Histoire de KRI
Depuis le début, le Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) a entrepris de rendre le Kundalini Yoga aussi accessible au plus grand nombre de personnes possible dans le monde. Nous croyons en la joie de la communauté et au pouvoir de transformation de nos enseignements pour apporter des changements positifs à nous-mêmes et à notre monde. Nous y sommes parvenus grâce à :
- La création de programmes de formation des enseignants
- Développer et former d’incroyables formateurs d’enseignants dans plus de 60 pays
- Publication de livres et de manuels
- Mise à disposition de documents de recherche sur les effets biomédicaux du Kundalini Yoga et de la méditation
Mais la chose la plus étonnante à propos de KRI est que toutes nos réalisations et expansions ont été dirigées par des personnes qui se consacrent au service désintéressé et à l’amélioration des individus et des communautés du monde entier grâce à cette pratique. KRI est vraiment la manifestation des prières et des efforts de la communauté.
Pendant des décennies, nos pratiques de yoga et spirituelles ont enrichi et guidé la vie d’innombrables personnes dans le monde entier. Ces enseignements yogiques et spirituels, qui sont pratiqués par des centaines de milliers de personnes dans des ashrams, des écoles, des universités, des hôpitaux, des studios et des maisons dans plus de 100 pays à travers le monde, ont été partagés par des milliers de chefs spirituels, de chercheurs et certifiés. formateurs et professeurs de yoga.
Cette année, nous célébrons les 50 ans de ce travail d’amour. Nous voulons reconnaître notre histoire, nos triomphes et les défis auxquels nous avons été confrontés.
Plus que jamais, les gens du monde entier recherchent le bien-être physique, mental, émotionnel et spirituel. La méditation se révèle être un outil mondial pour la santé et le bien-être en général. Les enseignants et le matériel certifiés du Kundalini Research Institute sont un moyen efficace d’apporter la méditation et le yoga à de nombreuses personnes. En tant que KRI, nous nous engageons à favoriser une communauté inclusive, déterminée et durable qui permettra aux futures générations de leaders spirituels, de professeurs et d’entraîneurs de yoga et de bénévoles de continuer à partager avec le monde l’expérience édifiante du Kundalini Yoga et de la méditation.
Nous sommes plus forts en communauté. Nous pouvons tous créer un avenir meilleur en utilisant ces pratiques pour devenir plus conscients de nous-mêmes, de notre impact sur les gens qui nous entourent et de notre interconnexion profonde avec la Terre Mère et toute vie qui s’y trouve. Cela nous aide à mieux « nous montrer » dans nos familles, nos lieux de travail et nos communautés. Nos actions – notre impact positif sur les individus et les communautés – nous définissent.
Nous vous invitons à en savoir plus sur nos réalisations en lisant notre chronologie ci-dessous. Nous vous invitons également à faire partie de notre communauté. Rien de cette histoire n’aurait pu se produire sans le dévouement et le travail acharné d’innombrables bénévoles. La plupart du développement des programmes de formation des enseignants de KRI a été fait par des comités de bénévoles motivés par un profond désir de partager ces enseignements avec autant de personnes que possible. Cette même passion et cette même volonté de partager ces techniques de yoga et de méditation percutantes sous-tendent tout ce que KRI fait. KRI n’est pas une organisation – c’est une communauté de milliers de personnes à travers le monde.
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Chronologie de l’IRC
Yogi Bhajan landed in Toronto from India in 1968. After a few months, he got invited to Los Angeles, CA where he began teaching his first public classes. No record or transcript exists for his class – given in the Alhambra YMCA. (Photos courtesy of Ron Baird) Click and swipe on the image to see more images.
The first 3HO Summer Solstice celebration was held at the Aspen Valley north of Espanola near Pilar – at the Hog Farm.
Yogi Bhajan began teaching White Tantric Yoga in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Kriyas were written up in a magazine titled “Beads of Truth”. The first publication came out in 1971 and the last edition was published in Summer of 1991.
The first installments of this magazine appeared in 1972 – 1973. Volumes 4 & 5 (a combined issue) of this Journal became the core of the classic yoga manual Kundalini Yoga: Sadhana Guidelines.
