About Manja

ManjaPhotoManja Herlt Podratz teaches Vinyasa Yoga with a combination of strength building, balance promoting, and flexibility increasing poses in flow with the breath. In rotation she offers classes focussing on detox, the art of being present, and chakra balancing. She incorporates pranayama breathing techniques into her practice, for beginners and advanced students.

header1As a six year old girl she started receiving first instructions in Hatha yoga from her father, who also introduced her to relaxation techniques such as autogenic training. From 1998 to 2006 she practiced Kundalini and Prenatal yoga in Berlin with different teachers, and Hatha and Kundalini Yoga in the tradition of Swami Sivananda with Yoga Vidya in Germany. Manja came to the United States in 2008, and received her 200-hour teacher training in 2014/15 from Shanti Warrior Living Yoga School in Mobile, AL under guidance of Tracey Narayani Glover.

mybookManja received her Bachelor's degree of Arts Management and Cultural Studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam (Germany) and her PhD in Theory of Architecture and Media Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus (Germany). She taught at college level for 11 years in Germany, Italy, and the United States, and published several academic books and articles both in English and German during this time.

mybook1In 1999 she got diagnosed with uterine cancer, a shocking diagnosis which caused her to completely change her diet and lifestyle. Manja lived raw food vegan for two years, and vegan ever since. Today she is the mother of three wonderful children, born naturally at home, and the author of "Das Leben kennt den Weg" - a guidebook about natural pregnancy and childbirth as well as vegan nutrition during pregnancy, currently being translated into English. 


In 2001 a sport accident caused fractures of three vertebrae, which after long months of healing brought her back to a more intense yoga practice. http://yogawithmanja.com/healing-from-spinal-injury

Today Manja is a Certified Life Enhancement Coach and Master Reiki Practitioner/ Teacher. In her coaching sessions Manja offers energy healing, peace process, yoga nidra and Tibetan meditation, nutritional consultation, hypnotherapy, and EMDR to help her clients become their best self and heal trauma on a physical, emotional, and mental level. Manja works bilingual in English and German, she is certified as a translator, and frequently serves as medical, legal, and sports interpreter.

Her motto in life is:

If you've been given much, it is your responsibility to give much back, and serve yourself, your family, and your community for the highest good of all.