Mother, dancer, writer, yogi — Sharmila Desai embodies all these titles. Sharmila comes from a matrilineal line of renowned Indian classical dancers and intellectuals, most notably her great aunt Menaka and her grandmother Hima Devi. Similar to her predecessors in pushing traditional forms of movement and art, Desai has intermingled martial art, yoga and Indian dance to explore ancient ideas in the realm of the contemporary.

She has been a long time customer of Matta's and we always look forward to seeing her walk through our doors.

We also love these beautiful images of Sharmila in our Fareeda Saree kaftan. Photographed by Hailey Wist And to all you mothers out there — check out her latest book, Yoga Sadhana for Mothers and her website.