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Emma Lloyd

Minneapolis MN 

When did you take your first Qoya class? I took my first class from Colleen LaSota in Minneapolis in 2010.

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? Qoya allows me to give back to the community, to hold space for other women, as other's have done for me over the years, to experience ourselves free from judgement. To be able to participate in another human's unfolding, to be present to witness another's true self in the moment is a precious and beautiful gift and a spiritual experience. I receive so many gifts from teaching and gain a deeper understanding of myself.

What is your favorite song to dance to right now? Existence by Shylah Ray Sunshine feat Mother Medicine

What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, not because it talks about the divine feminine but in my teenage years it gave me another way of viewing the possibilities of being a woman, of embodying and living in my body. I grew up in Wales stepped in celtic culture of witches and women with power so while I knew I was not dreaming what I felt it was not seen as a virtue.

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? Come because it is a hell of a lot of fun! To dance is natural, to dance is divine, to dance is to become part of something bigger than ourselves and it's the fastest way to the truth. Give yourself the gift of allowing yourself to experience yourself, whatever that might be, boredom, fear, joy through the medium of your body.