Dear KRI Community,
Sat Nam. These last few months have been a challenging time for our Kundalini Yoga global community and for KRI as the organization tasked with preserving and spreading Yogi Bhajan’s teachings. Our staff, and you, our beloved teachers, trainers and global community have all been shaken by the publication of the book “Premka; White Bird in a Golden Cage” by Pamela Dyson and the opening that was created for other people to share some of their experiences of Yogi Bhajan. We are upset and saddened by these disturbing stories that are being shared openly on social media and beyond.
Here at KRI, we are committed to the process of healing as we move forward together. We continue to focus on our experience with the technology and not focused on the personality of any one teacher. We will continue to support our students, teachers, and trainers around the world as we build the sustainable future of KRI together.
We are looking at ourselves as an organization and reevaluating our mission and purpose in serving the world. To those who are speaking out, we hear you and we want to contribute to making right any harm that has been caused by our organization. We are bearing witness to these changing times and how many outdated attitudes are universally being questioned. Humbly and fiercely we are ready to have and hold the challenging conversations. It is clear that radical change is needed within our organization and in our wider community.
This is a complex situation. We have to dismantle and unpack our own culture yet retain the value that lies within it. What is true and healthful about the culture and teachings? What is unhealthy and must be dismantled so that real healing can happen?
We understand that “bypassing” this is not an option as we acknowledge the pervasive stories of abuse in the yoga culture and the monochrome racial makeup of yoga in general. With the outdated way of viewing the world and its people comes the intersection of racism, planetary pollution and oppression of women and LGBTQIA+ people that we have unconsciously ignored for too long! As an organization based on sharing tools for expanding awareness and elevating consciousness, it is essential that we really “walk our talk,” and demonstrate with our actions that we can hold the complexity, variety, and massive polarities present in our world today and still act with courage, compassion, and commitment.
The yogic technology we practice and teach has been shown to be safe and effective for thousands and thousands of people around the world for the last 50 years. We remain committed to sharing them to help as many people as possible live happier, healthier lives. We will continue to provide resources and trainings to share what we have been taught while simultaneously infusing social justice principles in our teachings, bringing out this underlying and previously dormant value of our path. While we remain committed to the practices and technology of Kundalini Yoga, we are also equally committed to educating ourselves as a community about power and abuse and take steps to dismantle it and fight against all forms of inequality in our world and in our yoga culture. We must truly be the change ourselves for what we want to see in the world.