Meeting Katharina for the first time is like running into an old friend you’ve known for years – conversations are effortless, she’s there when you need to talk, and she gives some pretty kick-ass advice. Within minutes, her quirky and playful personality energizes the room, creating a space of comfort when leading a class. Through intention, pranayama, meditation, and asana, her goal is for her students to leave each class feeling refreshed and inspired to learn more.
The well-traveled yogi, curious explorer & wellness tonic connoisseur behind JAHMU tells us her journey and how she centres herself amidst all the hustle and bustle.
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself & what you do
I am a gypsy by nature, an international yoga teacher by day and a lead tonic connoisseur of JAHMU Tonics by night. Although always moving around, I was born and raised on the West Coast (I blame it for the WILD CHILD attitude in me), and currently call Hong Kong home where I continue to grow the health and wellness movement. When I'm not teaching yoga around Hong Kong, you'll find me brewing up cure-all golden tonics full of ancient wisdom. Passionate about promoting health & wellness, I recently launched JAHMU Tonics, a line of restorative tonics inspired by traditional Balinese wellness drinks, with aspirations to revolutionize the future of holistic wellness.
2) How did you get into yoga & meditation? What was the journey like?
It was physical as the start. As a dancer all my life, I originally started yoga to sustain my flexibility and strength after quitting dance. It wasn't until I moved to Asia that I felt alone for the first time and where yoga came as a form to deepen my exploration of myself.
Yoga became my cure-all elixir for healing. The more that I continued to feel 'healed' by learning more about myself, the more I wanted to continue to grow my spiritual journey. And so they say, "hold no 'attachments'"- But, heck! I was FULLY attached to my practice and meditation. Thats where my journey began, now I continue to keep seeking and feeling more. Find my in and out of my spiritual sanctuary is in Ubud Bali, where I go to recharge my spirit and energy when Hong Kong starts to feel like its exhausting my energy.
3) What's your favourite yoga practice & is there a reason why?
My favourite yoga practice is simply to move with my breath in whichever way that my body want to express itself that day. Maybe I end up standing for 30 minutes, or maybe I end up moving through three poses. There is no label to this practice, as your practice becomes introspective and guided by the breath.
4) Do you have a life value that you keep coming back to?
We don't attract what we want, we attract what we ARE. So be the energy that you want to attract. And lastly, let love rule over everything.
Our ethos 'Free Your #AanyaGirl' encourages our community to be mindful with consumption through self-reflection. What does it mean to be 'free' to you?
FREE of pre-conditions. FREE of beliefs. FREE of judgement. FREE like a W I L D C H I L D. Separating ourselves from this conditioned lifestyle we have been raised upon and to take a step back from the self and to become one with everything around us. That means to stop and look at the world, the nature, the sun and to appreciate it and how it serves us. The Earth is not ours. We are a part of the Earth. And to be sustainable and mindful citizens, we need to start being more mindful of how we engage and interact with all beings (including the EARTH + nature) in every present moment.
Start practicing. Start reminding yourself at random parts of the day to take a step back to say what you're grateful for. The more mindful we become in our practice, the more consciousness we start to develop collectively.
This is F R E E.
6) Tell us one cause you feel strongly about & what we can do to help.
I can say multiple things here: consuming consciously, recycling, composting, going vegan (there she said it!). But what's the worth of this all if we can't start by being KIND to one another. Show more compassion to one another first and foremost. Notice where judgement arises, notice where feelings of envy arise and turn that into feelings of love. Practice. I think that once we achieve this, then the rest will follow. Then we start to realize that we are ONE. We are Earth.
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