My name is Franciska and I LOVE yoga. I’m a mother of three active boys and I live in sunny Southern California. I was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary where I took my first yoga class at the age of thirteen.
My beautiful, open-minded Mom took me there in a time and place when working out, going to gym, or taking a yoga class wasn’t popular at all. I enjoyed the stretching but my favorite was the 30 minute meditation at the end.
I have to admit I was sleeping at the 5 minute mark for the most part, but I felt different. It made me feel calm and relaxed. Our teacher decided to move to India so my yoga career was over for a little while. I started to search for the same feeling in different activities. I spent a lot of time in the woods running and hiking. Participated in different workshops of meditation whenever I could. I learned about mind control and mind-fullness and became a vegetarian in a country where people eat meat with meat…
A couple of years passed. I studied law, art history and management and through lots of curves I became a director of a beautiful art gallery in Budapest, Hungary. I met my husband who was visiting from the US and made him stay there for almost 2 years. As they say, Hungary is a very dangerous place to visit… People can’t leave.
After having our first son, Dylan, we had to move to California. I was devastated at the beginning but soon I figured out it is not such a bad place to live. Not to mention, it’s basically the paradise of yoga.
Yoga became quickly part of my daily life. It started to make me stronger, more balanced and flexible, not just physically but mentally as well. I was doing my 200-hour teacher training with my third little boy in my belly in 2010. Having 3 kids without any family help, in a brand new country, and trying to figure out your life was a big task for me. I know that without the help of yoga and meditation I would not be able to do a good job.
I started to teach private yoga in 2011 as well as visiting different workshops and kept educating myself. I learned from Brian Kest, Kathryn Budig, Tiffany Cruikshank, Megan Bello, Alexandria Crow, Lesley Fighmeister and Tim Senesi.
I love focusing on alignment to keep us safe and healthy for a long time. I found it really helpful to build awareness in our physical bodies and create connection between mind, body, and soul. I love the physically challenging aspect of yoga and I know it takes time to be able to calm the mind, especially in our always-running society. But with dedication and patience we can achieve our goals in strength and focus.
Yoga teaches me every day more and more about myself. It keeps me grounded and makes me humble.