THE 3HO LUMINARIES

3HO Foundation had humble beginnings.  50 years ago, a man named Yogi Bhajan came to North America from India with just a few dollars in his pocket.  His dedication to teaching the techniques he knew would inspire courage, steadfastnesses, peacefulness, resiliency and dignity within every heart took flight and planted seeds around the world.

Today millions of people around the world practice Kundalini Yoga from all walks of life.  Some very special individuals dedicate their lives to his original mission: spreading the seeds of consciousness as far as they will go.  3HO Foundation would like to honor the special people who bring Kundalini Yoga to underserved and impoverished communities around the world by bringing them to our 2019 Lighthouse Events as a part of our new Yogi Bhajan Guest Fund campaign.  

Without your generosity, these special members of the 3HO community would never have the ability to attend a Summer Solstice, or practice White Tantric Yoga, or connect with their spiritual family from around the globe.  We hope that through bringing them to these events, by honoring them as Yogi Bhajan's Guests, we can reignite their flame of service and inspire them to continue to plant seeds of consciousness in communities in need for years to come.

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Djuma Manirakiza

Rwanda

Djuma is an exile from Burundi now living in a refugee camp in Kigali who teaches Kundalini Yoga to refugee children in camps in Rwanda and schools in Kenya. 

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Oinak Singh

India

Oinak was raised in a home for destitute children in Rishikesh, India. Exposed to Kundalini Yoga from yoga teachers visiting the children's home, he now pays it forward by bringing Kundalini Yoga and meditation to "ragpickers,"children in the slums who pick through trash heaps looking for salvage

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Martine Brisson (Kiret Nam Kaur)

Haiti

Martine is the only Kundalini Yoga teacher in Haiti.  She organizes a festival that shares Kundalini Yoga in the streets and public parks of Port-au-Prince.

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Conny Brammen (Meherpal Kaur)

Germany

Conny founded a volunteer association that brings Kundalini Yoga into state institutions in Germany, sharing Kundalini Yoga with people in distress such as those with eating disorders, psychiatric disorders, people in prison, and recovering sex-workers.

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Akarat Sivaphongthongchai 

Thailand

 Akarat teaches Kundalini Yoga to autistic and special needs children as well as female prisoners in Thailand. He is also a volunteer for the National KY Thailand Group and helps to organize Kundalini Yoga festivals in Thailand.

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Chamois Anderson

USA

Chamois Anderson is a Kundalini Yogi in Laramie, Wyoming working for Defenders of Wildlife, a non-profit that focuses on threatened and endangered species. She works to restore wild bison to tribal and public lands, and to bring back the endangered black-footed ferret by building up prairie dogs to sustain their populations on recovery sites across the Great Plains. She also works with Native American tribes all across the Great Plains on reservations.

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Aristotelis Karagkounis (Gurujiwan Singh)

Greece

Aristotelis Karagkounis is one of the first Kundalini Yoga teachers in Greece and the founder and current president of KYTA Hellas, the Greece association of Kundalini Yoga Teachers serving 135 teachers, and the president of the Hellenic Yoga Association, serving over 6,000 teachers. He has worked with the government of Greece to bring protected legal standing to Kundalini Yoga studios. He helps organize two Kundalini Yoga festivals, one in Athens and one in Thessaloniki. He organizes summer camps and activites for the UN Day of Yoga in Greece, as well as langar for the homeless and yoga for prisoners.  He is also working to translate Yogi Bhajan's "The Mind" into Greek.

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Alejandro Felipe Oliver Mascarelli (Gyanpreet Singh Khalsa)

Argentina

 Gyanpreet runs the Vegetarian Popular Pot, an organization that shares vegetarian langar and seeks to educate the public about the Sikh minority in Argentina.  In addition, he hosts free and open group sadhana, has a room where foreign students and teachers of Kundalini Yoga can come and stay without charge, organizes Kundalini Yoga events in Buenos Aires, and is a founding partner of Sikh Dharma Argentina.  Answering the call to greater service, he has assisted his community in disaster recovery, most notably during recent flood emergencies.  He teaches Kundalini Yoga classes to jails in Buenos Aires each week, and is expanding his free classes to public welfare institutions in both Argentina and Brazil.  

