"Love tells me I am everything; wisdom tells me I am nothing; In between the two, my life flows."

About Sofiya

I want to beg you, as much as I can, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

Hello, world!

My name is Sofiya. I spent my childhood in a combination of India, where I was born, New York, where I first saw snow, and Dallas, where I grew up. At sixteen, I was inspired (ok, obsessed) with fantasies of becoming a beat poet, a nomad, and seeker of the stories that fell through the cracks. I spent my late teens traveling the country, studying what interested me in different colleges (Russian, Native American Studies, Psychology, etc), and experimenting with different ways of being and seeing.

Since I was a child, I have had…propensities…tendencies…romances that inclined me towards the mystical. I’ve always enjoyed meditating and have had visionary experiences from the time I was 4 years old. At 21, I left a prestigious liberal arts college in Portland after an existential need for deeper seeking and for, as Carl Jung would say, “making the darkness conscious.”

Returning to my family’s house in Dallas, I spent a year in almost total solitude, studying everything from feminism to physics, taking long walks, creating art, and practicing the eastern disciplines of yoga and self-inquiry. This year was a kind of initiation into the power of not only the union of body and mind, but of the feminine aspects of our nature – of the intuitive, of the sacred, and of the revelation of mystery.

In 2010, I graduated from Sunstone Yoga Academy with a 500 hr certification and began to teach. To me, the asana is the tip of the iceberg, the doorway to higher awareness – a tool to help us explore the body as a creative instrument and an expression of joy.

My practice, both as a student and a teacher, is now evolving around the desire to integrate all that has served me on my path so that I can serve others. I write and facilitate chakra meditations, “Women & Writing” workshops, volunteer at the womens’ prison with the wonderful Resolana organization, and especially feel called to companion psycho-spiritual processes in which breakdown and breakthrough are closely linked.

Testimonial

Sofiya’s insightful instruction and her gentle guidance to correct and deepen poses have opened me to a new experience of yoga and the breath. As a teacher, she helps me find the beauty in the flow through yoga postures and the languaging of my experiences. Whether she is instructing me to feel my feet as if they were molding clay or find lines of intersection inside my body and awareness to establish trust with myself, I feel guided by her confidence, ability to listen, and receptivity. And, when she combines her poetry and vision, I am invited into mystical wonder and delight with soulful transmission and loving presence. Sofiya is a friend, artist, and creative teacher of body and heart.

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