What is Qoya?
What is Qoya? Every now and then I happen upon something new and different that I have never experienced before. This was the case with Qoya. During a summer play date with some friends we were sat in the garden, in the beautiful sunshine, the children playing happily. My friend, Will, mentioned that she was going to be running a Qoya class at a festival a couple of weeks later. She mentioned she needed some guinea pigs. Let’s do it now then, several of us said. We had no idea what it was. Will said was that it was
“An embodiment practice about becoming more and more able to listen to the wisdom within your body and tuning into your true essence which is Wise Wild and Free…. and being able to use that wisdom to guide you through life”
Will put some music on and we started dancing, 6 of us, in the garden. The kids joined in, we had fun and we laughed! When Will mentioned that she would be putting on a Qoya class in York I was excited. I am not a fan of gyms.
Eight of us came together on a cold Sunday morning. We were greeted by a beautiful mandala mat, with positive affirmations and a variety of oracle cards. Yoga mats and blankets were provided for those of us who forgot to take one, yep that would be me.
We sat down and did some breathing work, picked a card and chatted to our neighbour about what it meant for us. my card was the Black Madonna. The guide book stated that , “It helps us to become conscious of the light in the dark, of the intersection of sexuality and spirituality. The darkness we sometimes feel is potential. It’s crucial that we all go through this to create new or more life. She is the promise of what doesn’t survive the fires of suffering was never meant for us.” I felt that was very apt as having gone into the Full Moon in Pisces it does ask us to face our shadow.
Opening of the chakras
We did some heart opening exercises, designed to open the chakras and hip opening exercises too, where a lot of tension can be stored. We could keep our eyes closed if we wanted to or leave them open. The music that was played fitted exactly with each type of movement we did. What I really liked about this class was that it wasn’t like an exercise class to get you physically fit. We were often checking in with our bodies, how does that feel? Listening to our bodies, how do our bodies want to dance. A shadow dance felt extremely different to the free dancing at the end where you could go wild.
Each class has a theme and this one was ‘Breaking Free’ Following the shadow dance we did some body shaking whilst Will told us a story of a gazelle and a lion. I didn’t even hear the end as I was in tears after several minutes. I cry a lot as a way of releasing what no longer serves me, so this didn’t come as a shock to me.
For me Qoya works as it allows us to tap into our emotions, our intuition and truly feel the energy of the movement. Will held the space for all those in the circle very well and you truly got the feeling that she embodies the spirit of being wild and free in her heart. I will definitely be going again!
For more information on Qoya contact Will at https://www.facebook.com/Wild-Soul-Be-160132147876850/
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