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This is the presentation of a research paper, funded by a grant to Loyola Marymount University, that explores the origins of the practice of Kundalini Yoga As Taught By Yogi Bhajan (KYATBYB). This includes revisiting the works of other scholars, examining the historical presence of yoga within Sikhism, and an overview of spiritual transmission and lineage that looks at Yogi Bhajan’s teachers Sant Hazara Singh, Sant Virsa Singh, and Dhirendra Brahmachari.

Recording is available one week after live presentation for those who register by Jan. 29th. After Jan. 29th, the cost is $30.

Live Session:

Saturday January 29, 2022 at 8-10AM PT(LA) 16:00 GMT (London)

Format: Approximately one hour of speaking with an accompanying powerpoint, experiential practices and then a Q & A session moderated by Nirinjan Khalsa-Baker PhD.

Concepts Covered in the course:

  • Knowledge of the historical and political dimensions of KYATBYB 
  • An exploration of the concept of lineage in modern yoga practice
  •  An in-depth examination of the two men most frequently credited with influencing Yogi Bhajan’s teachings: Dhirendra Brahmachari and Virsa Singh
  •  A comparison of kundalini kriya with the practices of other historic schools and works of postural yoga


This live webinar will be a 1.5 hour long presentation with experiential meditation components led by Rob Zabel. Q & A for the community: 30 minutes.

Sign up for the Live webinar today! It is free if you register by Jan. 29th. After that it will be for sale for $30. Recording is available one week after live presentation.

Download Rob's Paper HERE

Why take this course:

If you have been confused about the origin of KYATBYB and concerned as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher or Trainer, this course is for you. Understand the roots and complexities of this traditional practice within the broader context of history of yoga and other postural yoga traditions. The indigenous practices of yoga are a tapestry, see the threads of Kundalini Yoga through the lens of academic research…….and time.

More Information

  • Rob Zabels Presentation on his academic paper The Lion Of the West (Click to Download)
  • Experiential practices that share the overlay of KYATBYB with other traditional practices
  • Q&A with Rob Zabel MA, ERYT-500, & Amrit Singh PhD (CEO of KRI), moderated by Nirinjan Khalsa-Baker PhD
  • Stay tuned for additional History of Yoga courses from KRI featuring global experts
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Register for free by Jan. 29th 2022 to get this course (and the replay) at no cost. After that, it will be $30 with a replay available one week after the live course.

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