Siri Rishi Kaur (Founder / Director) (Gong Priestess) has been teaching Kundalini Yoga through out the East Coast for more than a decade. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She did her first teacher training 14 years ago with Ravi Singh in NYC, and further trained with her mentor Hari Kaur Khalsa. Siri Rishi was an assistant in Hari Kaur’s KRI teacher training for 5 years. She delivers this ancient technology authentically and with reverence. Yoga has saved her life and has given her the tools to make the impossible possible. For the last 5 years Siri Rishi was a lead teacher with Bent On Learning, teaching Yoga to a diverse population of youth in the NYC Public School System. She is a nomad at heart and a lover of nature, when not teaching in NYC you can find her hosting local and international retreats in Costa Rica and other high frequency destinations with RISHI RETREATS. She is in a constant state of joy, and gratitude, for this amazing technology and to her beloved teachers Yogi Bhajan, Hari Kaur, Gurmukh, Ravi Singh, All of the Elements, and many more. Siri Rishi’s classes are challenging, fun & uplifting, with a deep focus on meditation, mantra, and Gong sound healing. She delivers the teachings in a practical down to earth fashion, making the practice relevant and applicable to your life. “It is my belief that my daughter Jaya-Paul brought Yoga into my life. I bow to her feet for choosing me to mother her, and for journeying this lifetime with me. It is my life mission to share with all people whom are thirsty, and all of those in between, the healing, life affirming techniques of Kundalini YOGA”. -Siri Rishi
Patrick Hogan attained his 500 hour certification through William Duprey’s A Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, and his 200 hour certification through Sonic Yoga. He teaches with a Hatha focus and philosophy along with Vinyasa sequencing. Patrick also uses his knowledge of Alexander technique, athletic training, and movement-theatre to influence his teaching. Classes are created on a theme and incorporate asana with pranayama, mantra, and meditation.
Mark Hartman (Manprem Singh) ( Lion of God whose heart and mind are filled with love) first discovered the science of Kundalini yoga by his in high school in Massachusetts. Twelve years later he re-discovered Kundalini Yoga by walking into a Kundalini Yoga class led by his same high school teacher Hari Kaur Khalsa but this time in New York City. Very quickly after he enrolled in teacher training, and became a certified Kundalini instructor in 2009. Having benefited so much from Kundalini Yoga he is enthusiastic to elevate, serve and teach the tools of Kundalini to all walks of life, in order to help others realize the healer and teacher within themselves. As a teacher, he has been a dedicated student of Yogi Bhajan, has studied intensely with senior teacher Hari Kaur Khalsa as well as with world renowned healers Guru Dev Singh and Dona Leova. Mark is known for his humor and sound healing through his gong playing. He is also a full time fine art and commercial photographer.
Katie Cercone has been practicing yoga for fifteen years. Originally from Santa Rosa, California, she became a certified yoga instructor in 2011 at Namaste Yoga & Tranquility Center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Katie believes yoga is a powerful healing modality and potent source of consciousness raising worldwide. Her approach to teaching incorporates energetic principles and views asanas (poses) as tools for infiinte transformation and mind/body balance. She is also a Reiki 1 Healer and incorporates light healing touch into her classes. In addition to teaching Hatha Vinyasa style yoga Katie is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and co-leader of the radical feminist collective Go! Push Pops.
Moon Herrick first discovered Yoga at age 7 when her mother attended a teacher training course. She used to accompany her to asana classes and discovered a knack and love for, as well as fascination with, Yoga. She rediscovered it in high school when a donation based studio opened up in her hometown. This rediscovery motivated her to study various schools of Yogic philosophy and thought, and aspired to one day attain her certification. She studied abroad in college in India largely due to her fascination with Yoga, and returned to India as soon as possible for formal training. She eventually completed her training in November, 2013 from Rishikesh Yog Peeth in Uttarakhand, India. After training, she designed a therapeutic yoga treatment regimen for the MINDS Foundation (an NGO based in Gujarat, India that works to combat the stigma against mental illness in India, and provide psychiatric care to rural Indians). She moved directly to New York from there, and now she teaches here at Beloved Yogi Harlem in addition to teaching children ages 6-17 for the Harlem Children’s Zone.
