You may or may not have already heard some news of sexual abuse allegations against Yogi Bhajan - the man who taught Kundalini Yoga -first in the United States, and then around the world. I would like to take this opportunity to share my thoughts & feelings about this, along with the actions that Nesoteric is taking as a result of the investigation that is currently ongoing.
First and foremost, as a woman, a business owner, and someone who has experienced sexual abuse, I always have, and always will, believe women. I stand in solidarity with any woman who is brave enough to share the truth. It is not an easy thing to announce to the world, and I am in awe of all of the courageous survivors who are shining the light on the extreme darkness that they have been subjected to.
It is because of these women that true healing can begin to take place. It will not be an easy journey - but they are setting so many people free because they are brave enough to speak truth. It is heartbreaking to hear the stories abuse at the hands of someone who was so loved and adored by so many.
2016 - 2020 have been amazing illuminators. All that has been hidden is now being revealed. I believe this is happening so that we can truly heal and evolve. It is heartbreaking that so many have had to suffer extreme pain in order to bring the truth to light, and I pray for comfort for every person who has ever spoken up about the abuse they have endured. From this place, we can all make our decisions based on our own knowledge and our own experiences.
I believe that we will continue to see outdated systems crumble under the weight of the truth as we evolve. The things that need to change will be allowed to change with this new knowledge.
Many are calling into question the validity of the practice. Has it really been taught for hundreds of years? Did Yogi Bhajan make it all up? I don't know the answers to that, and there are currently many doing research into this. It will be interesting to discover what is uncovered. It is my personal feeling that he was a well studied yogi, and that he shared not only things that he learned, but that he also made things up as he went along, based on his knowledge & experience. Does that make Kundalini Yoga less valid? That is up to each individual to decide.
There are some that will stop practicing Kundalini Yoga in light of these allegations. I fully respect and support whatever each individual decides is right for them. For me personally, I have seen the changes that this practice has brought into my life, and into the lives of countless others around the world. It has transformed me, and so I will continue to practice.
I never met Yogi Bhajan, and I never had any particular feelings about him one way or the other - except that I have found the rules and regulations around the practice to be restrictive. I believe that a more intuitive and feminine way of practicing has been trying to evolve for a long time, and there have been organizations trying very hard to prevent that from happening. So from that space, I am excited to see how Kundalini Yoga changes and grows from here. I believe it will allow for every teacher to rely on their own wisdom and intuition even more deeply and fully. I believe every student will benefit from this as well.
I have had the great blessing of working with some of the most incredible teachers of Kundalini Yoga. I have found each and every one of them to be wise, intuitive, humble, and sincere in their efforts to offer tools that truly help people in their lives. And that is why I will continue to offer these courses - with one caveat.
Yogi Bhajan's name is being removed from every piece of content we have created. This work is 75% done, and I will continue to work through this material to make sure that wherever possible, that happens. I do not wish to promote him, or even reference him. I wish only to offer tools and techniques to people who will benefit from them. I believe that is what we did at Kundalini Yoga U, and that is what we will continue to do through Nesoteric.
May we all grow fully into our own power, wisdom and discernment. May we live our lives in service to our brothers and sisters around the world, and may we celebrate the change-makers, the truth-tellers, the light workers who strive not only to create change, but to be the change.