Golden Bridge Yoga - Los Angeles | New York City

Teachers

Every Teacher at Golden Bridge brings a unique and special talent to their class. We choose our staff based on their caring expertise, and ability to create a "bridge" between the physical and the spirit -- a bridge that transcends all philosophies and traditions. We welcome people of all faiths, nationalities & cultures, to explore their growth as spiritual beings.

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  • Aimee Bello

    Aimee’s practice in the teaching and healing arts began in Chicago as an English teacher and then as a school and community counselor after receiving her Master’s Degree in Human Services and Counseling. After moving to Los Angeles, she expanded her experiences by becoming an IKYTA certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She is also a Master Level Reiki and Crystal Healer. Her yoga and healing sessions incorporate breath, movement, mantra and meditation to get your radiant, creative, divine energy flowing through the blues and blocks.

  • Amy Shea

    Amy Shea discovered Kundalini Yoga at Golden Bridge in 2007 and has since become an IKYTA certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She is also certified in The Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga, Mommy & Me Yoga, Light Leaders Yoga and Y.O.G.A. for Youth. Amy is honored and blessed to share the ancient wisdom of yoga with her students. Her classes focus on the journey into self-discovery, the open and loving heart and the connection to humanity. She brings a calm and nurturing manner to her classes and offers a space for all to feel safe and have fun. Amy has a deep respect for the beauty of pregnancy and childbirth and is devoted to sharing the gifts of The Khalsa Way to support mothers-to-be on their journey to motherhood. Join Amy for a heart-opening and peaceful experience that will help you connect to your body, mind and soul and discover your authentic self. When she is not teaching yoga, Amy is spending time with her husband and kitties, designing jewelry and career/life coaching.

  • Azita Nahai, PhD (Ramjoti Kaur)

    Azita Nahai, PhD (Ramjoti) first found herself at home within the teachings of Yogi Bhajan in 2001 through the guidance of her teacher, Guru Singh. She is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher, Y.O.G.A. for Youth teacher. With a PhD in Human Development Azita’s professional and doctoral research has uncovered and supported the use of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as a valuable adjunctive therapy in Trauma Recovery. She recognizes that the global revolution needed to heal this world begins with one’s personal healing and transformation~ one conscious breath at a time.

    Her professional practice brings the body, soul and spirit back into foundational mind centered therapy by incorporating the principles of this yogic philosophy and technology off the yoga mat and into everyday life. She offers practical tools that empower her students and clients to become conscious participants in their own healing and growth in order to embody and embrace a meaningful and purposeful life.

    Infused with radical love, acceptance and spirited playfulness Azita’s classes offer a safe and supportive space to journey inward and outward: a place to turn down the noise and come to quiet, by breathing and moving into the moment and into your consciousness. With every sequence of breath, posture, mudra and mantra, prepare to tune into the natural harmony of your Soul; prepare to step into YOU, and reclaim your Greatness. Come to class and be open to the challenge of an experience that will inform you of your life and connect you to the joy that awaits you at the core of every moment.

  • Dharam Dev Kaur Khalsa

    Dharam Dev Kaur Khalsa had the blessing to serve Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga with her family in Los Angeles for many years. She is dedicated to share these priceless teachings to elevate the Mind, Body and Spirit that she discovered in high school over 40 years ago. She is Marriage, Family and Child Counselor in private practice for over 26 years in Beverly Hills, incorporating the best of eastern yogic philosophy and tools with her clients. She is presently a Teacher Trainer with her husband Siri Marka of 27 years in 4 different yoga centers in the area. Her daughter, Guruparkash works at International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association.

  • Dhyanjot Kaur

    Dhyanjot Kaur is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher through KRI. Her passion for healing and higher levels of consciousness lead her to Kundalini Yoga. Her classes support healing on multiple levels and focus on her love of posture alignment ending with deep meditations. Developing the neutral mind is of great importance to her teachings and practice. Guiding students by intuition and facilitating soft yet very grounded classes. She is also a Master Level Reiki Practitioner. Through years of practicing and seeing transformation in her own life she has a great desire to share this technology.

