Yogi Bhajan - Abuse in 3HO and Kundalini Yoga

Abuse in Yogi Bhajan's 3HO Kundalini Yoga World


July 2024

July 3 - 6, 2024

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Short report on FB page Under the Yoga Mat

"An insurance company is suing organizations set up by the late Yogi Bhajan, also known as Harbhajan Singh Khalsa, and asking a federal judge to rule that the insurance company does not have to defend the organizations, or pay out any claims, in relation to a series of sexual abuse claims and lawsuits.

The Cincinnati Insurance Company filed the lawsuit in federal district court on June 7, against the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation, Sikh Dharma International, Unto Infinity LLC and Siri Singh Sahib of Sikh Dharma.
At the heart of the dispute are three questions, surrounding multiple lawsuits filed in California, by people who allege they were abused by those in the organization, insurance attorney Nicholas Govea wrote in the complaint.

..."       LINK to the full article

May 2024

On June 12, the docu

Breath of Fire’

will be screened at the

New York’s TrIbeca Film Festival (June 5-16).


The series tells the story of Guru Jagat, an LA-based millennial who used Yogi Bhajan’s Kundalini Yoga teachings to set up a fraudulent and abusive yoga business. Her partner in crime Harijiwan - a lieutenant of Yogi Bhajan nicknamed ‘toner bandit’ because of the fraudulent businesses he ran in the 1990s - was convicted and spent 18 months in prison. In 2023, he won (for the second time) a Grammy for Best New Age Album with ‘White Sun’. Hopefully the docuseries will show how Harijiwan’s and other criminal activities within this cult were/are covered up by yoga and religious activities as described in ‘Under the Yoga Mat’.

May documentaries like ‘Long Time Sun’ and ‘Breath of Fire’ soon be shown worldwide to expose the destructive power of Bhajan’s teachings.

GuruNischan* has released a new podcast with a great summary status of the reparations program, the lawsuits and the upcoming documentaries.

She talks about her own healing process, emphasizes the importance of therapy and reminds listeners about the presentation she and Els will give at the ICSA yearly conference on the healing power of listening.

* GuruNischan is the host of the Uncomfortable Conversations Podcast and co-author of Under the Yoga Mat released a new podcast.

April 2024

On April 22, the new CEO of the Kundalini Research Institute presented himself and his mission in a 2-minute video. The pre-2020 cult language is back. Does the average Kundalini Yoga practitioner worldwide understand, recognize, and identify with this?

Or will this help them see that their beloved yoga was a manipulative tool (not an ‘ancient technology’ but a Bhajan creation) that lured normal people into the cult trap and molded them into a unitary cult identity that looks like this? What do you think?

Deniers of Bhajan’s abuse in leadership positions, chase other leaders away.

Deniers now have full control on the board of the SSSC*, the governing body that oversees 3HO**, KRI***, and Sikh Dharma organizations and companies such as Yogi Tea. Four board members who recognized the issues of the past and hoped to ‘find common ground and work towards healing and unity’, resigned yesterday.

Link to their open resignation letter.


*SSSC stands for the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation. Siri Singh Sahib was a honorable title Yogi Bhajan had bestowed upon himself.

**3HO, the Healthy Happy Holy Organisation promoting Yogi Bhajan’s ‘teachings’.

***KRI, the Kundalini Research Institute that holds the Library of Teachings, oversees the training activities, etcetera.

GuruNischan and Els Coenen

will talk at the conference about

The Healing Power of Listening:

Survivors’ stories  and the dark history of Yogi Bhajan’s Kundalini Yoga and

Sikh Dharma community leave thousands of practitioners worldwide asking

“Is this a cult? Am I in a cult?”’

Join us there to share with the world

how important testimonies of abuse were and still are in exposing

Yogi Bhajan's cult.

Link to Abstract

March 2024

March 2, 2024, Amrit Singh CEO Kundalini Research Institute announced in a YouTube messages to the Trainers of the KRI academy that - following the removal of the entire board of KRI by the SSSC one day earlier - he also took a step back.

Documentary on

Yogi Bhajan's abuse was screened at the SXSW film festival in Austin Texas on March 10, 2024.

It was well received by the audience say those who participated.

