Hari-kirtana das teaches how anyone can find happiness and meaning through simple practices of traditional yoga.
Asana Yoga Classes
Hari-kirtana’s dynamic vinyasa yoga classes feature challenging, eloquent sequences and detailed instructions on how to move into your fullest expression of each pose. Each class is infused with a spiritual intention that integrates full-body breathing (ujjayi breath) with vigorous movement as the means to experience a deep and expansive awareness of the relationship between our consciousness and our bodies. Above all, Hari-kirtana’s classes are fun. He plays an uplifting and eclectic music mix that echoes the philosophical theme of each class, and keeps the mood light with a generous supply of humor and spontaneity. Hari begins his classes by briefly sharing a personal realization from his experience of yoga and a few minutes of chanting. The class concludes with a brief meditation before Savasana. His goal is to help you experience the distinction between spirit and matter: your body and your self. His hope is for every student to leave his class feeling physically and spiritually exhilarated.
Workshops and Courses for Yoga Teachers
Hari-kirtana offers workshops, weekend intensives, and short-form courses designed exclusively for current and aspiring yoga teachers who want elevate their knowledge and teaching skills without having to commit to a full Advanced Teacher Training Program. From sequence design to Sanskrit chanting and dharma talks, teachers will gain valuable insights and skills that will help them consistently design and teach yoga classes that are complete, authentic, and fantastic.
Presentations for Personal and Professional Development
Hari-kirtana offers talks and workshops on how the practical science of yoga can help us achieve personal and professional success. His presentations include topics such as how to overcome obstacles through directed introspection, keys to understanding motivation and behavior, and how the ‘personalization of experience’ has the power to transform our relationships. Hari-kirtana’s talks are lively and surprising, his workshops are designed for a high level of participation and experiential learning, and together, Hari-kirtana’s complete presentations inspire a full engagement with the techniques of traditional yoga that can be practically applied to make your life successful.
Hari-kirtana das is an 800-Hour certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, registered as an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, and author of the upcoming book, 8 Life Lessons From The Bhagavad Gita. A life-long student of yoga, meditation, and eastern spiritual philosophies, Hari-kirtana lived full-time in devotional yoga ashrams and intentional spiritual communities from 1977 to 1982. He was formally initiated into the Gaudiya Vaisnava lineage of Bhakti Yoga in 1978.
After leaving the ashram, Hari-kirtana began a professional career in the relatively new field of computer graphics design that culminated in 2003 with marketing and sales consultancies for manufacturers of graphics systems for broadcast television. Hari-kirtana eased out of his business career to immerse himself once again in the study and practice of yoga. With the encouragement of one of his siksa gurus, he began teaching contemporary yoga classes in 2009. He has since gone on to develop Yoga Teacher Training courses and is a sought-after guest-teacher for numerous Yoga Teacher Training programs. He offers workshops in the United States and Europe and leads annual yoga pilgrimages to India. He currently lives and teaches regular classes in Washington, DC and writes about the relevance of ancient yoga philosophy for living in the contemporary world.
Hari and his class will take you to a place you likely haven’t been. When was the last time you learned yoga philosophy, rocked out to psychedelic jams, laughed at yourself, all while practicing a vigorous creative vinyasa? Hari is very knowledgeable and gives excellent instruction.”
Hari translates complex spiritual and yogic theories into easily understood terms that reveal their relevance to our 21st century lives. And most importantly, he does this with humility and light-hearted attitude.
As a marathon runner and triathlete I frequently struggle with muscle tightness and injury. Hari has thoughtfully tailored classes to my needs and spent time working with me individually on specific poses to address these problems. I have no doubt that Hari’s Jivamukti class has contributed significantly to my recent performance improvement and helped me stay injury-free. But my favorite aspect of Hari’s classes is the atmosphere. Hari is an incredibly patient and intuitive instructor, and he creates a supportive environment where you can feel comfortable challenging yourself.
Hari brings something new to every class, and you can count on his humor to relieve tension when you’re in a difficult pose. He maintains a calm and relaxed (but challenging!) atmosphere while being very much in touch with the spirituality of yoga.
Not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to have out-of-body experiences.
Hari brings a seasoned intuitiveness to his classes. They are a balanced mix of stimulation for the mind, body, and soul leaving you spiritually and physically uplifted at the end. And he does it all with a warm smile and gratefulness for sharing his journey.
You’re a great teacher – I’ve been practicing yoga since 2005, and yours stands out as a most fun class.
What I find most gratifying in Hari’s workshops is that I get the whole package – the sum total experience of yoga as a spiritual, holistic, life changing whole.
“I particularly appreciate Hari’s ability to describe and demonstrate in great detail each asana or position. He is extremely good at breaking each pose into discrete parts and then, in a clear fashion, leading you to put them all together. I gained a new awareness and respect for the complexity and nuances of apparently “simple” poses.”
Hari approaches each class holistically – with thoughtful words at the beginning, great music, and challenging poses each working in tandem. By the end, you feel strong, healthy, and rejuvenated!