For years, Katarina Kranck MSc spent her days at a job she resented. During that time she tried a yoga class, but wasn’t too convinced. It wasn’t until 10 years later that she stepped back on the mat. And that step changed her life for good. Now Katarina lives in France, loves and teaches yoga and is fulfilled and happy in her life.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s back up a bit, back to when Katarina worked as a financial controller at her husband’s steel business.
A Second Chance
Taking on the job made sense at the time: the company needed a controller, and it was also the best solution for her family’s financial situation. Plus, as a mother of small children there were also advantages in working for the family business. “I knew the boss would understand if I had to stay home to take care of sick kids”, Katarina laughs.
After the birth of her third child, Kata decided to take a leap of faith and try something new. She attended a Hatha yoga class. In hindsight, she admits that she wasn’t in the right frame of mind for the experience and felt that it was a whole lot of nonsense to her.
“We just lay on the floor and breathed. It felt mainly strange and frustrating. Could have been that I was just so stressed at the time, that I couldn’t relax and concentrate on anything. I wasn’t ready for yoga and I didn’t want to go back,” Katarina remembers.
Ten years later, Katarina gave yoga another chance. And this time she was hooked right away! She started to practice yoga at her local fitness center and saw it mainly as a physical exercise. The decisive twist that took her relationship with yoga one step further came a couple of years later, when a yoga studio opened up near her home.
“It was a difficult phase in my life as I watched my husband’s business suffer from the consequences of the recession. I noticed that yoga made my life easier. The shift was so noticeable that my kids would tell me to go do yoga whenever I was in a bad mood. Practicing yoga had an incredibly positive effect on the wellbeing of my whole family,” Katarina explains.
Inspired by the positive changes she witnessed in herself and those around her, Katarina decided to learn more about yoga and enrolled in yoga teacher training.
“I had never planned on becoming a yoga instructor. Once I passed my certification my friends asked if I would hold classes for them, so I started teaching classes at our home. Word went around and suddenly I was teaching daily in my home yoga studio. At the same time, I started getting job offers from various yoga studios, including Yogaia! Before I knew it, yoga wasn’t just my hobby – it was becoming my career.”
Thank you, Life! And Yoga, too.
In Katarina’s personal life, things were changing as well. Her husband’s business was sold and their children moved out of home and into the world.
“When our kids moved out of home, we decided to pack up and move our life to France, where we already had a summer home. I had already been taking my yoga students to France for retreats a few years, and it felt like a good time to go all in So we moved to our summer house and made yoga retreats our everyday life. And I was lucky enough to get my oldest daughter to join the project as well.She also became a yoga teacher and is a talented vegetarian chef!” Kata delights.
In addition to hosting retreats, Katarina has taught yoga to teenagers at school.
“At first they were not terribly interested, but at the end of the first class everyone was getting excited! I made sure to tell them how yoga can even benefit them in their school work by calming the mind. Not to forget how it can help you feel better physically,”Kata explains.
These days Kata enjoys a pretty carefree life filled with yoga. She doesn’t even stress about the fact that the yoga studio at their house in France is still under construction. She teaches her classes in their living room or by the pool on sunny days. And why should she be stressed, as her students don’t mind the lack of a proper yoga space and keep returning to her retreats.
“Yoga made it possible for me to move our life to France and helped me through difficult times. The teachings of yoga have also helped me make life choices that have had an amazing effect on my well-being. For example, I gradually changed my diet and I now eat mostly local and organic vegetarian food.”
“I’ve also left materialistic life and shopping behind me and exchanged designer bags to a basket that I take with me when going to the local market place. I don’t know if it is yoga or just age that has caused this to happen, but I suspect both of them have played a role in it,” Kata laughs.
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