Uncomfortable Conversations Podcast The Untold Stories of the 3HO Kundalini Yoga Community
Episode 44: Vandee Crane (formerly Pavandeep Kaur Khalsa; 2009)

Episode 44: Vandee Crane (formerly Pavandeep Kaur Khalsa; 2009)

February 16, 2022

Vandee Crane is the author of My Body, My Soul: One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Both, as well as Founder and Director of Rise In Love Foundation, a grassroots nonprofit, whose mission is to support individuals, families, communities and companies in understanding and healing the individual and collective Mother Wound by bringing Women of all Nations together to heal through connection, culture and conversation. A process known in Indigenous Cultures around the World as ReMatriation.

Vandee, formerly Pavandeep Kaur Khalsa initially came to learn about KY/3HO in 2009 through a series of serendipitous spiritual experiences, after an early life of child trafficking and addiction. She’s here today to offer her unique perspective and share her own experiences in the community as an Indigenous Woman, a Survivor Leader, and Professional Disruptor.

Vandee lives in Northern New Mexico, on Ancestral Apache and Pueblo Territory. She herself is of Wazhazhe, Tsalagi, and European American descent. Her partner John SwiftBird and their Daughter TatankaSkaWin "Tata" SwiftBird are enrolled members of the Oglala Lakota Nation. She and her Family are passionate about Cultural Preservation and keeping their Traditional Values alive through their grassroots nonprofit work.

Vandee and their Daughter are also featured in the up and coming documentary Women of the White Buffalo, to be released in 7 languages internationally this coming month. Vandee's professional and academic background include addictions counseling, trauma informed care, and Integrative studies. She is also an outspoken CSET (child trafficking Survivor Leader) who has brought a lot of awareness and impactful change to the communities and cases she has been involved with.

You can donate to her profound work at www.riseinlovefoundation.org

 

Music Credit: Lyla June - Mamwlad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeGLDwfrvb8

Link to purchase her book: (It's also on Amazon where reviews are awesome...I just really don't like raising money for Jeff Bezos to play space cowboy ) https://www.target.com/p/my-body-my-soul-one-woman-s-journey-to-reclaim-both-by-vandee-crane-paperback/-/A-83270172

Donations for mutual aid and other grassroots work can be made at: PayPal vandee@riseinlovefoundation.org Cash App https://cash.app/$riseinlovenow Or made out to Rise in Love Foundation & mailed to: PO Box 425 Tesuque, NM 87574 You can

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Episode 43: Mark Bailey (Experienced Abuse from a 3HO Member from 1996 - 1999)

Episode 43: Mark Bailey (Experienced Abuse from a 3HO Member from 1996 - 1999)

January 7, 2022

Mark Bailey left home at a young age and lived as an artist on the fringes of society. From the ages of 15-18 experienced psychological manipulation and abuse from a member of 3HO while a student for Summit School for the Arts in Chisago City, MN before it was shut down in 1999. 

 

He settled down after a serious accident in 2006 and spent the next decade painting pictures while learning to manage two chronic illnesses. Since 2014, Mark has worked primarily as a writer. He summarizes news reports for a nonprofit information service, writes articles for the cryptocurrency industry, and maintains a blog. Mark has also published seven science fiction novels. He works from home and rarely leaves his Minneapolis neighborhood.  

 

You can learn more with Mark in his short book Navigating Dystopia - https://rstory.io/navigating-dystopia.pdf 

 

Or his blog, where his art can be found - https://hive.blog/@mada

Song:

Laszewo - Don't Walk Away - https://open.spotify.com/track/3URS9FbHLDKOAFRgKk9pwv?si=e645a3a2f73845a8

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Episode 42: Predators and the Predatory Formula of 3HO/Kundalini Yoga Culture

Episode 42: Predators and the Predatory Formula of 3HO/Kundalini Yoga Culture

December 19, 2021

Discussing Predators and the "wise-man" predator formula and grooming behavior that is infused throughout all aspects of 3HO/Kundalini culture, "The Teachings", the Aquarian Academy and a false sense of safety in these spaces. 

 

Help us raise awareness and money for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  Host a “Lighting Up the Dark Watch Party” before the end of the year and/or LIVE-Stream the  

BARE NAKED TRUTH: Breaking the Silence Barrier Spoken Word Burlesque Spectacular w/ GuruNischan on December 21, 2021.

