Throughout the month of July, Austin-area women will have the opportunity to experience Move, Pray & Play! — a series of four spiritual and wellness gatherings based on qoya, a form of dance and movement. Sessions will feature yoga; Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT); and 5Rhythms, a form of healing through movement. The events will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Sunday at Soma Vida, a wellness and workspace center in Austin.
Qoya teacher and dancer Mia E. Pem brought the wellness practitioners together for Move, Pray & Play! and believes that each event will allow participants to dive deep, cultivate joy and return to themselves in their own unique way. “Each gathering offers a unique space for women to come together and connect to their bodies through movement and play, and connect with each other through sharing and meditation,” Pem says.
Move, Pray & Play! kicks off July 5 with Allison Peacock, who will guide a ceremony of gratitude and affirm the power within each person to use and reclaim ceremony in every day.
On July 12, Susan Stroup Anderson will lead participants in a qoya-inspired yoga sequence. “When I feel from my heart and move my body in a yoga practice, I notice my spine. I believe that a healthy spine is a happy spine, which equals a happy life,” Stroup Anderson says.
Sonya Sophia will guide an EFT circle on July 19, before the qoya movement practice. Sophia says of EFT, “Tapping is a simple tool, yet it’s been shown to be a very potent one and can be used on almost any issue. EFT is believed to recalibrate your brain’s responses to stimuli, reprogramming both your brain’s and your body’s ability to function properly.”
On July 26, Lisa Deland will guide attendees in an experience of the 5Rhythms— the name given to Gabrielle Roth’s lifetime body of healing movement work. It is a practice, a discipline and a language for moving through life’s layers.
Cost: $30 each or $100 for all four sessions. Location: 2324 Cesar Chavez St., Austin. For more information, call 512-905-6593 or email MovePrayPlay@gmail.com. Tickets available at MovePrayPlayTickets.eventbrite.com.