Mother, son and daughter trio Shiela, Visak and Vismita Varghese own and run Bollycurves, a Missouri City studio offering Bollywood dance classes and therapeutic yoga focused on vulnerability and wound healing.
After Shiela injured her neck in 2008, she struggled to find workout classes suited to her injuries. Vismita used her fitness and dance background to do home workouts, which grew into community classes in parks and churches and finally a physical studio in November 2019.
“There was a lot of support from the community to start a physical studio, because working outside is tiring because of the heat,” Visak said.
The studio offers two classes for children and three classes for adults, limited to 10 participants for adults and 15 for children, allowing for a more interactive class where participants can provide feedback and instructors can offer personalized attention.
Visak noted that Shiela’s medical history attracts many injured clients who benefit from her yoga therapy classes. Shiela is a nurse practitioner and certified yoga instructor who has worked with a pain clinic and family practice.
“It gives me a lot of experience and expertise to understand my clients. I’m able to give them a very individualized, very personalized experience,” Shiela said.
Vismita has been dancing for 18 years and gives dance and cardio lessons.
“With little kids, our biggest goal is to bridge American and Indian culture,” she said. “A lot of times, growing up, you have to identify with the American or your culture.”
The Varghes aim to foster a culture of vulnerability, drawing inspiration from the experience of their father leaving the family a few months after the studio opened. In Indian culture, divorce is stigmatized, but the Varghes have decided to change that. Transparency helped them connect with the community.
“We decided to talk about it rather than hide it,” Vismita said. “Since people have seen this, they also feel more comfortable talking about their issues.”
Choosing Missouri City for their studio was a no-brainer for the family as Visak and Vismita grew up in Missouri City and graduated from Ridge Point High School.
“This is our city. This is the city that has always supported us, especially when we started pop-up classes,” Vismita said. “Why don’t we start here?”
Bollycurves offers a variety of classes for adults and children.
Children’s lessons (from 2 years old):
Bharatanatyam: Children aged 3 and up can learn Bharatanatyam, a classical dance from South India. The class teaches hand movements and footwork.
Bollywood Dance: Children aged 2 and up can learn the basics of Bollywood dance. The class consists of learning hand movements, footwork and other dance styles.
Yoga Therapy: Yoga therapy is a session focused on muscle relaxation and pain relief.
Bollywood Dance: The course is for those looking to improve their dance skills.
Bollywood cardio and strength: The class is a cardio workout focused on agility, strength and cardio using dance, resistance bands and weights. bollycurves
3334 FM 1092, Ste. 405 Missouri City
Opening hours: Mon.-Sun. 6am-10pm, class times vary