You can Online Stream + 8 day replay of this special event happening on the darkest night of the ~ Tuesday, December 21st.

Join us as we light up the night with this embodied expression of healing. 

 

+Online Streaming + replay and Live in Chicago at The Edge Theater 

+ Highlighting All Male Survivors Panel post-show

+ A portion of all proceeds will go to Childhood Fractured, a local non profit supporting childhood survivors of abuse through writing, art, and performance. 

+ Two spoken word and music opening acts 

+ GuruNischan making her stage debut as Lala Luminosity in her One Woman Show — “ The P*ssy Whisperer”

 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 6pm CST

Get your ticket at the link below or make a donation to the art and healing process.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bare-naked-truth-breaking-the-silence-barrier-tickets-222603662547

 

GuruNischan.com

 

Episode 41: The ”No Bangs” Theory of 3HO and the False Identity of Being ”Other” w/ GuruNischan

Episode 41: The ”No Bangs” Theory of 3HO and the False Identity of Being ”Other” w/ GuruNischan

November 29, 2021

Today's episode I share my experience of being unravelled the last few months in my sense of IDENTITY, the challenge of "otherness" that we perpetuate as real, the lie of 3HO "exceptionalism" and its roots in white supremacy; and all things indoctrination, hidden in plain sight., including, NO BANGS ALLOWED!

Break free with me...and let's discover what's hidden in our layers of SELF.

Episode 40: WHITE SILENCE, EXCEPTIONALISM, SUPERIORITY AND THE SPIRITUAL WHITE WOMAN

Episode 40: WHITE SILENCE, EXCEPTIONALISM, SUPERIORITY AND THE SPIRITUAL WHITE WOMAN

September 10, 2021

Today we explore White Supremacy in all it's forms of White Silence, White Exceptionalism, White Superiority, Tone Policing, the prey and predator of the Spiritual White Woman and more ways it exposes itself in our actions, thoughts, behaviors and communication within the context of 3HO and the World.

Book referenced and played: ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

Link to purchase: https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/

 

Song Credit: White Lies by Death

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Episode 39: Shanti Oshan (Started Practicing Kundalini Yoga in 2014- 2021)

Episode 39: Shanti Oshan (Started Practicing Kundalini Yoga in 2014- 2021)

August 30, 2021

Shanti Oshan, previously known as Shanti Karam Kaur has been practicing Kundalini Yoga since 2014 but became deeply involved when she met her teacher in 2019, Isa at a Sufi retreat in Southern California. This is when she vowed to seek Truth through the guidance of God’s voice no matter what. She started Teacher Training in Oceanside, CA and dove headfirst into her path, going to the Sat Nam fest, Summer Solstice, followed by Winter Solstice. Last March, she went to the Espanola Ashram to be a farm intern on Khalsa Family Farms, and I wound up getting caught in the web of illusions in the 3HO/Kundalini Yoga community.

There were red flags everywhere, but ended up falling in love with a man in the community this past June, marrying him then breaking it off on her honeymoon.

Having experienced narcissistic, and misogynistic behavior, lies, manipulation, and abuse within the 3HO Community and with this man, she is here to share her story.  

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Episode 38: Dr. Ron Alexander (Mind-Body Psychotherapist; Original KRI Scientist 1970s)

Episode 38: Dr. Ron Alexander (Mind-Body Psychotherapist; Original KRI Scientist 1970s)

August 20, 2021

Dr Ron Alexander (formerly Shama Singh) is a Mind- Body psychotherapist, international trainer of health care professionals specializing in creativity and trauma.

He was recruited by Yogi Bhajan to co-found the original Kundalini Research Institute in 1973 as well as co-founder the Center for Health and Healing at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He conducted the early scientific research on Kundalini Yoga, and other forms of meditation, including Zen and Vipassana through the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Topeka, KS, and Santa Rosa Psychiatric Hospital in Santa Rosa, CA. Both in association with the Menninger Psycho-analytic Institute in Topeka, KS.

He has been teaching yoga psychology, mindfulness and trauma informed yoga since 1974 and travels the world now teaching and conducting trainings and workshops.

He’s the author of Wise Mind Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crises Loss and Change.

His forthcoming book in Spring of 2022, Core Creativity: A Mindful Approach to Unlocking Your Creative Abilities Also listen to podcast episode #8 to hear

Dr. Ron Alexander's early 3HO history https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-r8uhm-f5a25d

 

Article Referenced: From Maharaj to Mahan Tantric: The Construction of Yogi Bhajan's Kundalini Yoga by Philip Roland Deslippe https://escholarship.org/uc/item/6r63q6qn For more information, go to www.RonaldAlexander.com

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Episode 37: Taran Kaur (Started KY in 2014 - 2020; U.K.)

