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‘Go where your joy is’ – Eva Kaczor on her journey of self-healing and yoga

  • EVA KACZOR FOODADIT BERLIN YOGA TEACHER LIFE COACH
On 9th June 2017

Eva Kaczor’s path has taught her how she can support herself and others in personal growth through yoga and life coaching. She radiates excitement and she generously shares her experiences and teachings openly – so much so that what was going to be a single interview has resulted in a small series of pieces coming soon.

Eva is in a constant mode of transformation which comes from her commitment to constantly grow. In her career she has moved from brand strategy to the founder of ARTberlin.de – an online art magazine and is now known worldwide for her YOGA MEETS ART classes at König Gallery and her newest project YOGIS ON SOUND that she teaches at places such as Burning Man. Throughout her history she has been challenged by her own experience with chronic pain and suffering from burnout in her early thirties.

Read our first piece about Eva and her healing journey below.

Koenig Gallery, St Agnes, Berlin - Yoga Meets Art with Eva KaczorCourtesy: KÖNIG GALERIE Photo: Ana Sant

Alanna
Your journey has bought you a wide range of experiences that have led you to your current point as a Vinyasa yoga teacher and life coach. Please can you tell us about the pivotal moment where everything began?

Eva
Everything came out of a burnout I had when I was working as a brand strategist. After two or three years I was completely exhausted. Not because of the work or the atmosphere as I was surrounded by an amazing team of people, but both my soul and body did not agree with it. Throughout my studies I had already struggled with putting too much stress on me with excessive movement and eating completely raw. Everything I did was completely over the top. So at the point I had my burnout, I couldn’t work anymore. I had an amazing boyfriend at the time who nurtured me for a year on his couch. He brought me back to enjoy life.

Alanna
What did you learn throughout this time?

Eva
Working with chronic pain in my body and a weak immune system, I learnt that digestion is the key. I tried so many diets in terms of what could be good for me. It always failed and I wished for someone who would bring everything together in a systematic way to tell me what I could try. And so I went on a journey, practicing deep relaxation with Yoga Nidra, seeing massage therapists, energy medicine experts, Theta healers, health coaches and Hypnosis experts. I studied Spiraldynamik to understand intelligent anatomy of the body and Breath Work with Peter Clifford in Thailand.

One of the key moments was when may amazing healer and friend Julie Sundara asked me whether I wanted to heal and crucially I said no. I really said no.  And it took courage to admit that.

Yoga helped me each day to press a reset button – through movement and conscious breath work I asked myself do you want to heal or not and if not, why not? This was an extremely long process – years, but yoga kept me going because it helped me to be more gentle. It helped me accept for example that when you’re bloated and in pain you can’t be clear. Your mind is foggy, you’re hectic, you are not relaxed, you can’t look at things as they are. I learnt to see it, not to heal at first but to realise it.

Alanna
Tell us more about breath work and how it helps your body?

Eva
I’m not a complete expert yet but I have learned about how to fire up the digestive fire through Kappalabathi and Breath of Fire. I learnt to breathe a specific way in order to boost the lymphatic system to get rid of toxins better. Also the way Wim Hof, the Iceman is teaching breath work inspired me. Since having a more solid breath work practice, I realise how much tension there was that I was holding in the gut area and how this had stopped me breathing into it.

Alanna
At the point you were able to work again how did you move forward with your life path?

Eva
I came to understand that whilst I could still do freelance work as a brand strategist – it wouldn’t fulfill me – so I went to digital conferences and started a blog about creative entrepreneurs in Berlin. After a year of this the focus became about art collectors. I’m fascinated by beauty and art and the way art collectors build their houses. A year after I developed it further – to understand what drives artists, what connection they have to the universe and how they create art – and that’s how it became ARTberlin. And whilst I was doing this my love for yoga grew.

Alanna
What is the connection between ARTberlin and your yoga teaching, and do they still influence each other?

Eva
I went to NYC to train as a Vinyasa yoga teacher at Laughing Lotus whilst ARTberlin was growing. As soon as I qualified I taught from the first day after, everyday. I taught a lot in the art scene – for example in the me collectors room and in private art spaces and galleries. I realised that sitting in front of a computer wasn’t me anymore – it stressed me out so much that after five minutes I was back into a feeling of horrible pain. And then, like in yoga, I let go. I asked my beautiful now editor in chief, Esther Harrison, if she would like to take over ARTberlin. And, she said yes. I have never regretted to have let it go.

Koenig Gallery, St Agnes, Berlin - Yoga Meets Art with Eva KaczorCourtesy: KÖNIG GALERIE Photo: Ana Sant

Through ARTberlin came König Gallery who asked me to teach in their amazing St. Agnes. It became a weekly class, well known worldwide as YOGA MEETS ART. I really love it and so many people come there who have never done yoga before. Interestingly, I had the opportunity to bring the class to museums and art fairs but I didn’t feel it. I have really learnt to listen to my feelings and sometimes it’s hard because it feels like missing out on opportunities. I ask myself is it the feeling, is it in my head or is it, resistance? I can never do something that I don’t feel is right.

Yoga Meets Art at König Gallery, Berlin with Eva KaczorCourtesy: KÖNIG GALERIE Photo: Ana Sant

Alanna
How would you describe where you are now?

Eva
When I was at Afrikaburn earlier this year, I was strangely feeling miserable within all this magic there. After struggling with not fitting in for almost a week something became clear to me: I realised that I am not wrong but transforming into stage six of the Eightfold path of yoga as described in the Yoga Sutras. The path describes eight stages we can practice in life that are guided by yogic principles and lead ultimately to enlightenment. Stage six is known as Dharana, which is about focusing your mind on one thing as an entry to meditation. To explore your inner world – I’m exactly there! I am getting crazily interested in the mind lately after figuring out how to heal the body and also hack ageing.

Alanna
How do you want to develop your yoga and life coaching practice?

Eva
I want to bring more community into my life – I was never drawn to teach within the official system of yoga studios as I wanted to create my own way and also live from it. I’ve been nomadic and done a lot of festivals with YOGIS ON SOUND which is designed to bring connection and spirit into music event. And now I feel I’m ready to create my own.

I want to get together with people that share my love for music, spirit and an extraordinary life. Ideally we get together to support each other and to co-create for a bigger cause.

It doesn’t need to be profitable as income will come. Think of a momentum where lightworkers meet lightworkers where it’s not about a student teacher relationship. It’s about people who already have grown a lot and who share their different skills and celebrate for sure!

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Go where your joy is. And see what you need as a daily practice that supports you in doing this.