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Eliza loves to dance, and on the side, she’s a best-selling author, speaker, and workshop facilitator at retreats like the Esalen Institute, the Kripalu Center, and the Omega Institute for the past 15 years. She brings joy, goofiness, a devotion to the sacred in everyday life, and a depth that goes beyond her years to her Qoya movement classes. After loving to dance as a child, Eliza stopped dancing all together when stress, chronic pain and a traumatic event made movement feel uncomfortable, and even scary. Qoya finally got her out of her head, back into her body, and helped her to remember that movement heals us, helps us trust ourselves, and feels really gosh darn good.
When did you take your first Qoya class? I took my first Qoya class in 2014, on my first night in NYC after moving my boxes into my new solo pad in Manhattan, I rushed across town in the pouring rain to take a class. Julie had candles lit, beautiful gentle music playing, and offered me a spritz of rosewater when I walked in the door; it was liking walking through a portal into another world (and I never wanted to leave!). I felt permission to be all of me for the first time. It felt like home. So I decided to become a teacher the next day!
What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? Qoya is the way that I feel at home in body, in a world where feeling totally present is often uncomfortable, painful, or difficult. It's how I practice self-love, and teaching Qoya is how I invite other women to do it side-by-side with me. All things are magnified by us being together. When we're together, the presence and love is even bigger!
What is your favorite song to dance to right now? Good Grief by Dessa. This Love Will Carry Me by Dougie MacLean. From the Ground Up by Ayla Nereo.
What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? Red, Hot and Holy by Sera Beak.
What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? If you're interested at all... go! Move whatever mountains you have to move to get there -- drive across state lines, or hop on a plane!