Every Teacher at Golden Bridge brings a unique and special talent to their class. We choose our staff based on their caring expertise, and ability to create a "bridge" between the physical and the spirit -- a bridge that transcends all philosophies and traditions. We welcome people of all faiths, nationalities & cultures, to explore their growth as spiritual beings.
Aimee’s practice in the teaching and healing arts began in Chicago as an English teacher and then as a school and community counselor after receiving her Master’s Degree in Human Services and Counseling. After moving to Los Angeles, she expanded her experiences by becoming an IKYTA certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She is also a Master Level Reiki and Crystal Healer. Her yoga and healing sessions incorporate breath, movement, mantra and meditation to get your radiant, creative, divine energy flowing through the blues and blocks. [Read more]
Amy Shea discovered Kundalini Yoga at Golden Bridge in 2007 and has since become an IKYTA certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She is also certified in The Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga, Mommy & Me Yoga, Light Leaders Yoga and Y.O.G.A. for Youth. Amy is honored and blessed to share the ancient wisdom of yoga with her students. Her classes focus on the journey into self-discovery, the open and loving heart and the connection to humanity. She brings a calm and nurturing manner to her classes and offers a space for all to feel safe and have fun. Amy has a deep respect for the beauty of pregnancy and childbirth and is devoted to sharing the gifts of The Khalsa Way to support mothers-to-be on their journey to motherhood. Join Amy for a heart-opening and peaceful experience that will help you connect to your body, mind and soul and discover your authentic self. When she is not teaching yoga, Amy is spending time with her husband and kitties, designing jewelry and career/life coaching. [Read more]
Azita Nahai, PhD (Ramjoti Kaur)
Azita Nahai, PhD (Ramjoti) first found herself at home within the teachings of Yogi Bhajan in 2001 through the guidance of her teacher, Guru Singh. She is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher, Y.O.G.A. for Youth teacher. With a PhD in Human Development Azita’s professional and doctoral research has uncovered and supported the use of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as a valuable adjunctive therapy in Trauma Recovery. She recognizes that the global revolution needed to heal this world begins with one’s personal healing and transformation~ one conscious breath at a time.
Her professional practice brings the body, soul and spirit back into foundational mind centered therapy by incorporating the principles of this yogic philosophy and technology off the yoga mat and into everyday life. She offers practical tools that empower her students and clients to become conscious participants in their own healing and growth in order to embody and embrace a meaningful and purposeful life.
Infused with radical love, acceptance and spirited playfulness Azita’s classes offer a safe and supportive space to journey inward and outward: a place to turn down the noise and come to quiet, by breathing and moving into the moment and into your consciousness. With every sequence of breath, posture, mudra and mantra, prepare to tune into the natural harmony of your Soul; prepare to step into YOU, and reclaim your Greatness. Come to class and be open to the challenge of an experience that will inform you of your life and connect you to the joy that awaits you at the core of every moment. [Read more]
Dharam Dev Kaur Khalsa
Dharam Dev Kaur Khalsa had the blessing to serve Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga with her family in Los Angeles for many years. She is dedicated to share these priceless teachings to elevate the Mind, Body and Spirit that she discovered in high school over 40 years ago. She is Marriage, Family and Child Counselor in private practice for over 26 years in Beverly Hills, incorporating the best of eastern yogic philosophy and tools with her clients. She is presently a Teacher Trainer with her husband Siri Marka of 27 years in 4 different yoga centers in the area. Her daughter, Guruparkash works at International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association. [Read more]
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher
Francesca was certified as a Kundalini yoga & meditation instructor in 2001 at Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles, studying under world renowned teacher Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. She teaches at Golden Bridge Yoga & in the past at Kol Ami Sanctuary. She also conducts private one-on-one classes as well as small groups. Prior to Kundalini certification, Francesca practiced various types of Hatha yoga for over 10 years.
As a Registered Nurse, board certified in pain management since the early 1980's, she has spent many hours at the bedside of terminally ill patients guiding them through meditation and relaxation breathing. Her passion is palliative care and hospice, and operates Soulfulpassing4PAWS, going into the homes of pets who are transitioning, and offering guided meditations, relaxation breathing, gentle yoga postures, loss & grief & the process of letting go for the owners who are experiencing the loss of their beloved pets.
Francesca is dedicated to teaching this ancient practice of Kundalini yoga. With an open heart of love and compassion, she brings to students the art of transformation. Delving deep into the body, mind and soul, she guides others on their journeys to find their Truth and live it fully. [Read more]
Your baby is coming, so celebrate now! Breathe, move, dance, sing, chant, meditate and embrace your journey into motherhood. Let prenatal yoga strengthen and relax your body and release your mind from worry or fear.
