(pronounced Sun-dhOO BHaa-M-Raa)
My full name is Anupreet Sandhu Bhamra and I blog under my double last name – maiden and marital written together.
I am a Canadian journalist with transnational experience. An award-winning broadcaster, I have reported across major media platforms – print, television and web for over 15 years. Please visit my website to know more about me and/or to look at my past work.
The blog story:
SandhuBhamra.com is a voice to the internal conflict of finding who I am.
In 2010, after my second child was born, I took a break from an active journalism career. For the next two years, I enjoyed being a full-time stay-at-home parent, devoted more time to my Yoga practice, and yes, spent many hours in meditation (and introspection).
After about two years, I decided to launch this blog to help myself and others like, or unlike me, understand the concept of identity and belonging by critically deconstructing it through the lens of life: as Self, journo, woman, mother and yogini. I do this by examining issues under: Canadian Identity, Racism, Gender Equality, Parenting and Yoga. I write as and when a subject moves me – to tears or to smiles, or when a situation asks me to challenge status quo, to peel the layers, and deconstruct identity.
I recently completed a year of blogging; click here to read my reflections on the one-year journey.
In the past year, my blog has been nominated for Canadian Weblog Awards under two categories: Feminist and Parenting and recently, web magazine Vancouver Mom chose me as the top 30 Ultimate Blogger and Huffington Post named me 15 of the Best Canadian Parent Tweeters.
Identity is the focus of my writings. In fact, the blog’s name after my double last name is the first band of my layered identity – one of birth and the other of marriage. For the feminist in me, both last names represent patriarchal order – one that comes from the father and the other from the husband. It doesn’t matter which last name a woman takes – in the end, both dictate patriarchy. I chose to use both names purely for societal identity. For the Self in me, even my first name fails to define me.
Yogini Sandhu Bhamra:
I call myself a yogini, a practitioner of Yoga. Technically speaking, I am a Yoga Shiromani, an internationally certified Yoga teacher.
I didn’t set out to become one, it just happened along the way. I took my teacher certification to take my own Yoga practice to a higher level, not with the intention of opening a Yoga studio.
Last year, when a few close friends asked me to share my holistic approach to Yoga, as opposed to an “exercise regime” in a studio, I agreed. I do workshops with people who are interested in Yoga, in its pure, classical form.
It was through my direct teaching experience I found how misinformed or little informed people were about Yoga. So I decided to use this space to deconstruct this ancient Indian discipline.
I don’t claim to be a Yoga Guru. I try and live a Yogic lifestyle that gives me the strength and the vision to live a balanced life. If I were to say I have mastered all aspects of Yoga, I’d be lying and grossly misjudging myself. Yogic lifestyle teaches one to surrender ego, discover the Self, and live a healthy life where body and mind are in sync. As for me, I am trying a little, each day.
A little more on me:
I live with my very supporting and loving husband of ten years, and our two little kids under seven, in Vancouver/unceded traditional territories of Coast Salish First Nations, Canada. As a family, we are deeply respectful of this land’s Aboriginal ancestry. I am the main stay-at-home parent and when I am not blogging, I do freelance consult work and speaking engagements on diversity issues besides running private Yoga workshops.
I can read, write and speak three languages fluently: English, Punjabi and Hindi. I love to read (mainly non-fiction), and watch good cinema – in any language, but of course with subtitles! My most loved is Indian cinema – especially the classics – the era of 60s and 70s. But Indian cinema is not just Bollywood as the West knows it – it is diverse and rich and I watch Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali classics. I am also a big fan of Asian cinema; stories of the rich cultural Chinese heritage interest me. I watch Hollywood as well, again, classics, and documentaries.
On comments and sharing content:
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Looking forward to engaging in a dialogue with you.