Evolution & Emergence

3HO International's Annual Report

Fiscal Year 2021

Welcome

From Pritpal Kaur
CEO of 3HO International

2021: what a year. It arrived with unforeseen force for much of the world, and for the people and organizations working to stay alive in it. 3HO was no exception, as we continued to change and adapt to a reality that kept shifting under our feet.

As a leader of an organization that’s dedicated itself for more than 50 years to providing support for communities worldwide seeking to live a healthy, happy and whole life, it felt daunting at times to envision how best to meet the needs of the times. On a global scale, nothing seemed normal, and on the microcosmic scale at 3HO, returning to “normal” would not be an option.

We needed new vision. So in the spirit of yoga, we turned within. Rather than look outside for solutions, we turned to leaders within our global practice and teaching community. What was clear and unnegotiable was our willingness to change and evolve. We also knew that this effort would be led, not by us, but by you.

3HO recommitted to its mission of serving everyone, everywhere through an accessible and robust platform of digital resources for Kundalini Yoga and lifestyle practices that could help humankind navigate the times. We harnessed the digital platform to provide accessible and uplifting tools for health, happiness, and well being. While longing to return to in-person events, we recognized that it wasn’t yet time.

With your support, we stayed connected through online Summits, Equinox, Winter Summer Solstice Events and a monthly Teacher’s Prayer meditation. People joined from around the world for these donation-based events, empowering our mission to make Kundalini Yoga accessible to all. Recordings of these classes and programs were later made available by donation.

We also put the finishing touches on a new version of 3HO.org, extending the invitation to practice, learn, and experiment with Kundalini Yoga. While the teachings are the same, the attitude is different: more decentralized, and dedicated to helping you find what’s right, for you.

Across our digital platforms, we featured teachers, trainers, and practitioners from around the world, celebrating the richness and diversity of our practice community. If we had to define it, we’d say this is the future of Kundalini Yoga: it is emergent, and will be shaped by you. When we do resume live events, we now have the infrastructure to remain connected without borders, throughout the year.

A key goal for 3HO in 2021 was to build trust through connection, transparency and communication. This was a monumental task. It demanded courage and the willingness to lean into discomfort in order to self assess and realign. The 3HO Board and Staff renewed their commitment to deep listening and mutual healing for those harmed by our founder, Yogi Bhajan, and for the second generation members of our community. In partnership with our sister organizations, we made counseling funds available for survivors, formed a Compassionate Reconciliation Council, and created Community Advisory Groups to help guide, heal, and restore the community.

3HO recognizes that the way forward is not to erase our past, but to stand tall in our commitment to each person we serve to live in the fullness of their true being, their Sat Nam. We see the future for Kundalini Yoga as emergent, stemming not from the power of one individual but from the collective wisdom of the community we serve. We are here to support you on this journey in any way we can, now and into the future.

Our feet are on the ground. Our minds are toward the future. And our hearts are with you. As an organization we are navigating this new reality, and adapting to it. You are a central part of this process. Thank you.

Mission & Values

3HO’s mission is to inspire everyone everywhere to reach their full potential through the uplifting experience of Kundalini Yoga. We value compassion, service, inclusivity, connection, well-being, and integrity. To read more about our core values and our dedication to upholding them, click here.

3HO International operates as an independent 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization. Two of its primary sister organizations are the Kundalini Research Institute, which works alongside 3HO to share the practice of Kundalini Yoga; and Sikh Dharma International, a religious organization that serves as a complement to the secular focus of 3HO. There are a total of seven legacy nonprofit organizations overseen by the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation, which is the sole member.

2021 Review

Vision for the Future

I want to convey how impressed I am with your organization and with the challenges you have faced. Your staff is incredible and so positive. I have received such amazingly supportive resources. Your offerings mean so much to me and uplift my life. Thank you!

Denise M.

