Mallory is a huge science nerd and spends her days caring for patients in a hospital, taking graduate school classes, and reviewing PubMed articles. After years of this routine, burnout got the best of her and several autoimmune diseases manifested in her body. She found her way to Yoga Teacher Training which lit her up, however, it was also filled with too many "rules" for her taste, as she was searching for something with more freedom. Discovering Qoya has allowed her to honor the creativity that she had not been experiencing in her everyday life and move her body in a way that felt good. Having this outlet of freedom combined with her desire to progress in healthcare has been medicine to her soul. Honoring the paradoxes is the medicine she needed to allow her to heal.
When did you take your first Qoya class? My first Qoya class was a video snippet in my living room in the summer of 2015. It felt liberating to move my body in the way I wanted to move it and not worry if I was doing it wrong - I was hooked. For me, Qoya has been a constant un-learning and shedding process that has led me back home to my true self.
What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? Sharing and teaching Qoya feels like a gift. It's an honor to witness the power of getting out of the mind and into the body. To allow space for the light and dark and embrace the paradoxes and wholeness of all that we are.
What is your favorite song to dance to right now? "Break the Shell" by India.Arie
What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? So many! Both of Sara Avant Stover's books have been medicine to my soul: The Way of the Happy Woman and The Book of SHE. And Rochelle's book, Qoya.
What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? Listen to your body. If you feel called to come, you will arrive.