Uncomfortable Conversations Podcast The Untold Stories of the 3HO Kundalini Yoga Community

Uncomfortable Conversations Podcast The Untold Stories of the 3HO Kundalini Yoga Community

New podcastListen to heartfelt and heart wrenching stories of real people from the early days of the 3HO Kundalini Yoga Community, those born into it, and those converted or influenced by the "Teachings" in the last 50 years of "light-washing" the truth. These are the stories you haven't heard. The untold truths and abuses that have infused into the consciousness of the Healthy, Happy and Holy Community of KundaliniYoga globally. weblog

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May 2, 2021 202 min

Today's guest is Simona, aka Dharma Devi, a professional yoga and meditation teacher, as well as a dance educator. She's been practicing yoga and meditation since she was 9 years old.?

She entered the Kundalini Yoga community in 2000/2001, and even though the red flags were quite red, she didn't listen to her intuition, and started her path within the 3HO/Kundalini community anyway.?

She graduated from KY TT in Rome,I...

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GuruNischan Kaur Khalsa was born and raised in the 3HO Kundalini Yoga community in 1977 in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Navigating a challenging early childhood with lots of chaotic changes, including her mother leaving the Dharma in 1978, custody battles and despicable communication between fighting parents, among other things.

She grew up resilient, feisty and full of positivity to give to the world that she thought was the "p...

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Today's guest is Porter Singer (aka Sirgun Kaur)

Porter Singer took her first Kundalini Yoga class at the Golden Bridge in Hollywood, CA in 2009. Drawn to the allure of this space and (mainly) the music they played, she signed up for a children’s teacher training program that same day. It was in that training she met a fellow musician who invited her to be part of the Summer Solstice sound team, in June 2010.

At Solstice, she...

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Jivan Elizabeth Kaur found Kundalini Yoga in 1994 when she sought help and attended a holistic therapy center where she met Shiv Charan Singh (The Founder of the Karam Kriya School in Europe) who was the head counselor there.

In 2001 she qualified as a KY teacher at the Karam Kriya School , and in 2005 she went to India with her daughter (born 1995) who enrolled at MPA.

After 5 months in Amritsar, Jivan moved to Dharamsala HP Whe...

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Sofía Becerra was born in Mexico City, to a non-practicing catholic family. She was always interested in spiritual experiences, and when she was 21-22 years old she lived two very traumatic experiences that involved sexual abuse and drugs, that left her very confused and in a cuasi schizophrenic state. 

 

In 2007, as part of her search for healing, she started practicing Kundalini Yoga in a place called "Iztac". In 2008 s...

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Today's guest is Olivia Taglioli. Originally born in Italy and lived there until 1998.

At age 6 years old, her mom announced that Olivia was to receive her spiritual name, Atma Kaur, from Yogi Bhajan, whom she met in the summer of 1985 in Spain. 

From then on, under her mom's guidance and sometimes insistence, she began practicing Kundalini Yoga and later Sat Nam Rasayan, and other 3HO lifestyle practices.  

She met Gur...

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Kewal came into 3HO in the late 90’s. She met and became a student of Yogi Bhajan when she was 20 years old and spent the majority of her 20s and 30s working in the 3HO community.  She was one of the founding owners of Yoga Yoga, opening and managing multiple yoga centers and living in Guru’s Grace Ashram in Austin, Texas. Later she became the director of Yoga Phoenix, the 3HO yoga center in Phoenix, Arizona, and was the assistant ...

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Gurunam Atwal was born and raised into 3HO in Eugene, Oregon in 1989.  Her parents are Sarbjit Singh Atwal, a Punjabi Sikh who was raised on a farm in the Punjab and her mother, Simrit Khalsa, who joined 3HO in her early 20s while taking Kundalini Yoga classes in Seattle.  

Gurunam and her brother Hargobind Atwal, both attended Miri Piri Academy for several years.  During summer breaks, she worked at the 3HO owned, Golden Temple E...

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Ardas lives in the Austin area of Texas. She took her first Kundalini Yoga class in Hamburg Germany in 1981 when she was 21. She went back to the US and moved into the Roswell ashram just north of Atlanta in 1982. In 1982/83 academic year she attended Association Montessori Internationale in Atlanta to be a certified Montessori teacher. Her plan was to teach at one of the Khalsa Montessori schools, either in LA, Phoenix, or Espan...

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Dev Dharm Khalsa was born & raised in Anchorage Alaska to his parents Guru Bandhu Singh & Hari Atma Kaur Khalsa, both 3HO Kundalini Yoga practitioners. Shortly after the Anchorage, Alaska Ashram (run by the Nirvairs) closed. 

