"Presence is the key to living artfully"
SPECIAL GUEST TEACHER: Sofiah has taught and performed in-person around the globe for over 20 years. Driven by her lifelong passion for dance, creative expression, and tantra yoga, Sofiah creates a safe container for empowerment and embodied presence through sacred movement and inner exploration.
Creative Director and Co-founder of Danyasa Eco-Retreat, Creator of Temple Body Arts School of Sacred Sensuality and Dance.
Sofiah is a creative muse and mentor, Sacred Movement Artist, Teacher and embodiment coach, committed to guiding women to connect with their brilliance.
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.
Sofiah is fourth generation Subud, an international spiritual movement originating in Indonesia in the early 1920’s with a core philosophy and practice that focuses on opening to the divine force within each of us. The essence of Subud rests in supporting and honoring each practitioner’s personal direct experience of spirit through a practice called latihan. Sofiah’s lifelong personal practice in this tradition shines through clearly in her teaching and performance. Her passion lies in creating support systems for others based on recognizing personal value and innate wisdom. The deeply personal and experiential nature of Sofiah’s work creates meaningful life changing transformations for her students.
Sofiah’s inspiration as a yogini 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.
Named after the greek goddess of wisdom and creativity, Sofiah dedicates her life’s work to continuously receiving, embodying and transmuting divine energy through a myriad of artistic expressions. Driven by her boundless passion for dance and creative expression, Sofiah studied at the Naropa University and Tamalpa Institute, in Dance Therapy, Performing Art and Expressive Healing Arts. In 2016 Sofiah became an initiate of the 13 Moon Mystery School with Sarah Uma Kane as her mentor and guide.
She is a regular teacher and performer at festivals such as Lighting in a Bottle, The Symbiosis Gathering, and Wanderlust. Often seen on stage with Producers such as Random Rab and Desert Dwellers, Sofiah is well known to inspire ritual connection and expression of the divine feminine through dance.
Dominical, Costa Rica