- Ko Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand
Happily not over-identifying with any external "identities", Monika most enjoys dancing the Divine into existence, finding Truth in every breath and sharing this with others. Since 1999, she has lived full time on the road as a "nomadic dancing mystic Shakti adventurer of the soul" studying and practicing with a host of incredible spiritual masters and in turn teaching a bevy of sacred traditions herself. Her current manifestations are the result of a deep passion and dedication to movement mysticism, tantric yoga, meditation, travel and community work.
Monika is the creatrix of Mystical Dance® and Shakti Spirit®. She is a pioneer of modern sacred feminine practices and transformational teacher trainings for women.
Monika has brought Tantric teachings, Yoga and sacred dance to 22 countries around the globe and to many thousands of people, as she delves into the inner connection of it All. She has journeyed to more than 70 countries across all 7 continents, has embodied varied avocations ranging from professional NYC bellydancer, corporate executive, yoga school co-director, non-profit foundation grant-maker, master scuba diver, teacher trainer, film festival co-founder and Mystical Dancer. She took the name Nataraj -- Shiva in the dancing form -- to remind her always that consciousness and creativity are eternally moving as One.
Monika continues to travel and teach extensively in Asia, Europe, North America and South America, at esteemed retreat centers and in the heart of nature.