My passion is helping women disconnect from people pleasing and over-achieving by digging within to find their own soul truth, and then finding the courage to embody and express that truth in their lives. Through Qoya movement classes, workshops, and retreats, and through one-on-one and group mentoring opportunities, I guide women back home to themselves. Qoya was a huge part of my journey to unearthing my authentic voice, and I love sharing this powerful practice with other women! All of my offerings include heaping doses of both depth AND silliness.
I currently teach weekly classes on Thursday mornings at Austin Bellydance in Austin, Texas. Walk-in classes are $20. To receive my monthly Qoya schedule, visit: https://singingbirdcoaching.lpages.co/qoya-classes/
When did you take your first Qoya class? I took my first Qoya class in Austin with Sara Ballard in early 2015. I had just moved to Austin from Los Angeles, and from the first class I was drawn back by the energy, joy, and community that is Qoya.
What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? To teach Qoya means that I get to share a piece of my heart and soul with every woman who walks into that class. Seriously, it brings me SO MUCH JOY. I love the movement, the smiling faces that walk out of class, the tears, the laughter, the music, the connection. It truly is an honor for me to be able to bring this practice, which has been so monumental in my own life, to more women.
What is your favorite song to dance to right now? Ah, it is so hard to pick just one! I would say "Bird Set Free" by Sia. Always powerful!
What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? Again, so hard to pick just one! I have tendency to DEVOUR books. Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes is one I always come back to.
What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? JUST DO IT. Show up and be prepared to have fun. As a culture, we have forgotten how to have fun IN our bodies and it is high time we remember.