  • Elsa Valdez (Meherpal Kaur)

    Elsa Valdez (Meherpal Kaur) is Certified KRI Kundalini Yoga Teacher and a Filmmaker with an MFA in Cinematography from The American Film Institute Conservatory and a Bachelors degree in Commercial Film and Video Production from Brooks Institute of Photography.

    Elsa was reintroduced to the practice of Kundalini Yoga in 2008 when a friend asked her to join Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles. The moment she began that first posture, from that memorable set taught by her teacher, Sat Siri in 2008 the Kundalini took hold of her heart, body, mind and ego and she was reminded instantly of who she was and the power behind this ancient yoga that was actually introduced to her in 1996. Kundalini Yoga became a powerful resource for Elsa during the last two years of a very demanding, grueling Master of Fine Arts program. Desiring to continue the practice and to immerse herself amongst the teachers and healers in a yoga community inspired by Yogi Bhajan, Elsa committed to the seva program at Golden Bridge and eventually became a manager. During her 4 years she was fortunate enough to be given a scholarship by Gurmukh herself to the KRI Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teachers Training Program held at Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles in 2012. It was a prolific year as the human race completed the transition from Piscean to The Aquarian age. It is Gurmukh’s intuitive knowing and compassion for those that need to be healed that inspires Elsa to teach. Gurmukh’s knowing is without judgment as she pushes you to heal and love yourself while judgment passes all around you. It is her knowing that pushed Elsa into the right direction, the direction of her destiny. Meherpal Kaur, means the Princess/Lioness of God whose heart is full of compassion and mercy. Meher means compassion, mercy and kindness. Pal means lover or befriends. Kaur means the Princess/Lioness of God who walks with grace and power throughout her life. Kaur is a name that all women receive. Yogi Bhajan taught that every woman has the potential to attain a true state of grace and power, and he encouraged each woman to manifest that potential. Join Elsa for a grounding and heart opening healing class as we clear away fear and insecurities from our lower triangles, rooting ourselves while lovingly and compassionately connecting to our heart centers. When we feel grounded, we feel safe to open our hearts allowing our creative potential to expand and multiply infinitely.

  • Gail Bennett

    Your baby is coming, so celebrate now! Breathe, move, dance, sing, chant, meditate and embrace your journey into motherhood. Let prenatal yoga strengthen and relax your body and release your mind from worry or fear.

    Gail has been teaching Khalsa Way prenatal yoga for over seven years. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, and is a certified Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga Teacher. Gail is also a birth doula, which further enhances her awareness of how each woman uniquely experiences this powerful journey.

    Throughout Gail’s class, you will learn to breathe consciously. Harnessing the power of the breath helps to increase your stamina, focus and the confidence you need to move through the challenges of labor.

    Each session culminates with a calming, empowering meditation that allows you to release the chatter in your mind and to connect with your baby.
    Through Khalsa Way yoga you will unveil the power, strength and intuition you already posess as a woman and as a mother. An aware and conscious mother-to-be is already teaching her baby how to be a more conscious, loving human being.

  • Giancarlo Marcaccini

    During the late 1990s Giancarlo was a professional basketball player. During that time he experienced “the zone” which allowed him to move with effortless precision and centeredness. This inspired him to dive into the teachings of yoga and meditation. In his classes, he helps move students from the mind into the heart center. It is in the heart where students are able to live a fuller life of love, compassion and inner knowing.

    Giancarlo leads a life that is synchronized with cosmic rhythms and laws. His mission is to open the hearts and minds of individuals so that they too can experience this sense of oneness that is alive within them.