MSS Gurucharan Singh (a volunteer and KRI’s first Director) and Yogi Bhajan founded KRI in 1972 and held the vision for KRI in the early 1970’s, while the team worked to manifest that shared vision, at Guru Gobind Singh Shakti Sadan, the Pomona, CA ashram. A different Gurucharan Singh (who is a current board member of KRI) was also a founding member of KRI.
From the introduction of this classic, must-have manual for all Kundalini Yogis – “Sadhana brings us into an intimate alignment with the reality of who we are: as a creature of the Creator and as a human being. This manual exists to serve you and to help you uplift yourself and others. It is designed for both the new and the experienced student. It focuses on the essential practice of Kundalini Yoga.”
From the introduction of this book – “The power of the spoken word is the most wonderful gift given to human beings. Through it, relationships are made and broken, knowledge is transmitted, and consciousness is changed. When you speak, the sound and rhythm of your words express your state of consciousness. When you repeat out loud the words of enlightened human beings, you enlighten your own consciousness – just by repeating them.”
First ever Teacher Training program led by Tarn Taran Singh & Kaur in Hamburg Germany, this was not a KRI certified course. Those were still almost 20 years away!
Dharam Singh Khalsa begins videotaping Yogi Bhajan’s Los Angeles classes. Siri Ved Singh Khalsa continued to travel with Yogi Bhajan recording, in audio and later in video, his classes and courses in the United States and throughout the world. Transcribing took place for many years by students during Khalsa Women’s Training Camp and at 3HO Solstice gatherings. These lectures were edited and published by KRI.
While the Library of Teachings website has some earlier videos of community events, this is the first video recording of Yogi Bhajan teaching that we have.” From “While the Library of Teachings website has some earlier videos of community events, the first video recording of Yogi Bhajan teachings.
At the original site of the European Yoga Festival in Loches, France. Pictured in this photo, from left to right, are: Guru Jagat Kaur (Amsterdam), Karta Singh (France), Guru Jagat Singh (Amsterdam), Guru Meher Singh (Rome), Gurudass Kaur (Barcelona), Guru Sangat Singh (Berlin), Guru Das Singh (Barcelona), Tarn Taran Singh (Hamburg), Kartar Singh (London), Guru Hans Singh (Paris)
By the early 1990s, demand for Yogi Bhajan’s teachings grew exponentially. Teacher Training programs began to be taught around the world, but were not standardized. Thus a need to unify all Teacher Training programs into a single, global school arose.
First White Tantric Yoga® course done with video.
Yogi Bhajan declaration that there should be a single standardized International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training that should “stand up in a court of law”. And he outlined, very roughly, the three levels of instructor, practitioner, and teacher.
Satya Singh from Hamburg compiled/authored the manual. This became one of the reference books used to compile KRI’s first Aquarian Teacher textbook.
Dr Sat Kirpal Kaur was the CEO of KRI focusing on reviewing the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. She also was the Managing editor of the Khalsa Women’s Training manuals that were produced after each camp in Espanola, NM.
In 1992 the initial IKYTA teacher training advisory board was formed with a global team of trainers. This international team consisted of Nam Kaur, Satya Singh, Nirvair Singh, Hari Charn Kaur, Tarn Taran Singh, Gurudass Singh, Guru Raj Kaur, Karta Singh, Tarn Taran Kaur, and Gurucharan Singh. This team was given the directive by Yogi Bhajan to create an International Teacher Training Program with three levels. Many of the trainers on this team already had their own teacher training programs in their countries. This team met twice a year for three years to create the three levels of Teacher Training.
The first edition of The Aquarian Teacher (the textbook for the KRI Level One teacher training programs) was published in 1996, with Guru Raj Kaur as the Managing Editor.
In 1996 The Aquarian Trainer Academy was established by Hari Charn to establish a community of trainers and a step by step system to develop skills and competencies. In the beginning there were about 75 recognized trainers in North America, South America and Europe, and maybe 50 active TT programs annually. As of 2022, we have held teacher trainings in 72 different countries, have certified teachers in 122 countries, and close to a 1000 Teacher Trainers worldwide.
