who we are
josta van der kolk
With over fifteen years of experience as an interim and change manager, Josta has helped a wide variety of people and organizations through change and transition. This combination gives her a unique perspective; she's not only a trained coach, but she also knows the business environment. She is easy to connect with, and her clients and others who know her describe her as very reliable and someone who gets things done. Her practical approach helps close the gap between ambition and day-to-day realities. She is resourceful with an inquisitive mind and excellent social skills.
With her workshops and coaching, Louise helps people and organisations into movement and growth. She was a top athlete as a karateka for more than ten years, and participated in European and World Championships. She loves to get people moving (both physically and mentally) and get them closer to their own essence. For a happier life with more energy, and following their own passion. She supports people in their growth, while staying connected and giving confidence and strength. She does this by listening, observing, and mirroring. It’s her strength to get people moving with her energy.
What we do
Urban Balance combines coaching strategies, yoga philosophies and practices, and mindfulness tools to help you live life to your full potential. We work with set packages of six to eight sessions or single sessions, all depending on your situation and wishes. In our sessions together we work based on your input; we will go as fast as you are willing to go and share. You’re always welcome to come back and dive deeper, reset, or because you have new goals you wish to work on, but the outlook of Urban Balance is to get you going on your own.
Urban Balance helps you get the most out of your life and stay connected with your inner guide. Together we look at what works best for you to reach your goals.
“Before starting Urban Balance, I worked for almost twenty years as an interim and change manager in many different sectors and for many different companies, mostly in marketing & sales. Throughout this, I invested significant time in my personal development, and tried to remain active in sports and take care of my own health.
My first experience with yoga wasn’t the great eye opener some people talk about. The teacher mainly paid attention to the physical aspects, and, to be honest, I didn’t really like him. So I quit. Then, two years later, I met my first real yoga teacher, in 2007. The group was small and she taught in a very authentic way, with few words; she let the yoga practice do the work. It was with her that I started to feel the connection between the personal development I had been working on in different trainings, and with a coach, and the yoga practice. Somehow, there was a lot more going on during my yoga classes than just the physical movements. Each yoga practice felt like a gift to myself; giving myself the attention that I needed. So, as I continued to work as an interim and change manager, I also started to put more and more time into my yoga practice. I started to feel more present, stable, strong, and to see things more clearly.
In 2012, I decided to follow a month-long yoga teacher-training course in Goa, India. I learned more about the history of yoga and the philosophies, and all of a sudden, I fully understood all my years of learning about personal development. Everything sort of clicked, and I realized that the yoga philosophies were exactly the same as all those personal development theories I had learned and worked on in my trainings. Only, for me at least, this was more immediate and effective. The combination of the physical with the mind and the emotional made me internalize all the teachings, and I started to be able to live more according to my own wishes, instead of being led by my emotions, moods, or the people around me.
In the same year, 2012, I began teaching yoga and mindfulness alongside my work as an interim and change manager. Slowly but surely, these two worlds started to come together when I noticed that I was beginning to use yoga philosophies in my job, and had more work as a coach, too. I also realized that yoga, and even coaching, can seem a bit fluffy, vague, or ‘out there’ to some people, even though they may be curious about it as well. With my corporate background and training as a Strategic Intervention life coach I feel I am able to make yoga and coaching more accessible to people.
Knowing the demands that urban life puts on us, and the possible results and impact that both life coaching and yoga can bring us, I felt I could make a difference. I started Urban Balance because I want to help people live their life the way they truly want to, without being limited by fears or any inner or external pressures they may feel. A life with health and happiness, in which they can be confident about the goals they have set out to achieve, a good work/life balance, and great relationships with themselves and the people around them.”