Qoya Teachers


Amy Tatsumi

Washington, DC & Los Angeles

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

It is an honor for me to create a sacred space and community for women to dance into their own Divine Feminine and connect with the larger collective, who are becoming and rising. The women who dance with me in DC & LA have found their essences individually and collectively.

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Angharad Menne

Minneapolis & Worldwide

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? 

To teach Qoya is a Sacred gift. To offer a Sacred space and an experience for a Woman to connect with herself and her body in a way that she never has before, and in a way that feels good, that gives absolute permission to be in her body and to feel it all. To be able to offer tools and resources that allow a deeper connection to herself so that she can begin to remember who she is and use the principles within Qoya as a way to navigate her life from a place of Love, Compassion and Authenticity.

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Ashley Franks

Chicago, IL

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? 

Qoya is a very powerful practice and can be a catalyst for change in your life, if that is something you are looking for (or are looking for MORE of). It is also one of the most fun dance parties you will ever have the privilege of attending and you should DEFINITELY try a class!!!

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Beth Mayesh

New York, NY

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time?  

I encourage every woman to just give it a try. Qoya has deepened my connection to myself in a profound way. I can't imagine life without Qoya. I am deeply grateful for this practice.

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Betsy Blankenbaker

Miami, FL

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? 

Trust that if you hear of Qoya and are in a place where it's offered, it's a sign you should take the class. It's hard to describe Qoya, so follow your curiosity and take a class.

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Caroline Padgett

Asheville, NC

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? 

To go for it!!!! That is is a magical dance into the very heart of yourself and a celebration for the collective remembering.

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Claire Garin

Paris, France and worldwide

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? 

Teaching Qoya is such a big part of my Sacred Work! It is an honor for me especially to bring it in France and be the witness and facilitator for other women's healing path through movement as I walk my own path. Teaching Qoya is also a wonderful way for me to dive deeper into all the layers and the magic that movement as medicine can offer and to create more community around me.

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Colleen LaSota

Minneapolis, MN

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? 

You must go... because if you love it like we do and choose to make Qoya part of your life, your whole life just gets better and better, and all you have to do is show up and move however feels good to you.

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Dana Murphy

Jupiter, FL

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class? 

I would tell them to come experience how good it can feel to move using your intuition to what feels right and good for you.  It is the most fun way to open up and get really in touch with your heart and soul.

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Dana Vasquez

 

Sacramento, CA

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? 

It feels like I have found my pack of Wise, Wild, and Free Sisters! By teaching Qoya, I can offer the practice as an invitation to what I feel to be the gift of community and collective remembrance. We are blessed beings on this Earth, and by leading Qoya, I can honor the Mother, the Spirit World, the Qoya, and all that is above and below, in ways that feel sacred and reverent.

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Dana Whiddon

Hudson Valley (Cold Spring), New York

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? 

It is such an honor to hold space for women to slow down, experience authentic connection, and tap into the light inside of themselves. It is so refreshing to give myself and others permission to feel a range of emotions and begin to trust that instead of avoiding the shadows; it is possible to mine them for wisdom. I also really appreciate that each class offers the opportunity to experience pure pleasure and joy.

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Elan McAllister

Global

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class? 

Qoya is so much more than a movement class. It's a way of navigating the world with love, intention and compassion, for yourself and for others.

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Fabiola Bergi

Brooklyn, NY

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

Teaching Qoya is a gift, a way to express and to connect deeply with the Divine, within and without.

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Geraldine Lavelle

Dublin, Ireland

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? 

If you feel you want to dance, to move, to express yourself, to reconnect with a deeper part of yourself, to experience sisterhood, then this is the class for you. There is no right or wrong way on this path of life; it is different for every single one of us, so if you feel drawn to Qoya, come dance. Qoya is an fun, easy to follow class, There is no way to do it wrong. Follow that niggle that is asking you to dance.

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Heather Hubber

Otatara, Southland, New Zealand

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? 

Go for it!!! Nothing to lose and everything to gain.To revel in your divine beauty through movement is empowering.

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Heather Premac

California

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

I am honored to teach Qoya and share it with as many women as I possibly can. Helping women remember truth in their feminine body and unlocking the door to living a more embodied life is my passion.

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Jaime Fleres-Mizejewski

Asheville, NC and beyond!

When did you take your first Qoya class?