2021 was a pivotal year for 3HO and the global community we serve. As an organization, we listened, brainstormed, and ultimately acted upon a vision for Kundalini Yoga that is future-forward and impactful, centered around each of you.

We remain committed to our mission to inspire people worldwide to realize their potential through the uplifting experience of Kundalini Yoga. In the midst of a changing landscape, our method has evolved. Necessity demanded that we take our events online, and we harnessed the virtual platform for its inclusivity and ability to reach everyone, everywhere.

Our eSolstice and eSummit events were a success. We curated digital experiences that allowed us to gather in global community and feature teachers from across the world. When the time is right to resume in-person events, we plan to expand upon these virtual offerings.

We learned, and put into practice, that the value of 3HO is the value of you. We prepared a new website, designed to reflect this decentralized and collective vision for the future. We expanded our hub of digital experiences, practice opportunities, and communications through our website, emails and social media. We used our social media platforms to feature the richness and diversity of our global community.

Finally, we expanded upon our Seva Corps and Luminaries Program, a global ambassador program that brings the yogic value of service (seva) to new populations and parts of the world. We also had the honor of being a consultative NGO with the United Nations through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which promotes collective action for a sustainable world.

We invite you to explore some of our highlights from 2021 below. Thank you for your continued support.

Expanding Knowledge, Awareness, and Access to Kundalini Yoga Through Online Content

From Our Home to Yours

Our team has done an extraordinary job of transitioning our events online to serve our community, starting in 2020. In 2021, this included two eEquinox events, two eSolstice events, and two eSummit events.

Since 2020, more than 26,000 people from all over the world have joined us from their homes. Each of these programs included live classes, a robust resource section, and Zoom recordings of all events. In 2020 and 2021, we chose to offer our online events on a donation basis to give everyone, everywhere an opportunity to have access to the powerful technology that is so needed in these times.

2022 is shaping up to have a similarly amazing calendar of events to cultivate community and promote healthy living. For more information on upcoming 2022 events or to apply to teach, click here.

Abigail S.
Abigail S.
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Huge gratitude for 3HO. I came back to Kundalini Yoga, after many years away, through your Facebook page, which connected me with the practice again and inspired me to start a daily Sadhana. This practice is the single most important thing that helped me recover from a strong course of chemotherapy last year. The eSolstice and eEquinox events have really inspired me. It is so wonderful to be able to participate, when traveling is not available. Blessings!
Siri P.
Siri P.
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As a trauma survivor, I feel safe with people at the expert level and it was evident the presenters could hold the space and allow for healing in it. Thank you. This is so necessary.
Patricia R.
Patricia R.
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Please consider continuing to offer online events even after the pandemic makes in-person gathering possible. It has been a wonderful blessing to be able to join with the Kundalini community with online classes and festivals. I feel much more connected now than I did when I was only wishing I could attend events like Solstice and live classes! 🙂
Jeri K.
Jeri K.
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Thank you for the generous gift of the online Solstice events. These events have exceptional staff, and exceptional teachers and classes. Truly wondrous and so generous. My heart is opened and I am back on the Kundalini track! Sat Nam. With love and light.
David J.
David J.
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The quality and organization of this event was exceptional. You created sacred space in our homes that felt consecrated. It was like being at a live event. Bravo and blessings.
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A Day for Renewal and Balance. This one-day event offered yoga, chanting, and community – a celebration of life and a time for striking a balance between dark and light. The event opened with Aquarian Sadhana, included a morning and afternoon live class, Lunch with a Luminary, and a live Evening Concert.

  • Registrants – 1,619
  • Donations – $1,682
  • Site Sessions – 2,859
  • Unique Users – 1,572

Enhancing Emotional and Mental Wellbeing. This one-day event featured dynamic sessions focused on anxiety, understanding the impact of trauma, and stress relief. The classes aimed to help establish new and successful strategies for attendee’s self-care “toolboxes.”

