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Submitted by Panch Nishan Kaur, 3HO International Community Relations
Participants keeping up during Sneezing Buddha Kriya
View of Andes Mountains and cabins for participants at Yoga Festival site
Kundalini Yoga Teachers from Chile
Reading in Akand Path, a non-stop recitation of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib
Kundalini Yoga Teachers from Ecuador
In January, while the Northern Hemisphere experiences the depth of winter, South America celebrates summer, and what better way to do it than with a Kundalini Yoga Festival! 3HO Chile hosts an annual yoga festival located just a few hours outside of Santiago at the base of the Andes Mountains.
Over 200 3HO Community members came from all over Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, Spain, United States,and more.
It was incredible and inspiring to see and hear about the growth of 3HO in many of these countries since the last time I visited 2 _ years ago. For example, up until now Venezuela was the only country in South America where no Kundalini Yoga teachers lived. One of the three new teachers graduating from teacher training in Columbia this month came from Venezuela. His story of overcoming geo-political obstacles in Venezuela in order to take Kundalini Yoga teacher training in Columbia and travel to be with the 3HO Family gathered in Chile reflected the beauty and overwhelming love in his heart for the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and the touch of Guru Ram Das.
Class with Panch Nishan Kaur & Guruka Kaur where participants chant the mantra 'Ad Such, Jugaad Such, Haibhay Such, Nanak Hosee Bhay Such' while walking in concentric circles
Participants sharing with each other about the Sutra, 'There is a way through every block' / 'Hay una salida para todo obstaculo'
Argentina now has Kundalini Yoga teachers in 7 cities across the country and Ecuador has teachers in 5 cities!
Prabhu Nam Kaur’s Class participants create prayers lighting candles
As a result of this growth it became clear through our conversations and meetings with participants from various countries that communities are eager for new ways of organizing and working together. 3HO Foundation International and 3HO IKYTA specifically engaged in work with 3HO Chile, Argentina, and Ecuador to support them in the organizational development of their communities.
When communities reach a certain size, creating an organization that serves the needs of the students and teachers and opens avenues for collaboration and participation allows us to excel further than working individually. 3HO Foundation International (which includes IKYTA) supports the development and growth of local communities and holds the vision for 3HO communities around the world to network with each other, share resources, learn what is working, and call on our collective strength and group consciousness as a Global Community of Living Yoga practicing Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®.
The festival program focused on Yogi Bhajan's Five Sutras for the Aquarian Age. Each day there were classes taught by stellar teachers in the morning and late afternoon, leaving time to enjoy the property, spa, pool, and natural mineral hot springs. The classes took people on a deep inner journey of transformation and consolidation around each sutra.
Kundalini Yoga Class
Hari Nam Kaur Teaches class
Every evening music mantra concerts took place. Chile is rich with excellent musicians such as Guru Dass Singh, Sat Shabad Singh, Guru Darshan Singh, Guru Sansar Singh, Satya Amrit Singh and were joined by international musicians such as Sat Kirin Kaur of USA and Sat Siri Kaur of Ecuador and more.
Mantra with Sat Kirin Kaur & Friends: Chatra Chakra Vartee
Mantra with Guru Darshan Singh & Friends
Mantra with Gurudass Singh & Friends
The closing ceremonies celebrated with Bhangra and traditional Chilean Cuenca dancing.
Cuenca - Traditional Chilean Dance
Bhangra - Indian Folk Dance