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The Cravings Whisperer Podcast with Alexandra Jamieson

Hello my Clan of the Crave Bears! Welcome back to the Crave Cast! On today’s show we are going to talk about a very special form of movement that address our root cravings for movement. I talk about the four root causes of our cravings, what we want, how we relate to food and our bodies. That is bacterial, nutritional, emotional and physical. I’m going to be talking to Rochelle Schieck, the founder of Qoya dance. Qoya dance is a freeform, feminine dance class. I took my first dance class last summer with one of my friends. I invited some lady friends over and we had a dance class up on my roof deck which was so cool, under the moon and the sun was going down. It was so fun! It was this totally freeform, emotional, liberating, grounding, incredible movement experience! It reminded me of how much our bodies want to move and need to move for us to feel good.

We really do crave movement! Sadly, most of us have an f’ed up relationship with exercise and movement because it’s something we should do. We live in this masculine mindset about exercise that we should power through or push ourselves. Unfortunately, this can lead to total burnout! Movement has such an impact on our mood and well-being. I know you want to feel good in your body at every age and at every size. It’s hard to motivate yourself to exercise in a painful or boring way. Your body and soul really crave experience that’s filled with play and fun and intention and leaves you enlivened and not depleted.

I know you want to trust yourself more and find the answers inside instead of the outside of yourself. But sometimes you question it and think its irrational, you don’t trust your body yet. I know a lot of you all listening have very busy lives and you get overwhelmed by obligations, schedule, the endless stream of messages from a culture that urges you to do more. You want to embody your feminine, to relax into receiving rather than burn the candles at both ends. Achieving! But how? Your body is your guide! Your body is your friend and compass that you can use to navigate a journey to self-love and trusting yourself. That feeling in your body is what Rochelle calls your north star guiding you through that external validation to internal wisdom. It can be simple or take some time but it is available to everyone.

In our interview, Rochelle is an author of a brand new book called “Qoya: a compass for navigating an embodied life that is wise, wild and free”. Rochelle loves to move. She started dancing as a little girl growing up in Minnesota until she moved on to her hero’s journey to her calling and her love of movement and her willing to explore compelled her to spend fifteen years exploring the world. As a teacher and a student all over the world she began instructing yoga styles for all ages and abilities, different dance modalities and in the last ten years she has led over 4000 movement classes! She has facilitated hundreds of private sessions and takes women on over twenty retreats on six continents. Not Antarctica yet! Her passion to explore the emerging essence of the feminine in her own life, then in movement coupled with her experience as a personal trainer, massage therapist, energy healer has all influenced her creation of this movement system: Qoya.

Qoya just celebrated its six-year anniversary! You can learn about Qoya and about her by going on Amazon to “Qoya: a compass for navigating an embodied life that is wise, wild and free”.


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Movement is a metaphor. Qoya forces you to move with your heart first. – Rochelle Schieck (Click to Tweet)

Show Notes:

  • The value of experience vs what we think
  • Similarities and differences between Qoya and other dance classes
  • What does embodying mean?

Girls who are on a team are less likely to be in or stay in an abusive relationship. – Alexandra Jamieson (Click to Tweet)

  • How to use your compass
  • Why should you embody the feminine?
  • About her book

What you look for, you will see. – Rochelle Schieck (Click to Tweet)

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