About Ayah

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Ayah has been teaching Yoga as well as facilitating women’s circles, rituals and dances for over 9 years. Certified Yoga Instructor RYA, Initiated minister through the fellowship of Isis, and life-long student of dance.

She has creatively infused a lifelong path of apprenticing in healing and ceremonial arts into her passion for therapeutic movement. Her intention is to help others develop a practice that suites their individual lifestyle needs while inspiring creative expression, strong inner body awareness, and connection to Spirit. She has been honored for her invitation and vision to create ceremonial dances in sacred sites.

Having moved to Bay Area to Study with inspiration Miriam Peretz,  Ayah has performed with “Shahrzad Dance Academy” as well as with currently “Ballet Afsnaeh” in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both dance companies feature Persian and sacred dances of the Silk Road.

She is newly founded ‘elder’ member of the Quimera dance tribe, a contemporary tribal fusion dance troupe in the Bay Area, directed by Anandha Ray.

Ayah continues to inspire and offer the encouragement of deep prayer and grace through her performance art as well as teaching.

Ayah reclining

Ayah’s Journey

Art, Movement and Healing Mysticism has been my life. Since I can remember I’ve been dancing through life and exploring rhythm. I began in ballet, tap and gymnastics making my way through adolescence on ecstatic dance floors and beyond. I saw my first Belly Dancer at a Renaissance fair when I was 13 yrs old and became fascinated with her graceful movements that expressed to me the secrets of the divine feminine. A year later my mother took me to my first yoga class, where I excitedly discovered the vast realm of my body’s potential. Later on,  I went to an environmental/ liberal arts college at Prescott, Arizona and immersed in Improvisational Dance, Contact Improvisation, and with my many concerns of the state of the Earth I studied a field known as “Eco-Psychology”.

I left College, because truly all that made sense for me was deepening into my yoga practice while discovering a yearning to travel finding passionate (non-academic) teachers to apprentice with. After completing my first Yoga training in San Francisco at 19 yrs old,  nomadic lifestyle took a-hold of me, I traveled and became interested with indigenous cultures studying their rituals and ways of healing.  Following out these yearning I then went back tomy passion for dance and became fascinated with  Sacred dances studying mainly those along the Silk Road ( known as middle-eastern and beyond).

Back-tracking:  As a child, I grew up in towns surrounding Salem Massachusetts notoriously known for the Witch Trials, this historical event attracted a new age scene of pagan community as well as commercial metaphysics. I was greatly influenced involving myself in earth-based spirituality’s primarily Wicca, which lead me to a history of apprenticing in ritual and ceremonial arts. My present interests are with Native American and Indigenous traditions where we have learned to utilize prayer through sacred fire ceremonies, vision quests, sweat lodge, moon/sun dances. My recent teacher I do vision quest each year with is Carmen Vicente is a Vision Quest leader, Sun Dance chief, and Road Women of the Sacred Fire of Itzachilatlan. In Brazil I have worked with a great healer and medium John of God. I studied with herbalist midwife curenderas in Guatemala Dona Maria and also Dona Flor in Brazil.

Here, in California I apprentice with Kalita Todd on the path of ceremonial arts. I am ordained Priestess of Isis, minister and s spiritual counselor. Working previously with these teachers as well as other traditions, I have gained values, insights and lessons from these customs as a foundation for the ways in which I facilitate and express “Divine Healing Movement” through dance, yoga and ritual offerings.

The various forms of dance I’ve studied include  tribal  fusion belly-dance, mystical Persian, Egyptian folk, central Asian & native American ceremonial dances, contact improvisation as well the Axis Syllabus (studying the bio-mechanics of movement.)

I  have been going to Guatemala over the previous 5 years involved in a community that is Project Ix-canaan, a Mayan word meaning “Guardians of the Rainforest”, I have taught oriental dance to the children and have facilitated creative arts with a group of girls. 

I now live in California 6-8 months out of the year and travel abroad to continue to study, teach and perform.

Spiritual Teachers I have apprenticed with:

Dona Maria- curendera / midwife in El Remate,  Guatemala

Dona Flor- Curendera/ herbalist/ colon therapy in Goias, Brazil

John of God- spiritual healer, medium, pyschic surgeon in Abadiana , Brazil  http://www.johnofgod.com/

Yatra Barbosa- Mardrinha of Templo Mae da Agua in Alto Paraiso, Brazil http://www.ayahuasca-brasil.com/

Carioca – spritual musician of Rio De Janiero,  Brazil www.ciranda.org

Kalita Todd- Alchemical Healer, Priestess of Isis  in Grass Valley, ca http://www.kalitatodd.com

Yoga and Tantric studies

Instructor Clayton Horton
Greenpath Yoga 200 hr teacher training RYT, San Francisco, CA

Geshe Michael and Lama Christie McNally,
Diamond Mountain University, Bowie, AZ

Anusara Yoga Teachers

John Friend

80 hrs in Therapeutics, Immersion, Workshops

Hanelli Francis”The Art of Teaching Anusara Yoga” 35 hrs, Brietenbush Hotsprings, Oregon.

“The Art of Teaching Anusara Yoga” 35hrs, Brietenbush Hotsprings, Oregon.

Sarah Rose, 35 hrs Immersion/ Teacher Training, Northampton, MA

Katchie Ananda, Yoga Kula, Berkley, Ca 100 hr Immersion

Yoga Kula, Berkley, Ca 100 hr Immersion

Kenny and Crissy Graham 50 hr Anusara Immersion, Grass Valley

Dance Teachers

Miriam Peretz

Anna Halprin (expressive arts therapy)

Frey Faust  www.axissyllbus.com

Roseangela Silvestre http://www.silvestretraining.com/

Ixeeya (Stephanie) Beacher, Ceremonial arts and Sacred Dances

Suhaila & Jamila Salimpour
www.suhailainternational.com

 

Other Oriental/ Tribal belly dance studies with: Jill Parker, Sahra Saedi, Sharon Kihara

Academic

Prescott College, AZ

-Eco-Psychology

-Improvisational dance theatre