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Meet Trailblazer Kirschen Katz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kirschen Katz.

Kirschen, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It’s an inspirational story that starts very bleak, gets quite dark, but finishes strong with a real-life happy ending.

I was both physically & verbally abused by ‘the father’, Nazi-loving madmen until the day I stood up to him at fourteen years old & seized my power. The only gift he gave me was the introduction to running which was the very thing that got me away from him. I was a heavily recruited athlete in track and field and received a full scholarship to many universities & became one of the top collegiate runners in my event.

Today, I am thriving as a celebrity yoga teacher, teaching many Emmy and Oscars nominees & winners. And for service (Seva), I teach in inner city schools for Matthew McConaughey’s just keep living foundation. Also, I’ve begun sharing my inspirational story to high schools across LA.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No smooth road here. Many treacherous obstacles including eating issues, trying to fill the daddy void, sisters on heroin, abusive partners, the list is long but a deep love from my Mother, an inner calm, lots of running and yoga, and a strong desire to make good decisions has kept my life balanced and helped create this life full of abundance and joy.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I teach yoga privately, driving around our glorious city to amazing homes, working with mainly entertainment folk.

Actors, producers, writers managers… you name it, I’ve taught them yoga. And have traveled with them around the world.

I also run, hike, lift weights, and get these beautiful ‘inside & out’ clients of mine fit! As well as being there for them emotionally. My favorite part!

I would say I’m known for keeping my clients confidences, I’m able to say who I work with past and present, but I’m known as ‘the vault’ and I’m very proud of that.

Also, I’m proud of the work I do with the jklivin foundation.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
One thing I’ve realized: be open & kind to meeting everyone, because the person who may be able to help you is probably the friend of the person you think is going to help you. Do your homework and research people before you meet them. Don’t fear rejection, failure is not trying.

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1 Comment

  1. Janet

    June 4, 2019 at 04:21

    I loved reading this story on Kirschen. It’s incredible how she has turned her life around, took her power back and now she is empowering others. These are the stories that inspire us all. Wonderful teachers who share their pain and struggle with others, especially their students make a lasting impression on us all.

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