Episode 37: Taran Kaur (Started KY in 2014 - 2020; U.K.)

August 12, 2021

Today’s guest is Taran Kaur.   Her birth and original name was Alice, and she started practicing Kundalini Yoga in 2014 (late 20s) following guidance from 3HO’s website on Kriyas, meditations and doing many 40 days practices with them. 

Through this she quit drinking alcohol and focused on getting on the mat everyday rather than nursing a hangover. Alice continued to practice Kundalini Yoga with teachers on Youtube, at the end of 2016 after switching to health care and doing Radiant Body Kriya for 40 days she realised the reality of the destructive relationship she was in with her partner of nine years, left and returned home. 

Alice went on to study Kundalini Yoga Level 1 at Sahej TT, in the UK with Hari Har Kaur and Sat Siri Singh in 2017. following a calling to finally teach Yoga after years of practice and styles (Hatha in teens, Bikram in early 20s), here she got given the name Ajeet Amrita Kaur. 

 

Through the training Alice/Ajeet fell in love with the Sikh Dharma and went to Khalsa Camp to discover it’s depth, Alice/Ajeet went on to learn and embrace Sikhi from more Sikh camps, was blessed with Amrit in 2018 and given the name Taran Kaur, then legally changed it to Taranjeet-Kaur to honour a Kundalini background, ironically she has always shortened it to Taran. 

Taran (now 31) is navigating married life, mother to one daughter named Satnaam Kaur Evie. She ditched Kundalini Yoga in 2020 and continues rising early to meditate, is studying to be a therapist and makes Art in any free time she has. 

 

Song Credit:  Stay Gold by First Aid Kit 

 

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Episode 36: Narangkar Glover (Born and raised into 3HO;1974 in Hartford, CT)

Episode 36: Narangkar Glover (Born and raised into 3HO;1974 in Hartford, CT)

July 27, 2021

Narangkar is an artist and advocate for 3HO second generation adults. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two cats. 

Narangkar was born and raised in 3HO in the 70’s. Her parents are the Gurujohns who headed the Hartford CT ashram in the 70’s & 80’s. She a big extended family in 3HO as well: 2 aunts & uncles, one set of grandparents, 5 cousins plus 1 aunt born in 3ho. And 2 sisters. Narangkar & her big sister were child-swapped when they were 7, sent to live in Ram Das Puri to live with strangers. In 1983 they got sent to India for boarding school first to GNFC School, and then GRD Academy, and also attended New Mexico Military Institute (which was a short-lived US-based school “program” for 3HO kids).

Narangkar left around 18 or 19. In 2008 she started talking about her life growing up in 3HO through the blog rishiknots– advocating for the openness and truth about the abuse we children experienced. The goal is for people to better understand how any seemingly innocuous ’seeker’ culture can lead toward totalitarian and abusive environments that can cause serious and lasting harm.

 

Song:

Keyshia Cole “Shoulda Let You Go”

https://open.spotify.com/track/1yTfczdv9qGCfJpZF3y4yQ?si=ZbMReiZnRWaJzZY_1NvU7Q&dl_branch=1

 

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Episode 35: Shiv Cook (Started Kundalini Yoga in 2001 - 2020)

Episode 35: Shiv Cook (Started Kundalini Yoga in 2001 - 2020)

June 30, 2021

Today’s guest is Shiv Cook. 

On September 1, 2001, super successful on the outside, broken and sad on the inside, as well as being over 220 lb, Shiv was as she called it, "kissed by Kundalini Yoga". Within 4 months of her first taste, her home burned down two days before the WorldTrade Centers fell and nearly took her with it and this led to her leaving her practice as a Corporate Securities Attorney who was “failing at life and winning in success”, to see if she could find a more peaceful way of being. 

 

After sharing over 1,000 Kundalini Yoga videos on YouTube creating a vibrant community and reaching her first million views, Shiv deleted all 1,465 one evening in August 2020 just days from the 19th anniversary of that first practice. 

 

She has dropped the dogma, ditched the Guru, and is continuing to explore life to the beat of her own drum, sharing tales along the way. Nature is her teacher and life is her practice.

 

 

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