MISCONDUCT: INFORMATION, SUPPORT AND RESOURCES
Sat nam dear sangat,
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 around the Olive Branch investigation and any aspect of the misconduct allegations, and help us come together as a community, KYTA ran four Zoom sessions in August 2020 led by Livtar Kaur, the Chair of KYTA. The Zoom calls were an opportunity to share with each other in a safe space. At each meeting KYTA collated questions and observations and we are now currently in the process of responding to some of those questions. Some of those questions will be referred to KRI. This will be available shortly and will be distributed publicly.
KYTA have also been running Support Workshops for teachers run by specialist teachers. Find out more.
With our blessings and in service to you all,
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