I took my first Qoya class in April 2015. I was waist-deep in a massive healing journey and Qoya was a goddess-send. For the first time in my life, I felt in my body what I had been trying to reach through my mind for over a decade: the direct experience of my own power, my own beauty, my own strength, my own resiliency, my own divinity. It felt as if I were dancing by the ancient fire. A feeling so pure, so strong, and so free came over me. It reorganized me.

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Jayne Goldheart

Worldwide

When did you take your first Qoya class?

I was so lucky to have taken my first class with Rochelle on retreat in Costa Rica. It was a real leap of faith to fly over 5000 miles for the retreat, but it changed my life. It changed the way I feel about my body & how I show up everyday. Forever grateful.

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Jennifer Reeve

Evergreen, Colorado

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 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.

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Jessilyn Gilbank

San Clemente, CA

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time?

Trust the call that has you even thinking about it, there are no mistakes and there is no way you can do it wrong.

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Jill Lacina

Australia & Worldwide

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time?

If it piques your curiosity - even slightly - give it a try. Qoya is the key to the hidden door of your soul. It's like coming home to yourself in a deep and joyful way.

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Julia Grace Vishnepolsky

Santa Monica, CA

When did you take your first Qoya class?

In the beginning of 2011, at the opening of Dara Cole's Sacred Studio in Brooklyn, NY. I can still see the set up of the room, with candles and rose petals everywhere! I realized at my first class that this wasn't just another dance class, but truly an experience of healing, transformation, connection, and sisterhood.

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Kaci Florez

Sacramento, CA

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time?

I would encourage them to follow that curiosity. Qoya is a fun way to move and to spend time in community. But I think the most powerful part of Qoya is being given the permission to do it in the way that feels good to you. To find the guidance from within. So when you take your first class remember, there is no way you can do it wrong. Explore and enjoy.

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Kari Woldum

St. Louis & Worldwide

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

Just experiment with this hour in which you can let go and be with yourself. Allow yourself to fill your own cup up and see the magic that happens. 

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Kate Taylor

Worthing, United Kingdom

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

You've felt the calling. Trust your instincts and try it. If you're feeling conscious about moving your body in front of people, take it at your own pace. It will pass as you remember the joy of what it feels to move in the way your body desires to move. Even if you feel that all you can muster is to tap a foot, then come and tap a foot!

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Kitty Cavalier

New York, NY

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

Qoya has given me the most important gift of my life, a phyiscal connection to my truth and intuition.  Because of Qoya I am able to cultivate the ability to trust myself and trust my body.  

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Klyne Wynn

Melbourne, Australia

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

The only way I can really describe it is RELIEF! It's as though I'd spent all the years up until now seeking something I could never quite put my finger on... That first moment I sat in a circle and drew an oracle card, got raw & vulnerable then joyful only minutes later, I just breathed a huge sigh of relief. I'd found it. Since then my life has just gotten more and more magical, so much richer and fuller. As I go deeper into my own practice and share the wisdom of Qoya with other women, it honestly feels like something I was born to do and the bliss and clarity of it all nourishes me on so many levels. To hold a space where a woman can find that sense of Home within her own body is such a privilege and honour.

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Lainie Love Dalby

New York, NY

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

To say YES to my soul's deepest longings and listen to her whispers of truth. It is an opportunity to embrace my embodiment in this lifetime and to help others do the same. It is my favorite practice in my transformation toolbox to access myself and my most authentic essence in any moment. It is also a deep honor to carry this sacred transmission out into the world. Qoya is truly a form of Sacred Art, what I teach in the world, and it is a Divine marriage with my own medicine.

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Lindsay McKinnon

Roanoke, VA

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

Teaching Qoya means to move in powerful ways... that always lead you to loving yourself and loving others even more deeply.

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Lisa Comes

Miami, FL and NYC

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

To teach Qoya means to answer a calling. It means to live the Qoya lifestyle. That means more ease, but not easy. It means that I can be grounded, connected to something greater than me and wild all at the same time. All parts of me are welcome and at home. It is so beautiful to hold space for other women to experience that. There are no rules and it just feels good.

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Liz Orchard

Minneapolis, MN

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time?  

It's one of the most nourishing things you can do for yourself and once you try it you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.  

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Lyndsey Azlynne

Asheville, NC

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time?

Qoya is such a sweet and simple yet deep practice of transformation and unfolding. Get ready to dance, giggle, soar, connect with community, practice yoga and sink deep deep deep within the well of wisdom that you are. Set yourself free, as your inhibitions roll off of your body, like water!

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Meg Gaertner

Minneapolis, MN

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time?  