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Thi Phi Anh Tran (Bhakti Akal Kaur)

Vietnam

 Bhakti Akal Kaur brought Kundalini Yoga to Vietnam after her teacher training in the US.  She shares weekly free classes with her university students and has opened the Tara House Project, making Kundalini Yoga free and accessible for all in Hochiminh.  Her students in Vietnam gush over her, saying she leads with tremendous self-discipline, kindness, peacefulness, and joy.

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Gene Wright

(Dev Ardas Singh)

United States

After a harrowing and ultimately triumphant journey through addiction, Gene now shares Kundalini Yoga with the people with addiction he selflessly guides through the 12 steps.

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Luis Alvarez (Teg Sunder Singh)

United States

 A champion of sadhana, mantra, and classical Indian raag, Luis rose out of addiction with the help of Kundalini Yoga.He tirelessly pays it forward, guiding people in great need to the light of sadhana and the path of the 12 steps.

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Denise Davidson

United States

For 20 years, Denise has shared Kundalini Yoga in the South Central Community of LA to both the elderly and the youth. She also goes to South Africa to serve at-risk youth has brought Krishna Kaur there to train teachers in Y.O.G.A. for Youth.

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Tammy Foster (Tej Inder Kaur)

Costa Rica

Tej Inder is one of the only teachers in a small beach village of Costa Rica, where she hosts women’s circles and workshops regularly to support the community.  She also actively works as a doula bringing the teachings of Kundalini Yoga to pregnant and postpartum mothers.

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Sat Nam Kaur Torstensdotter

Sweden

Sat Nam Kaur is a senior teacher in Sweden and one of the original teachers in Scandinavia. She works extensively to bring Kundalini Yoga into palliative care and has hosted Level 1 Teacher Trainings for many years. 

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Banesa Tseki

South Africa

Banesa is one of the founders of Kundalini Africa Rising, which promotes social justice as a spiritual practice. Every week, she teaches children at Ekhaya park in Hillbrow, one of the most dangerous inner city areas in South Africa made famous for its gun raids, drugs and criminals.  She also teaches with Street Light Kids, which aims to give underprivileged children the same right to access world class education. She helped launch Open Kundalini Yoga classes in areas such as the inner cities in Soweto and Alex townships, Lesotho and Mozambique to enable specific communities of color to gain access to Kundalini Yoga and its benefits. 

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Guru Updesh Kaur

Chile

Guru Updesh hosts a langar group that cooks and serves many portions of vegetarian food three times a week to the homeless and disabled. She teaches yoga and meditation as a seva to the elderly, and has cared for abandoned children.

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Shango Johnson

USA

Shango teaches yoga to children pre-K to high school in Chicago, Illinois, where he helps kids learn to cope with their problems through meditation. He works as a male mentor coordinator with I Grow Chicago Peace House, a community gathering and healing resource space. He also patrols the Chicago area for Cease Fire, a public health anti-violence program. 

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Zutu-ocloo Kofi

Ghana

Zutu-ocloo Kofi keeps the teachings of Kundalini Yoga alive in Accra, Ghana. He also helps African-American youth on trips to Ghana to rediscover their African heritage and develop a daily sadhana.

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Atma Jodha Singh

USA

Atma Jodha from Texas is a volunteer chaplain in the TX State Prison system and shares Kundalini Yoga with male prisoners. He also shares Kundalini Yoga with people recovering from strokes and brain tumors, having survived his own brain tumor a few years ago.

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Marina Maia (Sunderta Kaur)

Brazil

Sunderta is developing a donation-built community center in an underserved area of Brazil for impoverished children and adults to learn the tools of Kundalini Yoga. She is the founder of Yoga e Negritude, which seeks to raise the profile of Black yoga students and teachers in Brazil.

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Maria Martinez Feduchi (Sarandeep Kaur)

Spain

Maria serves the Spanish Association of Kundalini Yoga (AEKY) tirelessly, organizing up to 4 annual meetings for the community and sharing Kundalini Yoga at fairs across Spain.  She is a founding member of an organization that promotes the welfare of women and children.

