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Martha Rice

Martha Rice

Toronto, ON

@qoyatoronto

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ABOUT

Hi, I'm Martha! I love exploring multiple streams of expression, whether it's through movement, language or voice.

For years I approached movement as an athlete, in my teens I was introduced to the mind-body connection, and it's fascinated me ever since. The mind-body-soul connection developed as I started practicing yoga and walking meditation in the labyrinth as a way to cope with the stresses of being in graduate school for speech pathology. Later, Qoya showed up during a health crisis, and this movement practice and community have nourished me on this wild dance we call life.

I'm a language geek who spent over 20 years working as a school-based speech language pathologist supporting kids to express themselves. I have a passion for all things language/literacy, social communication, and social emotional learning.

I returned to an old love of voice during the initial lockdown, so I'm singing again and have added voice therapy to my SLP services. Voice and vagus nerve practices are now integrated into my Qoya classes for teens and adults. Qoya provides opportunities to express ourselves through movement, and each class we practice noticing and following sensation. Bit by bit, we expand our vocabulary for sensation and feeling.

I'm a lover of ritual who desires to be in right relationship with pacha mama. While I live in an urban setting, I find ways to daily connect with the trees, water, and the sky, and I love inviting others to converse with nature in the city.

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GETTING TO KNOW

Martha Rice

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU TO TEACH QOYA?

To be able to share the movement practice that helped me get out of my head and into my body is an honour. I love creating and exploring different themes in community each week. While the themes vary, the invitation to notice sensation in the body remains constant. Bit by bit, class by class, we practice noticing and following sensation.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE WHO IS FEELING INSPIRED TO TRY QOYA FOR THE FIRST TIME?

I was the kid/adult who thought she couldn't dance, so I avoided it. Qoya gives you permission to focus less on what it looks like and more on what it feels like. So bring your curiosity and willingness to explore noticing sensation while you move; there's no way to do it wrong!

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