Kirsten Mackintosh

Kundalini, Kunda Dance, Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, iRest Yoga Nidra

Registered Level 2 Teacher


Registered Level 2 Teacher

Member No: 3689


My Yoga journey began when I was 18 years old, living in a country town of 10,000 people with very few inspiring women. But I happened to meet a graceful “old woman” of 50, with long flowing grey hair, who stood tall and strong and entranced me with her youthful look that belied her age.

To me Yoga is embodied philosophy. You could just as easily sit in a lecture theatre and listen to a great speaker talk about why we are here and what our purpose on earth is all about and I love that too, but what I love more is hearing these messages and then feeling these messages land right into my body, my core being together with mantra music and meditation and I get a great work out at the same time!

Recently I qualified as a Yoga for Real Life Kundalini Yoga teacher as taught by Maya Fiennes.I love how Maya’s method of Kundalini blends movement, meditation, mantras and music to awaken your inner potential and power.

Mantra chanting is the sound vibration that helps you to bring your whole body into a higher frequency. It is a quantum technology because it manipulates the smallest particles of the sound into effective patterns, which creates changes in the neurotransmitters and commands the brain to resonate with infinity.

By awakening the higher consciousness, this process promotes natural healing properties within the body. Specific mantras act as healers and is the fastest entree to meditation. Through the many practices of Yoga I have explored, I have found the most powerful to be those that lead me to a state of meditation, where inner knowledge is revealed to me.

And the most powerful depends on me and where I am at that time. Sometimes a calming Yin practice is what I need, other times it might be a powerful Vinyasa practice, where I really sweat it out, but now it is mostly Kundalini.

When I am practising Kundalini I feel love for myself and I learned from Louise Hay that when you don’t know what else to do, focus on love. Loving yourself makes you feel good and good health is really about feeling good. Kunda Yoga is a love story. It’s about loving yourself - to create health, happiness and longevity through breath, movement, mantra, mudra and music.

I have also learned that there is a balance between pushing for something and allowing it to happen. In yoga it is called sthira sukham asana. Asana teaches us to strengthen areas of weakness, shed light on places unlit and relax areas of contraction. It encourages us to practise acceptance, allowing things to just ‘BE’ and teaches us to cultivate balance in our life - to live with contentment and ease.

In real life this is knowing when to push through and make things happen and when to relax and allow things to happen. I don’t alway get this right but in latter years I am getting better at knowing which road to take. I have learned to rest when my body/brain says enough! I’ve learnt to set parameters for my work and make time for joy and laughter. If I don’t meditate and I push on, my body certainly tells me through pain and stiffness in the joints, tightness in the brain and things not flowing smoothly. I’ve also learnt to differentiate between pain (physical or emotional hurt) and suffering (how the mind reacts to the pain). We imagine the worst. We worry that things will never improve. We decide life is over. That’s suffering and it fuels the fires of chronic pain. (Yoga for Pain Relief, McGonigall K).

Sat Nam


Paynesville RSL Hall

0438 526 933
57 Main Road, Paynesville, VIC, 3880

The Hub

27 Dalmahoy Street, Bairnsdale, VIC, 3875


Location Class Days Time
Paynesville Chair Yoga Monday and Thursday 11.15am
Bairnsdale KundaDance Saturday 9am
Bairnsdale KundaDance Thursday 5.30pm

"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited or depressed, they would ask you one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by s"


what people are saying about Kirsten Mackintosh

Debbie Leyshan 25/7/2015

Awesome, thanks again!

Merryn Padgett 30/5/2015

Immunity workshop was fabulous!

Maria Sims 30/5/2015

Great workshop ! Thank you both so much.

Terry Padgett 10/9/2016

It was amazing, using the bolsters certainly helped me stretch even further & that soup was so delicious! Thankyou!

Suzanne Parish 30/5/2015

Great afternoon clearing head and testing old body! Soup delicious. Thank you both. Namaste

Sue Parish 25/7/2015

Excellent afternoon ticked off a couple more of lifes challenges!

Linda Desio 25/3/2018

iRest Yoga Nidra Sunday afternoon. Thank you so much for sending the recording from the session last week. I had surgery on Monday and it was really helpful when I was having trouble falling asleep in hospital. I played it many times, Thank you.

Trudi Clark Feb, 2018

Love your Beginners Yoga. I always feel very supported.

Kathryn O'Connor, 5 March 2018

Your Yoga for Pain classes has really helped calm me down and improved my flexibility in mind and body. Thank you

Vanessa Postma, 28 March 2017

I loved the Yoga for pain, my skin feels looser more relaxed

Jean McLeod, 11 Sept 2017

It definitely has a place in helping those of us with chronic pain. I particularly liked the encouragement to go at our own pace, and not push just to keep up. I felt that the small class allowed for individual attention and that was excellent. ? I have incorporated at least 4 of the poses into my daily exercise regimen for lower back pain. Knowing the poses we were taught is good for future reference and practice.

Wendy M 11 Sept 2017

The course has got me back on track to meditating again, thank you.

Sue Watson 8 May 2017

I was impressed with the ambiance of the yoga studio, the warmth of Kirsten, Tony and participants. Thank you for providing a chair and understanding my OA knee disability issues.

Terry Padgett May 2018

Thank you for holding this gentle yoga class, complete with a beautiful meditation to begin. I feel energised but not exhausted, my pain has settled a bit compared to how I've been feeling. Namaste. Posted on Swan cove Yoga FB

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