Nominated for the award: Sports and Fitness
Position: CEO & Founder
Biography: Arshiya Bhan is a Toronto based dancer, choreographer, an Early Childhood Educator, and the Founder of Umsra. With over 15 years of experience in dance and 3 years in fitness, Arshiya wanted to create an ambiance for all generations to reconnect with their inner energy through dance, fitness, and spirituality. Originally, Umsra was called Belly AB Fitness, and though the name stuck to her, Arshiya wanted to create a unique word that described her vision more distinctly. The name change occurred during her phase of spiritual awakening. After battling anxiety and fear, Arshiya focused on all her level of consciousness through the practice of meditation, which helped her find her purest form, and connect her with her inner energy. Through this spiritual journey, Arshiya knew her main purpose was to use her talent and her knowledge of fitness to create a new form of spiritual practice. At the age of 16, she was selected as the top 7 dancers from Toronto for a dance competition called “Just Dance”, created by a well-known Bollywood actor, Hrithik Roshan. She has performed at TIFF, Iffa Awards, and Toronto’s biggest food festival; Taste of India to name a few. She was also a guest speaker for TedX UTSC. Arshiya also had an article dedicated as an inspirational woman for the magazine, We are the City. Launched in 2008 in the UK, their purpose is to support women around the world with their dreams. Arshiya also has a strong YouTube following where she creates content through dance. Along with her strong passion for the arts and fitness, Arshiya also holds a B.A. degree in Fine Arts and Journalism and was also awarded the President’s Honour List designation at Seneca College for academic achievement in Early Childhood Education. She also has a CanFit Pro certification as a Certified Fitness Instructor.