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5 Life Lessons I learned from running a Yoga Studio - Kathryn McCusker KMYOGA



KMYOGA, the joys, the challenges, the lessons, the future!


Today I handed back the keys to the space that for the past three years has been KMYOGA, the home of Kundalini Yoga in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

As I looked back on these three years, I started to think about the joys and challenges of running a studio that combined so many facets - classes, workshops, events and teacher trainings - and how this all created a sense of community around the studio, and a sense of personal fulfillment.

When I came to Sydney from London in 2010 I soon realised there was no dedicated space for Kundalini Yoga and very few classes happening around Sydney, which made it a challenge to feel part of a community. Of course there were some teachers at different spaces around Sydney and there had been a small studio in the Eastern Suburbs some years previously, but I was inspired to begin something that had never been done in Sydney before, and I was sure it wasn’t going to be like any other studio that I had experienced before!


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Confessions of a real-life Kundalini Yogi #3: "I have found it to be a lifeline in times of trouble as well as a wonderful accompaniment through good times."



What is your name?
Megan Gilbert or Meherbani Kaur is my Spiritual name.


How long have you been a Kundalini Yogi?
I discovered Kundalini yoga in early 2011 and began to attend weekly classes. At the end of the year I moved interstate where there were no Kundalini classes. My former teacher gave me a folder of Kriyas to take with me so I could continue my practice. I am in the process of moving again and I am looking forward to attending classes regularly again.
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Confessions of a real life Kundalini Yogi #2: WOW that was another level of awesome!

 

What is your name?

Mish Schaffer

 

How long have you been a Kundalini Yogi?

I only found Kundalini Yoga in October 2013 enrolled in the Teacher Training the same year! I’m a jump and freak out later kind of gal!

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Confessions of a Real Life Kundalini Yogi - How Kundalini Yoga helped me stay focused in my business; be creative strong and accountable; and complete my life goal!

MEET A REAL LIFE KUNDALINI YOGI

 

 leigh Morrison Kundalini Yogi

 

What is your name?

Leigh Morrison

 

How long have you been a Kundalini Yogi?

About 8 years of practising, and started my level one teacher training in 2014.

 

Why did you first come to a Kundalini Yoga class?

I was doing a yoga and meditation course and I started trailing different forms of yoga, after practicing hatha for many years. Kundalini blew my mind, quite literally! I was entranced, intrigued and also a little bewildered from my first experience as both physically, emotionally, mentally and energetically I felt a shift, like I was floating when I left the 3 hour workshop I attended. It had me hooked.

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What is the Winter Solstice, and; The Power of Sound Healing:

 

The Winter Solstice falls on Saturday June 21, and KMYOGA will be hosting a special WINTER SOLSTICE KUNDALINI YOGA & SOUND CELEBRATION from 6.00pm - 8.30pm  In this blog, KMYOGA Founder, Author and renowned Opera Singer, Kathryn McCusker explores the meaning of the Winter Solstice. Following this is another KMYOGA blog about the Power of Sound Healing:

 

 

THE WINTER SOLSTICE:

Kathryn McCusker, KMYOGA Founder

 

The term Solstice means "sun stands still". In the southern hemisphere it occurs in the middle of the year and represents the start of Winter.

 

It is the time when the sun reaches its lowest point in the sky, making Winter Solstice the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

 

During the winter solstice the sun hugs closer to the horizon than at any other time during the year, giving way to the least amount of daylight annually. On the bright side, the day after the winter solstice marks the beginning of lengthening days leading up to the summer solstice.

 

This event had deep spiritual meaning in many cultures and in many cases Winter Solstice was associated with the birth of the Sun, meaning the birth of the god or goddess.It would seem that many ancient cultures had a similar spiritual meaning for Winter Solstice, suggesting humanity always cared about the rebirth of light.

 

This is a poignant time to stop and listen, to harmonize our energy and reassess our connection to our spirit and life’s purpose.

 

It is a powerful time of re-birth and transformation - to acknowledge our shadow, heal our wounds, release old thought patterns and align with our light to illuminate our highest destiny.

 

Winter Solstice is an opportunity to come together with your community in celebration of hope, peace and the rebirth of light.

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Kundalini Yoga For Men

 

This Friday evening, June 6, we will present the first of our new monthly KMYOGA Men's Kundalini Classes.  In preparing for this class, I found an interesting blog by Shabd Khalsa about Kundalini Yoga for Men.

 

I hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to seeing you in the studio on Friday at 7.00pm. Paul 

 

(I did find it funny that the picture illustrating Archer Pose is of a woman).


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New Moon, New Season, New Energy and a “NEW” KMYOGA!

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By Kathryn McCusker, KMYOGA Founder

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about change, renewal and new beginnings lately.

 

Perhaps it’s this week’s New Moon in Gemini, perhaps it’s the new month, or the beginning of a new season, or a combination of all of these, and I’m sure it’s also got a lot to do with the changes we’ve made at KMYOGA and the new timetable we will be offering our students, all of which come into effect on Sunday June 1.

 

New Moons are a great time to set a new intention – and I’ve already set mine – and that is to embrace the changes and make the most of them.

 

Change is a funny thing – and everyone seems to deal with it in different ways – some go into denial, some get angry, some accept them and see how they can make the most of the changes, and some even see change as an opportunity for renewal.

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This is Your Brain on Yoga:

 

12 Scientifically Proven Ways Yoga & Meditation Help Nourish The Body, Brain and Spirit

 

this is your brain on yoga

 

An easy, low cost, natural practice can help boost brain power and make us healthier and more spiritually attuned as we age. It can also bring happiness, improve our quality of life and reduce some of the staggering health costs of our time.

 

Curious what that practice is? 

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Your Journey Through The Chakras

 

Making Sense of Chakras, by Kathryn McCusker,

Founding Director of KMYOGA

 

Chakras

 

Chakras are centers of consciousness. They are focal points of energy that have a direct, immediate and profound effect on our daily lives.

 

But what does that mean?  How do they work? And how can you recognise whether they are in or out of balance.

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The Gift of Seva

Seva is the act of selfless service.

By Denie Pentecost

 

I believe in Kundalini our purpose is to serve, uplift, and enrich others. 

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Over the past year I’ve learnt one of the most rewarding ways to serve is through organising our community Sadhana at KMYOGA. Although it took discipline and perseverance the rewards by far outweigh the challenges. And boy, there were many… it’s true getting up at 4am every Saturday pushes some buttons. 

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