  • Hari Simran Kaur

    Hari Simran Khalsa was born into a family of Kundalini Yogis. She has been a student of Yogi Bhajan's since her early childhood. She was educated in India from KG through high school where she practiced the teachings of Yogi Bhajan on a daily basis. It was there that she was trained and received her Kundalini Yoga teacher's certification. Hari Simran Kaur went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in International Business from the College of Santa Fe. She then further developed her experiences in India and her knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine at the California College of Ayurveda where she graduated and is now practicing as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist.

    Hari Simran’s classes are energetic and inspiring. In each class she brings together the science of yoga and Ayurveda as a complete system of healing. Students will experience the wisdom and power these teachings can bring to everyone.

  • Heather Bruner

    Heather Bruner is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She has been practicing various forms of yoga for over a decade with a focus on Kundalini Yoga for the past 5 years. Heather was initially drawn into Kundalini Yoga because it was gentler on the body than other styles of yoga and then she fell in love with the meditations and mantras. She found the teachings just have a way of lifting you up ever so subtly and gracefully.

    Heather rang in the Aquarian Age with teacher training at Golden Bridge in Los Angeles with Gurmukh, Gurushabd, Sat Siri, Tej, Harijiwan, and others. Teacher training was a way to deepen her own spiritual practice and now she wants to share this healing and transformative technology with others. Heather has been teaching privately since teacher training. Her classes elevate and empower her students to tap into their inner wisdom, beauty and strength.

    Heather will forever be grateful to Yogi Bhajan, Golden Bridge, and her teachers for bringing lightness, confidence, stillness and peace into her life.

  • Jagatpal Singh

    Jagatpal Singh, born and raised in Indiana, moved to California in search of a new adventure. There he was encouraged by a friend to participate in a guided meditation. The experience immediately connected him to a greater part of himself, he felt a decrease in the stress of living in a big city, and he gained control over his excessive thoughts. Day by day, a sense of peace settled into his life. Shortly after, he stumbled upon a yoga class. When he entered the doors of Golden Bridge Yoga, he heard them opening a class with a chant. It struck something in his heart and from there his path was sealed. After a short time practicing, he started to notice pain in his body dissipate and his awareness rising. He eventually took the Teacher Training so he could offer others the tools that helped him. His spiritual name means “One who serves, inspires and uplifts all.” He uses Yoga, Massage, Reiki, and other healing modalities to do just that. His classes are open to any student whether a first timer or experienced practitioner. You will leave class feeling like every part of you has been given a little TLC.

  • Jennifer Marcaccini

    Jennifer has been teaching yoga, conducting workshops and leading yoga retreats since 2009. She specializes in kundalini, hatha, mommy and me as well as prenatal yoga. Her classes are uplifting, joyful and energizing.

    Inspired by the yogic teachings of Yogi Bhajan as well as Gurmukhs' teachings on conscious pregnancy and birth Jennifer delivered her daughter naturally at home in January 2013. She believes yoga and meditation help women to unlock their intuition and trust their inner power so they know what is best for their body, their birth and their baby.

    Jennifer and her family love their daily yoga and meditation practice. They hope to inspire others by their lifestyle.

  • Kiyomi (Paramdeesh)Takahashi

    Kiyomi Takahashi is an IKYTA-certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500hr level Hatha Yoga Teacher, and a certified Yoga Therapist (LMU). As a Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, she founded Pure Vital Living where she combines her love for yoga with her passion for nutrition to support her clients’ journey to live joyful lives. Kiyomi is committed to uplifting everyone she connects with and is honored to share the beautiful teachings of Kundalini and Restorative yoga at Golden Bridge in Santa Monica. She's known for her precise guidance, warm encouragements, and as-needed modifications in a supportive light-hearted environment. Kiyomi's intention is to support her clients vitality so they are able to bring forth into the world their unique light and gifts. Kiyomi teaches classes and workshops privately, and to large groups at festivals, as well as at yoga studios and businesses in Los Angeles.

