Tel Aviv, Israel
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Life coach (and former business lawyer), mum of two little cuties and wife of an incredibly supportive husband, Julie is above all a woman dedicated to getting every day closer to herself, to her essence. Qoya clearly sent her on that path in 2011 when she met Rochelle on a plane, tried a class a few days later and realized that below her overthinking head were a body, sensations and emotions... When she came back to France, her home country, after 6 months in NYC, she couldn't help but share the wisdom of Qoya with other women and launched Qoya France. A few years (and two kids) later, she decided to go live in Israel and immediately launched Qoya Israel, with the intention to grow the movement whenever the timing would feel right. This moment has come: come and dance with her, and help her grow the movement in Israel!
When did you take your first Qoya class? In July 2011. It was a big moment for me: I grew up in a very intellectual environment, seeing physical exercise as a performance/weight loss issue, and I ended up completely disconnected from my body and my emotions. At the time, I was a business lawyer in Paris and felt like a robot. Dancing Qoya was a revolution! I had never felt so relaxed in my life. Suddenly I felt everything around me: the air inside and outside of my body, the sounds, the smells. My awareness expanded, as well as my presence and connexion to the world and to others. It touched me very deep, and I felt called to dance every week, attend a retreat...and teach!
What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? It means helping other women to get rid of all the layers and roles they put on themselves, reconnect to their essence and feel free again! It means helping them embody the idea that there is no way they can do it wrong: let go of perfection and simply own what they are. It means spreading feminine energy around the world and showing that there is a more compassionate, caring and collaborative way to live and lead.
What is your favorite song to dance to right now? "Where We Come Alive" by Ruelle
What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? The first one was "Women Who Run with the Wolves" by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? Qoya is such a powerful experience that it is hardly possible to explain it with words. If you feel the call, you have to come and try!