February 2024

New BOOK Review

On February 14, 2024

the Journal of Dharma Studies

published a BOOK REVIEW of Under the Yoga Mat


by Rajan, PhD - School of Education, Azim Premji University,

Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal India

Springer Link

This meticulously researched non-fction work probes deep into the disturbing tragedies that unfolded when Harbhajan, a 39-year-old Sikh-born Indian customs ofcer, arrived in Los Angeles in 1968, posing as a master of Kundalini Yoga. Through a thoughtful
selection of testimonies, historical records, voices of survivors, and expert insights, Coenen inductively disentangles the captivating rise of Yogi Bhajan, as disillusioned American youth eagerly embraced him as the Eastern guru, they believed they

needed. This is the frst book that shows all the diferent sides of Yogi Bhajan’s Kundalini Yoga and his respected Healthy, Happy, Holy community (3HO). It reveals how they did wrong things and used tactics to keep the terrible abuse hidden for five decades.

January 2024

New Lawsuit filed in California

On December 14, 2023, a lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of the state of California for the county of Los Angeles.

Four women whose lives have been severely damaged

by Yogi Bhajan’s sadistic sexual abuse and other misdeeds filed a complaint.

Be aware that the reading is difficult

due to explicit descriptions of the horrible abuse.

More info on the complaint

Bhajan to one of the women

"I am going to fuck you and I'll fuck you as much as I want."

A Belgian weekly

about Under the Yoga Mat


to the interview


to personal story

December 2023


End of Program Update

The Independent Healing and Reparations program informed the participants that the restrictions to speak about claim amounts have been lifted.

After 1,5 years all claims submitted and deadlines to accept offers have now passed.

Here is the

link to the full text

of their message.

Many IHRP participants responded to this communication ...

One of them shared their reply 'because it is important that people outside of this program are aware of how BAD and HARMFUL this program was. It was NOT a success.

Below is my response to IHRP if you want to understand why':


I know you want to put on a winning face, but your claiming that this was a successful program — when over and over we told you how terribly run and retraumatizing it was; when you haven't made any steps toward the non-monetary reparations which for many if not most of us were the most important part of this program to bring healing and closure and to protect future generations from ongoing abuse; and when the amounts doled out were far below what was deserved or expected, did not meet even therapy needs for a few years for most people, and went against the promises made of no caps on funding before we agreed to participate in the program while not even accepting the extra funding offered by connected businesses — is dishonest, abusive, and retraumatizing once again. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Dec 4, 2023

Update of the article from October 2023.

Fight against sects.

In France, a master in kundalini yoga is in a difficult position.

October 2023

Oct 19, 2023

Fight against sects.

In France, a master in kundalini yoga is in a difficult position.

This article in a major French newspaper reports that Jean-Louis Astoul aka Karta Singh, student of Yogi Bhajan - head of the Amritnam Sarovar School in France - was taken into custody.

He is the target of serious accusations from former students related to power abuse and dangerous practices.

The well-researched article says that according to the Grenoble public prosecutors office, he is under investigation for 'potential sectarian abberation' and at least three sexual assaults allegedly committed on employees and students of his ashram.

They mention that he was a student of Yogi Bhajan and give a short overview of the revelations of abuse by Bhajan that started with the book Premka of Pamela Dyson.

Oct 27, 2023

3HO Europe's reaction on the article in Le Monde - no mentioning of the abuse of Yogi Bhajan!

Click on the extract below to link to their full response.

Le Figaro - Oct 19, 2023

Dérives sectaires: un maître yogi accusé d’agressions sexuelles sur des employées et élèves - Link

FranceBlue - Oct 20, 2023

Isère: un maître de yoga mis en examen pour agressions sexuelles et travail dissimulé - Link

PlaceGrenet - Oct 20, 2023

Saint-Michel-les-Portes: un maître de yoga, soupçonné d’agressions sexuelles et de dérives sectaires, en garde àvue - Link

September 2023

Who sits on the board of the SSSC?

On Aug 1 after the elections,

the results were as shown in the News section of August below.

Today, the info is different and confusing:

The page 'Our Board Members'

is not consistent with the info on the '2023 SSSC elections' page.

Creating confusion is well-known cult technique.

July 2023

The Siri Singh Sahib Corporation

electing a new board in July 2023.

Link to candidate interviews

5 Pro-Bhajanists - 5 for Hope & Change - 3 Independents.

Results published Aug 1, 2023 - LINK


814 voters out of 954 eligible voters brought out 5496 votes. The 3 independent candidates did the best job: places 1,2 & 4. Then the deniers and the least votes for those in favor of reparation and healing. None of this last group will go directly into the board.

