About Kalikamurti

Kalikamurti was born in Sydney, and moved to Melbourne with her parents at primary school age.  She has been living in Alice Springs since 1993.

It is now over 33 years since Kalikamurti was introduced to yoga. Luckily for her it has become an integral part of her life.  Over the years she has practiced Gita Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Iyengar Yoga.

In the early 90’s she trained as a Satyananda Yoga Teacher.  She has studied Vibrational Breath Therapy with Sri Bala Ratnam as a modality and in 2005 finished a four and half year diploma course in Dru Yoga Teaching, her second yoga teaching diploma.

Kalikamurti is a Sanyasin in the Satyananda tradition, meaning that she has dedicated her life to spiritual growth and to be of benefit and service to the enhancement of life wherever possible.

Kali is an Indian deity meaning ‘destroyer of illusion’; Kalikamurti therefore means instrument of change.  In her life and work she seeks to assist people to destroy the illusions that hold them back and to assist in the creation of sustainable frameworks for change.  She assists people in the learning and development of skills and tools that enable people, groups and organisations to be the best of who they can be in a positive sense and assisting them to feel able to contribute to the world in a loving, positive and peaceful way.

As a counselor Kalikamurti initially completed a degree of Social Work in 1984.  After working as an administrator in tertiary education she then decided to branch out and work for herself and initiated a counselling and consultancy service called Frameworks Women’s Learning and Healing.  From 1986 to 1992 she worked as a counsellor in private practice and worked as an independent facilitator and in training and development.  During this period she studied feminist counselling and attended short courses in studying Neuro Linguistic Programming and Psychodrama.

Since arriving in Alice Springs Kalikamurti has initiated her own school of yoga now called Beyond Breathing Space.  In the early 2000’s she began to study with the William Glasser Institute in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management.  As faculty member of the William Glasser Institute she teaches at the level of practicum and advanced practicum and is currently continuing with her training to become a Basic Week Instructor.  Kalika is co-convenor of the William Glasser Institute 2011 Conference Centred in Choice  30 September – 2 October 2011, to be held for the first time in Alice Springs.   

Kalikamurti is accredited with the AASW as a mental health specialist and works both in private practice and in short term contracts in different sectors of the human services.

In her personal life Kalikamurti has used the skills she teaches others to transcend a variety of confronting life experiences such as depression and a chronic pain injury.  She lives with her partner in Alice Springs sharing their home with one elderly dog.

In 2011 she has produced three resources Beyond Limitations at Work, Beyond Limitations at Home and Beyond Chronic Pain.  The next project will be to publish her first book Beyond Limitations – 108 steps along the path to internal freedom.

Kalikamurti has a strong interest in community arts and has been a member of the Alice Desert Festival Committee since 2007.  In 2010, she was elected Chairperson of the regional arts body, Red Hot Arts, which includes in its range of services the management of the Alice Desert Festival.

She is a published poet, dances tango, sings with Asante Sana, an African freedom choir in the winter months and is realizing her dream of being a gospel and blues singer with the a’capella group The Honeyjoys

As yoga teacher and a counselor she believes the most important thing is that the student or client has the picture somewhere inside of how they really want to be and it is her honour to assist her students and clients to develop the skills to get there.

To find more information about the style of counselling and individual services provided, the training programs and the schools of yoga Kalikamurti teaches and the products and resources available through Beyond Breathing Space click on the links below.

8 Responses to About Kalikamurti

  1. laine.dumny says:

    Kalika, I have a client at ADSCA who is interested in engaging with you, as she is trying to reduce her analgesia which she has been taking due to an MVA and is still under TIO.
    I feel that your form of counselling would be therapeutic, as this client is into alternative therapies. The Service is trying to liaise with her GP Dr. Ingermallis at Mall Medical.

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  3. Yogita Thompson says:

    In 1983 I started practising Siddha Yoga in the Ganshpuri India Ashram. I spent 4 1/2
    yers in India and 2 years in the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Melbourne. I am a qualified practitioner in Pychodrama and trained under Max Clayton , Chris Hosking and Sue Daniel. I am presently a member of the Mareono society which is supported by Pychdroamma Institute of Melbourne. I have practiced Hatha yoga the the schools of Iingar, Siddha Yoga and some Satytananda. I have read much about the breathe and want to learn more in particular as a means of healing self and others. I have a degree in Community Development and have been working in the community sector for 16 years which has involved me in working as a family support work/counsellor, youth counselling in Melbourne. Counselling, training, group work and community development projects in Kununurra in the East Kimberley WA where I largely worked with Aboriginal Australians. I have done some training in narrative therapy. I am 56 years old and working for Catholiccarent as a counsellor/educator. I hope within the next 5 years to be working more independantly using my life experience, knowledge and experience and skills that I have developed in praticing yoga and psychodrama to uplift and empower people to reach and live their potential. I look forward to hearing from you. Yogita Thompson Yogita means “One with the Self”. Im not quite there yet but Im getting closer.

  4. Dear Kalikamurti,

    I am looking for a yoga teacher to conduct a one-off yoga class for beginners
    at the National Conference of Community Legal Centres held in Alice Springs Convention Centre on Thursday 14 August at 7am – 8.30 am.

    Could you please let us know whether you are interested and available to run this session?


    Visakesa Chandrasekaram (Vissa)
    Deputy Director, Sector Sustainability
    National Association of Community Legal Centres Inc (NACLC)
    PO Box A2245
    Sydney South NSW 1235
    Tel: 61-2-9264 9595
    Fax: 61-2-9264 9594
    Email: visakesa@clc.net.au
    Web: http://www.naclc.org.au
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NACLCComms

  5. Pru Gell says:

    Hi Kalikamurti

    I am looking for a counsellor to see as soon as possible and I was wondering when is the next available appointment that you have. Also I am wondering if you’re practice is registered with the mental health plan scheme and if so what amount do clients end up paying after the rebate.

    Warm thanks

  6. Toni says:


    I have been undergoing a number of changes in my life and have realised I need to take time out from the “busy” life we lead and reconnect. Alice Springs is a place that keeps returning to my mind as well as yoga teaching.

    I think if I could combine the two it would be ideal. When do you run the courses? And is there any other resources that would be beneficial for me.



  7. paris says:


    I tried to email you but it bounced.

    Can you flick me an email so I an update you?


    0432 781 188

  8. Beverly LaFond says:

    I just read your article in the WGI Newsletter and want you to know how impressed I am with your knowledge of Yoga and CTRTLM. Someday I hope to meet you in person. Perhaps you will help Bette Blance host a future WGI Conference in New Zealand!
    Sincerely yours,
    Beverly LaFond

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