Laughter Yoga Trainer-Coach
Ph Credits: the photos are courtesy of Paulina Kawa
WHO IS PAULINA KAWA?
Paulina is a young, but rather expert, Polish trainer of Laughter Yoga. She manages her company called Life Roots where she share healthy recipes and advice for healthier lifestyles. Besides leading her business she also coordinates meetings, seminars and workshops as a coach. Her main goal is to help people to achieve their goals.
Paulina also works on food education for the prevention of health problems with the Club of Aware Life, a project she co-created:
“I co-created an amazing project of practical workshops on healthy cooking. I'm teaching how to change eating habits and how to live healthily. I love cooking and to experiment in the kitchen”.
The way Paulina deals with human daily problems (such as the stress, unhealthy diet, anxiety and so on) is a kind of holistic approach; through the laughter yoga, healthy cooking workshops and all the activities she carries on, Paulina helps people to feeling better in their mind and their body too, as part of the whole human machine.
HOW DID THE PASSION FOR TRAINING AND COACHING START?
Paulina became a trainer and coach after she have made many different experiences in her professional path. She in fact admits to have experimented a lot since her education in Architecture and Urbanism in Poland and Spain. She had the opportunity to work in some architectural studios in Warsaw and other European cities, like Barcelona and Bucharest.
In the while she also started to be more and more interested in Personal Development as she explains:
“I wanted to teach people to laugh, especially since I deliver classes on personal development. That was my dream, which is now coming true!”
She then took part in many trainings in such field, working first as volunteers and organizing workshops for students at the University. Her smile and positive attitude have always been her best "business card", in life and in her career too: “I believe that smile really helped me in my life. Every meeting I went to I brought my smile upon my face which facilitated my networking and the process to achieve my goals”, says Paulina.
HOW MUCH IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A PERSON TO COUNT ON?
"It is very important to have a person one can count on. I lead my business with my husband. In moments of doubts I can always count on him. It's important to be surrounded by people who support us and believe in us", she says.
“It's important to be surrounded by people who support us and believe in us”
WHICH DIFFICULTIES PAULINA FACED IN HER WORK?
At the beginning of every start-up there are always challenges to be taken into account, whether if the owner is a woman or man. Nonetheless still some hidden stereotypes and cultural background affect the way women are treated within the professional environment, for example concerning the efforts women have to make to constantly proove their competence in their everyday work life, as Paulina states:
“I see occasionally that men prefer to talk about important decisions in the company with other men. Women need to prove their knowledge and value. Men are afraid that a young woman can get pregnant too and then her career must have a break. On the other hand, women have more intuition! Women can also do several things at once and this is a big plus. Men do appreciate it”.
WHAT DID PAULINA DREAM WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD?
She always dreamed about travelling and she used to love creating things. Paulina is very creative, cheerful and also determinate. Her dreams confirm her positive approach to life.
Now that she built up her company she realized her biggest dream. She tells how she really wanted to be independent in her job and being her own boss, as a matter of fact, allows her to take decisions following her instinct. Paulina explains to be very grateful to all the people she met along her path who in different ways give her some help.
"Now that she built up her company she realized her biggest dream"
ARE WOMEN TODAY TRULY FREE TO CHOOSE THEIR DESTINY?
“I think so. Women can choose which school they want to go to, the direction in which they want to develop themselves. We have access to everything”, Paulina says.
As already came to light in the other interviews it seems we women live in two opposite dimensions part of the same cultural and social structure: at one level women are awared about the success in the achievement of fundamental rights (for example in education or in family rights), but at a lower level women do still experience prejudices and obstacles to their full development and freedom of choice:
“The only phenomenon that I observe is the lack of confidence in women! This is influenced by the environment in which women are raised, and by some stereotypes. Sometimes women feel undervalued, they lack in confidence and in courage”, Paulina states.
IN YOUR COUNTRY, POLAND, DOES THE RELIGION OR THE CULTURE AFFECT SOMEHOW WOMEN'S INDEPENDENCY?
It's a hard question for Paulina:
"There are definitely stereotypes that are limiting for women. For example, many religious and elderly people believe that women should be at home, they should raise their children and take care of the house. I believe that everything can be linked together. Nowadays, women can work and take care of the family".
HOW MUCH IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP ON HAVING DREAMS IN YOUR LIFE?
“I think it is very important to do what you love. Only then we can do our work every day with passion”, says Paulina.
We are all busy to carry on our daily duties (work, familiy, education, and so on) and we might lose something along our way. As Paulina highlights, everyone should sometimes stop and think about where are we going? Which direction are we taking? Is it the best we could take?
Paulina often helps people in this simple but very useful exercise:
“What I propose every woman to do is to stop for a moment and ask herself: If I had enough money and could do whatever I want, what would it be? If we do not know what we want in life and do not fulfill our dreams then usually someone else will hires us to realize his/her own dream”.
PAULINA IN BRIEF?
Optimistic, crazy, smiling.