White Bird in a Golden Cage

Open Letter to the Lotus Community

February 19th, 2020

Dear Lotus Community,

Pamela Sahara Dyson worked closely with Yogi Bhajan for 17 years. She just came out with a beautiful, freeing, and infuriating memoir detailing her time with him. This is the first time that someone has published a book revealing the abuse of power that Yogi Bhajan wielded, including having sexual relationships with some of his students. For those of you who don’t know, Yogi Bhajan was the teacher who brought Kundalini Yoga to the west, and was the centre of our community until he passed away. He was your teacher’s teacher’s teacher.

These events took place 35 years ago, but they still impact how we practice Kundalini Yoga now. They are engrained in our lineage and history. If you are interested in reexamining the mythologies and narratives you tell yourself about Kundalini Yoga and Yogi Bhajan, I hope you will read this book. You can order it on Amazon and we have a copy for the public available in the Lotus waiting room. It’s tough, but critical for those who are deeply connected to Kundalini Yoga.

I read the book 2 weeks ago, and have found that sharing my feelings openly with others in the Kundalini community has been immensely helpful. If you are interested in connecting with others in this way, here are 2 ways Lotus is providing support:

Online Sharing Circles
Via Zoom, open to everyone around the world
Guided by myself and my dad, Har-Prakash Khalsa 
Once you sign up, we’ll send you a link to choose a time that works for you

Sign Up Here

In Person Sharing Circles
Sunday, March 15th, 2020 @ Lotus Yoga in Toronto
1:30 pm and 5:00 pm
Guided by myself and my dad, Har-Prakash Khalsa

Sign Up Here

I also want to share that as of this letter, many of our teachers have not yet read the book, and will be, like you and I, going through their own journey of processing and healing. Please talk with your teachers after class if you want to connect about this topic – they will let you know if they are ready to talk about it or not.

On another note, the Lotus Teacher’s Code of Conduct requires that teachers do not have romantic or sexual relationships with students. That is an abuse of power. We are creating a transparent and structured process to support any student who experiences abuse of power from their teacher. If you want to help us create this structure, please reach out.

Whether you are a student or a teacher of Kundalini Yoga, if you need any support and don’t think you can get it from a sharing circle, please reach out.

With Love, 
Gurushabd Khalsa
Director, Lotus Yoga
[email protected]

PS For those of you who are interested, here is the official response to the book from the global institutions connected to Kundalini Yoga.