Having traveled from Maui to Taiwan (an 18-hour time difference), it took a little adjusting to, especially given I had never practiced Kundalini Yoga EVER! We drove a couple of hours from the Taiwan airport to a spa and sculpture park up in the mountains.
Hari Kirin, a name given to her by Yogi Bhajan, means the feminine beam of light. Working as an art director in New York, she travelled to a Kundalini Yoga camp in New Mexico, which she describes as going to “India on steroids.”
She also worked on the Village Voice having met one of the critics whilst working in a punk clothing store in New York City. She worked as a freelance artist on the Village Voice. Hari Kirin comes from an Irish Heritage and keeps in touch with her Irish roots, as does Ajeet.
Yogi Bhajan was a huge presence in Hari Kirin’s life, having embraced Kundalini Yoga after her retreat in New Mexico.
Hari Kirin combined her art with yoga and was commissioned to write the book Art and Yoga. She travels extensively to teach her courses related to the messages in this beautiful book, and Ajeet co-facilitates some of these workshops.
She brought Ajeet to Yogi Bhajan when she was 9 years old. Eventually, Ajeet overcame her own health challenges through her practice and working with Guru Dev Singh.
Taking charcoal and paint to paper was quite a challenge initially for many of us. But, when we created from a deep place we all overcame our blocks effortlessly.
There were an eclectic group of students from fine artists to florists to computer game graphic designers to phycologists. The Spa added another element, along with the sculpture park and art gallery on site.
Hasaya means she rises and is the name of Ajeet’s latest album. It is becoming an anthem of the feminine rising. In the Aquarian age, where we find ourselves presently is the age of cooperation, understanding and compassion. A sensitive age, a new phase were we need to learn to work together more as a collective.
Hari Kirin believes the spirit of Taiwan is very creative and resilient, having been through a lot. The day starts with Jap Ji followed by kriyas, I never realized that there are over 3,000 kriyas to choose from. Then, into meditation incorporating mudras. With art practices through out the day and the spa to enjoy in the evenings.
I would encourage you all to get a copy of Hari Kirin’s book Art and Yoga and to take her teacher training. You won’t regret it!
She runs this course at Kripalu and other centres. She also has another book on the horizon, along with the online courses available through her website.