A Beautiful Journey through the 3HO Communities in the States of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Submitted By Panch Nishan Kaur, 3HO International Community Relations
Community gathering in the 3HO Yoga Center Partner Adi Shakti do Algre Viver located in Ribeirão Preto, a city in the state of São Paulo
This trip was definitely a journey! In two weeks I visited 4 cities and 10 yoga centers. In addition I had the blessing to facilitate a day of White Tantric Yoga in Sao Paulo as well as present in a level one Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program. This was the type of journey that stretched me beyond pre-conceived limitations and created the opportunity for me to grow beyond my comfort zone. This is the beauty of the path of Kundalini Yoga—it doesn’t let us get too comfortable! Can you relate to this? Once we get comfortable in our lives, our environments, opportunities, or circumstances create a predicament in which we get to stretch and go further than we thought possible. Propelling us to evolve and grow beyond preconceived limitations, Kundalini Yoga unleashes our unlimited capacity!
The pace of this journey was rapid. The most I laid my head in one place was 3 nights and most of the time it was 1 or 2 nights. Upon arrival in the city of Americana, the lovely host there, Dev Bir Kaur/Maisa, told me there were two options: either I could appear on TV or do an interview with the newspaper! This was my first time being invited to represent 3HO in this way and although a bit nervous, I leaned on Guru Ram Das and the will of God and stepped forward to serve. It was a great opportunity to promote and educate people about 3HO and you, the Global Community of Living Yoga! A newspaper article appeared in the second largest newspaper in the state of Sao Paulo, featuring the many teachers, centers, events, and service projects that happen around the world. The night of the interview, we were hosting a Kundalini Yoga and Bhangra class. We got the newspaper reporter up and dancing some Bhangra with us!
Please enjoy this photo journey and captions below that take you on a tour of the 3HO communities in Sao Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Americana, and Rio de Janeiro. It’s beautiful to see the light and lineage of Guru Ram Das, King of the Yogis, shinning in hundreds of people!
Kundalini Yoga Teachers in Training in Sao Paulo, Brazil, hosted at Prana Prana Yoga & Retreat Center
(Left to right) Panch Nishan Kaur & Subhag Kaur, one of the very first Kundalini Yoga Teachers in Brazil, who paved the way for much of the growth that we see in 3HO all over the country. Subhag built the center Prana Prana in the northern region of Sao Paulo’s rainforest. It is located in a lush and peaceful environment. Subhag hosts many great courses and workshops and works to create a nurturing and comfortable environment for the 3HO community and lifestyle.
(left to right) Guru Atma Kaur, Guru Daleep Kaur, Panch Nishan Kaur, and Dr. Rodrigo, who is doing research on the effects of Kundalini Yoga on those who have been clinically diagnosed. The Chair of the Board of the hospital he works with is a Kundalini Yoga student!
Guru Daleep Kaur in the sacred and tranquil teaching space she has created in her home in the South of Sao Paulo
Sat Avtar Kaur, Panch Nishan Kaur, and Manshant Kaur, who traveled from Istanbul Turkey to the White Tantric Yoga Course in Sao Paulo. They are organizing the first Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training program in Turkey with Gurmukh Kaur.
Curitiba! After the White Tantric Yoga Course the most energetic and joyful community from the city of Curitiba gathers together.
Panch Nishan Kaur & Dharam Kaur who started Kundal, a 3HO Yoga Center Partner in the South of Sao Paulo. Dharam Kaur works on the development of the teacher’s association, translates many Kundalini Yoga texts into Portuguese, supports community development, and serves on the 3HO Foundation International Board.
Rajwant Kaur in Surya, a Kundalini Yoga Center she started two years ago in Ribeirao Preto. Rajwant specializes in teaching yoga to children, especially those who come from troubled situations, and is passionate about serving youth in this way. She shared a great story about one of her classes where there were all girls and one boy. She started the class by mentioning, ‘We have mostly girls today,’ and the 7 year old boy said ‘That’s not true’ as he pointed to the pictures on the wall and said, ‘We have the 10 Gurus and Yogi Bhajan plus m—that is 12!’
Guru Suroop Kaur who started the mother center in Ribeirao Preto, to which Yogi Bhajan gave the name Adi Shakti do Alegre Viver, which is a 3HO Yoga Center Partner. Guru Suroop nourishes collaboration and community between the 4 yoga centers in the city and amongst teachers and students. It was a true joy to meet one of the 3HO Yoga Center Partners in the more remote city in the interior of Sao Paulo state and experience the vibrancy and dedication of the community.
Radiant woman after dancing Bhangra in Uni Verso, a 3HO Yoga Center Partner in Americana. Dev Bir, under the poster of Yogi Bhajan, has been teaching and practicing Kundalini Yoga since the 1990’s and has helped build community and encourage new teachers.
The beautiful Kundalini Yoga Center in Sao Paulo, Espaco Pawa, offers both Kundalini Yoga and Aikido.
Guru Atma Kaur and her son opened this gorgeous Yoga Center together in Sao Paulo, where he teaches Aikido. Kundalini Yoga is taught among other services including a great juice bar and beautiful therapeutic rooms.
Group of Kundalini Yoga Teachers in Rio de Janeiro sharing a divine, vegetarian Lebanese lunch. A community organization was recently established to support the projects of teachers and students.
Harjinder Singh, Sahib Singh, Gurumander Singh, Panch Nishan Kaur, and Har Simran Kaur visit the first Kundalini Yoga Center in Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, which opened just a few weeks ago. The teachers are very inspired and motivated to quickly help grow the center.