  • Linh James

    Linh’s beginning to yoga was purely physical, she simply wanted a “yoga butt”, with that she found her way to Ashtanga Yoga. Through her “yoga butt journey” came the discovery that yoga was more than a physical practice. As changes started happening off the mat, she started questions what yoga was really about. Linh found her way to her first teacher training program over a decade ago, first certifying as a Hatha teacher, and then eventually certifying further as a Kundalini Yoga teacher. Linh has traveled the world studying and searching for answers about love and life; she dedicated most of her studies to the science of tapping into the greatness within. She is certified as a coach, educates from the heart, and she has her Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology. She is a breathwork facilitator, a workshop leader, and business owner www.loveSOULutions.com. However if you were to ask Linh who she is, she’d say “a pure soul, a white light”, always have been always will be my pureness will never change. Life has brought me many lessons which have challenged this knowing. I say “bring it on”! Because I’m a pure soul that will never change; YOU are I are ONE in the SAME all pure all great Souls traveling here on earth.

    To take a class with Linh might be easy some days, and a challenge other days, it all depends on you and where you are at she says. She empowers her students to listen within and follow the voice of love. Her style of teaching is with an open heart, compassion, patience and at the same time finding the challenge of going just be-on the comfort zone.

    Linh encourages her student to have some type of daily spiritual practice, even if it’s just for the yoga butt, because within a spiritual practice you will come to know YOU are greater than you thought.

  • McLean McGown

    McLean is a Certified Yoga & Pilates Teacher and Clinical Nutritionist. She is a mama, wife, Buddhist, animal lover and yogi. She began practicing yoga at the age of 15 and it has been a running thread throughout her life, whether in the form of Vinyasa, Yin, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Kundalini or Prenatal. Her passion is now guiding women through their journey of pregnancy through yoga and proper nutrition. After having her daughter and enduring a very difficult pregnancy, McLean realized that mamas need more support and that became her true calling. McLean’s aim is to help women uncover and uphold their divine right to a happy, bountiful, blissful pregnancy, birth and life! No matter how things unfold, women have the warrior strength and lioness spirit to get through it with grace and love. Through prenatal yoga, McLean guides her students to marvel in their pregnant glory, get strong, release fears, connect deeply with their baby, and allow themselves to have fun and be okay with not having all of the answers. And she loves mamas and babies!! “Live what you Love”.

  • Normandie Keith (Dharam Prakash)

    Normandie Keith Dharam Prakash Kaur, Star White Buffalo Woman has always been a seeker. She has lived all over the world as a model. She parlayed her love of truth and beauty into a journalistic career as Beauty Editor for YOU Magazine in London, England. During her seven years of writing for the magazine, her columns focused on helping women to radiant their inner beauty and light. Teaching her readers to project their true essence into their daily lives so that their presence heals. She developed a line of skin care and body products, as well as designed shoes and handbags for 600 stores in Europe. All these designs were accoutrements to help bring out one's best self. Her spiritual quest involved journeys into Kabbalah, Buddhism, Shamanism, the Native American culture, Judaism, and Catholicism. She finally found her home when she landed at Golden Bridge Yoga in California where she discovered her true calling of being a Kundalini yoga teacher. Golden Bridge provided her with the teachings of the Master Yogi Bhajan and her life is now dedicated to elevation and being of service to all. Normandie specializes in prenatal and women's classes, helping to unlock that divine grace that lives in us all. Normandie's mission is to give all men and women the tools in which to live powerfully, peacefully, purely, radiating health and happiness in this Aquarian age.

  • Onkar Kaur

    Onkar Kaur is a Kundalini Yoga Student, Teacher and Meditative Healer. She has been practicing Kundalini Y oga, as taught by Y ogi Bhajan, since the summer of 2006 and has been teaching since the summer of 2008. She has lived in Alabama, Colorado and now resides in Los Angeles, California.

    Onkar feels that it has been God & Gurus grace that has led her to share these teachings that have profoundly shaped and changed her life.

    She finds the most joy in life in teaching, serving others and the world in all aspects.

