We begin at an elegant height with the aerial artist and teacher, Lara Saluja. As anyone who has taken any one of her intimate classes will tell you, Lara embodies movement - this has something to do with the years she has spent mastering the arts of ballet, silk, yoga and contemporary dance. She tells us what both enables this seamless mobility and grounds her in Goa. Her knack for finding magic every day - from sunrise on - makes us want to follow her around.
What’s the biggest misconception city folks have about living in Goa?
The pace of this place may make it seem like nothing ever happens here, but living here has helped me decode the difference between being busy and being productive. Many of us hurry along, missing out on the finest details of simple days.
Three words to describe your work life?
Strong. Tender. Harmonious.
Early to bed, early to rise, neither or both?
To me, the quietude and stillness of the morning hours are magical and nourishing.
What makes working in Goa a pleasure?
What makes it difficult?
As a movement artist and teacher, being surrounded by trees and the ocean breeze always lends a sense of grounding and alignment to my heart and art. Difficult bits: none so far!
What comes to your mind when you hear:
Bimli - plant pickle
South Goa - tremendously expansive
Coffee spot - mojigao and prana cafe
Mapusa market - wondrous whole
Favorite local business – coconuts!
Staycation - elsewhere
Ashwem, in the North.
How do you really feel about dozens of people moving to Goa?
We’ve all been catapulted out of our ‘normal’, and while we find news ways to be, I can only hope our individual and collective choices don’t disrupt the sanctity and sanity of this land, and its people.
What’s something about Goa you want people to know?
It’s a green, serene and safe sanctuary with affectionate people who still wear their hearts on their sleeves.