The Liability of the Board to the liability of the sexual assault cases.

Extract from The Bad Buddhist Podcast

episode March 25, 2022 with Lawyer Carol Merchasin

The Bad Buddhist Podcast: minute 22 - 25.


July 17, 2023


How and Why

LINK to full Interview

On June 11, 2023,

petition launched by

100 second-generation adults

They request a trauma-informed,

just and heartfelt approach of the nearly

600 claims introduced in the

Independent Healing and Reparation Program.

Let's Support them !



On June 16, 2023,

the starting date

of the 2023 summer solstice event,

the president of the SSSC,

(the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation overseeing all yogic, Sikh Dharma and profit organizations,)

Sahaj Singh Khalsa,

born and raised in 3HO,

resigned from the board

and as a Sikh Dharma Minister.


Listen to GuruNischan's Uncomfortable Conversation Podcast

reflecting on the petition and on Sahaj Singh's resignation.

June 2023

And ...

Vice made 10 min version of their April 2022 docu True Believers: Empire of Yoga

April 2023

Harvard Divinity School Conference

"Uses and Abuses of Power in Alternative Spiritualities"

April 26-29, 2023.


New York Times

6 Podcasts About Cults and Their

Enduring Sinister Attraction.

March 20, 2023


An Interesting Association to connect to for those involved in Spiritual Activities

Association for Spiritual Integrity

Transforming the paradigm of spiritual leadership.


Febraury 2023

One of Bhajan's accomplices in fraudulent affairs, ex-Toner bandit and ex-prisoner Harijiwan, won a Grammy award with White Sun in the "new age, ambient or chant" category for the second time.

"Glitter in Eyes, Ears and Minds"

Esoteric Atlanta Brice Watson interviews

Gursant Singh: Whistleblower & Survivor of Yogi Bhajan's Kundalini Yoga Cult

A Report by

Cult Expert Dr. Alexandra Stein

on 3HO Childhood Experiences

written to support claims of

second-generation adults in the IHRP process,

confirms 3HO was/is a cult.

The report was released in October 2022,

but was kept out of public view while the claim period for the IHRP was still open, but is available now.

(IHRP - Independent Healing and Reparations Program - more info see News August 2022)

It may take a few seconds before the report

- here to the right -

is loaded on your screen.

January 2023

On Dec 15, 2022 Suzanne Jordan, survivor of Yogi Bhajan's abuse and moderator of the private Facebook group 'Beyond the Cage' terminated her affiliation to the CRC as a representative of the advisory team the Voices of the Exploited. The CRC is the Compassionate Reconciliation Process that was set up by the SSSC.

Suzanne's letter to her CRC colleagues and to the team of Just Outcomes*, explains the different reasons why she felt she can no longer invest in a process that is not effective in delivering what it was initially and supposedly set-up for, but appears to serve other needs that are counterproductive to what she believes should happen.

*Catherine, Aaron & Matthew whom Suzanne mentions in her greeting, are the owners of Just Outcomes, the Canadian firm hired by SSSC to guide the Compassionate Reconciliation Process that is aimed to be based on the principles of Restorative Justice.

Els Coenen, caretaker of this website, also withdrew from my participation in one of the nine advisory teams of the CRC process, the Guerilla Peacemakers for reasons very similar to those expressed by Suzanne.

December 2022

November 2022

An inspiring testimony of someone who stepped out of Tibetan Buddhism 3 years ago after she found out about abuse by her spiritual teacher ...

How letting go of dogma and choosing for reality and truth brings freedom.

Life is the path we are stuck with ...

And that's just wonderful.

August 2022

Juridical Support for people

who registered to the IHRP reparations program

(Click on this link and scroll down the page to find the 3HO case)

Link to  the IHRP

Independent Healing and Reparation Program

If you have been harmed by Yogi Bhajan or any leader in the community, or at any of the schools in India you can file a claim for financial reparations.

This program was triggered by 2nd Gens working with JLC (see above)

and was launched by the SSSC in May 2022

Registration period was from June 9 till Aug 19, 2022.