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Renato Oliveira Moura (Tej Partap Singh)

Brazil

Renato Oliveira Moura (Tej Partap Singh) brings gong and sound healing to the elderly in nursing homes and shares Kundalini Yoga in men's prisons in Brazil.  He also takes children on outdoor hikes to help them connect to the natural world, serves at festivals, and supports his Gurdwara however he is called to serve.

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Dalia Adel Ibrahim (Amrita Nishan Kaur)

Egypt

Dalia Adel Ibrahim (Amrita Nishan Kaur) hosts free and donation based community Kundalini Yoga classes in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt.  She is passionate about sharing that you can be a Kundalini Yogi and a Muslim and tirelessly supports the studio which brings teacher training to Egypt.  She is currently working on a translation of the teacher training manuals in Arabic.

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Janna Guetaba (Ram Singh)

Togo

Ram Singh has been leading Kundalini Yoga classes and sadhana in Togo since 1989.  In 2002, he became the leader of the Kundalini Yoga association in Togo and since 2005 has supported Krishna Kaur’s teacher trainings in Togo.  He makes TV and radio appearances to share the benefits of yoga for stress and nutrition in Africa, organizes yoga conferences and holds free classes on the UN Day of Peace.  Every day he hosts morning sadhana and teaches classes for children and adults in his living room, and he is working to raise the funds needed for a dedicated yoga studio in Lomé.

 

A practicing Sikh, every Sunday he leads Gurdwara services, and remains dedicated to reading Japji and sustaining a morning practice.  He teaches tolerance for all paths of life through example, maintaining his kesh and turban even under great cultural pressure to conform.  Through it all, he is a devoted single father of 3. 

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Liam Pfeiffer

United States

Liam teaches youth in detention facilities and to young adults on Riker's island for the New York Corrections Department. Liam provides incarcerated youth with skills and practices to improve physical and mental health, manage stress, reduce anxiety, and cultivate a relationship with their own consciousness using meditation, breath work, and movement techniques from Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Tai Chi.

Off the mat, Liam is a head basketball coach with the non-profit Steady Buckets, an organization serving over 5,000 members of New York City's youth. He developed the yoga and meditation program for the community and actively weaves Kundalini Yoga with basketball to expose children to natural healing modalities and empowerment practices.

Liam studies from world renowned teachers Krishna Kaur, Hari Kaur, and Nevine Michaan and is the Regional Director and an Associate Trainer for Y.O.G.A. for Youth.

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Gloria Zacskai (Jagdeesh Kaur)

Croatia

A Kundalini pioneer, Jagdeesh Kaur writes about Kundalini Yoga in Croatian and helps serve as a translator to other Kundalini yoga students, bridging the gap between English and Croatian, helping many who otherwise would not have access to the teachings.

 

Her desire is to spread Kundalini yoga throughout the Balkan region. She has taught classes and workshops in Banja Luka, the capitol of Republika Srpska; in Serbia; in many cities in Croatia where she grew up; and now most regularly teaches classes in Zagreb, Croatia’s capitol. 

 

The war in the Balkans ended 25 years ago, but the after effects are still very much present in the society and culture: trauma, stress, high depression and anxiety rates, and an ever growing presence of pharmaceuticals as the primary coping strategy.  People are eager for solutions that will help them reduce their stress and feel happier, and

Kundalini yoga improves people’s lives in a palpable and dramatic way.

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Kenneth Strickland

USA

Kenneth Strickland is a board member for Yoga 4 Youth NC. Kenneth has been educating youth in the power of Kundalini Yoga, the breath, and Love since 2013. He believes in the inherent wisdom of children and works to create spaces where children can become aware of this wisdom. Kenneth is currently living in Little Rock, Arkansas teaching English, Social Studies, and Meditation at North Little Rock Academy. Kenneth also is attending Naropa University, in Boulder Colorado, where he studies Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling.

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Photos: Michelle Magdalena Fox & Gurusurya Khalsa