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I am passionate about supporting women through all cycles and seasons of life and am devoted to encouraging women to express the truth about their lives, and to feel in their bones how much their experiences matter. I am a woman, a mother, an entrepreneur, a writer, and a lover of the healing arts.
I offer flower essence and herbal medicine, writing support, placenta encapsulation, and movement medicine through my business Santosha Birth and Wellness (SantoshaMama.com). In past lives (careers), I've been a college professor, a writer, and an animal lover (zookeeper, adoption counselor, and vet assistant).
I love to travel, I revel in sunshine (and moonlight!), I love to have my body on the earth and/or my toes in the ocean, I savor delicious food, I love to sing, I feel most alive in the middle of a rainforest (or a qoya class), I am a voracious reader, I am enthusiastic like a child yet full of deep wisdom. I am deeply honored and grateful to be a bearer of this medicine called Qoya.
When did you take your first Qoya class? I took my first Qoya class in April 2015. I was waist-deep in a massive healing journey and Qoya was a goddess-send. For the first time in my life, I felt in my body what I had been trying to reach through my mind for over a decade: The direct experience of my own power, my own beauty, my own strength, my own resiliency, my own divinity. It felt as if I were dancing by the ancient fire. A feeling so pure, so strong, and so free came over me. It reorganized me.
What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? To teach Qoya is to hold sacred space for other women to connect—to pledge allegiance—to their souls; to honor the whole truth about their lives; to be safe and encouraged to feel the full complex range of their emotions; to befriend, trust and revel in their own bodies; to heal; to feel pleasure that is wholly self-centered (in the best of ways!); and to unite deeply with the essence of who they are. To teach Qoya is a tremendous gift I receive by being in service to other women, to the sacred feminine, to Truth, and to Love.
What is your favorite song to dance to right now? Favorites are always a challenge for me! I really love “Woman (Oh Mama)” by Joy Williams, “Wild Things” by Alessia Cara, anything by Rising Applachia or Jai-Jagdeesh.
What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? I am a total bookworm! Seriously, the habit is real. One of the most incredible books I read this year was “Reveal: A Sacred Manual for Getting Spiritually Naked” by Meggan Watterson. I think I underlined most of the book and copied full pages of it into my journal. It feels like a sacred transmission of divine feminine wisdom. I love “Maps to Ecstasy” by Gabrielle Roth. Rochelle Schieck’s Qoya book is out-of-this-world amazing. Oooh, “Unknown She” by Hilary Hart is a phenomenal odyssey into the feminine. Betsy Blankenbaker’s “Autobiography of an Orgasm”: groundbreaking and revolutionary. I could go on…
What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking Qoya class for the first time? YES! Qoya is going to rock your world in the best of ways! I’m so excited for you.