    Her classes will be focused on deep healing of the self thru meditation, pranayam, yoga, mantra and relaxation.

  • Ram Kirin

    Ram Kirin is a certified IKYTA teacher. His classes can be both energetic and deeply meditative. “I like to send my students away with more confidence, self love, determination, and deeper awareness of the self on all levels.”

    He also uses the the ancient sound of the Gong to create a state of meditation and therapeutic relaxation that facilitates the movement of prana (vital life energy) through the body to awaken the consciousness for transformation.

    “You’ll never know who you are, if you have not disciplined yourself to know who you are”
    ~ Yogi Bhajan

  • Renukah Hunter

    Renukah has been influenced by yoga since early childhood, having lived in India from 2000-2004. She is inspired by the many different styles of yoga she has studied, including Ashtanga under Pattabhi Jois, Hatha, and Kundalini. She started her own Kundalini practice in 2000 and drawing from her background in dance and physical education, Renukah incorporates poses to enhance physical strength, flexibility, and a relaxed mind. Renukah is also certified in Radiant Child Yoga and Yogafit Flow.

    When Renukah isn’t practicing yoga or riding her bike, you’ll find her with her nose buried in an anatomy book studying sonography.

  • Sada Simran Kaur

    As the door of corporate life closed behind her, Sada Simran Kaur stepped into the world of Kundalini yoga. Her life would never be the same. Two little words would change everything: Sat Nam. It became her quest, her mantra…. truth as an identity. To nurture an internal awareness of this vibration is the foundation of her classes, which are a journey to experience truth, enlightenment, consciousness and above all awareness.

    Sada Simran is an IKYTA certified level 1 Kundalini teacher, Conscious Pregnancy & Khalsa Way certified prenatal and postnatal teacher, Sat Nam Rasayan® practitioner, birth doula, MFT intern and Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in pre and perinatal psychology.

  • Sat Devbir Singh

    Sat Devbir Singh is an artist of life. He believes that we all come to being as Masters of our destiny, empowered to create the experience we want. With Native American and Greek ancestry, he comes from a lineage of spiritual ones. From the time he was a small child, his greatest fulfillment was to help people realize their true gifts. He has since obtained a Doctrine of Divinity, created a unique line of Enlightened Oils, and has a thriving Crystal Healing practice. Certified by the Kundalini Research Institute through Golden Bridge Los Angeles, he describes his Yoga teacher training journey with Gurmukh and the rest of the team "by far the best thing I've ever done for myself and humanity". His classes are always a unique journey of inner exploration, laughter, music, and deep transformation, aimed to increase your receptivity to Infinity. He hopes to uplift the planet in the spirit of Oneness and aims to unveil the True and Highest Self in every one of us.

  • Sat Siri Dougherty

    Sat Siri, a former ballerina with the Australian Ballet was blessed to complete her Kundalini Yoga Techer Training under the guidance of Yogi Bhajan in 2003. It profoundly opened her heart and she opened the first Kundalini Yoga studio in her hometown of Sydney, Australia. Now residing in Los Angeles, Sat Siri instructs in Teacher Training courses world-wide. Watching students become teachers is one of the biggest blessings of her life. Her classes are transforming, uplifting, and healing at a very deep level.

  • Sandy Ames

    Sandy Ames is a seasoned, multi-level-certified yoga, meditation, alignment, partner work, and Thai massage instructor. Based in New York City for over a decade, Sandy has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, and on radio and television nation-wide. Closest to Sandy’s heart is Kundalini Yoga. The teachings of Yogi Bhajan permeate her daily life, as well as her classes. Also high on Sandy’s list is alignment, anatomy, and the work of Bonnie Bainbridge, Paula Tursi, and Jason Brown. This precision allows for detailed focus on individual students’ unique body movements, challenges, and exploration. As a certified Acro Yoga teacher, Sandy specializes in partner yoga, Thai massage, insane core work, and fun. Weaving it all together, Sandy is a master hypnotist and hypnotherapist, incorporating deep subconscious-level work into her yoga classes. Off the mat, Sandy can either be found on the grass, or traveling the world as a 22-year veteran broadcaster. She is most noted as the voice of NYC’s WPLJ’s Jamie Lee on the radio, and as the host of TVLand’s “100 Best Places You’ve Never Been.” You can also hear the voice and see the face of Sandy/Jamie on thousands of radio and tv commercials. Sandy recently moved from New York City to Santa Monica, in order to raise her family, finish writing some books, and develop a nationally syndicated radio show. For more, check out SandyAmes.com.

