Kathryn McCusker is an Australian who's been living in London for over 11 years. With a background as a Soprano Opera singer and dancer one day she stumbled upon a Kundalini yoga retreat in Yucatan, Mexico and hasn't looked back. She's since opened her own studio in Sydney and published a book called Kundalini Meditation that's been translated into three additional languages.
These days you'll find her splitting her time between retreats all over the world and London where she teaches. She's joined forces with us at Silatha as the brand advocate. We love all she stands for, so here's some life inspiration from her.
How does yoga transform and enhance creativity?
Kundalini Yoga gives you the experience of connecting to your creative force through movement, mantra, pranayam and meditation. Through de-cluttering the mind, releasing the blocks and opening the body to this deeper source of energy, we begin to reconnect and harmonise the body, mind and spirit. This in turn inspires us to embrace our uniqueness and the creative potential within us. Kundalini Yoga has transformed and enhanced my creative life in so many ways, just some of them being my singing career, opening a yoga studio, writing a book and creating mantra CD’s.
What’s the link between yoga and meditation?
Yoga and meditation are intrinsically linked. Both unite the body and mind, relieve stress, reenergize the body, and rejuvenate from the inside out. They work together to help you have a more positive and mindful outlook on life, and to awaken and increase awareness.
Do you practise meditation yourself?
Yes, I practice a Kundalini Meditation daily, either with breath or mantra, depending on how I feel.
Talk us through a typical day for you, and the wellbeing aspects you have in place.
I like to wake up by 6am and then do my yoga and meditation for about one hour, depending on whether my 3 year old daughter is awake or not! I then enjoy a tea and chat over breakfast with my husband and daughter.
I try not to open my telephone or computer until I have my daughter organised for her day. I then plan my day, which usually involves meetings, working on new creative projects, going to teach classes and privates. I am usually at home by about 6pm (except when teaching evenings). I then like to listen to music while cooking and chatting with my daughter. A few hours after dinner, I usually do a meditation (with breath or mantra) and then it’s usually time for bed!
How do you bring Opera Singing into your wellbeing practise?
Years of training as a professional singer have given me a deeper understanding and awareness of the body, breath, voice, sound, energy and projection. Singing and performing are in many ways similar to yoga and meditation and I integrate this knowledge into the way I teach Kundalini Yoga, which has a strong mantra and pranayam component.
What’s your favourite way to relax?
Some of my favourite ways to relax my mind and body are practicing yoga and meditation, singing for pleasure, listening to music, taking time out in nature, being creative, and spending time with family and friends.
What’s your top three tips for someone new to meditation?
Begin slowly, be compassionate and gentle with yourself. Don’t expect to feel ‘zen’ straight away. Meditation is a process. It’s natural for your mind to wander as you try to focus, so when it does, don’t distress.
What made you interested in being a Silatha Ambassador?
I was curious when I saw the Dorje necklaces and once I read more about the concept, I felt it resonated with my yoga and meditation journey and triggered a memory of a Yatra I went on in 2005 to Tibet. I witnessed over 60 monks meditating and chanting in a Monastery high up in the mountains of Northern Tibet, where I had the blessing of being given a Dorje, Prayer Wheel and Mala by a Tibetan Monk. This experience touched me deeply and encouraged me to go deeper into my yoga and meditation practice.
Do you believe it’s possible for people to transform their inner world and enhance certain qualities?
Yes, without a doubt! We have so much wisdom we can access from within, however we seem to be losing this inner connection because of the fast paced, technology driven world we are living in. If we dive deep inside and find the courage to face any difficulty with grace and strength, we can rise above the trauma and drama of this world and stand in our own unique power and light.
How have you found crystals and gemstones powerful in your life?
Crystals and gemstones can carry a powerful energetic frequency. I have a few crystals on my home altar and I sometimes hold them in my meditation practice, or use them to cleanse and balance the space. I used to wear a lot of turquoise for communication and creativity and now I wear rose quartz for love, contentment and compassion.
What influence has journalling had in your life?
I have found journalling to be a very effective way of building awareness. Writing is a creative tool to channel thoughts and experiences and whenever I go back and read some of my journals, I learn a lot about myself.
Do you have any personal anecdotes of how Silatha products have brought something positive to your life?
Silatha jewellery has reminded me about the power of intention and community. I wear the Silatha rose quartz bracelet daily to remind me of the importance of self love, contentment and compassion, which is sometimes easy to forget when running around town teaching and giving to others.
How are your clients and friends responding to the concept of Silatha?
I think my friends and clients are intrigued about Silatha and what it symbolises. It’s grace, beauty, message and intention are very appealing for people living in a fast paced world