My name is Luisa Harsevak Kaur.
Harsevak means one who sees the divine in all beings and serves that divine. I aspire to serve and to live up to my spiritual name. I love the sun and fire of all kinds, my daughter was born in front of a fire and I light one in our fireplace almost everyday. I have reverence for the subtle mysteries of nature and a love of poetry in all its manifestations. I practice Yoga to harmonize and strengthen my body as a vehicle for spirit.
The sun with loving light makes bright for me each day, the soul with spirit power gives strength unto my limbs. In sunlight shining clear I revere, Oh God,
the strength of humankind, which thou has planted in my soul, that I may with all my might, may love to work and learn. From thee stream light and strength
to thee rise love and thanks."
Yoga is my medicine, my temple and my space for communicating with the divine and emptying out the sub-conscious matter that can cloud my vision. My classes travel deep into the healing field, offering students tools and opportunities to align with their higher selves using transformative Kriyas, Meditations and Mantra from the Kundalini yoga tradition. My guru is my breath and the breath of the universe. My path has been illuminated by many wise ones, namely, Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa, Gurushabd Singh Khalsa, Yogi Bhajan, Pema Chodron, Guru Dev Singh, Robert Vetter, and countless mystic poets, spiritual healers and seers from the worlds traditions. My teacher at this moment in my life is Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa, with whom I study Kundalini medicine and yoga therapy. I believe that when we begin walking with the Yogi’s and Rishi’s we travel close to a current of grace. Beginning yogis require an openness to explore and receive in conjunction with a personal commitment to practice with genuine effort and integrity. This balance between softness (opening to the grace) and firmness (creating a keep-up spirit) will start to make magic happen in the life of the practitioner.
"Seeing you, who I love--seeing you small, seeing you suffer,
seeing you not use your capacity, your capabilities, seeing
you not take care of your life, seeing that you do not have
the vastness and the strength to deal with life is more
painful than living." -Yogi Bhajan
Every time I practice yoga I experience a homecoming, that homecoming can be sweet and delicious or bitter and difficult, but by practicing over decades I can say that I have a degree of neutrality and a softer relationship to the polarities of good and bad. Without yoga I imagine a neurotic life of defending myself and those I love, gathering nuts like a squirrel in the fall, and protecting my identity with a pretty far-out story. I’ve been that person lit up from both sides, burning up and exhausted, out-of-tune, I’ve been a victim and I’ve hurt others, I’ve put myself before others and I’ve muted my inner-guides. Yoga keeps me in the dharmic path and out of the karmic Samsara I have lived in.
You are the heaven and You are the earth,
You are the day and You are the night,
You are all pervading air
You are the sacred offering of rice and flowers and of water;
You are Yourself all in all,
What can I offer you?
In this lifetime I lived in the highest cabin in North America without running water or electricity, I’ve been a world-schooling mama of Aquarian children, I’ve birthed and nursed my babies and I’ve been fortunate to work in India and consider India my second home. I received my MFA from Bard College where I studied poetry, Ashtanga training from Kathy McNames of Yoga Vermont, KRI training with Gurmukh at Golden Bridge as well as Prenatal and Postnatal Khalsa way training. I have studied Hinduism, Buddhism, Shamanism and Meditation deeply and in an ongoing way and am currently studying the path of Sikh Dharma with Mata Mandir Kaur Khalsa. A great pleasure in this lifetime has been found exploring India and sharing it with students and friends. Journey to Mother India is my passion project and something I see as an annual pilgrimage and retreat. Together with my family we have co-created a sanctuary in our home, Westways, where people gather to explore healing systems, indigenous wisdom and creative practice.