  • Sukhdev Jackson

    Sukhdev Jackson is a woman with a mission. Barely out of her teacher training in 2006, she was called to teach almost full time and has now made it her life's purpose.

    A fiercely authentic certified Kundalini Yoga & meditation teacher, Sukhdev brings passion, laughter and live music to a challenging and meditative class which sets a space to go deep into the vortex of one's being where one has the ability to co-create their physical reality. Having been through a decade of addiction and recovering successfully, Sukhdev touches the heart of people with an authentic voice about facing what is really going on beneath the surface and empowering them to accept and reconnect with the whole tapestry of their being.

    Through her retreats and workshops "The Power of a Woman", Sukhdev's work with serving women to reignite the pathway of the Divine Feminine has been an avenue to share her gift and passion and serve her family's legacy.

    In preparation for this path, Sukhdev studied extensively with a medicine man who took her under his wing on a full time two year journey and taught her about her connection to the Divine through the ancient wisdom of sacred movement, prayer, ceremony, nature, nutrition and self-healing. He exposed her to Kundalini Yoga and meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. In this process she uncovered her gifts, became aligned with her destiny and remembered her purpose for living.

    Sukhdev is also an acclaimed musician bringing positive vibes using yoga, chanting and uplifting music as she travels internationally, teaching and giving concerts with the Sacred Sound System Aykanna, inspiring people to reconnect with their true identity - their Soul.

  • Siridyal Kaur

    Siridyal Kaur, a native to Amsterdam, was born into a family where Yoga, Meditation and Healing were order of the day. Her mother, a Yogi and Healer herself as well from and early age, brought yoga, health and discipline into her daughter’s lives and taught them the importance of practicing on a daily basis.

    At the age of 27, in 1999, she met her teacher Yoga Bhajan, and it was then when her life completely changed. She moved to Espanola, NM in July of 1999 to further learn and study with him and she was blessed to have been given the opportunity to do bodywork and healing daily on Yogi Bhajan for almost 2 years. “This was truly an extraordinary and humble experience and he taught me to 'Deeply Listen'”.

    Siridyal has been practicing Kundalini Yoga for over 18 years and she loves to inspire people and share with them the Tools and Teachings of Yogi Bhajan. “My life changed when I started KY, it became better and fuller, I became more real”.

    Siridyal is a Certified Sat Nam Rasayan® healer and has studied with Guru Dev Singh since 1997. She is available for SNR Healing Sessions from her office right here at Golden Bridge in Santa Monica!

  • Siri Marka Singh Khalsa

    Inspired to serve and learn from his teacher, Yogi Bhajan, Siri Marka taught his first Kundalini Yoga class over 38 years ago.

    With a smile and a grace he delivers vigorous and heart opening yoga kriyas and meditations from Yogi Bhajan’s original weekly classes. Siri Marka is known to speak with joy and from the heart. When he is not teaching, he keeps fit by running the L.A. Marathon, which he has done for the last twelve years. You can also see him as a Yogic Coach and Counselor in his Beverly Hills office. With love, humor and a dose of truth, Siri Marka will help propel you the the next level in your spiritual evolution.

