My holiday gift to myself this year is a one way ticket to paradise. I'm talking about paradise literally AND figuratively.
Literally, I bought a one-way ticket to Hawaii. Starting January 2nd, I am leading the New Year's Qoya Kauai Retreat. After that, I'm still open to the universe/spirit/god/goddess/my intuition to guide me.
Figuratively, I am inviting you to get your own one way ticket to paradise and join me. There is the paradise "out there". The paradise that seems elusive and temporarily experienced on a vacation, in the acquisition of a desire or in the daydreams and fantasies of the mind. There is also the paradise inside, that is available to us anytime regardless of external circumstances. It is the place where we feel ecstatic. Alive. Awake. Aware. Wise. Wild. Free. Ourselves.
The gift I am offering to you is a map to your inner paradise through movement.
Qoya connects us back to ourselves so that when you move your body in a way that feels good, you start to tap back into your essence, your truth, your radiance, so you can source from that center.
Once you have that tangible and measurable sensation in your body to reference, you can use it like a compass when making future decisions. Does taking this job make my body zing like the way I felt when I was dancing? Does this food make me feel lethargic and tired or full of energy like when I finished the Qoya routine? Once you have experienced yourself at a high vibration naturally by simply moving your body, you know how to create the conditions to experience it again anytime you need it. (You move!)
The whole point is to notice what works. What lights you up. What makes you feel alive and more connected to yourself, spirit and others. Then, do that more often. It sounds simple, but sometimes we forget.
Qoya is based on the idea that through movement we remember. We remember, as women, that we are inherently Wise, Wild and Free. Wise, Wild and Free are also the essence of the movement forms that influence Qoya. Wise comes from the wisdom of yoga. Wild is from the creative expression in dance. Free is from the pleasure found in sensual movement. The focus is less and less and less on how it looks and more and more and more on how it feels. When you're moving your body and it feels good to move, you're doing it right.
Here is the link to a one hour Qoya routine called Paradise (Password: qoya)! It and dozens and dozens of other videos like it will be on EmbodyQoya.com (the online Qoya movement studio I am working on as I travel), but until that launches, I would love to share this with you and encourage you to explore finding the way that your body wants to move, finding your map and your way to your inner paradise in 2012.
I know there are many of you on this list who have never actually tried Qoya. Thank you for your support and I hope that you enjoy this video as an appetizer and that we can dine together and feast on Qoya in person sometime in a class or retreat together. For those of you who I have danced with, I hope this will be a reminder that takes you back into the physical sensation of remembering and expressing your true self through your body. Please let me know how you like the video!
***To prepare for your Qoya class, wear comfortable clothing (the movements are a combination of yoga, dance and sensual movement). Most people prefer to do the class barefoot. Before doing any exercise, it is best to be well hydrated and have an emptier stomach. Always listen to and honor the unique needs of your body. The class is one hour long.
Here's the link to the class again! Password: qoya.
May we remember how to connect to the joy and pulse of life by feeling paradise in our body. And if you'd like to join us in person for Qoya's next excursion to Paradise, look at the Spring Qoya Retreat in Costa Rica April 21-28, 2012 at the beautiful Blue Spirit Resort.
Dancing in gratitude,