  • Registrants – 758
  • Donations – n/a
  • Site Sessions – 1513
  • Unique Users – 795

Bringing Summer Solstice to You, Wherever You Are in the World. Our four-day eSolstice experience offered a diverse group of superb Kundalini Yoga teachers, recipes to enjoy the Solstice Diet at home, and break-out groups and chat rooms for conversation and community.

  • Registrants – 3,563
  • Donations – $5,530 (with a portion benefiting Khalsa Aid International)
  • Site Sessions – 8,500
  • Unique Users – 3,477

Coming Home to Ourselves Through Somatic Movement. This one-day event offered an empowering range of practices that facilitated self-awareness, self-confidence, empathy, enhanced intuition, and emotional regulation. These include Kundalini Yoga, sound, movement, breath, mantra, and meditation.

  • Registrants – 617
  • Donations – n/a
  • Site Sessions – 1,124
  • Unique Users – 602

An Invitation to Turn Within. A one-day event focused on a time of Soul-harvest, through the practices of Kundalini Yoga, meditation, chanting, and community. We invited our community to  celebrate the shift in the season by harvesting their inner fruits of awareness and finding gratitude for the seeds that they have both reaped and sown. The event included Aquarian Sadhana, a morning and afternoon live class, a lunchtime discussion with IKYTA, and an Evening Concert. This event also included 11-Days of daily reflective prompts for registered attendees.

Recreating the Cozy Magic of Winter Solstice at Home. Similar to our June eSolstice, the four-day December eSolstice offered Aquarian Sadhana, a daily live global meditation, two live “all-camp” classes each day, and two specialty break-out group classes or discussion rooms per day. Additional evening concerts and Kirtan Sohila ended each day with community and sacred sound current.

  • Registrants – 3,565
  • Donations – $7,699 (benefiting the 3HO Luminary Program)
  • Site Sessions – 8,029
  • Unique Users – 2,934

Inspiring Community Around the World

The 3HO Luminaries Program

The 3HO Luminaries Program was launched in 2019. This program brought Kundalini Yogis doing extraordinary service in underserved communities to Summer and Winter Solstice for inspired connection, global collaboration, and the Kundalini experience of a lifetime. By honoring and serving these Luminaries, 3HO sought to create lasting connections between teachers, encourage seva as the highest state of mind and spirit, and strengthen communities around the globe.

In 2021, we continued to be inspired by the stories of service from our 3HO Luminaries. Many of the 3HO Luminaries participated in our eSolstice and eEquinox events, sharing their experiences in service and giving back to their communities. With your help, we raised nearly $7,000 to support bringing new 3HO Luminaries to future in-person events. Click the button below to learn more about the inspiring initiatives these Luminaries are involved with in their home communities.

An Update from the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association

To Kundalini Yoga Teachers Around the World,

The year 2021 was a year of much containment and adaptation due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the changes we have gone through, and are still going through, in our Kundalini Yoga communities. IKYTA went through a restructuring of its team and started to reorganize, seeking greater collaboration and integration among its members, and in the parts of strategic planning.

It was a year of reconnecting with the culture of Kundalini Yoga and its organizations – and it still is. We seek to open and create spaces to listen to the needs and interests of teachers in an attempt to get closer to their realities and the different scenarios in their communities.

There were occasions when we were able to understand what the pains, discomforts, and desires were, so that we could incorporate this information into our work plan. We had the opportunity to discuss many topics at meetings, gatherings, and especially at the Global Teacher’s Forum held in January 2022.

We realized the importance of strengthening relationships with Kundalini Yoga organizations, so that we could build more coherence in our projects. This is an initiative we have incorporated and are strengthening in our Strategic Planning for 2022.

We hope to continue the exchanges with teachers this year that promises to be lighter and more inspiring. May we continue inventing new ways of being together.

Warmly Yours,

The IKYTA Team

Seva Corps Spotlight

Looking for interesting, relevant, and meaningful ideas and conversation about the path of service? Seva Corps was created in April 2020 with the purpose of serving those who are in service. From individual experiences to global perspectives, Seva Corps is a great place to explore. You can also register your project and support others’ seva projects.