The concept for transcribing the entirety of Yogi Bhajan’s lectures resulted in a business established in Bangalore, India under the direction of Satsimran Kaur, a member of Yogi Bhajan’s staff. The first employee hired was Vijayalakshmi who came on board as a transcriptionist. She has stayed with the project for more than 25 years and continues to help manage information for the website. The Bangalore office employed up to 10 people at a time who worked shifts around the clock in order to maximize efficiency.
From the introduction of this book – “This is a collection of teachings from Yogi Bhajan’s Masters Touch courses, in which he explains the path of the Teacher, with compassion and a practical sense of the challenges of daily life. Yogi Bhajan brings a world view and scope of awareness, offering unique insights into the human character.”
Held in Espanola NM, USA at the summer solstice celebration with 35 trainers in attendance. This grew over time to eventually having trainer Forums in the US, Europe, China, Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, Chile, and Brazil
From the introduction of this book – “While many meditation and philosophy books talk about the need to master your mind, this book provides practical methods to show you how it’s done. Discover a yogic approach to consciousness and psychology rooted in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga Master Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D. The lectures compiled on this book provide a practical approach to the Science of Humanology, and encourage you to meditate to enlist your mind as your friend and servant rather than your master.” Compiled by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, PhD
In the early 2000s the IKYTA teacher training advisory board morphed into the Teacher Training Executive Committee (TTEC) under the direction of Nam Kaur and Hari Charn Kaur, to launch the Global Level 1 Teacher Training. The chairperson of TTEC was Tarn Tarn Singh, with the help of many global trainers including but not limited to: Europe – Karta Singh, Satya Singh, Gurudass Singh; USA Hari Charn Kaur, Deva Kaur, Gurucharan Singh, Nirvair Singh. Canada – Guru Raj Kaur, Latin America – Pritam Pal Singh, Gian Kaur, Subagh Kaur, and Asia – Sunder Singh Some of the other, early TTEC regulars included: Sangeet Kaur (AZ), MSS Krishna (LA) Jivan Joti, Kirn K, Dr Hari Simran Singh, Sat Jivan Singh. TTEC began meeting at the home of the Tarn Taran’s. They stopped sitting at tables, but sat in a circle on the floor. Intention was set to be self-governing, inclusive, transparent, and respectful. Membership was open to whoever wanted to come.
Sunder Singh brings the first KRI certification teacher training course to Asia.
Krishna Kaur brings the first KRI certification teacher training course to West Africa.
Of course the early students were creative and used all kinds of training materials! But the first full and official translation of the Level One Teacher Training manual, The Aquarian Teacher, was the German version published in 2003. Then a Spanish version followed in 2007. As of 2022, the manual has been translated into 11 additional languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish (only the manual), with 3 more being worked on (Estonian, Finish, and Greek).
For decades Yogi Bhajan had tried to prepare his students for his eventual, and inevitable passing. This transition was a major one for KRI, a step towards focusing more on sharing the vast body of teachings than on the man who first shared them with our community.
Sunder Singh brings the 1st KRI certification teacher training program to China.
The first Level Two Authentic Relationship course was launched in Española, NM. MSS Gurucharan Singh wrote the original Level 2 with the support of: the following people: Nirvair Singh, Hari Kaur, Tarn Taran Singh, Tarn Taran Kaur, Guruka Singh, Shakti Parwha Kaur, Hari Jot Kaur, Gurucharan Kaur, Guru Raj Kaur, Sat Purkh Kaur, Kirpal Singh, Jivan Joti Kaur, Ek Ong Kaar Kaur, Deva Kaur, Satya Kaur, Hari Charn Kaur, Tej Kaur, Dharam Singh, Sarb Jit Kaur, Nam Kaur, and Jaijot Kaur.
Between 2006 and 2009, MSS Gurucharan Singh (with a lot of support and contributions by many others!) wrote the original Level 2 Manuals. Contributors to the final Conscious Communication manual included: Tarn Taran Kaur, Nirvair Singh, Guruka Singh, Gurucharan Kaur, Sat Purkh Kaur, Sarbjit Kaur, Guru Raj Kaur, Shakti Parwha Kaur, Nam Kaur, Jivan Joti Kaur, Guru Karam Kaur, Deva Kaur, Satya Kaur, Amrit Singh, Tarn Taran Singh, Hari Charn Kaur, and Jaijot Kaur.
