Inna Shapkina

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About The Teacher

Inna has been passionate about dance for as long as she can remember. As a little girl, she danced classical ballet. She remembers constantly choreographing imaginary dance pieces in her living room with such passion, and cutting out pictures of ballet dancers from magazines. Dancing, however, was considered frivolous in her family. Moving to the US and going through the motions of following a socially approved career path put a halt on her dancing for over 10 years. Her return to this practice has been a result of a long journey of self-development that brought her to the mysteries of the feminine, with dance being the most enjoyable, most freeing and the quickest way of accessing her truth and shaking off the barriers that have been constructed out of societal and family conditioning. She experienced the most profound shifts through the connection to her body. Dancing through and with her feelings, moving her hips in the most pleasurable way and giving herself permission to be guided by her bodies sensations felt like home. After her recent teacher training she started doing breathing/intention setting and circling movements from Qoya in her kitchen daily as a way of greeting a new day, her body and her soul. She is excited to continue navigating her life with Qoya, and sharing it with other women to do the same.

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