"At the end of all our exploring,
Will be to arrive where we started,
And know the place for the first time."
My last blog post was titled 3 easy ways to learn how to listen to your intuition. If you're going to write about encouraging others to listen to their intuition, it puts oneself in a position of moral obligation to do the same, in order to be in integrity. So, when I received a clear intuitive message that said, "Go to Minnesota for your birthday and (specifically) go to the physical land that you were born on," I booked my ticket and packed my suitcase.
The first couple days of my visit in Minnesota, I found myself completely enchanted with my friends and family, with the beauty of all the gorgeous gardens, parks, bike trails and outdoor concerts. I went to a bunch of delicious farm to table restaurants like the Birchwood cafe, Lucia's, French Meadow and vegan oasis Ecopolitan. I was overwhelmed by the amazing women who attended my Qoya weekend workshop at Four Gates and I found myself thinking "...maybe I could move back here and make Minnesota my home base?"
I looked up the address of the hospital I was born in and was off for my pilgrimage to visit the place where this trip around the sun first began. When I arrived at what used to be the hospital where I entered this world, I couldn't believe what had replaced it- a beautiful (and chic) apartment building that just opened. In that moment, my intuitive vision became clear - I'm coming home.
After having my intuition guide me so clearly to my next home, I went for a walk in the closest part to this apartment building and came across this poem by T.S. Eliot. The words were the stamp and seal of approval, the poetic synchronicity that describing goes beyond words. When you can feel your place in the web of interconnection amongst all things. To feel your intuition is to feel plugged in and supported in a way that is stronger than isolated and alone. Reading this poem, could make anyone want to go home- to go back to the beginning, back to the space between two waves of the sea.
I believe that the easiest way to tap into your intuition, into your happiness, into life- is to learn how to feel it through your body, through movement.
Qoya is based on this idea that through movement, we remember. We remember, as women, that we are inherently wise, wild and free.
That through movement, we can experience our own way home. Back to the place we started our journey in our body and knowing it for the first time.
On my birthday, something else happened. I launched the Qoya online studio! It's a growing collection of videos ranging from 5-10 ,15, 30 and 60 minute videos that remind you that your body is an incredible resource of wisdom to answer your deepest questions. Videos that remind you that your body is a vessel to wildly and creatively express your essence. That your body is one of the easiest ways to be liberated, to feel free and to have a daily experience of your power, purpose and pleasure.
Some is free; like the 10 days to Embody Qoya (which are 10 days of 10 minutes of movement a day to get you going!) and the Qoya Kids page (which has a 15 minute video and pdf print out to guide movement for ages 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12). The rest of the site has a membership fee of $30 a month. Check out it's first unveiling here at EmbodyQoya.com.
My dream is to share all the things in which I have been blessed to experience and learn and create them in a format that is easy, effective and fun to serve, nurture and inspire others on their journey. Do you have 5-6 minutes today to do the first day of the 10 Free Days to Embody Qoya? A little movement goes a long way. Just a moment of remembering can be the kickstart you need. It can be like control-alt-delete to reset your system again. It can be the realigning of your compass, so that your body's wisdom can guide you home.
For the pilgrimage back to one's body, there's Qoya. And now, you can have access to Qoya through your internet connection with dozens and dozens of videos on EmbodyQoya.com as well. And then, there are retreats, which are sacred time to live the philosophy of Qoya morning, noon and night with morning meditation and breathing, longer Qoya classes, healthy delicious meals, adventures and learning how to sit with the sacred in ceremonies and goddess rituals. The next 2 retreats are planned for Greece in the Fall and Costa Rica in the Spring. I'll also be teaching classes in NYC at Sacred in Brooklyn Sunday July 8th and 15th at 5:15pm and another workshop in Minneapolis Sept 4-9th. I am so grateful for the growing community of dancers, for all the blessings that are and all the blessings that are to be.
Love doesn't even begin to describe it,