Masha R. Kundalini yoga found me 2 years ago when I needed it the most. At that time I attended a local gym and after my first Kundalini Yoga class I thought that it was a great work out, but there was so much more to this. Ancient meditation techniques, powerful mantras, unique and healing asanas this all represents a perfect practice for the human well being. Spiritual practices were not new to me. I have been always interested in Eastern, Asian and Indian Practices as well as cultures. My natural interest toward Human and the World motivated me to begin a self education in Psychology, Philosophy, History, World Religions and other humanistic subjects. Coming across one spiritual teacher hit me upon an idea that in order to understand the external, one needs to know the internal, therefore creation comes from the creator. That made me to turn inside; the journey of self discovery began. It has changed my entire vision and opened an understanding about human nature and the source of our misery. I’ve lived and studied in United States for 6 years with my wonderful husband who became my best friend, greatest support and mentor. We are both leading healthy life styles, and keep learning from life and the people we meet. Our goal is to help people see that life is truly great no matter what you are going through today. There is always tomorrow. “This too will pass away” ~ King Solomon
Rachel Edrington (Janraj Kaur) is a KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Having grown up with her mother as a KY teacher, she has developed a great respect for the power of these teachings and their use as life enhancing tools. She had been practicing Kundalini yoga for 15 years before having the chance to train as a teacher with Gurumukh and Gurushabd in NYC. She has been teaching throughout the USA and Europe since 2010 where she has had the opportunity to work with people of all ages, abilities and experience levels. In addition to Kundalini Yoga, Rachel practices Architecture and is inspired with what the sciences of Architecture and Kundalini Yoga can do for the individual when experienced. “Experience is everything,” she says. “These practices are tools to knock down our fabricated inner walls, elevate ourselves so that we can live diamond sharp, awake, meaningfully, lovingly, truthfully.
Emily Rossell (Janaki) is thrilled to be sharing this Sattva Yoga at the beautifully sacred space created by Beloved Yogi Harlem! She recently returned from Rishikesh, India where she experienced a radical shift in consciousness while obtaining her 200-hr certification. She has developed a consistent life practice over the past 2 years with a focus in Vinyasa, but Sattva truly “found her”, and, through it, she has found herSelf. Emily has experienced how the energy and power summoned within on the mat truly radiates out to touch and transform every facet of the beautiful dance of life. She sincerely looks forward to sharing this practice with an open and eager heart.
Hari Arti Kaur was first exposed to yoga as a young girl while observing her mother’s daily practice. Her response was, “how ridiculous, I will never practice yoga!” Little did she realize that yoga would be one of the life saving forces to change her life forever after moving to New York City. Encountering a Kundalini yoga class on the Lower East Side in 1990, she discovered the joy and power of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. She fell in love with the practice of Kundalini yoga because of its unique and unusual form of never boring. Every set is uniquely different. It is possible to never teach the same yoga class twice because there are so many different yoga Kriyas (sets) to choose from. Another appealing quality of Kundalini Yoga is its accessibility to all people regardless of the skill or status. It is sometimes called “householders yoga”.
After receiving certification from Kundalini Yoga East in 2002 she opened a yoga studio in a friends loft on Clay Street in Greenpoint. From there she continued teaching at the Greenpoint YMCA and other locations around the city. In an effort to overcome a serious health condition, Hari Arti took a teaching hiatus but continued studying Kundalini yoga and completing her advanced level 2 certification.Having the good fortune to study at the feet of the master, Yogi Bhajan (who brought this form of Yoga to the United States) before his passing in 2004, she loves sharing his wisdom and compassion for all people. Hari Arti is currently living in Manhattan and continues working in the Fashion Industry as a Textile Designer, a career of 24 years. She credits her ability to remain calm and composed in the midst of constant chaos in a volatile workplace to the meditations and breath exercises she learned 24 years ago.
Sebastián Pérez (Kartikeya) was born in Manhattan 25 years ago. He has had the privilege of exploring many wondrous places around the world—beginning with Chile, the land of his forebears. Being exposed to so many cultures and languages from birth opened up his heart and has encouraged a searching journey of discovery. Completing the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training was the most recent step in a strong personal practice, deeply complemented by passionate and intense studies in—music and sound, philosophy and psychology, sociology and biology. Practicing in his eighth year, Sebastian currently finds himself focusing deeply on the spirituality of yoga and meditation and how a dedicated practice helps bring balance, health and meaning in times of struggle.
Hari Nam Singh Khalsa has taught and counseled thousands of people all over the world on virtually every aspect of human endeavor. He was personally trained to serve humanity in this capacity for almost 30 years by Yogi Bhajan, the legendary spiritual master who first introduced Kundalini Yoga and Sikh Dharma to the West back in the late 1960s. He is best known for his passion, sense of humor and expertise for integrating spirituality into daily life.
In addition to dedicating a significant amount of time to his mission as a spiritual teacher, Hari Nam is a practicing attorney, financial investment advisor and professional counselor. He also finds time to enjoy some of his other passions in life, including jazz, photography, travel, hiking and the New York Giants. “Spirituality is not an escape from life, but rather that very thing that gives purpose, enjoyment and nobility to everything we engage in as a human being.”