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.
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 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
Regular rate (purchased online): $40
Drop-in rate: $45
Bring-a-friend (purchased online): $70 ($35 each)
Please print and bring the signed waiver form to your first class!
Qoya with Erin:
Rock Your Resilience
Sunday, February 3, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm
7014-A Westmoreland Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
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Qoya with Erin:
Saturday, March 9, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm
Dance Loft on 14th
4618 14th Street, NW
Washington DC 20011
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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.
Next Qoya Classes with Erin
Erin will be offering a special New Years Release and Renew class on January 12, 2018 in downtown Washington, DC! Qoya classes will begin being offered on a regular basis starting in January of 2019. Stay tuned for more details! If you want to be the first to hear about our upcoming classes, sign up in the form below.