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.