Krissy Oakes

Los Angeles, CA

The Electric Lodge in Venice, The Quest and Venice Beach

Krissy is here to share the sweet life, "la dolce vita," through Qoya, yoga classes and retreats. She leads luxury retreats in Italy, designed to completely renew the body, mind and senses through the daily physical practice of yoga, Qoya, meditation and vocal explorations. She encourages you to discover your own unique expression of movement and inspires you to take time to be in your body and get present to the magic of life. She can also be caught performing in theatre festivals worldwide and her favorite hobby of all, babysitting her beautiful nieces around town!

When did you take your first Qoya class? 2011 at Sacred Studio in Brooklyn, NY

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? Qoya is poetry. It's like improv, like jazz. It's the closest expression I've felt in physical form to making music. Teaching Qoya to me means giving the gift of empowering women to improvise in their bodies and in their lives. To try on different ways of being, moving and opening. Opening to life, to pleasure, and ultimately to freedom. Teaching Qoya means breaking the chains of should's and comparisons and the harsh words of our inner critic. It means honoring and paying attention more to the voice of my truth than that of my fear and trepidation. Qoya means Queen, and to me teaching Qoya means embodying all things divine, revered and sacred. It is ritual. It is timeless and it is so time. The time is now to allow, create space and offer women (and men) the opportunity to connect to their bodies in a unique way, and thus to the universe, and our own personal truth. I believe that the body never lies and so in going to the body for wisdom, we can access our greatest truth and gently or rigorously shake off all that is no longer, or never really was, who we are. I am grateful for this opportunity. Thank you. 

What is your favorite song to dance to right now? Candi Stanton's "Hallelujah Anyway"

What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts


What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? Dress comfy, come as you are and get ready to have some fun!