 

At the age of 13, he left Alaska to attend Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, India. He spent five years at MPA before returning to the US for college & professional life. He is currently a freelan...

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Lana Reed (formerly Shakta Khalsa) started practicing Kundalini Yoga in 1976.  She lived in the Baltimore Ashram where she met Kartar, her husband.  She lived fully committed to the path, worked with children in the dharma, and raised a son, Ram Das, who went to MPA for many years. 

 

Lana started making inner shifts beginning  in 2001, and around 2008 the Dharmic identity no longer represented her fully, and she changed her oute...

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Uncomfortable Conversations: The Untold Stories of the 3HO Kundalini Yoga Community

SatHanuman Singh Khalsa started practicing Kundalini Yoga in 1972. He was one of the 13 original members of the Baba Siri Chand Ashram (founded by Yogi John Twombly and wife Soorya Kaur).  He started teaching KY in 1972 and continued until 2007 after relocating to Portland Oregon in which he continued his interfaith work and lecturing at schools fr...

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Episode 18: Mani Niall (formerly Mani Singh Khalsa 1972-1985) was introduced to 3HO at the age of 12 when he attended the wedding of his sister at the Mendocino, CA Solstice.

 

He moved into an ashram at the age of 15 in Sedona, AZ as well as lived in other Ashrams: Cave Creek, AZ, Tucson, AZ, Salem Oregon, Portland, OR and then Los Angeles from 1979-1985. He left 3HO in 1985.

 

Mani has been a baker, private chef, two-time bak...

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Michelle Melito is a second generation of 3HO.  She was born in Colorado in 1982 to Darshan Singh and Kaur.  She has two older second generation siblings who were Saraswati Kamal and GuruMantra. At the age of 2 her family moved to the Espanola Ashram.  At age 5 her family left 3HO and her parents divorced. 

She grew up in Albuquerque where she suffered parental neglect and other heavily traumatic experiences.  At age 15 she turned...

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Rose Diana Khalsa, formerly Bhagwant Kaur Khalsa, moved into the Ashram in Baltimore, MD in January of 1972. She was married and had three sons, who are Bhagwan, Parmatma and Guru Meher. She left the community in 1996.  She is now living in Great Barrington Mass. 

Rose is the Director of The Polarity Center & Shamanic Studies. She has been teaching internationally for over 40 years. Rose offers training in polarity therapy, cr...

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Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa was born and raised in 3HO in 1988 in Vancouver British Columbia (born to her mother, father and 14 year older sister (a practicing 3HO Sikh/Kundalini Yoga oriented family).

She took KY teacher training in 2001 at her mother’s Teacher’s Training in Vancouver(GuruRaj Kaur Khalsa) TT, and then decided she wanted to go to MIri Piri Academy in India for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade, graduating in 2006.

She released...

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January 13, 2021 165 min

Episode 14: Jyoti Ma is a Siddha yogini and Shakta Tantra practitioner. Before she transited into her spiritual life, she worked as a professional psychotherapist, specializing in traumatic stress and addiction treatment.

This intersection of her clinical and yogic experience led to her seeing and counseling seekers who had left groups/communities led by fake gurus/charismatic leaders. She’s consulted with and helped many who left...

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Laura Elizabeth Sadhu Roberts took her first Kundalini yoga class when she was 15, in 1972 Eugene, Oregon.

She received her name Sadhu Kaur Khalsa at 1975 Summer Solstice, had an arranged marriage, worked and lived in both Eugene and Salem Ashrams, growing the early Amrit Bakery/Golden Temple Bakery business, among others, birthed two children, and has many stories to share from those early days in Oregon. She and her husband and ...

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George Craig McMillian also known as Kiriantana Khalsa, who met Yogi Bhajan in 1971, at 22 years old, and became one of his first bodyguards.

He has many stories to share including moving on from 3HO to teach Kundalini Yoga in war-torn countries including Bosnia, Palestine and Egypt.

Kirantana is also a musician, recording artist, published author, and a devout Amritdhari-Udasi Sikh

Song Credit: Pacing the Cage by Bruce Cockburn

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Siri NirongKar Singh Khalsa (now goes by Siri) was born in 1967 in the Boston area.  He’s 53 years old currently.  His mother converted to 3HO Sikhism in 1976, (he was 9) then moved into ashrams in Los Angeles, New Mexico, Oregon. 1981 went to India and attended boarding school. (GNFC). 

He graduated from India 1985, went on to work for Akal Security, Bodyguard to Yogi Bhajan, went back to India and ran the school for a few years,...

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