MEET SOFIAH THOM
Visionary and CEO of Temple Body Arts School, Danyasa Eco-Retreat and Envision Festival in Costa Rica. Sofiah is an embodiment coach, author, sacred movement artist and entrepreneur committed to guiding women to embody their feminine power and birth their gifts into the world.
Sofiah is fourth generation Subud, an international spiritual movement originating in Indonesia in the early 1920’s with a core philosophy and practice that focuses on opening to the divine force within each of us. The essence of Subud rests in supporting and honoring each practitioner’s personal direct experience of spirit through a practice called latihan. Sofiah’s lifelong personal practice in this tradition shines through clearly in her teaching and performance. Her passion lies in creating support systems for others based on recognizing personal value and innate wisdom. The deeply personal and experiential nature of Sofiah’s work creates meaningful life changing transformations for her students.
Named after the greek goddess of wisdom and creativity, Sofiah dedicates her life’s work to continuously receiving, embodying and transmuting divine energy through a myriad of artistic expressions. Driven by her boundless passion for dance and creative expression, Sofiah studied at the Naropa University and Tamalpa Institute, in Dance Therapy, Performing Art and Expressive Healing Arts.
She studied traditional Indian temple dance in India, which led her to the study and practice of modern day yoga. She trained in Soul Motion with Vin Marti and apprenticed under Melissa Michaels in The Five Rhythms. Anna Halprin, the founder of Tamalpa Institure, along side her daughter Daria Halprin, stands amongst her muses and teachers. Sofiah holds a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 300 certification, having completed her Anusara teacher training with BJ Galvin, Jaye Martin and Kenny Graham. As well as completing advanced Yoga training at the Nosara Insitute. Since 2012 Sofiah has been offering yoga teacher trainings with an emphasis on expressive healing arts and Goddess Embodiment fused with more traditional asana.
In 2016 Sofiah became an initiate of the 13 Moon Mystery School with Sarah Uma Kane as her mentor and guide.
She is a regular teacher and performer at festivals such as Lighting in a Bottle, The Symbiosis Gathering, and Wanderlust. Often seen on stage with Producers such as Random Rab and Desert Dwellers, Sofiah is well known to inspire ritual connection and expression of the divine feminine through dance.