Kundalini Yoga and Meditation at Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles
Golden Bridge Yoga in Hollywood offers classes in Kundalini yoga, a special technique first brought to the West from obscurity in India by its late founder, Yogi Bhajan. Some of the poses are similar to those found in traditional Hatha yoga. Special techniques like ‘breath of fire’ are specifically used to powerfully encourage the flow of Kundalini energy, which is said to reside at the base of the spine and rise to the top of the head (crown chakra) when awoken.
Since Yogi Bhajan’s passing in October of 2004, Gurmukh Kaur Kalsa--who also happens to be the director of this Los Angeles Kundalini yoga studio and community center--has essentially been designated the face of Health Happy Holy (3HO), Yogi Bhajan’s global organization.
Founder and Director of Golden Bridge Yoga:
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
Prenatal Kundalini yoga
Some of Gurmukh’s well-known devotees:
Madonna, Cindy Crawford, Rosanna Arquette, Al Pacino, David Duchovny and members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
On site at Golden Bridge Yoga in LA:
Seven yoga studios
Amrit Davaa Wellness Center
Nite Moon Vegetarian Cafe
Ron Teeguarden’s Dragon Herbs
Golden Bridge Boutique
Classes offered at Golden Bridge Yoga:
Children’s Yoga (3-6 and 7-12)
Deep Meditation & Gong
Deeply Meditate & Relax
Hatha Yoga - Mixed
Kundalini Express - Community
Kundalini Yoga for Creativity
Kundalini Yoga to Live Drumming and Buddhism
Kundalini Yoga & Aromatherapy
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation (beginners, general)
Meditation for Healing
Mommy & Me (Daddies welcome)
Relax & Restore
Slow Deep Flow - Mixed
Transformational Kundalini Yoga & Meditation
Vinyasa Flow - Mixed
Women’s Kundalini Yoga & Meditation
Most popular instructors at Golden Bridge Yoga:
What to bring:
Ideally you should bring a yoga mat and pillow or blanket that you can roll up. If you don’t have a mat, Golden Bridge can lend you one. Many people like the comfort and personal feeling of bringing their own mat and blanket.
How to dress:
Comfortable clothing like leggings, sweat pants, t-shirts, cardigans and sweat shirts are perfect. Remember, in some classes your legs may be flipped over your head so dress accordingly. Some yogis and yoginis like to wear turbans or head-scarves for they believe it conserves the potent energy located in the head/crown area. That's certainly not a requirement. Whatever shoes you wear--be they flip-flops or sandals for example--will be left in one of the cubby holes located between the ‘check-in’ area and the yoga studios.
What to expect from a typical Kundalini yoga class at Golden Bridge:
You can expect to start with a simple cross legged chant of “Ong namo guru dev namo” (translation: ‘I call upon divine wisdom’) with your hands touching in prayer pose.
The class will usually begin with some warm-up exercises to especially help loosen up the lower back (where the Kundalini energy that you are going to unleash is stored).
For some folks in LA, even peaceful yoga becomes a competition. However, you will enjoy your class the most if you relax and get into yourself (rather than looking around you and trying to keep pace with others). Go at your own pace and honor your own flow.
Some beginners--especially if they're out of shape or not used to regular exercise--may find their first class challenging. Again, it's not necessary to keep up the pace with everyone else. Many of the classes are designed to accommodate different levels.
After the ‘heavy lifting’ of Kundalini yoga including the powerful ‘breath of fire’ (pumped stomach breathing through the nose), there will likely be a meditation that follows. At times your instructor will have you rest between poses as well.
Your class will generally end with the singing of “May the Longtime Sun Shine Upon Us,” the Healthy Happy Holy (3HO) song.
Golden Bridge Yoga (Hollywood)
1357 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Cross street: De Longpre
Available in Golden Bridge's lot or in the neighborhood, west of the center
Golden Bridge Yoga (Santa Monica)
719 Broadway St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401