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Inna Shapkina

New York, NY

ishapkina32@yahoo.com

Inna has been passionate about dance for as long as she can remember. As a little girl, she danced classical ballet. She remembers constantly choreographing imaginary dance pieces in her living room with such passion, and cutting out pictures of ballet dancers from magazines. Dancing, however, was considered frivolous in her family. Moving to the US and going through the motions of following a socially approved career path put a halt on her dancing for over 10 years. Her return to this practice has been a result of a long journey of self-development that brought her to the mysteries of the feminine, with dance being the most enjoyable, most freeing and the quickest way of accessing her truth and shaking off the barriers that have been constructed out of societal and family conditioning. She experienced the most profound shifts through the connection to her body. Dancing through and with her feelings, moving her hips in the most pleasurable way and giving herself permission to be guided by her bodies sensations felt like home. After her recent teacher training she started doing breathing/intention setting and circling movements from Qoya in her kitchen daily as a way of greeting a new day, her body and her soul. She is excited to continue navigating her life with Qoya, and sharing it with other women to do the same.

When did you take your first Qoya class? I took my first class shortly after Rochelle started teaching it, at Sacred Studio in Brooklyn. It took me a few classes to really allow myself to be in the experience more fully and feel the difference in myself after the class. I have been to several Qoya retreats and many classes since then and will continue to do so. Qoya is a lifestyle.

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? It means inviting more and more women to live from their deepest wisdom and truth that can be accessed through the experience of Qoya. It means being a leader in giving permission to be ourselves and moving with freedom and with your own signature. It means continuing celebration of being a woman. It means expanding my community.

What is your favorite song to dance to right now? I love sensual tunes the most. I would say Lenda by Ceu right now.

What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? Clarissa Pinkila Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? Congratulations! You are in for a major expansion of joy, freedom, acceptance, authenticity and truth in your life. You will so enjoy the vehicle of Qoya!

When did you take your first Qoya class? I took my first class shortly after Rochelle started teaching it, at Sacred Studio in Brooklyn. It took me a few classes to really allow myself to be in the experience more fully and feel the difference in myself after the class. I have been to several Qoya retreats and many classes since then and will continue to do so. Qoya is a lifestyle.