Jen Murphy blogs about her inspirational experience with Mastin Kipp’s Enter The Heart Tour and Kundalini Yoga with Kathryn McCusker at KMYOGA Kundalini Meditation Yoga Sydney

Daily Love Enter the Heart Tour

jen-mastin-ganesh-300x207The 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.

Chris played a two beautiful songs & shared the healing power of the voice. Whether you are a good singer or not, singing has a healing effect on your body. So start singing every opportunity you get & observe how you feel afterwards. I know I feel great when I sing my heart out in the car!

Kathryn is an amazing Kundalini Yoga teacher & if you live in Sydney, I highly recommend you go & try a class at her studio, KMYOGA at Bondi Junction. I tried a couple of Kundalini classes when I lived in Byron Bay earlier in the year & I wasn’t really sure if it was for me, but these experiences were completely different, & I have totally fallen in love with Kundalini! It really forced me to breathe deep, which felt amazing, & I realised this is the movement my body has been craving!

Mastin is so inspirational, very funny & extremely wise – he is just an amazing guy. I’m struggling to put the experience into words but powerful & deep come to mind. I had so many ‘aha’ moments & each night I came away with something different (again – so, so grateful that I had the opportunity to go to all three events – thank you!!).Recently, I have been connecting with my heart & following the feeling, more & more, but this took it to a whole new level. All of the answers we seek are within us, we just need to connect with our heart, listen & allow ourselves to feel our feelings.

Your heart knows the truth

It’s not easy but it is seriously powerful & to me, connecting with your heart, being vulnerable & embracing uncertainty are part of creating a rich, meaningful & vibrantly colourful life. If you have the opportunity to attend one of Mastin’s events or sign up for one of his online courses, I would highly recommend you do! And if you don’t already receive Mastin’s daily love emails, go & sign up! They are described as an e-multivitamin for the soul & that’s spot on. Reading my email is part of my morning routine & everyday I get something from it – inspiration, motivation or a new perspective on something.

Go to for more information.I have connected with some seriously amazing, beautiful people & I am sending love & gratitude to all of them.


This blog was first posted by Jennie Murphy on her website Creating A Colourful Life (

Mastin Kipp, Me & Ganesh in the roof top garden at KMYOGA

Kundalini Yoga Class in Sydney: Juliana’s Experience at KMYOGA Kundalini Yoga Studio

img03I’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.

The first class I attended was a Saturday morning Sadhana (5am – 7.30am) which was led by a lovely teacher named Maya. The moment I walked through the doors of KMYoga I instantly felt at home; it was warm and calming so I knew I was going to love it. Maya’s class was very beautiful, peaceful and energizing at the same time which was perfect for that time in the morning. Her class consisted of reading the Japji, a kriya for strengthening the abdominal muscles followed by the mantras for the Aquarian age which was my favorite part. We chanted Sadhana mantras by Chardi Kalaa Jatha – I’d never heard that version of the mantras before and found it deeply euphoric. It was very authentic and at times felt like I could have been chanting the mantras in the Golden Temple of Amtristar, India! The class was full so it was really nice to see there is a great Kundalini sangat (community) in Sydney.

After the class a few of us stayed around for chats and herbal tea, which is when I met the lovely founder of KMYoga, Kathryn McCusker. We shared stories about how we discovered Kundalini yoga and I found her so inspiring that I had to attend one of her classes before I left the country so I went back for her Friday class at 9.30am.

Kathryn’s class was amazing and very powerful. It’s Spring in Australia at the moment so KMYoga are doing a 40 day Community Spring Cleanse – her class that day focused on cleansing the liver followed by the Sat Kriya meditation and the Gong which was heaven-ly and deeply relaxing. Kathryn’s ability to teach with grace and power, and her knowledge of the teachings were outstanding, but her ability to build a community was even more astonishing. She really is a force to be reckoned with, a truly inspiring woman!

The studio itself is beautifully designed with a tranquil courtyard – this combined with great teachers really make the place. I was also impressed by the amount of Kundalini yoga classes they do per week.


Kathryn McCusker is interviewed for “Balance by Deborah Hutton” – Kundalini, The Mother of All Yogas

kathryn_mccusker_kundalini_yoga_kmyoga_sydney_200x299You’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 painimprove 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.

