Vijayalakshmi and the South Asian Network hold healing workshops for women


India West Staff Reporter

LOS ANGELES, CA – Well-known Mohiniyattam representative Vijayalakshmi, in conjunction with the South Asian Network (SAN), a non-profit organization serving the South Asian community in Southern California, is hosting a series of workshops for women based on healing and empowerment.

Titled “Dance and Discussion,” the series is one more step in Vijayalakshmi’s vision to share sacred dance across the United States. The free 3-month series of events will take place in different areas of Southern California and with a broad demographic of women who identify as survivors of abuse.

To kick off the workshops, Vijayalakshmi will teach Mohiniyattam – which focuses on empowering women through the exploration and celebration of femininity – to an audience of women aged 50 and over at Cerritos Senior Center on April 29. Four more workshops in Torrance and the San Fernando Valley will follow.

The movement in the dance, alongside the practice of maintaining one’s sanity, is a unique combination, Vijayalakshmi said, which will strengthen. The workshops are a celebration of all things feminine, and the ancient dance form of Mohiniyattam, rooted in the feminine, can be transformative.

Vijayalakshmi, founder of the Mohiniyattam Institute, in addition to being celebrated as a performer, is also a writer and lecturer and identifies as a feminist. She has graced stages around the world for more than three decades, including the Bolshoi Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival and Lincoln Center.

All women, regardless of ethnicity, are urged to register by contacting South Asian Network at (562) 403-0488 or by email at


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