I am a certified KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) Level One Kundalini Yoga instructor and am working toward my Level Two certification. I did my Level One with lead trainer Guru Dass Singh Khalsa in Bali, and have completed the Level Two courses on Authentic Relationships (with lead trainer Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa), Conscious Communication (lead trainers Santokh Singh Khalsa and GuruMeher Singh Khalsa), and Mind and Matter (lead trainer Deva Kaur Khalsa).
I have also studied the efficacy of kundalini yoga for addiction and trauma recovery with Sat Dharam Kaur Khalsa's program Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery. The rich connection between kundalini art and yoga with Hari Kirin. And in 2018 completed a nine-month course of study with GuruMeher on emotional liberation and kundalini yoga.
Informing my kundalini practice are Buddhist Vipassana meditation, teacher training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) from UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness, and teacher training in Prana Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea, plus over 20 years of teaching philosophy and art at the college level.
This experiential course, taught in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota as both a freshman seminar ARTS 1912 and regular art department course ARTS 1202, offers a dynamic mix of art and kundalini yoga with the goal of tapping into one's natural creativity, developing self-awareness, and cultivating a strong sense of embodiment, intuitive intelligence, and connection to self. Each class opens with yoga and meditation, which leads into guided creative exercises with various art materials and modalities, and ends with structured time to share. Calming the mind/body and centering into self-presence at the beginning, participants experience a more expansive sense of mind/body/spirit and it is from this place that we explore the creative process.
This class is for all levels: although welcome, no previous art or yoga experience is necessary. Most important is an open mind and a willingness to experiment with creative and somatic practices.
I teach a range of studio and non-studio courses in the Department of Art at University of Minnesota as a full professor in the Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice area. Courses include: ARTS 1002 Art and Life: Thinking About Ethics through Art, ARTS 1905 Art and Language (Say Something, Make Something), ARTS 1202/1912 Art and Yoga, ARTS 3490 Introduction to Aesthetics (cross-listed with PHIL3501W, Philosophy Department), ARTS 5490 Issue: Image and Text, ARTS 5701 Performed Photography: Documentation of Artistic Acts and Social Interventions, ARTS 5710 Advanced Photography, ARTS 5710B Advanced Photography: The Social Meaning of Art, ARTS 8400/8402 Theoretical Constructions in Contemporary Art, ARTS 8700 Photography Theory and Practice, and ARTS 8990 MFA Thesis Credits. I joined the University of Minnesota in 2002; prior to that I taught philosophy at Bucknell University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.