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Diwali Fundraiser for Pakistan

Join DJ Anjali, Tara Sonali Miller, and Kusum Rao (Ruchikala) for a day of yoga, bollywood dance, and snacks.

Tara will guide a slow and steady yoga class to warm up our bodies and get the blood flowing, then Anjali will lead a Bollywood dance lesson that brings you through a whole journey into the sweet and complex narratives of Bollywood dance, we'll integrate all the movement and fun through Kusum's soothing guidance in restorative yin yoga, and we'll finish with Ruchikala's signature bites.

Date / Time / Format

Saturday, October 22th, 1pm - 4pm

In-Person and Livestream


$25 - $100

Proceeds will be donated to support flood relief and climate disaster relief in Pakistan.

What to bring

* For those attending in-person, please bring a yoga mat and face mask.

* For those participating via livestream please gather props for practice including: blankets, pillows, or any supportive bolsters, yoga blocks, straps etc.

Covid Safety

For in-person attendees, vaccination and masks required.

More about the facilitators and their offerings:

Tara will be teaching a Slow + Steady Yoga class Our first hour will be a slow-paced, yet heat building yoga class. We'll practice deep embodied listening, build warmth together through breath and movement, and close with gentle unwinding, rest, and release to get our bodies and beings ready for dancing.

About Tara (They/Them + She/Her)

"Yoga, for me, is everything. By which I mean it is pure bliss, it is heartbreaking, it is confusing and hard, it’s essential and rooting, it’s connection to lineage and ancestors in a way that is blurry and felt, it is energizing and exhausting in all the realms - mind, body, spirit. I come to yoga, and to my teaching, as a South Asian person, as a person of diaspora, more specifically as an upper-caste Hindu, Mayalee person, as a mixed person, an Eastern European Jewish person. As able-bodied. As queer, genderfluid. As a survivor. My journey with the practices and teachings of yoga is intimately linked with these identities and experiences. I’m so grateful to my guides & teachers, and especially my ammamma, for always celebrating the importance of this path and my exploration..." Learn more...

Bollywood Dance with Anjali The second hour will be a Bollywood dance lesson with our fantastic old friend DJ Anjali, with her amazing instruction, laughter and incredible energy as she guides you through a whole journey into the sweet and complex narratives of Bollywood dance.

About Anjali (She/Her)

Anjali is a DJ, Dancer and Artist. Her work is primarily concerned with creating a collective memory through songs, dance and imagery while pushing forward a working class, immigrant feminist agenda on the dance floor. As a DJ and dance floor instigator, she promotes the future and vintage sounds of the South Asian "Desi" Diaspora as well as the Afro-Latin Diaspora. She is a Dancer and choreographer, blending her influences as the daughter of a classically-trained Indian Kathak dancer with the powerful folk dance styles of Panjab, mainly Bhangra and Giddha. She moves between two styles of performance, from behind the decks as a DJ to the front of the stage as a Dancer, all the while exploring her own identity through the power of sound and dance. She uses the dance floor as a place to build solidarity between communities of color. Learn more...

Kusum will guide Restorative Yin yoga

Our last hour together will be a deeply restorative, meditative stretching class. We’ll use the support of blankets, bolsters and blocks to comfortably ground in the body for long held poses. This accessible yin class will focus on embodiment and deep rest as we send light and aid to Pakistan.

and... they'll be providing snacks by Ruchikala Enjoy awe inspiring signature bites of their whimsical layered spicy fare. Veg+ vegan options will be available.

About Kusum (They/Them) / Ruckikala

"In 2010 I started my food business Ruchikala, where I host “Aramsay'' storytelling dinners, a culinary venture that started in my home, the Sonoran desert. The culinary creations I create are often times heavily entrenched in Sonoran Mexican and South Indian roots - a blending of ancestral family food tradition and a deep love of the adopted landscape and borderlands culture/community that accepted and raised me. The experiential dining popup “Aramsay” is a celebration of deep presence and community through storytelling and food.

My yoga takes a softer approach - I aim to create a space to connect with tenderness and healing. I think many of us have lived lives of complicated identity and the presence I bring in much of these spaces is a way to meld truth by deep witnessing and connecting to felt experiences in the body. My aim is to create a space to honor pleasure in our bodies, while acknowledging the reality of pain (both physical, emotional, spiritual), and to create space for deep rest and healing. I aim to create a space for people who have felt marginalized, unwelcome, or unfit to have a place to process, heal, and feel connection in their body. " Learn more...

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