I still couldn’t fly!
I first came into contact with yoga when I was 12 years old. Returning from a business trip, my father brought with him a book about yoga… I was immediately enthralled, on the cover was – as I now know – a Sadhu – almost completely naked and seated in lotus pose. Somehow, I was magically attracted to this book and soon after I understood why: inside were many things bordering on magic and sorcery; stuff about breathing techniques and elevation (flying!!!). I tried it out straight away, sitting cross-legged, calm, beginning with breathing exercises and meditation. Actually an opposite approach, to that common in the West today, where one starts off with Hatha Yoga (i.e. physical yoga)… After a few minutes, I gave up disappointed. I still couldn’t fly …
Some personal notes – what drives me?
I have a very pronounced “helper-gene“. I enjoy helping people and am always the first to shout “HERE!” when it comes to standing up for someone or simply being there. Family, a healthy lifestyle and fairness are all very important to me. All of these values are also meaningful in yoga. My family comprises predominantly teachers and doctors… My father, also a teacher, said, “You can be anything you want – just please don’t become a teacher!” “You will have a lot of responsibility and stress and be poorly paid.” He was very happy when I ended up in advertising and the media … not for long, however, as later on I did indeed become a teacher, a yoga teacher. He was doubly right, I have a lot of responsibility now – not only for my students but also for my employees and, hey, it won’t come as any surprise to learn that you don‘t become rich as a yoga teacher.
Yoga works! I have experienced this first hand. Regular yoga practice has an altogether positive effect on wellbeing and inner balance, reduces stress and supports one’s health. I myself have a chronic illness that got much better as a result of yoga, and my immune system is stronger than ever – despite having three children, I am hardly ever ill.
Education and biography
Mag. Katharina Wogrolly studied journalism, psychology and theater studies at the University of Vienna, thereafter working in several media companies, advertising and internet agencies. Kathi moved to New York in 2002, where she worked in business development for a Swiss company and first got to know Bikram Yoga. Shortly afterwards, Kathi completed Teacher Training and then opened the Bikram Yoga College Vienna.
Kathi is a yoga teacher with more than 15 years of experience and has completed many training courses and further studies in the field of body work and yoga, for example Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga with Jimmy Barkan, Bryan Kest, Sherie van den Wijngard and Dev Kapil. Numerous workshops and advanced training courses such as fascia yoga, children’s yoga, pregnancy yoga, yoga therapy, Reiki and spiral dynamics round off her expertise. Kathi works with her students in both groups and individual sessions. She teaches in and heads the Yoga College Vienna. Kathi is married and has three children.