Gail has been teaching Khalsa Way prenatal yoga for over seven years. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, and is a certified Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga Teacher. Gail is also a birth doula, which further enhances her awareness of how each woman uniquely experiences this powerful journey.
Throughout Gail’s class, you will learn to breathe consciously. Harnessing the power of the breath helps to increase your stamina, focus and the confidence you need to move through the challenges of labor.
Each session culminates with a calming, empowering meditation that allows you to release the chatter in your mind and to connect with your baby.
Through Khalsa Way yoga you will unveil the power, strength and intuition you already posess as a woman and as a mother. An aware and conscious mother-to-be is already teaching her baby how to be a more conscious, loving human being. [Read more]
During the late 1990s Giancarlo was a professional basketball player. During that time he experienced “the zone” which allowed him to move with effortless precision and centeredness. This inspired him to dive into the teachings of yoga and meditation. In his classes, he helps move students from the mind into the heart center. It is in the heart where students are able to live a fuller life of love, compassion and inner knowing.
Giancarlo leads a life that is synchronized with cosmic rhythms and laws. His mission is to open the hearts and minds of individuals so that they too can experience this sense of oneness that is alive within them. [Read more]
Hari Simran Kaur
Hari Simran Khalsa was born into a family of Kundalini Yogis. She has been a student of Yogi Bhajan's since her early childhood. She was educated in India from KG through high school where she practiced the teachings of Yogi Bhajan on a daily basis. It was there that she was trained and received her Kundalini Yoga teacher's certification. Hari Simran Kaur went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in International Business from the College of Santa Fe. She then further developed her experiences in India and her knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine at the California College of Ayurveda where she graduated and is now practicing as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist.
Hari Simran’s classes are energetic and inspiring. In each class she brings together the science of yoga and Ayurveda as a complete system of healing. Students will experience the wisdom and power these teachings can bring to everyone. [Read more]
Heather Bruner is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She has been practicing various forms of yoga for over a decade with a focus on Kundalini Yoga for the past 5 years. Heather was initially drawn into Kundalini Yoga because it was gentler on the body than other styles of yoga and then she fell in love with the meditations and mantras. She found the teachings just have a way of lifting you up ever so subtly and gracefully.
Heather rang in the Aquarian Age with teacher training at Golden Bridge in Los Angeles with Gurmukh, Gurushabd, Sat Siri, Tej, Harijiwan, and others. Teacher training was a way to deepen her own spiritual practice and now she wants to share this healing and transformative technology with others. Heather has been teaching privately since teacher training. Her classes elevate and empower her students to tap into their inner wisdom, beauty and strength.
Heather will forever be grateful to Yogi Bhajan, Golden Bridge, and her teachers for bringing lightness, confidence, stillness and peace into her life. [Read more]
Ivy is passionate about sharing the advances of modern medicine alongside thoroughly researched holistic principles.After finishing UC Berkeley with a double major in Psychoneuroimmunology and dance, she became aware of the need for a holistic approach to healing--- one that addresses mind, body and spirit.
She brings to her practice over a decade of experience in the fields of holistic health and women’s wellness. During her many years teaching yoga, Pilates and training private clients, Ivy noticed a widespread hunger for a more dynamic experience of physical fitness.
Her study of Nia (Neuromuscular Integrative Action) deepened her ability to guide clients in attuning to their bodies’ messages and innate healing abilities. Drawing from her background in mind-body medicine, she began exploring a variety of approaches including Grinberg method, Ayurvedic nutrition, Kundalini yoga, energy work and somatic experiencing.
Teachings and techniques are effective only if they are integrated with one’s personal experience and body-centered intuition. This understanding, as well as Ivy’s scope of knowledge in a wide range of healing modalities and movement based practices, form the basis for her classes. She is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a Registered Yoga Therapist, state-certified massage therapist, DONA-certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, and Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga Instructor. [Read more]
Jennifer has been teaching yoga, conducting workshops and leading yoga retreats since 2009. She specializes in kundalini, hatha, mommy and me as well as prenatal yoga. Her classes are uplifting, joyful and energizing.
Inspired by the yogic teachings of Yogi Bhajan as well as Gurmukhs' teachings on conscious pregnancy and birth Jennifer delivered her daughter naturally at home in January 2013. She believes yoga and meditation help women to unlock their intuition and trust their inner power so they know what is best for their body, their birth and their baby.
