Theiya Arts comes from the hearts of Gaby Albornoz and Karen Watts. We are passionate about Indian classical dance forms, both as teachers and performers. Karen and Gaby teach Bharatanatyam, Yoga and Meditation in Edinburgh, and around Scotland.
The word Theiya is a combination of different cultural concepts that resonated with Gaby and Karen at the inception of this organisation.
In Greek mythology, the goddess Theia, the eldest daughter of Gaia (Earth) and Uranus (Sky) is regarded as the mother of the Sun and the Moon. She is referred to as the “wide-shining one”. Inspired by the idea of the contrasts and opposites that are ever-present in our daily life, and acknowledging that only when these two halves come together can our existence be whole, the name Theiya started to ring true. We sought a name that would stand for unity in diversity and that celebrated difference – the one thing we all have in common. The sun and the moon in our logo are the visual elements that help us represent this.
Finally, ‘Theiya’ is a nod to one of the first sets of steps we learn as Indian classical dancers – and represents the art tradition that brought Karen and Gaby together in the first place.
It became clear that this should be the name of our organisation, a combination of the most basic part of our dance practice, and word that would also remind us of the fundamental truth of our respect for diversity and the unique imprint of every individual.
The green Tara mantra at the top of our logo represents the goddess of compassion and promotes healing, regeneration, and growth. We knew from the start that we wanted our organisation to also focus on these concepts and that this would be one of our guiding principles throughout our work.
Both Gaby and Karen have a background in Indian classical dance and a passion for using their skills to support the health and wellbeing of others. They each also come with their own addition strengths and skillsets.