The first Level Two Mind and Meditation course was launched in Austin, Texas. The principal writer and course designer was Gurucharan Singh. He was supported by the following people: Nirvair Singh, Shakti Parwha Kaur, Guru Raj Kaur, Sat Purkh Kaur, Satya Singh, Nirvair Singh, Tarn Taran Singh, Tarn Taran Kaur, Guru Raj Kaur, Dharma Kaur, Satya Kaur, Gurudass Singh, Karta Singh, Gurucharan Kaur, Gurudarshan Kaur, and Guru Atma Kaur.
The first Level Lifestyles and Life Cycles course was launched in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico. The principal writer and course designer was Gurucharan Singh. He was supported by the following people: Karta Purkh Singh, Jiva Joti Kaur, Sangeet Kaur, Nirvair Singh, Shakti Parwha Kaur, Guru Raj Kaur, Sat Purkh Kaur, Tarn Taran Kaur, Jai Jeet Sangeet Kaur, and Gurucharan Kaur.
The first Level Two Vitality and Stress course was launched in Golden Bridge, Los Angeles. The principal writer and course designer was Gurucharan Singh. He was supported by the following people: Karta Purkh Singh, Shakti Parwha Kaur, Guru Raj Kaur, Sat Purkh Kaur, Devi Dyal Kaur, Jai Jeet Sangeet Kaur, and Siri Neel Kaur.
Dr. Sat Bir is still in this role in 2022, and is now collaborating with a broad Research Advisory Committee.
Over 6,500 lectures on old magnetic media (audio and video cassettes and video tapes) began being archived, preserved, cleaned up, and digitized.
From the introduction of this book – “This incredible book is a vast collection of these unique techniques in the tradition of Kundalini Yoga. It gives you a powerful tool to heal the pain and overcome the obstacles which keep you from living your best – so you can be life-awakened, rejuvenated, and present to your true purpose.”
From the Foreword of this amazing book written by Dr. Gurucharan Singh Khalsa – “You have probably already begun the journey into meditation that this book describes. As you discover how to live a creative, meaningful human life, you may find that some lessons are pleasurable, some are painful, and some take long roundabout detours. As you read this book, realize that you are entering a special moment in your life, a rare chance to learn the very lessons you’ve been looking for all along, for here you have an opportunity to benefit directly from wisdom that has accumulated over thousands of years.”
As the project of developing a searchable database evolved. Joti Software came on the scene to sculpt and refine the final project. After several months of programming new features and streamlining the administrative capabilities of the website, the Beta Test of The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings® rolled out in August 2013. A volunteer team of longtime students and Kundalini Yoga teachers signed on to shake out the “bugs” and see for themselves the culmination of nearly four decades of dedication to preserving the technology shared by Yogi Bhajan. Visit the Library of Teachings: https://www.libraryofteachings.com/
The first Level 3 Teacher Training gathering, kicking off the launch of the Level 3 teacher training program, was held in Española in the summer of 2015.
Just before the European Yoga Festival, the Level 3 teacher training program was launched in Europe in July 2015.
Driven by Deva Kaur, with input on the direction from TTEC, this course was completely revised and taught in Espanola. This pilot course went well, and lessons learned were incorporated into the 2021 version of Vitality and Stress. A similar redo of the other 4 modules that comprise the 300hr Level 2 teacher training is planned, with Lifecycles and Lifestyles due to be addressed beginning in 2022.
Taught in Spanish and in Portuguese, the Level 3 teacher training program came to South America in early 2020.
Sixteen years after Yogi Bhajan’s death, a number of individuals came forward and reported being harmed by him. In response to those allegations, an independent group known as An Olive Branch was engaged to collect and assess the reports of harm and statements of support about Yogi Bhajan.
Taught entirely in Chinese, with participants from both mainland China and Taiwan, the largely self-directed Level 3 program was made accessible to many more teachers.
50 years of sharing and preserving the accuracy of the teachings of Yogi
With a purpose to bring Kundalini Yoga to resilient and underrepresented populations, KRI is very pleased to be launching this program. Any KRI certified teacher around the world can apply to receive a grant to support work to expand the reach of Kundalini Yoga.