I teach Qoya Fridays 5:30-7 p.m. (except the first Friday of the month) at Studio B Evergreen, studiobevergreen.com. In addition, I offer periodic Qoya workshops in the Denver area. I am also available to develop a personal movement practice or to provide private Qoya for women’s groups and gatherings. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and find my events on Facebook @QoyaColorado.
As a teacher of Qoya and Hatha Yoga as well as a Wild Woman Project Circle Facilitator, Jennifer’s aim is to help women connect with the Divine Feminine within. Her work is guided by the belief that the feminine voice, power and magic are needed on earth now more than ever before!
Held in beautiful Evergreen, CO, just outside Denver, Jennifer’s classes are warm and inviting spaces intended to leave each woman who participates feeling refreshed, nurtured and supported in healing and in sharing her unique gifts with the world. Women are encouraged to delve deep within, to feel, to create, to express, to move their bodies and to dance with who they are at that moment in time.
When did you take your first Qoya class? Qoya found me at a time in my life when I needed to focus on healing. I thought I was seeking a yoga retreat, but the Universe guided me to a website called Qoya, which I had never heard of. As I journeyed through the site, it became apparent to me that I needed to sign up for the 2016 Qoya Collective Retreat in Costa Rica and to sign up for teacher training at the same retreat! Forty-eight hours later I was on a plane headed into my very first and very life-changing Qoya experience.
I will never forget all the feelings I experienced in my first Qoya class, and believe me, it was a whole range. But the bottom line is that when I danced Qoya, it was the first time I felt truly and wholly free. All of the outer layers peeled away and I got a glimpse of the Divine me.
Qoya still affects me the same way. When I am sad, I dance. When I am frustrated, I dance. When I am joyful, I dance. I dance to be free. I dance to be me.
What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? Teaching Qoya is both an honor and a responsibility. I am honored to be a part of such a beautiful tribe of women from around the world who are remembering their Divine Feminine essence. It is a responsibility because I believe that I was put on this earth at this particular point in time to do my part in healing it. Because Qoya found me and offered itself as a tool to heal me, I feel that that part of my mission here on earth is to share Qoya with other women.
What is your favorite song to dance to right now? That depends on the day. It can range from current pop to disco to bluegrass to yoga music. I like a good beat. And I love tribal drums.
What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? Reveal by Meggan Watterson and Shaman, Healer, Sage by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., were two of the books that greatly inspired me during Qoya teacher training. Recently, I have come across a book called When God Was a Woman written back in the 1970’s by Merlin Stone. It is an archeological documentation of the religion of the Goddess, and later, the patriarchal re-imaging of the Goddess as a wanton, depraved figure leading to the great myth of Adam and Eve. I am both fascinated and appalled by what I am learning!
What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? Don’t think…just try it! Go with an open heart and let the magic of Qoya wash over you. Give yourself this time to be just who you are, to feel into the pulse of your own body and to bask in the radiant energy of the women who dance with you. Enjoy the freedom!