Jaia Mara, an Appalachian native, is a professional performer and instructor of the Ananda Dance Company, and has over eighteen years of profound and dedicated study in yoga, tribal bellydance, energy work, and various other healing modalities. A sacred movement devotee, she facilitates ritual dance workshops, as well as women’s circles, rites of passage gatherings, wellness groups, and shares one on one spiritual coaching. Jaia’s movement practice and dance form weaves together the strength of technique, the flow of conscious breath, and the importance of true connectivity with others and the divine. Jaia’s work nurtures re-union between mind and body. Her authenticity pervades her dance, inspiring others to joy and healing. Jaia has been facilitating yoga, belly dance and sacred movement workshops regionally at art, culture, and awareness festivals since 2001.