Sat nam dear sangat, The report of An Olive Branch into Allegations of Misconduct by Yogi Bhajan has now been published.
The KYTA committee is in service to you all. We stand against abuse of any type and are committed to a safe environment for everyone who participates in Kundalini Yoga.
In order to answer your concerns and help us come together as a community, we have set up four Zoom sessions. These will be led by Livtar Kaur, the Chair of KYTA and supported by another committee member. If would you like to ask any questions regarding the outcome of An Olive Branch Investigation, and / or have concerns about the future of Kundalini Yoga, we welcome you to share with us and other teachers.
The Zoom calls are an opportunity to share with each other in a safe space. We will also do out best to answer any questions you may have. Those questions we do not have the answer to will be forwarded to KRI for response or clarification.
You can read the IKYTA Statement here. Please be aware that the report contains graphic descriptions that may trigger you as a reader.
With our blessings and in service to you all,
Meetings are open to KRI Certified Teachers based in the UK.
You do not have to be a member to attend.
Meetings are limited to 10 attendees to give all who wish to be heard an opportunity to do so.
More meetings will be scheduled if required.
The Collaborative Response Team Statement
Early in 2020, multiple allegations concerning sexual misconduct by our founder Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji (Yogi Bhajan) came to light. As a nonprofit religious organization with a commitment to high ethical standards, the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation (SSSC) took formal steps to address the allegations. We directed the formation of a Collaborative Response Team (CRT), which was tasked with responding to the allegations in a transparent and timely manner. The SSSC then commissioned an independent organization, An Olive Branch (AOB), to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations. As the allegations were made posthumously, efforts were made throughout the process to ensure that Yogi Bhajan’s students and supporters had the opportunity to speak on his behalf. Neither the SSSC, the CRT, nor any of our affiliate organizations have had any influence over An Olive Branch’s process or its report. The SSSC Board would like to express our deepest gratitude to An Olive Branch and to all who participated in this process.
We share the report here unedited and in its entirety. The investigation concluded that much of the alleged conduct more likely than not occurred. As described in more detail at the end of this letter, SSSC and its related organizations are taking immediate action to address the findings of the report, assist reporters of harm, and promote healing in our community.
All Collaborative Response Team Statements
- Collaborative Response Team
- IKYTA Joint Statement
- IKYTA: Statement
- Ik Saran Dhian School: Statement
- i-SKY School: Statement
- Sahej Academy: Statement
- Karam Kriya: See video statement
- Premka: White Bird in a Golden Cage: My Life with Yogi Bhajan
- Philip Deslippe Paper: From Maharaj to Mahan Tantric: The Construction of Yogi Bhajan’s Kundalini Yoga
- Constance Waeber Ellsberg:Graceful Women, gender and Identity in an American Sikh Community
- KRI Code of Ethics