Kelly Quintia

San Diego, CA

Kelly has been a student forever. Teaching yoga for 11 years - practicing for 13. She believe in cycles. The number seven. Gratitudes. Allowing others to influence her has been paramount as a teacher and student in the yoga studio and in her life. She loves to lead but is happy to follow. She has learned that most things in life are for the purpose of learning to fill the proverbial bucket with wisdom if we choose - if we allow. She is doing her best to say YES YES YES to life's golden opportunities to fill her bucket! She is grateful for all her named and un-named teachers. A Thank You to Rochelle Schieck for being such a salient leader on her life's path! Forever and beyond!

When did you take your first Qoya class? I honestly can't remember my first Qoya class - it was a few years ago now. I remember that I felt life slip into an ethereal place where everything floated, all was light, freedom embraced me and I smiled! I felt damn good. It was like magic. 

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? Teaching Qoya has been mostly about gathering in community. It's been an amazing part of my journey to witness what happens to women whilst in circle. It's incredible. There's a sacred portal right at the tips of our fingertips when women come into circle, and to be able to lead such a gathering and be witness to the unfolding - it truly is an honor. It is really a gift to be able to create literal and metaphoric space for women to have their own individual experiences as a community. That's the best part. The feeling is indescribable!

What is your favorite song to dance to right now? "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and "So Emotional" - both by Whitney Houston! SO FUN!

What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? Women Who Run With the Wolves has been far and away THE most amazing book I've ever read about archetypal women and stories about the Feminine and the psychic power we as women have within us - at any given moment. The journey is to access it every day.

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? I would tell a woman to embrace herself. Get brave. Face fear. And feel held for whatever might come up for her. She is safe. She's loved. Perfect as she is. And if she wants to truly feel herself alive - well, then, she's in the right place.