Kundalini Yoga is a physical and meditative discipline that combines postures (asanas), breath (pranayama), and the chanting of mantras. Kundalini refers to the energy that lays dormant at the base of the spine. Through the practice of yoga, this energy is raised and travels up the spine, through the chakras, creating an overall sense of well being and a heightened sense of awareness. The word Kundalini literally translates as a “coiled female serpent.”
Traditionally the techniques of Kundalini were only communicated from Master to disciple and through a long initation process. In 1969 Yogi Bhajan began teaching Kundalini Yoga openly to the public.
Yogi Bhajan defines yoga as such: “Yoga means a discipline of mind and body. There is nothing mysterious about it. Yoga does not explain the meaning of life... It’s aim is to develop a quality of mind which can perceive reality and acquire self knowledge.”
Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, arrived in the United States in 1969 with a stated purpose: "I have come to create Teachers, not to gather disciples." He then founded 3HO - the Healthy, Happy, Holy Organization, based on his first principle: "Happiness is your Birthright."
Through the Aquarian Teacher Program, Yogi Bhajan has trained thousands of KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teachers. In 1994, the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA) was formed to further spread these priceless teachings uniting Kundalini Yoga teachers worldwide.
Gurmukh began by teaching in her home in 1992. Students would gather in the living room and practice, then enjoy tea after class on her couch. Eventually their home became too small, so she and her husband Gurushabd opened their first Golden Bridge Yoga studio on 3rd Street in Los Angeles. It was a sweet small studio, but again they eventually outgrew the space and moved to a new location in Hollywood. In the heart of Hollywood they stayed for 8 years. It was a beautiful time, planting seeds for the Kundalini community in the middle of the "lights and action." Opening a second studio in New York City in 2008, they began to travel back and forth to share the teachings on both coasts of the United States.
After years of being dedicated to Los Angeles and New York City, it was time to expand and share the teachings across the world. As Gurmukh and Gurushabd began to travel more and more, their daughter, Wahe Guru, stepped in to help run the studios. Wahe opened their third studio in Santa Monica in 2013. Wahe got married in 2014, and her husband Sunny left his 12 year Civil Engineering career to join the family business. Wahe and Sunny now reside in Santa Monica and run the Golden Bridge studios while Gurmukh and Gurushabd travel the world teaching. They stop back in LA and NYC every month or so to teach in the studios and visit with long time students.
We are a yogi family dedicated to the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. We are humbled to have the privilege and blessing of running such beautiful centers and to be able to host the Kundalini teachings. Please visit us at our studios, on the road, or online at the Golden Bridge Global Village!