Director and Co-founder of Danyasa Eco-Retreat and Creator of Temple Body Arts
Sofiah believes that every person possesses an inner artist — a unique, individual creative spark that just needs to be allowed or inspired to show itself. Sofiah’s mission lies in nurturing this creative spark in others with the aim to inspire them to live to their fullest creative potential, sharing her wisdom through retreats, yoga teacher trainings, private sessions and public classes. In Sofiah’s presence one feels her grace, strength and sensuality as she invites you to get out of your head and into your body.
As a daughter of parents who are also healers and teachers, and as an interdisciplinary artist with a B.A. in Dance Therapy and Performing Arts from Naropa University, studies at the Tamalpa Institute in Expressive Healing Arts, and a myriad of trainings in Bodywork, Tantra Yoga and Dance, Sofiah’s deep understanding of the body shines through her work. Her experience and collaboration with certain key mentors laid the groundwork and sparked a deep sense of inspiration for her work.
During her studies at Naropa she mentored and studied with Melissa Michaels where she immersed herself in the foundation of the 5Rhythms. Whilst living in L.A. she studied with other great masters such as Shiva Rea, Max Strom, Kenny Graham and Mark Whitwell within the yoga world; Anna Halprin and Vinn Marti in the dance world. At Naropa, Barbara Dilley, originally a dancer with Merce Cunningham, was one of her most influential teachers through her seamless infusion of Buddhist teachings with dance.
Sofiah’s inspiration as a yogi stems from Tantra and Vinyasa Flow and she received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance RYT through the teachings of Anusara. Sofiah’s yoga classes are a fusion of Tantra Yoga and movement arts guiding students to connect with their creative power through the body. When it comes to dance, Sofiah fuses all of her technique background including ballet, modern, African, Indian and Belly Dance into a unique and beautiful performance art, which she calls Temple Fusion, which originates from the recognition of the body as a temple, melding and fusing multiple dance and movement modalities in a sexy, sensual and spiritual dance offering. She dances the winding path between inner landscape and external environment, always embracing the succulence and sensuality of the goddess archetype.
Today, Sofiah combines dance, yoga, expressive healing arts and ritual into her work and has appeared as a performing artist and workshop facilitator at International events for the past fourteen years including the Bali Spirit Festival, Bhakti Fest, Earth Dance, and Wanderlust to name a few. She has been featured in Yogi Times, Conscious Dancer, The Bloom Documentary Series and Elephant Journal. Sofiah lives and works on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, where she and her husband opened Bamboo Yoga Play, A Sanctuary for Living Artfully in 2007.
In 2011 Sofiah, her husband and a small group of individuals founded Envision, which quickly burgeoned into a world renowned transformational festival offering Music, Art, Education and Sacred Movement in the raw nature of Costa Rica. In 2013 Sofiah and her husband began the expansion of Bamboo Yoga Play Studio into the Danyasa Eco-Retreat, with the intention of creating a permanent hub for the essence of what their Envision Festival represents through art, community, co-creation and transformative experience.
She is certified by Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT-200 yoga instructor.
Join Sofiah in Paradise live for one of her transformational Temple Body Arts retreats or facilitator trainings.