Hwalan is a polymath yogi, martial artist, teacher, actor, multi-media artist, writer and visionary. The dialogue between seemingly opposing forces, traditional and contemporary, East and West, earthly and heavenly, leading to oneness on all levels, is at the heart of her work. 

Hwalan was first compelled to find the nexus for yoga and martial arts while staying in Golgul Temple practicing SunMuDo with martial art monks in the mountains of S. Korea.  Hwalan has been teaching for a over a decade.

Hwalan is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in Visual Art. A former member of the USA Shaolin Temple Demo Team, Hwalan currently trains in Wu Shu.  Martial Art, stunt coordinator, dance performance and acting include – TV: The Blacklist, ESPN’s 100 Greatest Moments in Sports, Horace and Pete. Video Games: High5 Games (2 games). Film: Equal Standard, The Warrior and the Savior, subHysteria. Theater: Alas the Nymphs BAM, Monodramas Lincoln Center, Wu Tang Clan Revival Concert Meadowlands, Spiral Ramp Guggenheim, America HERE Arts Center.  Exhibitions: The Armory, Philadelphia Museum, National Arts Club, Rotunda Gallery (S. Korea).  Awards: Hans Hessel Award National Arts Club, Gold Medal Scholastic, Inc., Writers in Performance Scholarship Tribeca Performing Arts Center.


“Hwalan is among the most beautiful beings I have ever known. She radiates spirituality, discipline and intelligence. Her respectful manner and inner commitment inspires in her students a serious yoga practice for the body and the mind.”

-Alexandra Munroe | Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum