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Gurmukh Khalsa

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Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, (born in 1943 as Mary May Gibson in Downers Grove, rural/suburban Illinois), is a teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and a pioneer in the field of pre-natal yoga. She is the co-founder and director of the Golden Bridge Yoga Center in Los Angeles, the author of two books and three DVDs. Gurmukh means guru-oriented person, or one who has realized the Word or 'naad'. In the highest sense, the term gurmukh means to possess true knowledge, but is today used in common parlance as "yoga teacher".


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Early years

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Gurmukh was born Mary May Gibson in a small Illinois town, to middle-class, Methodist parents. At age nineteen, she left her home to attend college at San Francisco State University in California. There, she married a Ph.D. student and in 1964, gave birth to an infant boy with a congenital heart defect. The child, named “Shannon Danuele” died seven months later. After grieving the loss of the child, the marriage ended in an amicable divorce. From living in Haight Ashbury, she travelled Big Sur, then to Mexico, where she lived among tribal peoples. After that, she lived in Maui. Gurmukh then moved to a Zen Buddhist zendo where she practiced silent meditation seven hours a day for a year.

Introduction to Kundalini Yoga

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In 1970, she and a colleague went to the 3HO ashram in Tucson, Arizona. She stayed in Arizona for two years, where she worked at the ashram, and taught yoga at the University of Arizona, as well as at the Arizona State Correctional Facility. It was in 1970 at the ashram that she met Yogi Bhajan, master of Kundalini Yoga. On their first meeting, he gave Mary a new name, “Gurmukh,” meaning “the one whose face is towards the Guru (meaning they have dedicated their lives to their Guru).” He also told her she would help deliver babies. She then worked in the field of home births with a Santa Fe obstetrician/gynecologist, after which teaching yoga became her full-time occupation.

Teaching pregnant mothers yoga

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In 1977, Gurmukh went on a pilgrimage to India and on her return moved to Los Angeles, where she met Gurushabd Singh Khalsa, whom she married in 1982. In February 1982, Gurmukh at the age of forty-three, gave birth to their daughter, Wahe Guru Kaur, at home with the help of a midwife. Thereafter, Gurmukh used her knowledge of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and her own pregnancy experiences to give classes for expectant mothers. This eventually led to a childbirth education program she was to call “The Khalsa Way”, and her own pre- and post- natal videos. She also began a sixty-hour Khalsa Way Teachers Training certification course for women from around the world to take to their communities. In 2003, Gurmukh published the book, Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Exploring the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, with St. Martin's Press publishers.

Kundalini Yoga

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In her life as a Kundalini Yoga teacher based in Los Angeles, Gurmukh developed a celebrity clientele. She gave private instructions to Madonna, Courtney Love, Gwyneth Paltrow, David Duchovny, Annette Bening and Rosanna Arquette. Eventually, with the guidance of her teacher, Gurmukh Kaur gave up the private classes with stars. In 2000, she published the popular guide Eight Human Talents: The Yoga Way to Restore the Balance and Serenity Within You with Harper Collins publishers in New York. In 2002, Gurmukh co-founded with Gurutej Kaur, the Golden Bridge Yoga Center in Los Angeles. Gurmukh and her husband teach classes, and offer workshops and teacher trainings around the world.


Gurmukh (yoga teacher) Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa Kundalini Yoga Workshops Semperviva

  • Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Eight Human Talents: The Yoga Way to Restore the Balance and Serenity Within You, New York, Harper Collins, 2000.
  • Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Exploring the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, New York, St. Martins Griffin, 2003.
  • DVDs

  • Prenatal Kundalini Yoga and meditation for mothers-to-be, Gaiam (2000)
  • Postnatal Kundalini Yoga for new mothers, Gaiam (2000)
  • Kundalini Yoga with Gurmukh, Living Arts (2004)
  • Articles

  • Joanne Chen, "Spiritual Love," Vogue Magazine, April 1999.
  • Samantha Dunn, "L.A. (Yoga) Story," Yoga Journal, July–August 1999 [1]
  • Julie Deife, "Sitting Down with Gurmukh," LA Yoga Magazine, January–February 2005 [2]
  • Marcy Axness and Melanie Mayo (2013-08-08). "Gurmukh's Postpartum Wisdom". Mothering Community Mothering (magazine). Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  • References

    Gurmukh (yoga teacher) Wikipedia