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Develop a solid elevator speech about to introduce Qoya before class to introduce the concept of Qoya and invite the women into this intentional space.
“Qoya is based on a simple idea that through movement we remember. We remember, as women,that we are wise, wild and free. Wise wild, free is also the essence of each of the movement forms that influences Qoya. Wise being from the wisdom of yoga. Wild from the wildness or creative expression of dance. And Freedom or unboundedness from sensual movement- to slow down and really revel in the pleasure of moving how our bodies want to move. In class, we focus less on how it looks and more on how it feels and when it feels good, you are doing it right."
After introducing yourself and the concept of Qoya, you'll want to share your theme.
Sharing a Theme
Sharing a theme in the beginning of a Qoya class is how you set the tone with your authenticity and ability to be comfortable sharing your truth and voice.
Be Real. Be You. Speak From Your Heart.
How to find a theme?
Ask yourself what are your current blessings and challenges? What are you learning? What are you dancing with? Create a theme around that. Allow yourself to be inspired by the world around you. Ask for guidance on what messages are needing to be heard. The most important thing is that they resonate with you.
Some themes that every woman's heart can relate to are:
- the dance between blessings and challenges in one's life
- dancing your big dreams
- letting go
I also encourage you to explore understanding more about themes by taking Qoya classes if they are offered where you aredoing the movement rituals and full classes online to get ideas.
I frequently do classes that focus specifically on the philosophies of Qoya. So the theme would be something like accessing your inner wisdom, which is the wise part. Expressing your true self through your movement, which is the wild part. Taking pleasure from your movement, which is the free part. Those are always good opportunities to go deeper into the essence of wise, wild and free which Qoya believes lives in every woman.
The easiest way I can encourage you to pick the best theme, is by asking yourself a simple question, "How are you?"
When you answer yourself honestly, notice what is going on in your life? Are you trying to muster the courage to quit your 9-5 job and live your dream? Are you healing your heart from a break up? Are you really ready to call in more abundance? Are you so overwhelmed with the goodness in your life you don't even recognize yourself from a year ago?
Your stories are our stories and our stories are your stories. When we are real and authentic, our theme sets the stage for authenticity, transparency and courage to be fully open with one's voices. You doing this with your voice gives your student permission to this with their body.
Some good books with ideas for themes are:
- Ask and It is Given by Ether and Jerry Hicks
- The Red Book by Sara Beak
- The Game of Life for Women and How To Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn
- Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts by Regena Thomashauer
- Reveal: A Sacred Manual To Get Spiritually Naked with Meggan Watterson
The energy should always be fresh. If it is meaningful to you, it will be easier for your students to be moved by it. For example, if you say, "Today's class is about inner peace," but you are really struggling and feeling anxiety, it comes across as just words and just going through the motions of what one might think they are "supposed" to say. Teaching Qoya is an opportunity for you to explore knowing the power of your own voice when you are raw and honest and true to your experience. That is what other women will relate to and respond with.
When you are going through a challenging time, you don't want to bring everyone down with you. In general, you teach from a place where you have been through something and share how you found your way back. You have to find that balance of being authentic and also being a responsible leader. Women come to Qoya not only to move their bodies, but to go on a journey of spirit.
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