Qoya is a feminine movement practice.

What is feminine movement anyway?

A little writing…

To be honest, I had no idea what feminine movement was before I experienced Qoya over 3 years ago.


I had always been a relatively active person. Exercise has been part of my life since the age of 3 when I started calisthentics!


I went to a school where it was compulsory to participate in sport. I played basketball from the age of 8, I played netball, I rowed, I did tennis lessons etc. etc..


Then after school I joined gyms, started running, boxing, kick boxing and I even participated in Tough Mudder. I have also practiced Yoga from the age of 20.


Whilst I have always known the benefits of being fit, maintaining healthy body weight, the social benefits of sport, and even the mental health benefits of exercise and movement; never whilst participating in any activity had I thought about whether when I did the exercise, did it feel good?


I may have thought, I felt strong or fit or “Yeah, I ran 5k, 10k, 20k”. I knew that I felt good after the exercise was over, but never did I ask myself if it felt good whilst I was doing it.


Usually my thoughts would be focused on pushing myself, more repetitions, counting, striving towards faster times or longer distances, going through the paces or just not dying! All very masculine traits.


Did I ever feel connected to my physicality? Nope.
Did I connect with what my body was feeling whilst I moved? Nope
Did I feel anything but go harder, faster, stronger? Nope
Did I feel any pleasure whilst doing the movement? Rarely


Even in a yoga class, I would be focusing on moving in alignment and holding postures.


And then I discovered Qoya. A feminine movement practice.


In Qoya, we invite woman to move with a sense of surrender, to receive and to flow. To move in circles and expand curves, to open heart spaces and to release our thoughts to connect only with our bodies in the present moment.


To move with no expectations, with no need to be somewhere or go anywhere. To focus on meeting yourself exactly where you are and finding the place in the movement that feels good in your body.


To slow down and feel safe to open up.


To be with the intention of connecting with your senses. To let go of holding on or being strong, and to learn to trust that there is no way you can do it wrong and that you know that you are doing it right when it feels good.


Feminine movement doesn’t focus on what it looks like, but it focuses only on what it feels like to you.


It asks that you slow down, connect, flow, surrender, and expand into your magnificent presences. It helps to build self-trust, self-appreciation and body love. It teaches us that when we truly make the time to connect with our own pleasure, in our own body, it is truly nourishing. And it teaches us that WE control that for ourselves.


When was the last time you had an opportunity to explore what felt good in your body though movement?


My guess it has probably been a long time.
(unless you have attended a Qoya class recently!).


So I encourage you to give it a go. Just for a moment, let go and move just as your body wants you to.


Here are 5 easy steps to help you:

1. Find a favourite playlist or song library.
2. Take 3 deep breathes and get quiet
3. Hit shuffle play, listen.
4. Then move in anyway your body wants to, with no judgement or choreography
5. If it feels good, you know are doing to right


Warning: Side effects of feminine movement – strength, stamina, balance, deeper breathing, flexibility, relaxation, greater self care, a new found love of music, a sense of freedom, greater connection to your truth and own wisdom, self love, sensual pleasure and joy!


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