September 14, 2010 was the first day of WiseWildFree.com and I'm so honored that three years later there have been dozens and dozens of blog posts each year, Qoya communities beginning and thriving in New York with Kitty Cavalier , in Minneapolis with Colleen Lasota and her team of teachers at Four Gates, in Austin, Texas with Susan Anderson, in Los Angeles with moi and there have also been beautiful women offering workshops and series of Qoya in Toronto, Portland, San Diego and more!  I've personally taught hundreds of Qoya classes in over 10 countries and we've had Qoya retreats on five different continents in the US, Costa Rica, Peru, Greece and Turkey, India, Australia and New Zealand.  We have our sixth continent coming up in Africa in November with the first House of Loveness and Qoya Service Retreat in Zimbabwe.  

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The thing I am the most proud of is that through movement, we are remembering.  I did Qoya by myself today, in a hotel room where I'm staying.  I picked a theme that had to do with what I was feeling.  I was exploring the idea of the thing that you can't not do.  For me, it's writing a book.  Every day I write, I am filled with bliss.  Every day I don't, I die a little inside.  It's something I just can't not do.  As I was dancing and doing the movement with meaning, I was moved to tears.  I was transported to a state of deep remembering.  This is the whole point.

 

Qoya is based on the idea that through movement, we remember. Through movement, we remember our essence as women to be wise, wild and free.  Wise, wild and free draw reference to the movement forms that we practice. Wise- the wisdom of yoga.  Wild- the creative expression in dance.  Free- expanding our capacity to feel pleasure in our body through sensual movement.  The class is taught to focus less on how it looks and more on how it feels and when it feels good that's how you know you're doing it right.  It's a shift from seeking external validation or approval to internal validation.

 

One of the main foundations of Qoya is that there is intention and meaning that is given to each part of the class.  And that the intention and meaning is for the whole woman and designed to engage and inspire ALL the different levels of her perception; physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic.

In Qoya, we engage with movement as metaphor.  The idea that how you do one thing, is how you do everything.  So, we take our desires, our challenges, our lives and put them into our body to dance with them and notice how they feel.

 

My dream with Qoya is that as women do it more they start to refine their skill to trust their body so deeply, they can navigate through this world with their body as their compass. With their body as their guide.  Their friend vs. their foe.  They know what the physical sensation of truth is and can follow that feeling as their true North.  They know how to care for themselves, how to ground, how to rest and use that as their South.  They know how to attract the perfect inspirational people, events, music and books into their life to live in a state of enchantment as the head West.  They know how to give their gifts to the world, the alignment of Self when they are doing their Soul's Work.  And they know that all directions lead back to the ultimate destination- that is love.

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I was recently asked to speak on a panel for Alternative Apparel in Downtown Los Angeles about the intersection of women's empowerment and movement where I shared all these ideas above and that through movement, we are remembering and when a woman deeply remembers her truth in her body, she becomes a force.  There is a magic that happens when we shift from the idea of how things are or can be into the feeling sensation and knowing in our bones of who we are and what we are capable of.  Who we are, being divine.  What we are capable of, being limitless. That's the place I hope we all begin to source from, releasing fear and embracing love along the way. Go! Go! Go! Team Qoya! Go!  (And if you don't know about Alternative Apparel, they are one of my favorite makers of clothes that have ever existed.  The cotton is sourced from Peru, just like the name Qoya.  The design team is fabulous and the clothes are really divine.  www.alternativeapparel.com)

 

One more thing before we go, on this third anniversary of wisewildfree.com, I want to say~

 

Thank you for dancing with me.

 

Thank you for dancing with me.

 

Thank you for dancing with me.

 

And...if you would like to LITERALLY dance with me, like right now.  Please do one of these FREE Qoya videos here.  I just did an hour by my self in my hotel room and it was so lovely.  The transformation I experienced in one hour is incredible.  And, it's like that every time.  I hope that you will treat yourself to an hour of movement with meaning.  That you will gift yourself movement, like you would gift yourself a massage, and that it would hopefully feel that good! If you do, I'd love to hear how it goes.  Click here to access the Free Qoya Videos or go directly to the 60 minute Qoya class right here!

Sending you love on the 3rd anniversary of WiseWildFree.com!

 

May the Wise, Wild and Free shine brightly in us all today and always.

 

Love, love, love!
Rochelle

 

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