In the words of Mark Singleton from the Australian Yoga Journal and author ofYoga Body: The Origins of Modern ?Posture Practice, “Scouring [these] primary texts, it was obvious to me that Asana was rarely, if ever, the primary feature of the significant yoga traditions in India. Postures such as those we know today often figured among the auxiliary practices of yoga systems (particularly in Hatha yoga), but they were not the dominant component.”

Which brings us back to the question – what is yoga?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes yoga as “a system of exercises for mental and physical health” but if you look at the many yoga sites and articles on the web, it is often described as the “path to awaken greater awareness and connection to self and life”.

Sydney yoga teacher Kathryn McCusker, from KMYOGA, has travelled from Mexico to Tibet, India, France and back to London in the quest to find more peace, balance and meaning in her life, and in the process discovered Kundalini yoga. She describes Kundalini as the “mother of all yogas” and says anyone looking for the authentic yoga experience should check it out.

“It’s the most comprehensive of all yogas, combining powerful breathing techniques, postures, mantras and meditation to help you unlock your true potential.”

Kathryn says Kundalini was brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan and emerged from the mediative practices of ancient Hindu India, possibly as long as 4000 years ago. She said the term Kundalini was an ancient Sanskrit word referring to the powerful life force present in all of us.

“The purpose of Kundalini meditation is to open up this life force, helping it flow through each of the seven chakras, the energetic centres of the body,” she says. “You can use Kundalini to address just about any issue you are facing in your life.”

And the most appealing thing about this yoga seems to be that it doesn’t require hours and hours of practice or flexibility to see results. In her time teaching Kundalini, Kathryn says she has seen seen enormous changes in her students and herself, seemingly overnight.

“It can easily be integrated into a busy life, and it is one of the most powerful styles of yoga,” she says. “Focusing on the chakras, it is fast and effective at channelling creativity, increasing intuition and awakening your full potential.

“The kriyas [specially formulated sets of series of exercises that make up a Kundalini class] help you become physically, emotionally and mentally strong by developing a balanced nervous system and a healthy glandular and immune system.”

Kathryn says she incorporates Kundalini practice into her daily routine, taking as little as two minutes at a time to focus her energy and breathing.

For more information about Kundalini yoga and meditation, see

kmKathryn McCusker is a certified yoga teacher with the School of Kundalini Yoga and has taught in leading yoga studios including Triyoga and Alchemy in London. Previously a professional singer with Opera Australia, Kathryn opened KMYoga in Bondi Junction in 2011. In addition to Kundalini yoga and meditation, KMYOGA offers classes in Jivamukti and Naam yoga and runs regular workshops and events throughout the year. For more information about Kathryn and her studio, see

This story was originally published on the “Balance by Deborah Hutton” website at

Nurturepod’s “Heart and Soul Inspiring Women Series” Corona Brady’s interview with Kathryn McCusker

img04I’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.

I’ve been practicing Kundalini for about 9 months and I’m starting to see some huge shifts in my body and mind. I feel joy and deep happiness when I’m practicing Kundalini yoga; it lifts me up and inspires me for more good work. I find the chanting and mantras so healing. I am finally finding my voice and opening my heart, allowing my connections to be stronger and truer – free to be me at long last! Kundalini Yoga has really inspired me to be more and to be the best I can be.

I met Kathryn for the first time after attending her incredible Summer Solstice workshop in December last year. This was indeed the start of my kundalini journey! Shortly after that, I started attending early morning regular Sadhana practice on a Saturday morning and soon I became hooked.

Kathryn Radiates pure light, she is the kind of teacher I aspire to be. I have to say her teaching touches me in a very uniquely and personal way. After every class I feel so light, uplifted, strong in myself  and I feel happy and at peace for some time afterwards. Kathryn is an inspiring and challenging teacher which is playing an important part in my own personal development.

I can’t wait to share her story with you today. Get ready to feel inspired!


Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

I was born in Western Australia and studied music and singing at University. I then won a scholarship to the Australian Opera where I spent seven years as a principal soprano. I was curious to see more of the world, so I decided to move to London where I was a freelance singer. In 2000 whilst on a retreat in Yucatan, Mexico I discovered Kundalini Yoga, and I was so inspired by my experience that I decided to do the teacher training in London and France. After eleven years of living in London and working as a singer and yoga teacher, I then moved back to Sydney in 2010 with a dream to open a yoga studio. I founded KMYOGA on 11.11.11.


Q. What does a day in your life look like?

I like to wake up by 6am and walk our labrador Stromboli. I then do my yoga and meditation for about one hour, either at home or in the park. I enjoy going to have a chai tea at our local café Bondi Massive and then I open my diary and computer and begin planning the day. This usually involves meetings, going to KMYOGA to work with my studio manager and teaching 4 days a week. Running a yoga studio, which is open 7 days week keeps me busy! I am usually at home by about 6pm (except when teaching evenings) I then go for a walk by the sea, listen to music or play the piano. I am fortunate that my husband enjoys cooking, so he usually prepares the dinner! If there is time, I watch a movie or read a book, and then it’s usually time for bed.


Q. What are some of the obstacles you have encountered on your path, and how did you push past them?

I have encountered many obstacles in my personal and professional life, however I like to see obstacles as an opportunity for growth and learning. This gives me the energy to keep going and never give up on myself, or my dreams.  For example, I’ve been knocked back many times when auditioning, but having a strong sense of self, a tenacious spirit, a passion for singing and an understanding that all auditions add to my experience, I continued my journey and career as a singer.

I was clear on my vision to create a yoga studio in Sydney, however I realised I needed to be patient as it took me two years to find the right space. I set a goal of opening on 11.11.11 and I was determined to commit to that date and we made it just in time – we opened the doors as the last wooden baton was being nailed to the ceiling!

I always wanted to write a book about Kundalini and I wasn’t sure where to start (doubt was my obstacle), so I decided to commit to a daily meditation practice, which gave me the confidence to start writing. I trusted that I would somehow find a publisher and out of the blue, two years later an editor contacted me and asked if I would be interested in writing a book on Kundalini Meditation!


Q. Who and what inspires you?

I am inspired by people who are passionate about realising their dreams, people who are striving to be better human beings and want to share their gifts with the world, and those making a difference to the planet. Yogi Bhajan who brought Kundalini Yoga to the West in 1969 inspires me as does Ronni Kahn, Founder of the food rescue charity Oz Harvest. They have made a difference to people’s lives and created an awareness around selfless service and giving back to the community.


Q. How do you get balance in your life?

It’s a constant challenge, but I find more balance by practicing yoga and meditation, singing for pleasure, taking time out in nature, being creative, and spending time with family and friends.


Q. For a woman (or anyone starting their own business), what three things are most critical for them to be mindful of?

Having a clear and creative business plan, finding the right team to work with and being aware that the work never stops, so it’s important to find time for you!


Q. What is your secret indulgence?

Massage! I love to tune out and let go.


Q. What was the happiest moment in your life or career to date?

There have been many happy moments in my life, some of them have been – singing Tytania in the opera ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’, directed by Baz Luhrmann at the Edinburgh Festival, traveling to Tibet in 2004 and going to a monastery in the north where a Tibetan monk gave me his mala and prayer wheel, being asked by Watkins Publishing to write a book on Kundalini Meditation, opening the doors to KMYOGA on 11.11.11, and the first date with my husband on the Aeolian Island Salina, Sicily where we were married 2 years later!


Q. What’s your favourite quote or personal mantra to live by?

In Yogi Bhajan’s words “It’s not the life that matters, it’s the courage that you bring to it.”


Q. How do you practice self-compassion?

Reminding myself it is okay to stop working and take time out for myself.


Q. ‘Love’ means…LOVE!


Q. What’s your biggest dream?

To share the teachings of Kundalini Yoga with as many people as possible and to see the KMYOGA community growing, all while living on the island of Salina, Sicily!


Q. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want with you?

Courage, intuition and a sense of humour!


Q. If you could give advice to my readers who are either trying to find the courage to pursue their dreams or are at the beginning of their own journey, what would it be?

Never give up on your dreams even if you feel defeated. Stay true to your purpose, and work with people who believe in your dreams and share your enthusiasm. As Yogi Bhajan said ‘Keep up, and you will be kept up.’