If you’ve practiced at the Kirkland studio, then you have seen this fierce but friendly goddess around. Dikla Kafka has been teaching at Bala Yoga for years, and has been inspiring yogis even longer. As much as she believes in her own strength, she believes in yours. She will bring you to your edge, inspire you to believe in yourself, and she will take you places you may have never imagined. Outside the classroom, Dikla presents that same strength along with an infectious sense of sweetness and fun. In her presence, you can expect to have a good laugh. Dikla will never leave you unentertained.
Because she’s been inspiring us on the mats and in our community for so long, we had to sit down and get to know her more. Today, we’re bringing an inside look into the wonder woman that is Dikla Kafka.
Be sure to check out Dikla’s Arm Balancing workshop on Oct 15 and her new meditation class on Tuesday mornings at 8:30am.
Name: Dikla Kafka
Neighborhood: I live just 5min drive from Bala Kirkland. (Half way between Bala Kirkland and down town Kirkland – 2 of my favorite places)
Years Teaching Yoga: 7 years. (I completed my level 1 Ashtanga training in 2010, while pregnant with my second daughter Maya)
Other Trainings or Services You Offer: I currently co-lead a 200h teacher training with my friend Lara Ederer, I also teach advance education for 500h programs in eastern philosophy and creative sequencing.
Zodiac Sign: Taurus – grounded and practical with an eye for beauty (-:
Can you tell how you came to this practice and why yoga stuck for you?
I came to this practice after 5 years of Korean martial arts practice. I found a nice combo of physical practice with a sense of mental peace.
When and where did you move to this country? and why?
I moved to the US in 2011, I left my beloved job as an editor in an Israeli newspaper to follow my husband career.
What was the transition from Israel like for you?
The transition abled me to find time for all the things I love: my yoga, my violin practice and my writing. Tel Aviv is a very stressful-work-oriented place and this Seattle brought some quite time into my life.
Tell us a bit about your style of teaching?
I’m influenced by a variety of styles: from Ashtanga and Iyengar to Sivananda and universal and love bringing all of that ancient and modern wisdom into my teaching.
What does your morning routine look like?
Pranayama and meditation practice, getting kids ready to school, tons of coffee.
What are you currently working on in your personal practice?
My yoga practice these days is getting deeper into the yogi texts, my Asana practice is backbends of all kinds.
What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
I love warrior 1 – I love the idea of warriors in the context of a yoga class: the feet are grounded, the heart is open and the hands and gaze are reaching up, above.
What keeps you inspired, where do you look?
Arts, and good books.
What do you do to unwind?
Going out with friends, wine, and kickboxing.
If you had to eat your last meal on earth, what would it be?
If someone was entirely new to Seattle what experiences or places would you point them to?
I spend most of my time on the east side: I love the view to Lake Washington from any of Kirkland’s parks, I love my little walks in the forest next to my house (“Forest bathing”) and I love the kindness of the people in Seattle. I would recommend any visitor to experience all that.