Late Registrations Link


WEBINAR (recording)

Commonly Asked Questions in

Sexual Abuse/Misconduct Claims

answered by Kim Dougherty

In the Episode 47 (aug 10, 2022) GuruNischan explains how some

2nd Gens  started to work with

Justice Law Collaborative

in September 2020.

! Their actions triggered the IHRP !

July 2022

April - May 2022

Rachel Bernstein IndoctriNation Podcast with Sat Pavan Kaur who's a 2nd Gen abused by Yogi Bhajan and one of the people speaking in the Vice documentary mentioned to the right.

  • Part 1 - May 4, 2022 - Link
  • Part 2 - May 12, 2022 - Link

VICE documentary

"True Believers" - episode

the Dark Empire

of Yogi Bhajan

Apr 12, 2022

Click here

to read the transcipt.

April 7, 2022

SSSC launched a statement on the EPS website:

Acknowledgment, Apology, and

Reparations Program Announcement

3HO published it on their site.

An extract:


We recognize that one of our greatest organizational shortcomings was that we did not listen to or acknowledge those who experienced harm from our leadership, in our schools, or in our communities over the years.  Too often, their voices were met with silence or disbelief.  We see the courage it took for individuals to come forward to shed light on these difficult issues, and we thank every person who was willing to share their experiences.  You have brought awareness to these important issues and the call for change, and we want you to know that we have heard you.  We acknowledge the pain and suffering you have shared with us, and we are committed to a compassionate and supportive response.

While we cannot claim to know the full extent of each person’s pain, we deeply regret all suffering in our community, including the abuse, neglect and other serious harms that have been shared by women, members of the next generation, and others.  To every person who suffered any wrong by any individual associated with our community over the last fifty years our community has existed, we offer our sincere and unequivocal apology.  We accept responsibility for our role as an organization in any situation where a person was hurt.  We also recognize that words of apology are only a beginning – these sentiments must be accompanied by action.

VICE info:

VICE shows are generally not available in countries where the channel does not air on TV.

The channel is currently available in the US, CA, France, Australia, New Zealand, Benelux and Israel.

(in the Dutch speaking part of Benelux it is not available anymore since August 2020)

Are the statements from SSSC and 3HO here to the left,

driven by the HEART? or by FEAR?

read the letter they send out below related to

the VICE documentary ?

February 2022

Feb 28, 2022

Support this initiative

presented by

Satshabad Khalsa

on the

Beyond the Cage FB group

to get people

in the SSSC leadership team who really care


healing the wounds

of the past.


Here is the link to connect

URL: http://zoom.us/j/96989088782

Meeting ID: 969 8908 8782

Passcode: 98765123

For people outside US:

use postal code

91210 (Beverly Hills)

to enter the petition.

Sign the petition

to request

Acknowledgment and


from the leaders

of these organisations

January 2022

PressHerald - Jan 9, 2022 - LINK

While the Compassionate Reconciliation process is progressing at an extremely slow pace, the leaders of the organizations have still not recognized the damage done. In their newsletters and on their websites (3HO, KRI, IKYTA) they do everything they can to keep the elephant in the room out of sight.

Some days ago Nam Kaur launched an email you can read in full-length via link below. Her call: In March 2022 we will finally have the opportunity to elect enough pro-Yogi Bhajan Board members to have the majority on the Board for the first time in years.

READ more about the battle for executive chair control in a blog post on 3HO Cult Info - LINK

November 2021

September 2021

Posted on Sep 24, 2021 in the Beyond the Cage Facebook group by Suzanne Jordan.

She gave permission to publish it here.

'Another complexity in the wake of YB's destruction is those who are squarely landed in both a victim & perpetrator role.

In the case of YB staff, learning on the Zoom call last Sunday that at least one 1st Gen woman had sex with YB in front of a second Gen woman (both in bed with him) to normalize the abuse has brought up a lot of anger for many.

1st Gen women shaving the 2nd Gen and teaching them how YB liked sex.

How do we hold for both?

Sure, the cult-indoctrination was the coercive dynamic at play, but then I think of what I consider to be a real moral lapse happening, the grooming of 2nd Gen women.

Should that "also-victim" be held accountable?

Additionally, this is why some staff members are silent.

Their participation is prosecutable. They could go to prison. We won't ever hear from them.

Does this all fall under the sway of their victimization?

When is accountability appropriate?

Many 2nd Gen (on and off the call) were outraged that some 1st Gen call themselves "victims",

because they were repeatedly abused by them.'