Jennifer and her family love their daily yoga and meditation practice. They hope to inspire others by their lifestyle. [Read more]
Kate Bhavani Kennedy, RYT
Kate has been a student of yoga for 12 years, and became a certified Hatha Yoga teacher through the Integral Yoga Institute in 2008. She is also studying with Gurmukh to become a Khalsa Way Pregnancy teacher.
Her classes hold the intention to create an “easeful body, a peaceful mind, and useful life”, as taught by teacher Sri Swami Satchidananda.
Good for beginners and those looking for a gentle class, Kate teaches a blend of traditional and western hatha yoga postures, emotional and energetic unwinding, chanting, and meditation. A strong background in the healing arts, Kate organically melds her experience with energy medicine, Shiatsu, Reiki, and Cranial Sacral Unwinding into her teachings. She is passionate about making yoga accessible to everyone and adaptable to meet the needs of all students! When she is not teaching, she can be found seeing clients in her private healing practice www.bhavanijoy.com and helping teachers build workshops at Golden Bridge as Event Director.
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”― Rumi [Read more]
Kiyomi (Paramdeesh) Takahashi
Kiyomi Takahashi is an IKYTA-certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500hr level Hatha Yoga Teacher, and a certified Yoga Therapist (LMU). As a Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, she founded Pure Vital Living where she combines her love for yoga with her passion for nutrition to support her clients’ journey to live joyful lives. Kiyomi is committed to uplifting everyone she connects with and is honored to share the beautiful teachings of Kundalini and Restorative yoga at Golden Bridge in Santa Monica. She's known for her precise guidance, warm encouragements, and as-needed modifications in a supportive light-hearted environment. Kiyomi's intention is to support her clients vitality so they are able to bring forth into the world their unique light and gifts. Kiyomi teaches classes and workshops privately, and to large groups at festivals, as well as at yoga studios and businesses in Los Angeles. [Read more]
Linh’s beginning to yoga was purely physical, she simply wanted a “yoga butt”, with that she found her way to Ashtanga Yoga. Through her “yoga butt journey” came the discovery that yoga was more than a physical practice. As changes started happening off the mat, she started questions what yoga was really about. Linh found her way to her first teacher training program over a decade ago, first certifying as a Hatha teacher, and then eventually certifying further as a Kundalini Yoga teacher. Linh has traveled the world studying and searching for answers about love and life; she dedicated most of her studies to the science of tapping into the greatness within. She is certified as a coach, educates from the heart, and she has her Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology. She is a breathwork facilitator, a workshop leader, and business owner www.loveSOULutions.com. However if you were to ask Linh who she is, she’d say “a pure soul, a white light”, always have been always will be my pureness will never change. Life has brought me many lessons which have challenged this knowing. I say “bring it on”! Because I’m a pure soul that will never change; YOU are I are ONE in the SAME all pure all great Souls traveling here on earth.
To take a class with Linh might be easy some days, and a challenge other days, it all depends on you and where you are at she says. She empowers her students to listen within and follow the voice of love. Her style of teaching is with an open heart, compassion, patience and at the same time finding the challenge of going just be-on the comfort zone.
Linh encourages her student to have some type of daily spiritual practice, even if it’s just for the yoga butt, because within a spiritual practice you will come to know YOU are greater than you thought. [Read more]
Lisa Arshawsky is a Certified Nurse Midwife, Registered Nurse, a Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Hypnobirthing Instructor , Childbirth Educator and Lactation Coach, Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach, Reiki Practitioner and KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher. My dharma is to teach what I have learned. Supporting women throughout childbirth brings me great humility and joy in the service. I am also a grateful mother of two beautiful souls. [Read more]
Normandie Keith (Dharam Prakash)
Normandie Keith Dharam Prakash Kaur, Star White Buffalo Woman has always been a seeker. She has lived all over the world as a model. She parlayed her love of truth and beauty into a journalistic career as Beauty Editor for YOU Magazine in London, England. During her seven years of writing for the magazine, her columns focused on helping women to radiant their inner beauty and light. Teaching her readers to project their true essence into their daily lives so that their presence heals. She developed a line of skin care and body products, as well as designed shoes and handbags for 600 stores in Europe. All these designs were accoutrements to help bring out one's best self. Her spiritual quest involved journeys into Kabbalah, Buddhism, Shamanism, the Native American culture, Judaism, and Catholicism. She finally found her home when she landed at Golden Bridge Yoga in California where she discovered her true calling of being a Kundalini yoga teacher. Golden Bridge provided her with the teachings of the Master Yogi Bhajan and her life is now dedicated to elevation and being of service to all. Normandie specializes in prenatal and women's classes, helping to unlock that divine grace that lives in us all. Normandie's mission is to give all men and women the tools in which to live powerfully, peacefully, purely, radiating health and happiness in this Aquarian age. [Read more]
Onkar Kaur is a Kundalini Yoga Student,Teacher and Meditative Healer. She has been practicing Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, since 2006 and began teaching in the summer of 2008. She has lived in Alabama, Colorado and now resides in Los Angeles, California. Onkars classes will be focused on deep healing of the self thru meditation, breath, yoga, mantra and relaxation. [Read more]
Siri Marka Singh Khalsa
Inspired to serve and learn from his teacher, Yogi Bhajan, Siri Marka taught his first Kundalini Yoga class over 38 years ago.
