Meg Gaertner

Minneapolis, MN

When did you take your first Qoya class?September 2014. I had been googling “dance healing” just out of curiosity when the LoveQoya website came up. The philosophy and lifestyle of Qoya inspired me, and practicing with the free videos empowered me and filled some void I hadn’t realized existed in my life. I searched for classes in Minneapolis, found the Four Gates Studio website, went to a class that very evening, and immediately signed up for a Teacher Training that took place two weeks later!

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya?  When we are free, we allow others to taste freedom, to see that freedom is even possible. This is the freedom of speaking, moving, embodying MY truth and no one else’s. It is reaching my fullest self-expression, and recognizing both my own limitlessness and interconnectedness with others. It is a joyful celebration of self and of the light within. Qoya freedom invokes courage, authenticity, self-love, self-reverence, and self-pleasure. It is found in sisterhood and unconditional community. Divinity embodied and unleashed from external and internal cages. It is the feeling of being fully on fire, spreading wings and taking flight. No resistance. Saying YES to life and to self. Teaching Qoya is embodying and living the possibility of freedom that others can embrace for themselves.

What is your favorite song to dance to right now? Complicated Creation by Cloud Cult

What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine?  I’m a little late to the inspirational book club, but am excited to start reading all that others have recommended here! I think my primary inspiration for embodying the feminine is the powerful women that I meet through Qoya and through other women’s circles. There is something so profoundly sacred about women coming together and sharing their truths, something so beautifully heart-healing to see women who embrace their wisdom, wildness, and freedom. Witnessing the power and grace available to those connected with their divine feminine is incredibly empowering to me!

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 women in your life who desperately seek an example of inspirational feminine power. Do it for the men in your life who need the love and connection of the divine feminine but experience only the pressures to be masculine. 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!