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No Filter: This dance and yoga studio promotes a healthy lifestyle

Have you been eyeing those images and videos of people doing aerial yoga or acro yoga on social media?

No Filter: This dance and yoga studio promotes a healthy lifestyle
Nikita Vijay and Ram Krish; Upasana Asrani


Last year, during a holiday trip to Bali, I fell in love with the yoga studios in Ubud and wished that Chennai too had facilities like that. A movement studio called Tattva studio, the brainchild of Nikita Vijay and Ram Krish on ECR, is the answer to all my prayers.

Wife of cricketer Murali Vijay, Nikita is a mother of three kids and also an entrepreneur with her own kidswear label. Ram Krish is one of the duos who run Bricks and Beams, an interior design company. What started off as a client-designer relationship a few years ago, has blossomed into a collaborative partnership of like-minded individuals.

Nikita, an avid dancer, tells, “We have curated the classes ranging from yoga and meditation to dance workouts. For me, fitness is a lifestyle and it can be customised from one-on-one classes to group classes. I enjoy meeting like-minded people and working out together. It is so much fun. Now that my kids are older, I can devote more time to my passions and this collaboration with Ram fell into place in a span of few months.”

The studio offers classes on ashtanga yoga, animal flow and more. The duo also made sure that they follow sustainable practices while designing the studio space. All the materials used are refurbished and recycled — something you can see in all the projects undertaken by Bricks and Beams. With Murali Vijay being the face of the brand you never know when he is likely to drop by and workout with you.

City artist’s installation focuses on female friendships            
W ith her latest art installation called Wings of Paradise, artist Upasana Asrani is inviting the city to engage, question, examine and nurture female friendships. In India, we have very few pop culture references for a good female friendship but all that is changing this decade. “I’m a true believer of women who support each other. Female friendships are vital to women living happy and fulfilling lives. Women in my life have faced adversities and risen above it — they inspire me to find the strength within myself. Their journeys are commendable and to come out of adversity and face hardships, yet remain beautiful souls just moves me. I have a sense of pride in knowing these women and calling them my friends. This piece is a symbol of celebration of these women,” she says.
As with most pieces of art, it is highly personal and is interpreted through the eyes of the viewer, who may associate or give the installation a different meaning that they can personally relate to. This led to Upasana and I digging just a little bit deeper into her connections with a particular piece. From being the creator to now seeing the installation come to life, Upasana tells me that it is indicative of her life’s journey. “It symbolises the evolution of where I was to who I am right now. It is evocative of that personal journey that gave me the wing to fly,” she adds.
I have always wondered about the power of art and where it stems from and I think it is in the feelings, emotions and reactions that elicit from you thereby taking you on an introspective journey.

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