Four Gates is honored to be the first studio in Minnesota to offer Qoya classes. What is Qoya? How do you pronounce it? What happens at this women-only class?
Qoya is a shift in consciousness that evolves the way we have been taught to move our bodies as women. Drawn from the wisdom of yoga, creative expression in dance, and the pleasure found in sensual movement, Qoya helps women enjoy and revel in their feminine bodies. Classes combine benefits of fitness — including strength, flexibility, balance, and agility training — with a unique empowering approach that is feminine, expressive, and, most importantly, FUN! We unite our body and mind, honor the interconnectedness in ourselves and our world, consciously create community, give rise to our intentions, encourage our desires to dance through us — and, thereby, nourish our soul.
As we do Qoya, we remember. We remember as women that we are wise, wild, and free.
Rochelle Schieck created Qoya (pronounced koi-ə) in response to a woman saying she didn't know how to get into her body. Read more...
Each Qoya Movement Class follows a structure. Read a detailed description of the core components, and know what to expect when you arrive.
A message from Colleen....
Over the last 4 years Qoya practice has remained one of the most important parts of my life. For me it is an experiential path that leads to profound energetic shifts and an internally validated life, and comes in the form of a ridiculously fun dance party.
My analytical skills and external experience dominated my perception until a year or so of regular Qoya classes sank in. The consistent practice of moving in a way that feels good shifted that, guided me to slow down enough to feel and experience the wisdom held in my body and follow the intuition it provides. It is the best way I have ever attempted and/or experienced the state of being present, connected to my power, and it also has influenced my life beyond words-- but I can easily provide a few examples! I very often receive clear messages in the form of physical sensations, make perfect split second decisions without a thought, and have much much less fear of the unknown.
Qoya is based on the idea that through movement, we remember. Through teaching and practicing over the last years I remember that we are all in this together, I remember the sacred nature of our existence, and I remember how much I love life.
I look forward to dancing with you soon. Please feel free to email me with any questions about Qoya classes at Four Gates.