Seva Corps is committed to sustaining their service through transparency, compassion, connection, diversity, dignity, and respect. They know that these values, when put into practice through their work, create impact and contribute to making this world a more dignified and equitable place.

Learn More About These Transformative Registered Seva Corps Projects

Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop

The Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop uses the literary arts, workforce development, and violence prevention to connect incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults to their voices, their purpose, and the wider community.

NGO CuraSer: Healing the Being to Be

The NGO CuraSer carries out a program that, by serving food, clothing, and personal hygiene supplies, builds up a way to establish deep listening relationships with the homeless people of Rio de Janeiro, in order to strengthen the dignity of the human being.

Kundalini Yoga for Children at Rosinha's Nursery

Learn about the seva project of Kundalini Yoga classes at Creche das Rosinhas, which since 2008 offers, weekly, Kundalini Yoga practices for children from 3 to 6 years old at a daycare center that serves the Aglomerado da Serra, a large settlement in Belo Horizonte/Brazil.

Financials 2020 & 2021

Please click each individual image to view our 2020 and 2021 financials.

A Deep Bow of Gratitude to Our Donors

It’s our donors who really make a difference, and we wanted to specifically honor your time, patience, and generosity. We truly appreciate you for coming together as a community and supporting us as we re-envision the future. Your gift catalyzes meaningful change through Kundalini Yoga and brings 3HO’s vision to life: sharing the uplifting practices of Kundalini Yoga with people everywhere.

The world is seeking renewal and change and Kundalini Yoga is that powerful vehicle for self-realization and empowerment for anyone, anywhere. This community has played a vital role in being of service. It’s because of this service and generosity of our donors that we’ve been able to keep this beautiful community thriving by providing rich, online content and resources,and amplifying extraordinary service with programs such as the 3HO Luminaries and Seva Corps. As we look to the future, whether our community members have donated time by volunteering, spreading our mission, joining our online events, or contributing financially, we are eternally grateful.

Total Donation Revenue in 2021

This number represents the General Fund, online events, and Gurudakshina donations from IKYTA. Both restricted and unrestricted donations.
$ 76,779
91
  • Restricted Donations = $13,997.07
  • Unrestricted Donations (Gurudakshina) = $19,308.16
  • Unrestricted Donations (All Other) = $43,474.68

The Future

As we navigate the new year, we envision a world in which people are empowered and supported in the ways that matter to all of us: personal fulfillment, health and well-being, quality relationships, meaningful work, and self expression — united in service to the evolution of life. The practices, lifestyle and spiritual philosophy of Kundalini Yoga will continue to be the focus of our organization. We remain hopeful and committed to the future of Kundalini Yoga. Thank you. 

The Team at 3HO International

Thank You to Our 3HO Staff and Board of Directors

Working Remotely All Over the World
3HO International Board of Directors

Sat Jagat Singh Khalsa, Board Chair
Dharm Skotting Segal
Dr. Onna Lo, MD
Katharine Mardesich
Tim Mills
Shakti Parwha Kaur, Honorary Member

Serving on the Board of Directors

We are currently looking for those interested in serving on our Board to move 3HO forward. If you are interested in learning more, please click on the button below!

3HO International Staff

Pritpal Kaur, CEO
Puranjot Kaur, Marketing and Communications Director
Seetal Prem Kaur, Online Events and Program Manager
Adi Sampuran Kaur, Community Outreach and Development
Merle Wallace, CFO
Nirinjan Kaur, Spiritual Names Director
Kirpal Kaur, Spiritual Names Administrator
Guru Tera Kaur Khalsa, Web Editor
Sujaan Kaur, Seva Corps

IKYTA Staff

Simranjeet Singh, Association Manager
Sukhpran Kaur, IKYTA Assistant
Hari Avtar Singh, IKYTA Assistant