About Qoya

Qoya is a movement system based on the idea that through movement, we remember.

We remember our essence is wise, wild, and free.

Wise, wild and free also draw reference to the movement forms that we practice:

Wise: the wisdom of the body that we access once we get out of our heads a little.

Wild: the creative expression in dance

Free: expanding our capacity to enjoy our bodies through movement, and to move in a way that feels good to us, and isn't about how the movement looks.
In every Qoya class, you experience 13 core components expressing a unique theme for the day that supports the embodiment of your essence.

You also engage in ritual, pilgrimage, and community connections to open your heart, mind, and spirit.

You slow down and feel. You sweat. You play and have fun!

Your perspective shifts from going through the motions to savoring life as sacred.

You find the answers you seek in your body, and as well as the support to follow them.

In Qoya, imagine there is no way you can do it wrong and the way you know you're doing it right is when it feels good.

What if your life could follow the same rule?

(Spoiler alert: it can!)

Movement is the quickest, most effective way to tap into your body's wisdom.

Your body is the most technically complex organism on earth. It stores and processes information in ways that your mind can’t, and is the most powerful resource you possess.

When you move, you access that information. You experience the physical sensation of truth - what’s true for you - and gain the confidence and clarity to follow it.

Qoya is based on the idea that through movement, we remember.

We remember how to trust the truth in our body as our sacred guide to embody our soul and live a life aligned with our truth by following our intuition.

We remember that the body is holy, and specifically the temple of our eternal soul.
Origin of Qoya:
Qoya was created and founded by Rochelle Schiek, a dancer and former yoga teacher who "discovered" Qoya on her second trip to Peru.

Qoya means Queen in Quechuan (an indigenous language used by shamans in South America). Not an emotionally distant bejeweled figure who holds a position of inherited power, but Queen that translates as “a female manifestation of higher consciousness.” All photos on this page are the property of Qoya.

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