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Mary Ricards

Seattle, WA

Mary grew up on a farm in Southern California and went to college to become an Agriculture Teacher. Along the way she took her first yoga class from Rochelle and hasn’t stopped since! She became a certified instructor and started teaching yoga right after college. She traveled around the world and settled on the East Coast where she was heavily training for and participating in yoga championships. She now teaches yoga and she gets to dance Qoya!

When did you take your first Qoya class? Even though Qoya officially began in 2009, I feel like i took my first Qoya class with Rochelle back in 2004 where we gathered in a yoga studio, faced away from the mirrors and danced wildly and freely. Afterwards, I felt like I was in Nirvana and I’ve been taking Qoya ever since and have had the privilege to watch it grow and get deeper into it's essence and truth.

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? It means I get to be an artist. I get to make the theme, the music, the moves, and people’s bodies and energy become my mediums. It's like I’m a real shaman and I’m orchestrating the most beautiful symphony of energies.

What is your favorite song to dance to right now? Timber by Pit Bull and Ke$ha

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

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What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? It’s a great way to dance like you’re a kid again, and not in a forced or inauthentic woo-woo way. Genuine fun guaranteed.