Raj Karam is a talented designer in a variety of mediums. He has tinkered with graphic design since the early 90s. Since then he as explored elements of web design, music and video production, DJ’ing, instructional design, and crafting of malas which are beaded garlands that are used for chanting mantras. He has been an avid meditator for over 20 years, and has practiced a variety of yoga styles in the last 10 years. Most recently he has completed a level 1 teacher training in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. During his yoga training and practice he has come to understand the profound effects of vibrational therapy or sound healing. His love for the healing effects of sound led him to complete a level 1 gong resonance training with Crown of Eternity. He will complete the level 2 training in fall 2018.
Raj Karam, also known as Kenny Hirschmann, has been working in higher education for over 10 years. He is currently employed at the Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning as a Learning Designer, helping faculty improve teaching in their classrooms and online by promoting the use of inclusive, contemplative, and evidence-based teaching methods and the purposeful use of technology. He holds an MA in eLearning design and implementation from the University of Colorado, and is nearly complete with an EdM in adult learning and leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University.
In the last year, Raj Karam has discovered a passion for the design and crafting of malas. He takes great care in the creation of this jewelry, infusing each one with a mantra that is matched to the healing qualities of the crystals, woods, and metals used in the malas.