  • Thea Harvey

    Thea Harvey is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher, and Hatha Yoga instructor. She is also a Marriage and Family Therapist and Life Coach in private practice in Santa Monica. In 2003, Gurmukh invited Thea to take her first Kundalini class when they were both teaching yoga to foster children. This introduction led to her certification at Golden Bridge. Her classes emphasize the practical use of Kundalini technology in everyday living, providing students with immediate results in their personal growth. Thea has a four year old daughter that she birthed The Khalsa Way. With her husband she conducts tantra relationship workshops and blogs for the Huffington Post. She also leads transformational healing retreats and family yoga kirtans.

  • Wahe Guru Kaur Khalsa

    Wahe, daughter of Gurmukh and Guru Shabd was born into a lineage of yogis. Schooled in India, Wahe is a true modern day yogi and global citizen who still travels the far reaches of the world in her spirited commitment to serving humanity, mother earth and all its creatures. As a Kundalini Yoga teacher and student of Yogi Bhajan she uses the technology of yoga and its teachings to navigate through life and uplift all who cross her path. You can find her working and teaching at Golden Bridge or catch her on one of her soulful teaching treks around the world.

Yogi Bhajan

Kundalini is considered the most comprehensive of yogas, combining meditation, prayer, physical practices and breathing exercises. “Kundalini” literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved.” This poetic metaphor alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each of us, and enables us to merge with – or “yoke” – the universal Self. Fusing individual and universal consciousness creates a divine union, called “yoga.” The Upanishads, Hindu’s sacred scriptures that date back to the fifth century B.C., describe Kundalini, although the oral tradition reaches back even further into history. For thousands of years, this sacred science and technology was veiled in secrecy, passed along verbally from master to chosen disciple.

Yogi Bhajan broke with this long-held tradition of silence. A master of Kundalini by the age of 16 – itself a rare feat – he gave his first lecture at a Los Angeles high school gym on January 5, 1969. Then a 39-year-old recent émigré from India, he had left behind a lucrative governmental career with the vision of bringing Yoga to the West. No matter that not a single person was present that evening; he came to teach and he proceeded to speak to the empty hall.

In the turbulent, drug culture of the 60s, Bhajan first reached out to the youth. He recognized their experimentation with drugs and “altered states of consciousness” expressed a deeper desire to experience a holistic, liberating sense of awareness. Soon realizing that pharmaceuticals provided, at best, a cheap imitation to the peaceful, inner euphoria they could get naturally from Kundalini, and at worst, had debilitating physical and mental side effects, young people began flocking to his classes, arriving by the busloads. Soon 3HO teaching centers began springing up across the United States and then throughout the world.

He sparked a movement whose many tendrils have wound their way into our culture. Through 3HO, Yogi Bhajan blazed a trail. Today, after more than 30 years of determined effort on the part of this organization and others, yoga and meditation have gained widespread acceptance in the West. Witness the frequent feature articles that grace the covers of such publications as Time, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. This popular attention speaks not only to the proven benefits of yoga and meditation, but to the increasing public interest in spirituality and a healthy diet.

Born Harbhajan Singh in what is now Pakistan to a family of healers and community leaders, Yogi Bhajan studied comparative religion and Vedic philosophy in his undergraduate years, going onto receive his Masters in Economics with honors from Punjab University. Years later, he earned his Ph.D. in communications psychology from the University of Humanistic Studies in San Francisco.

Over the past 32 years, he has emerged as a religious, community and business leader with a distinguished reputation as a man of peace, world-vision, wisdom, and compassion. He has authored and published more than 30 books on topics ranging from spirituality and consciousness to communication and psychology. He has founded several foods companies that manufacture and distribute natural products based on these teachings. He has fostered economic development in every community in which he participates, annually conducts business seminars, and has authored several books that provide guidance to both the aspiring entrepreneur and seasoned business executive alike. As the Siri Singh Sahib, or the Sikh leader in the Western Hemisphere, he has met with Pope John Paul II to discuss inter-religious dialogue and worked side-by-side with the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop of Canterbury to foster world peace.