What is your name?
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!
MEET A REAL LIFE KUNDALINI YOGI
What is your name?
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
12 Scientifically Proven Ways Yoga & Meditation Help Nourish The Body, Brain and Spirit
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.
Making Sense of Chakras, by Kathryn McCusker,
Founding Director of KMYOGA
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.
Seva is the act of selfless service.
By Denie Pentecost
I believe in Kundalini our purpose is to serve, uplift, and enrich others.
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.
How do we choose to change our lives? What part of us makes that choice that leads us closer to the center of our own heart? Who do we become when we become the best version of ourselves?
Immerse Yourself within Your Self: The story of my journey through the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program by Victoria Lynes / Atmabir Kaur
(This blog first appeared on www.3HO.org)
As I glided past the closed door on my way from a Hot Yoga class to change out of my hot sweat-drenched clothes, I was stopped short by the strange yet somehow familiar sounds that were emanating from inside. Others pushed past me in their rush to the cold showers and back out into their lives. I was frozen to the spot. The pull to open the door was so strong that the phrase “I’m possessed!” came to mind, a line from some old 80’s horror flick. The sounds were so beautiful, so charged with powerful, uplifting energy. And I had the strongest sensation that I had heard them before. “What kind of yoga class is this?” I wondered, continuing to listen intently. After a few moments, the sounds suddenly stopped and there was silence. Coming back into my reality, I moved on into the busy change room to well.... change. But there was something more than my clothes that were changed on that day.....
Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is the Yoga of Awareness. It is the householder’s yoga—for people who are active in the world. Most other systems of yoga were developed by those living the renunciate life. Kundalini Yoga gives you tools to expedite your spiritual growth and healing.
Practice gives you an experience beyond the limits of time and space—an experience of the depth of your soul and true identity. This direct experience of your higher self builds a platform of strength, radiance, and security on which to build your life.
Adette Kagan shares her experience of Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training.
‘Kundalini Teacher Training from my experience, will deepen self awareness, knowledge of the practice, unblock whatever’s stopping you from living your dreams and allow you to make great friends with your soul!
Starting Kundalini yoga was a turning point in my life, and completing Level 1 of Teacher Training cemented the direction of my new-found journey.
When KMYOGA and ANS first offered Level 1 Teacher Training in 2013 I had been practicing Kundalini yoga for almost a year. The flyer on the wall caught my eye and at first I was like, no, not for me! But every time I saw the flyer, I was drawn to it and it kept playing on my mind. At that stage I didn’t feel I wanted to be a teacher, but I knew I wanted to deepen my practice, which had already taken me so far. I also had a sneaking suspicion that this was exactly the next step I needed to take!
HEART WIDE OPEN WITH KARTA SINGH KHALSA.
Sharon Jacobson shares her experiences of Karta Singh Khalsa's unique approach to teaching Kundalini Yoga.
“I did a retreat with Karta Singh Khalsa in Kangaroo
Valley in May 2012.
Prior to the retreat, I had been doing Kundalini Yoga for five months and can count myself amongst a growing group of people who report being instantly hooked from their first experience. I had been practicing various forms of yoga for about 16 years before falling into the Kundalini Yoga trap, but none of them had managed to capture my imagination or sustain my interest quite like this has.
During the retreat I felt my heart cracking open. I challenged myself to stay with protracted postures and did battle with my mind in the midst of experiences that brought me into direct confrontation with the unknown – my ‘self’.
How Kundalini Level 1 & 2 Teacher Trainings differ & the optimum sequence of the 5 modules in Level 2. By Sat Sarbat Kaur (lead trainer for KMYOGA & ANS level 1 teacher training and co-founder of Ajai Alai Asia).
In level 1 Teacher Training you learn about the techniques of Kundalini Yoga and became an instructor. In that training the view on the human body was on a very physical level. How you experience a kriya, how you teach a kriya and the effect they have on a physical level
There is a magic and power of sound which sets it apart from all the other sensory perceptions. Sound penetrates through our physicality in the purest sense of vibration.
I can touch your hand and we will feel each other and connect. The boundary of skin however, in an impenetrable fortress. Sound vibration moves through our outer layers, and can actually resonate in such a way that our own molecular structure follows.
“Music [and sound] can have a powerful salutary effect on our cardio-vascular, immune, and nervous systems, not to mention our emotional and spiritual selves.”
- Dr. Mitchell Gaynor (The Sounds of Healing)
This is the power of sound.
Imagine sitting in a serene environment listening to such powerful chanting that it transforms your body and ignites your soul. The sound of the 6 Gyuto monks singing before you is ancient in its beauty, and immensely difficult to perform technically. Their years of training results in a rich and powerful sound that you can float away with while you meditate.
The last three nights, I have been given the opportunity to attend Mastin Kipp’s Daily Love Enter the Heart Tour in Sydney. Yes, all three events.
I am literally radiating love, light, joy & gratitude from every pore, & my heart is completely open. Saying ‘I’m so grateful’ just doesn’t do justice to the amazing experience. Each evening was filled with music by the talented Chris Assaad, Kundalini Yoga by Kathryn McCusker, and powerful words of wisdom by Mastin Kipp.
Chanting is a powerful technique used for millenniums all over the world. It helps us to come closer to Truth, to who we really are. The simple repetition of mantras, prayers or heartsongs has a calming effect on the mind and nervous system, leading you to a blissful state where we will then rest in silence and meditation together.
I’ve just returned from a two week holiday in my hometown of Sydney Australia and whilst there I visited a beautiful yoga studio called KMYoga in Bondi Junction. I heard about the studio through fellow yogis who mentioned it specialized in Kundalini yoga as well as Jivamukti and Naam yoga so I was keen to check it out.
By Megan Houston
You’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard of yoga, the ancient and venerable tradition that has the power to improve sleep, help us find balance (literally), relieve stress and back pain, improve clarity of mind and much more.
Yet while the research, the celebrities and the media hype surrounding the virtues and growing popularity of yoga have arguably reached saturation point in Western civilised cultures, do we really know what yoga is?
Did you know that there are over 20 different types of yoga? The most common form in the Western world is a variation of Asana or Hatha yoga – which focuses on the physical posture.
It’s likely you’ve heard of the downward dog, warrior pose and salute to the sun, but what you may not know is that manoeuvring yourself into contortionist poses may not be the only way to achieve the enlightenment and health benefits you’re looking for.
I’m so happy to start this segment off with one of my lovely Kundalini teachers Kathryn McCusker (pictured) owner and founder of KMYOGA. I started attending this divine space KMYOGA almost a year a go. What can I say about this space? It’s simply divine, it has a peaceful energy from the moment you enter the studio and I always leave with a huge smile on my face. KMYOGA simply makes you feel at home.
Have you ever wondered what a Kundalini Yoga class can do for you? This great video from FOX News in Phoenix says it all.
KMYOGA is the premier Kundalini Yoga Studio in Sydney, an oasis in the heart of Bondi Junction, in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. If you want Sydney Yoga Classes in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, visit us at www.kmyoga.com.
KMYOGA was founded by international Kundalini Yoga teacher, singer and author, Kathryn McCusker, and opened its doors on 11.11.11.
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