Qoya with Erin

Your body is your sacred ally

With all the body shaming that goes on out there right now, with all the ways you’re told your body is both too much and not enough, I know this can be hard to believe.

It’s as if the collective is designed to make women feel out of place in their own skin.

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Your body is a portal for healing

All the drug companies constantly convince you that you have a condition that needs to be medicated or morphed and make you forget your own body’s inherent intelligence.

All the fitness crazes and diet industry hype promise they’ll transform your body in just a few months and divorce you from the joy of loving the skin you’re in.

All the media propaganda tells you what beauty is and what bodies should look and like make you feel like your body is flawed and will never be enough.

Those voices and tired stories that instill doubt and lack in you? They’re wrong and they exist to keep you small, fearful and eager to buy something to make it all better. But even if you understand that on a mental level, you need something that will help you understand it in the deepest most embodied way.

Despite all the noise and all the negativity,
you body wants to be your most trusted companion and
greatest source of joy.

Right now, all women need sacred movement to realize their own divine embodied truth.

All women need Qoya.

What is Qoya?


Qoya is system of sacred, feminine movement that is both spontaneous and structured.

Depending on when you look in on a Qoya class in progress, it might look like a women’s circle, a dance class, or a wild party. A two-hour class includes elements of yoga, meditation, and free movement.

Each session offers you the chance to reconnect with your own wild, free spirit. Come to Qoya and find yourself within a beautiful, welcoming community. Come to Qoya to experience how your body can be your most powerful portal to healing.

Qoya is a movement system based on the idea that
through movement, we remember.

Qoya offers the sacred rebel in each of us the opportunity to defy cultural judgments and stereotypes about what our bodies “should be” and, instead, offers a beautiful container for creating a sacred relationship with the body as it is.

Through the practice of Qoya, we move beyond the “I must work out to make my body look good” mentality or “exercising is a healthy thing I have to do, so I’ll slog through it” kind of drudgery. (Though those are additional benefits of coming to a class!)

Once you open yourself to this practice you’ll begin to know deep in your bones this truth:  “my body is my sacred ally and portal for healing.”

When we gather together for a Qoya class, we remember our essence is wise, wild and free.

Wise: calling on the wisdom of yoga.

Wild: the creative expression in dance.

Free: expanding our capacity to enjoy being in our bodies through feminine movement.

Through dance, we use the body as a portal to the soul.

Benefits of Qoya:

  • feel more open and comfortable in your body

  • get in touch with your true essence

  • develop a sense of connection with other women

  • open up to your sensuality

  • expand the pleasure of being in your body

  • work through and feel emotions through movement

Who is Qoya for?

Those who identify as women and gender non-conforming people of all ages and levels of physical fitness are welcome and encouraged to dance with us.

As Qoya creator Rochelle Shiek says, “If it feels good, you know you’re doing it right.”

What you will need:

  • comfortable clothes that are good for moving and stretching

  • a water bottle

  • a yoga mat

  • a notebook and pen

Click here to visit the official Qoya website to learn more.

Qoya has changed me, and that helps me understand how Qoya can help change YOU

I’ve been attending Qoya classes for a few years now, and I know this practice has been an essential part of healing my relationship with my own body. That’s why I knew I had to become a certified teacher and share this magic with my own friends and clients.

Movement has always mattered to me, but the freedom and the form of Qoya gives me a unique and consistent way to get in touch with the real embodied me. Add in kick ass music and the power of community that flows when celebrating movement with other women, and I’m in my own kind of heaven.

I come back to Qoya again and again for the joy of it, but also because it’s part of the deeper inner work.

It’s like a therapy session between your body and soul that goes beyond words and gets to the core of it all. I would be honored for you to join us.


Upcoming Classes

Please note we are holding our following classes at Grace Studios in Silver Spring. We are so excited to partner with them! Click here to visit their website.

Qoya with Erin: Freedom to Feel

Saturday, October 12, 2019
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Grace Studios
8435 Georgia Avenue Second Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910


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CANCELED: Qoya with Erin: Sistering - The Power of Connectedness

Saturday, November 9, 2019
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Grace Studios
8435 Georgia Avenue Second Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910


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Qoya with Erin

Saturday, December 14, 2019
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Grace Studios
8435 Georgia Avenue Second Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910


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Regular rate (purchased online): $40
Drop-in rate: $45
Bring-a-friend (purchased online): $70 ($35 each)

First time trying Qoya? Your first class is FREE!
Use code ‘AMIGAS’ at check-out to claim your spot (spaces are limited).

Please sign the online waiver form prior to attending your first class!

Qoya with Erin is a true energy healing practice. I love how I able to move my body in a way that gets me out of my head and into the present moment. I am able to tap into joy, pleasure, playfulness and my intuition. I am able to open up my chakras, align my energy body and embody feminine energy through flow and surrender. Erin provides a safe space to connect with other women in her fun and playful way. In her joy and freedom of movement, I was able to give myself permission to connect with my body as a sacred ally. Don’t hesitate to go to one of her offerings!
You will be so happy you did.
— Marci Baron, Energy Healing Therapy
I had the special opportunity to experience Qoya led by Erin earlier this year at a retreat. Erin joyfully embodies this exuberant movement process, facilitating a circle that feels safe and connected. My usual self consciousness went out the window and I was able to connect to a soulful, wise and empowered part of myself that I had not previously felt. I highly recommend Erin’s Qoya gatherings!
— Laura Reagan, LCSW-C
Qoya offers just the right balance of intuitive free movement as well as structure and support to keep you grounded and connected to your intention. If you’re nervous about dancing in front of others, or worried that this is a dance class where you won’t know the steps- know that this is so very different! Qoya is an opportunity to drop down out of the mind and reconnect to our bodies and movement in ways that are intuitive, feel good and are deeply healing. Qoya can be as gentle, deep, slow, energetic, playful, or serious as you need- trust that you will get just what you need and your body will know how.
— Hannah Wilson, LCPC