Siri Kartar is a Kundalini Yoga Master, martial arts instructor, musician, artist and art historian from Rome, Italy. Showing outstanding talent as a fourteen year old, she was awarded with a full scholarship at the Zileri Art Institute of Rome. Later, she earned a Master's Degree in Art History: India being the primary focus of her curriculum. Her thesis on the mudras in early Buddhism was awarded Cum Laude. Her publication is still utilized and counted among the reference texts for studies and research at the University La Sapienza.
Reflecting a growing fascination in spirituality and metaphysics since her teenage years, Siri Kartar finally found her Spiritual Teacher, Yogi Bhajan, in 1978. She soon got enraptured with the prayers, mantra and chanting of the East, all of which were new to Italy. Those sounds deeply awoke her spirit. She quickly embraced living as a Sikh: she lived at Guru Ram Das Ashram in Rome, woke in the ambrosial hours to chant God's name and practiced Kundalini Yoga. Yogi Bhajan, who brought Kundalini to the West, encouraged Siri Kartar to start teaching and leading the Italian community in chanting. Eventually Siri Kartar opened a Kundalini Yoga Center with her friend, GuruShabad Singh. In addition to yoga, Gatka was added to the curriculum, helping to empower women, men and children of all ages.
In 1988, so that she could be closer to her spiritual teacher, Siri Kartar moved to Los Angeles where she has continued to share her passion of Kundalini and Gatka.
When I was thirteen years old, I starting having visions and an attraction to the Eastern ways of devotion and prayer. Yoga was not known in Italy at that time. Nonetheless, my adventurous Gemini uncle, travelling the world for work, introduced me to the tales and imagery of the East. I still remember the shapes in my mind of Buddhist monks, sitting still, in a peaceful inner world...and I realized THAT'S what I want to do! That's what I want TO BE! I had to wait seven more years, when a friend at the University introduced me to a young woman that had just started taking Yoga classes near the Pantheon.
Finally my Spirit felt home and I was drawn to it like a magnet. I recognized my path, my love, my life. That is why I feel so adamant to share, allowing other beautiful souls to have a chance to practice these sacred tools, this discipline that is my anchor, the only vehicle that takes me to my Reality.
The Kundalini sets, kriyas, mantras and sacred chanting soon became my daily love affair...and still are today. With the practice of Kundalini Yoga, the Yoga of Awareness, you can find peace and flow through life with harmony and a neutral mind. This is one of the biggest gifts!
Guru Ram Das Ashram, Rome, 1978.
I am the shy, twenty-one year old, first on the left.
After a few years practicing Kundalini Yoga, I was introduced to Gatka, the martial art of the Sikhs. Once again, I was elevated and experienced that I could FLY! Adding more Shakti (power, energy) into my Essence, my seva (service) became more effective.
Through Gatka, I learned to be a powerful WARRIOR and to allow my head to be of service to my HEART.
Gatka is known as the Dance of the Sword. Twirling, non-stop movements allow one to build a powerful, magnetic shield, where fears and doubts can not dwell. This is an amazing way to live! Come and experience it with me.
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Together we will fly into the realm of JOYFUL EXPANSION & PURE STRENGTH OF THE SELF.
Happiness is an inside job. Move the energies of the body, sing from every cell of your being, share the most uplifting energy you can and create community, in fun, in love and in awareness.
Just to let you know, all the images you see on my website, are my creations. Mostly watercolor or acrylic paintings, on canvas or on paper.
Please visit my art website www.sirikartargallery.com