Don’t miss Hari Kirin Kaur’s class at Winter Solstice called Kundalini Yoga and Creative Arts for All Levels with live music by Ajeet Kaur Khalsa. Hari Kirin, the author of Art & Yoga: Kundalini Awakening in the Everyday Life, will lead us in Kundalini Yoga to free our hearts from past disappointments and open the flow of the fourth chakra. Then we will engage in creative arts to experience our connection and restore our ability to give and receive love freely. Join her for this experiential class combining Kundalini Yoga, art and simple movement.
She is also teaching A Morning Practice for Creativity and Awareness. This Kundalini Yoga & Art session will awaken, calm, heal, and bring insight. It is especially helpful for cultivating awareness. This is a very simple practice, and anyone can do it. But as simple as it is, it develops your ability to perceive and helps you access your intuition. This is a helpful series for teachers who work with populations who have trouble focusing or sitting still.
“As artists, our expertise is that of imagination, and human imagination needs to take a leap. I feel it our responsibility not to make art out of an individualistic place, but to begin to expand our imaginations, and understand we are all connected.” Hari Kirin, Yoga International Summer 2011
“I began practicing yoga and meditation in a Catholic high school in NYC in 1970. Several years later I met Yogi Bhajan,* who brought Kundalini Yoga to the US. I studied and corresponded with him until his passing. He gave me the name, Hari Kirin—Hari is the Creative Feminine aspect of God and Kirin is a focused beam of light that can cut through the darkness.
“I find Kundalini Yoga and Meditation deeply satisfying. The practice is as helpful to me now in my fifties as it was in my twenties (and thirties & forties). The teachings are deep and varied and although I study and practice daily, I still find it fresh, uplifting and surprising. I am also inspired by varied readings and study in Zen & Wabi Sabi, Tibetan Buddhism, the Gospels and the writings of mystics both east and west.
“I have been teaching Kundalini Yoga for twenty-five years and am a KRI Certified Lead Teacher Trainer, which means I train students to become yoga teachers. I teach at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Omega Institute, the Antrim Girls Shelter, and at Kundalini Art and Yoga at the Union Mill in Peterborough, NH.
“For most of my life I have devoted my attention to both a spiritual practice and to art. Today I experience my weekly sessions teaching art and yoga to incarcerated girls equal in value spiritually to my more formal practices. In my painting I bring a spiritual point of view to public art projects and form images of the Buddha from junk mail. In all of my work, I integrate the sacred and the secular.
“I employ chance systems and enjoy collaboration because they are surprising. I feel a kinship with the surrealists, and artists throughout time who found ways to let the unexpected in. I am persuaded by ideas in Wabi Sabi, in particular the notion that beauty is a state of consciousness. Beauty is an event that occurs between you and another. In that spirit I want to find beauty in everything, often in those things that are rejected or considered ugly.
“I was raised Catholic and had the unusual opportunity to study with monks who connected the sayings of Jesus with Eastern meditation and social activism. In my twenties I met Yogi Bhajan, who gave me the name Hari Kirin, meaning “a light of the divine feminine creative.” In this way and many others, he confirmed for me that there is no separation between spiritual practice and creativity. I consider the connection of East and West, my current dharma, and my childhood religion, as an opportunity to enrich my life and work.
“Making art is a spiritual practice for me. I understand the two-dimensional space of the canvas as a place outside of the literal—a sanctuary, where one can encounter soul. A visitor to my studio the other day commented on how fully integrated my yoga and art are. In my workshops I teach people from all backgrounds how to practice yoga as a spiritual discipline and how to paint seriously.
“I work in public places, because painting inspired by a spiritual practice is a way to sanctify what would otherwise appear only secular. I am also interested in bringing depth to this kind of painting, an approach particularly relevant in this new century.”
Hari Kirin has been a professional artist since finishing her BFA at Hartford Art School in 1976. Her twenties were spent between NY, at the School of Visual Arts or Columbia University, and Hartford, CT, where she participated in Real Art Ways. During this time she met Yogi Bhajan. In 1986 she moved to Cambridge MA to pursue her interest in art, healing and spirituality. In 1988 she received an MA in Creative Arts Therapies from Lesley University. At Lesley she was deeply influenced by psychologist James Hillman and writer Thomas Moore’s ideas about images. She began exploring these ideas in her painting, collaborative group performances, and therapeutic art events. She returned to graduate school and received an MFA degree from Vermont College in 2001.
Recent Public installations include Office Hours, 360 oil paintings in the Dublin, Ireland Immigration office; The Flag Project, a community expression of diversity in the State Legislature in Concord NH; Axis Mundi, a 40 day meditation with local teens on a toxic site in Wilton NH, and MudMural, a collaborative organic Mural. Hari Kirin has shown her paintings in one-woman shows at The Brattleboro Museum, VT, The Mariposa Museum, NH and The Open Center NY, and Group shows in the Attleboro Museum, MA, and Liberty gallery Dublin, Ireland. Her work has been reviewed in CIRCA, Resurgence, Yoga International and Aquarian Times. Recent lectures include the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Hofstra University, and the One Earth conference. She has been a visiting professor of Contemporary Art History at Marlboro College VT, and an artist teacher for Vermont College and Maine College of Art MFA programs.
Hari Kirin lives in New Hampshire with writer Thomas Moore and their two children. http://www.artandyoga.com/