Asheville, North Carolina
As a self proclaimed introvert, I thrive on alone time and live for deep introspection. My passion is to support others in doing the same. Due to being so comfortable alone, it has been a beautiful and soulful mission of mine to create a tribe and to hold a space for people to come together and to explore their inner landscape while surrounded by the sweet support of others. I went to my first yoga class 20 years ago with my mom, and fell head over heels in love! I felt a deep tug from within to practice more and to explore this ancient art of linking movement with breath and awareness.
As a teenager I began to study yoga, meditation and herbalism in my spare time... and my passions grew. In 2002 I moved from all that was familiar in Atlanta, GA to the beautiful blue ridge mountains, where I yet again fell in love with my newfound sense of "home". While nestled in the mountains, I began my formal studies in herbalism, meditation, holistic lifestyle practices, yoga teacher training and massage therapy. I made a pilgrimage to Costa Rica to deepen my offerings in sacred feminine movement, yogic wisdom and dance through Qoya with Rochelle Schieck. In my classes, I invite my students to courageously turn inward and to consciously weave together awareness, breath and movement. Through actively engaging our awareness in each moment, we meet the opportunity to become active participants in our lives! I am so honored to watch inhibitions fall away as people explore freedom through fluid movement that moves beyond words and story lines, and taps deep into the well of creative and empowered living.
When did you take your first Qoya class? I took my first Qoya class with the lovely, Virginia Rosenburg a little over a year ago at West Asheville Yoga Center. To say that I fell in love would be an understatement. I was ecstatic!
What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? Qoya is revolutionary! "Teaching" Qoya allows for the amazing opportunity to continuously remind women that only they know what is true for them, while creatively redirecting the "teacher" role into each individual dancer. Qoya inspires us to reengage with, and to listen to the innate wisdom that lives in our bones. Qoya is the process of intimately exploring our inner landscapes so that we in turn are able to navigate through our daily lives radiantly empowered, inspired and self led!
What is your favorite song to dance to right now? At this very moment… Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsystem…Adir Adirim by Balkan Beat Box… Hey Mami by Sylvan Esso … and Truth Ray by Thom Yorke ...
What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? Everything Anais Nin wrote blows the doors of my heart wide open! The book "I Remember Union" by Aeveia Magdalena is an AMAZING interpretation of the story of Mary Magdelene. Changed my world! "Women Who Run With the Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes… "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant.. "Outrageous Openness" by Tosha Silver. "The Expected One" by Kathleen McGowan. Danielle LaPorte is a goddess and all of her work is amazing… Brene Brown's books, "Rising Strong"
and "Daring Greatly"…Elizabeth Gilbert's book "Big Magic" And, of course Rochelle's book, "Qoya: A Compass for Navigating an Embodied Life that is Wise, Wild and Free."
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!