Sandra “Sam” White
Qoya classes are offered on Saturdays at 11:00AM
Qoya on the River
11865 Roxbury Rd
Charles City, VA 23030
I’m a licensed massage therapist, yoga, and Qoya instructor in Richmond Virginia, and I’m pulling up my sleeves and diving into an office/studio space S.A.M. Therapy Soul Aligned Movement. I’m a child of GOD, mom, wife, sister, aunt, friend, grandma, lifelong learner, a point of light within a greater light, an energy practitioner, free spirit, and free agent for new frontiers. I also claim the title SAMthedirtbikegirl as a dirt bike instructor, dirt bike rider extraordinaire (in my mind!), and as a self proclaimed member of lifelong recovery, I’m re-membering, re-aligning, and re-covering from old outgrown ideas of who I am or how I should be. My defiant, Amazon warrior nature is my soul space and sacred place to embrace. You can embrace it, too. I practice what I preach: come as you are and leave as more of who you are. Qoya is movement as medicine, and as the ancient advisor in me aligns with it, so can yours. I'm honored to help.
When did you take your first Qoya class? I took my first Qoya class online in the summer of 2017 and signed up for teacher training immediately, so the Initiation teacher training in Roanoke, VA in October 2017 with Lindsay Hughes McKinney was my first in-person class, and I immediately knew I wanted more. My body felt "it" - awakening and alive. I thrive in this creative intelligent space, this living light energy of the present moment, and it’s catapulted me into new dimensions.
What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? Teaching Qoya is an honor. It’s a way for me to help women get out of their heads and into their bodies and to life a lifestyle of reverence. Soul aligned movement comes naturally to me. It’s a way to share the truth. Our differences can be celebrated and our vulnerability is worth sharing through community gathering and dancing exactly where we’re at on any given day.
What is your favorite song to dance to right now? “Thank You for this Day” by Karen Drucker, has a great beat and steeps gratitude into and out of me, like tea infused with gratitude.
What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? Qoya: A Compass for Navigating an Embodied Life that is Wise, Wild and Free by Rochelle Schieck
What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? Come try it and see for yourself. It may not be for you, but if a nagging curiosity remains after learning about Qoya, take that as your cue to try it. Paying attention to those nagging cues is what Qoya teaches - what does it feel like to be in your truth, to be authentic? There’s no way you can do Qoya wrong, and you know you’re doing it right when it feels good.