With a smile and a grace he delivers vigorous and heart opening yoga kriyas and meditations from Yogi Bhajan’s original weekly classes. Siri Marka is known to speak with joy and from the heart. When he is not teaching, he keeps fit by running the L.A. Marathon, which he has done for the last twelve years. You can also see him as a Yogic Coach and Counselor in his Beverly Hills office. With love, humor and a dose of truth, Siri Marka will help propel you the the next level in your spiritual evolution. [Read more]
Wahe Guru Kaur Khalsa
Wahe, daughter of Gurmukh and Guru Shabd was born into a lineage of yogis. Schooled in India, Wahe is a true modern day yogi and global citizen who still travels the far reaches of the world in her spirited commitment to serving humanity, mother earth and all its creatures. As a Kundalini Yoga teacher and student of Yogi Bhajan she uses the technology of yoga and its teachings to navigate through life and uplift all who cross her path. You can find her working and teaching at Golden Bridge or catch her on one of her soulful teaching treks around the world. [Read more]
Kundalini is considered the most comprehensive of yogas, combining meditation, prayer, physical practices and breathing exercises. “Kundalini” literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved.” This poetic metaphor alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each of us, and enables us to merge with – or “yoke” – the universal Self. Fusing individual and universal consciousness creates a divine union, called “yoga.” The Upanishads, Hindu’s sacred scriptures that date back to the fifth century B.C., describe Kundalini, although the oral tradition reaches back even further into history. For thousands of years, this sacred science and technology was veiled in secrecy, passed along verbally from master to chosen disciple.
Yogi Bhajan broke with this long-held tradition of silence. A master of Kundalini by the age of 16 – itself a rare feat – he gave his first lecture at a Los Angeles high school gym on January 5, 1969. Then a 39-year-old recent émigré from India, he had left behind a lucrative governmental career with the vision of bringing Yoga to the West. No matter that not a single person was present that evening; he came to teach and he proceeded to speak to the empty hall.
In the turbulent, drug culture of the 60s, Bhajan first reached out to the youth. He recognized their experimentation with drugs and “altered states of consciousness” expressed a deeper desire to experience a holistic, liberating sense of awareness. Soon realizing that pharmaceuticals provided, at best, a cheap imitation to the peaceful, inner euphoria they could get naturally from Kundalini, and at worst, had debilitating physical and mental side effects, young people began flocking to his classes, arriving by the busloads. Soon 3HO teaching centers began springing up across the United States and then throughout the world.
He sparked a movement whose many tendrils have wound their way into our culture. Through 3HO, Yogi Bhajan blazed a trail. Today, after more than 30 years of determined effort on the part of this organization and others, yoga and meditation have gained widespread acceptance in the West. Witness the frequent feature articles that grace the covers of such publications as Time, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. This popular attention speaks not only to the proven benefits of yoga and meditation, but to the increasing public interest in spirituality and a healthy diet.
Born Harbhajan Singh in what is now Pakistan to a family of healers and community leaders, Yogi Bhajan studied comparative religion and Vedic philosophy in his undergraduate years, going onto receive his Masters in Economics with honors from Punjab University. Years later, he earned his Ph.D. in communications psychology from the University of Humanistic Studies in San Francisco.
Over the past 32 years, he has emerged as a religious, community and business leader with a distinguished reputation as a man of peace, world-vision, wisdom, and compassion. He has authored and published more than 30 books on topics ranging from spirituality and consciousness to communication and psychology. He has founded several foods companies that manufacture and distribute natural products based on these teachings. He has fostered economic development in every community in which he participates, annually conducts business seminars, and has authored several books that provide guidance to both the aspiring entrepreneur and seasoned business executive alike. As the Siri Singh Sahib, or the Sikh leader in the Western Hemisphere, he has met with Pope John Paul II to discuss inter-religious dialogue and worked side-by-side with the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop of Canterbury to foster world peace.