Nicole Connell

San Jose, California

I teach classes at various venues in the South Bay including San Jose and the surrounding area (Campbell, Saratoga, Santa Cruz etc.) Email me directly to learn about upcoming classes or if you have a studio that would love to host a Qoya class.

By day, I am an Educational Therapist and Mentor assisting children to support and nurture the amazing gifts they have to offer the world as well. My mission is to empower the children and teens that I work with to be who they are and express their wisdom.

By night (well, some nights and some days too!), I am a Qoya teacher and love sharing this practice with women to remember that we are wise, wild and free.


When did you take your first Qoya class? I had been wanting to try Qoya ever since I heard Rochelle speak during an interview series. At that time, there were no nearby Qoya classes and a Qoya retreat wasn't in the cards for me at that point. Out of the blue, I got an e-mail that said there would be a 1 day Qoya retreat in the Oakland hills. At a beautiful house no less! And it was on the Summer Solstice in 2015! I am so glad that I said yes and experienced Qoya in person.

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? It means being an advocate holding transformative spaces for women to remember who they are.

What is your favorite song to dance to right now? “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” by Jackie DeShannon

What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? Reveal by Meggan Watterson

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? Come with an open heart and mind and see if class resonates with you. There is more to a Qoya class than just the movements- it tends to attract some amazing like minded women as well :)