About The Studio
Kundalini Yoga by the Sea is a Kundalini yoga and wellness studio in the heart of Santa Monica. We are a sacred space with an urban feel providing the amazing power of Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, to our neighborhood and beyond. KY Yoga by the Sea offers a variety of weekly classes and workshops all taught by KRI Certified Instructors. Among our offerings, the studio provides Teacher Trainings in Level I and II Kundalini Yoga, and Teacher Trainings in Reiki.
What we offer:
Kundalini Yoga by the Sea offers 43 classes each week on a drop-in basis. Welcoming students of all ages, stages of life and levels of experience with yoga, our instructors are highly trained and knowledgeable. We have studio offerings as early as a free 3:45AM for the traditional practice of Sadhana open to all, ending with classes starting as late as 7:45pm Monday through Friday. During the weekends we have a variety of offerings, including workshops, sound baths, Kirtan, Conscious Spiritual Art Shows, dancing and community movie nights. Kundalini Yoga by the Sea also boasts its own original boutique clothing line, Gusoo.
Kundalini Yoga Classes: Sadhana, Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, Intro to Kundalini Yoga & Meditation, Prenatal Yoga, Mommy & Me, Partnered Prenatal Yoga, Sunday Family Yoga
Specialty Classes:Yoga for Addiction, , Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Yoga, and Sat Nam Rasayan.
About Yogi Bhajan.
Invited to visit Los Angeles for a weekend, he discovered there the souls whose aspiration and longing had drawn him to the West. He gave his first public lecture in the United States on January 5, 1969, at the East West Cultural Center where he stated his firm conviction that it is the birthright of every human being to be “Healthy, Happy, and Holy.” The young people he met wanted to experience God. Unfortunately, many had been using drugs to alter consciousness. Despite the centuries old taboo against teaching Kundalini Yoga publicly, the Yogi knew that it was the most effective technology he could share with them to heal their bodies and their minds, and give them a valid experience. They could get “high” without side effects, and it was legal! Their souls were hungry to be awakened.
He told them he hadn’t come to gather students; he had come to train teachers. In his Kundalini Yoga classes he told inspiring stories about the Sikh Gurus, he talked about the virtues and values that would bring happiness. He made people laugh, never criticized anyone, and though he told them, “Don’t love me, love my teachings,” he touched the hearts of every seeker. A master of communication, whenever he spoke, each person felt he was talking directly to him or her. His words sank in.
What brought us all together?
A love of the experience the magic and reality that Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan gives. We really had no idea how this studio was going to manifest, we just knew we wanted it to. Sometimes when you are going through something really big like feeling a potential loss of a community that had been built, the heavens open up and miracles manifest. Due to the unstoppable intentions we all had, this studio rose up like a phoenix from the ashes. We look everyday at what we can learn, who we can include, what teachings and offerings we can give our community because we don't claim this project as ours. We wanted to create a home where Everyone, all ages and stages, could come to practice a conscious, uplifting lifestyle in a loving a sacred space as was Yogi Bhajan's intention in the 1960s. Who are we? A longtime Beverly Hills psychotherapist and lead Kundalini Yoga teacher and mother, a disciplined and devoted yogi and teacher/ brave and brazen Italian-Swede world traveler and mother of three, and a sincere, kind, creative, driven and popular rock star with a big heart. The most unlikely group gathered around the same intention at a given moment in time for this divine manifestation. Even in what many consider an idealic city where the sand meets the shore, where the air is clean and and the breeze brushes your face, where the the hustle and bustle of the many beach goers and tourists from different places all over the world, this studio, is a restorative haven for all in these tumultuous times. This is a seaside family space that will carry and evoke the experience of your spiritual identity and link to the infinite. Thanks to our teacher who in his idealic fashion came to the west in the sixties and offered action steps and the technology for a Happy, Healthy, and Holy lifestyle. We are All Whole and a Part of the Whole, We are All One.
Kia Dharam Atma
Kia Dharam Atma started practicing yoga in 1999 in the French Pyrenees while on a retreat in La Val Dieu (The Valley Of God). Under the instruction of her first teacher Bridget Manor, a deep love for the science of Kundalini Yoga was instilled and forever changed her life. She received her certification in Kundalini Yoga in 2004, after taking the last teacher Training "Master Touch" with Yogi Bhajan. After this she went on to get her certification to teach family yoga from Karma Kids in 2011. Before moving to Los Angeles four years ago, she taught regular yoga and workshops in Grenada where she owns a boutique hotel called Caribbean Cottage Club.
After completing a one year acting course intensive at the Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory, she became impassioned to apply the technology of Kundalini Yoga to help actors reach peak creativity, concentration and self expression. Kia is also a native Italian who is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Dharam Dev Kaur Khalsa
Dharam Dev Kaur Khalsa is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor practicing in Beverly Hills for over 32 years. She is a co-founder, Lead Teacher Trainer, and Director of Teacher Trainings at Kundalini Yoga by the Sea in Santa Monica. She facilitates both Level One and Level Two Teacher Training courses with her husband, Siri Marka. Incorporating the best of eastern and western modalities, she facilitates her students in expanding their consciousness and realizing their highest potential. With a heart forever young, she relates to the new generation of truth seekers and expresses the deepest wisdom of Yogi Bhajan PhD’s Teachings in the simplest language. Through compassion and humor, she delivers the ancient technology of Kundalini Yoga in a friendly and joyous manner. Presently she teaches three times weekly and runs ongoing groups on various topics such as “Grieve with Grace,” “What Sparks Joy,” and “Sacred Secrets of Success.”
Co-founder Nicholas Petricca discovered Kundalini Yoga in 2016 and was immediately drawn to the vibrational quality of the practice. It felt as familiar and healing as his life's work in music. Nicholas, a singer and keyboardist, formed the American rock band WALK THE MOON, which is known for its onstage interactive performances as a celebration of life and love, a communal commitment to joy and living in the moment. Nicholas is currently studying to be a Kundalini teacher as part of KYBTS’s Level 1 Teacher Training program.
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