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Turning Point: Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa

KOL Describe what you do in 15 words or less.
Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa I combine art and yoga in museum exhibitions, workshops, teacher trainings, shelters, and public artworks.

KOL Tell us about a turning point in your life.
Hari Kirin In 2007, I took Sikh vows called Amrit (sweetness). There are outward signs—the turban, the last name Khalsa, rising before the dawn, mantras—but the real change I could not have imagined. We can all wake up to who we really are, and it is my deepest pleasure to serve that impulse in every being. First find your dharma inside, and then find your place in the Dharma outside.

KOL What do you love about teaching?
Hari Kirin I feel very alive when teaching. Every student is a great soul. In Kundalini Yoga, we have a practice where we imagine every student as 10 times greater than ourselves. So when I’m teaching, I’m in very good company.

KOL What are you passionate about right now?
Hari Kirin Together, we can be a culture that celebrates our creativity, diversity, courage, and grace. We can live for each other and be happy that, on seeing us, others feel happy. We can face the challenges of our time and create a kinder, wiser world for our grandchildren.

KOL What do you do in your downtime?
Hari Kirin I like to be with my family and friends … cooking, eating, swimming, hanging out in the garden, making art, or just entertaining ideas together.