Absolutely do it. Do it for yourself, for the you that you have always been and the you that is just waiting to be unleashed on the world... Do it for the world, which sorely needs more empowered, free-spirited, and insightful women to bring about a shift in consciousness in how we interact with ourselves and with others. Whatever inspires you to take this leap into flight and freedom, follow that inspiration!

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Melissa DeKellis

Northern California

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? 

To me teaching Qoya is about being of service. It's about holding space for other women to connect with their own beautiful essence. Creating a community where we are supported and connected. Where we honor sisterhood, ritual, and ceremony.

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Mia E. Pem

Austin, TX

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? 

Teaching Qoya is a delightful way for me to return to the sacred through movement and to offer a place where women can come home to themselves, their own wisdom, sensuality and ecstatic nature.

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Nicole Connell

San Jose, CA

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? 

It means being an advocate and activist for the divine feminine and holding transformative spaces for women to remember who they are.

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Rachel Anzalone

San Antonio, TX

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time?

Know that if you’re called to it, there’s a reason. Show up and trust that it’s exactly what you need right now, no matter where you are or what’s happening in your life. Follow the call.

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Radzy Chugh

New Delhi, India

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time?

Stop Thinking and Start Feeling. And if this FEELS good to you then jump in. Remember there is NO way you can do it wrong. Trust your body and your inner voice to always lead the way. Gift yourself QOYA today. 

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Rochelle Schieck

Los Angeles, CA

Why Qoya?

Qoya evolves the way we have been taught to move our bodies as women. Drawn from the wisdom of yoga, creative expression in dance, and the pleasure found in sensual movement, Qoya helps women enjoy and revel in their feminine bodies.

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Samantha Richardson

Tasmania, Australia

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? 

It could be the most empowering thing you have ever done for yourself. Throw caution into the wind and go for it!

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Samar Ocean Wolf Ciprian

Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

Qoya is a body-centered vision quest inward.  It is an opportunity to know yourself in a deeper and unspoken way and for a minute break through the barriers of what form and society have created for us.  I love it - and hope you will too! 

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Sara Ballard

Greenville, SC

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time?

Every women who has a body and wants to be more of who she is will LOVE Qoya! Welcome home to your body. Welcome to a community of women who accept and love you just as you are. Welcome to Qoya.

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Silvana Perelli

Fairfield County, CT

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

I love witnessing the transformation and remembering that women experience in a Qoya class. I also love feeling the sacredness of a circle of women allowing movement to be their medicine.

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Sonja Lockyer

England

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking Qoya class for the first time? 

If you love kitchen dancing, yoga, and truth you can't go wrong. It's your ticket to remembering your own magic.

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Stephanie Severe

Brooklyn, NY

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking Qoya class for the first time? 

Freedom... how can you resist?

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Susan Anderson

Austin, TX

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

To me, Qoya has become a necessity as a way to infuse my spirit with happiness. Gathering together as women to create a sacred circle that forms the container where we practice yoga, dance, and sensual movement with the intention to do what feels good is an amazing medicine. 

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Suz Mendoza

Gold Coast - Hong Kong - Sydney

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking Qoya class for the first time? 

Trust yourself. Follow the call. Be open. Play. Have fun! Let go, be yourself, feel your fullness. Feel acknowledged, appreciated and loved exactly how you are where you are. Your life will bloom in crystalline clarity, presence, happiness and sacred juiciness with our Qoya family. 

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Tina Doellgast

Asheville, NC

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking Qoya class for the first time? 

Go! Give yourself the gift of remembering your truth, of opening to receive on a deeper level then you could possibly imagine. It's a gift that extends far beyond your time on the dance floor and moves into all the places of your life, your family, your community, your dreams. How? By following the physical sensation of truth in your body. It is like having a deep conversation with your soul in the form of a kick ass dance party.

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Virginia Rosenberg

Asheville, NC

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

After years of dedicating myself to disciplined practices for achievement, Qoya was the first thing that allowed me to sense and fully savor. THIS is where the magic is.

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Zee Kirk

Fayetteville, Arkansas

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?

Teaching Qoya, for me, is a fullness, a culmination and new beginning of a path I began several decades ago. I feel like my years as a bellydance instructor began my journey of embodiment, and helped me appreciate the healing power of movement and a community of women. And now Qoya has brought me round full circle, back to the beginning of myself, back to a new path to wholeness, to embodiment, and to another opportunity to assist women and empower them to go within & to follow the thread of embodiment--all while doing something that makes my soul sing! Teaching Qoya is an honor and a gift, one that I am grateful for in new ways every day.

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