Thank you for stopping by here! My name is Manja Herlt Podratz – author, coach, speaker, and mom. I help my clients to overcome trauma and obstacles in their lives that hinder them from being happy and successful, and I teach them how to live healthy and realize their full potential.
I hold a PhD in Media Studies, a PhD in Theory of Architecture, and a B.A. in Cultural Studies and Arts Management. For 11 years I taught college courses in aesthetics and conception of new media, environmental ethics, existentialism, and rhetorics of architecture at Universities in Germany, Italy, and the United States. I funded my studies and travels with performing! I am a belly and fire dancer, and I love it! Sounds like success and fun from all angles, right? However, my life wasn’t always rose colored.
In my early twenties I got diagnosed with uterine cancer. That didn’t go along with the vision I had for my life. I knew with certainty that I want to be a mom.
And that vision – seeing myself as a mom – became my big motivation.
I changed my life, started learning about healthy eating and living. And I healed myself from cancer. Today I am a mom of three healthy and smart children plus two beautiful step-children. Along the way I took a number of dramatic ups and downs, failures met insights, tears met joy, trauma met healing including restoring my body after multiple fractures of my spine and overcoming PTSD after severe physical assault. And again, wanting to be the best mom I can be for my kids was my motivation to get out of the PTSD lock.
So it seemed natural that when more and more friends and yoga students of mine started asking me for advise with health issues, emotional and mental blockages, and for support to figure out the best route out of struggling into thriving that I started coaching. I trained with Christian Mickelsen, Lisa Powers, Bill O’Hanlon, Chalene Johnson, Jeff Walker, and others.
I am certified as
- Rapid Results Coach and Life Coach
- Hypnotherapist (member International Hypnosis Association)
- Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)
- Reiki Master Teacher (RMT, member International Association of Reiki Professionals)
- Medical Interpreter (Language Services Associates, Global Translation Institute)
Certificates and trainings create a framework to set up a professional environment, and they can contribute to a tool box. However, just like I tell my clients, the one most important thing that applies to my life as well is: implementation. Healthy living, spirituality and intuitive guidance, personal growth, financial success – none of it works without implementing advise and insights into the daily practice, thus turning dreaming into doing.
What is your big motivation, your wonderful vision for your life? Let me help you find it, deeply connect to it, and make it happen!