May 19, 2016
To All 3HO & KRI Students, Teachers & Teacher Trainers, Sikh Dharma Ministers & Khalsa Council Members,
Sat Nam and greetings to you from the Office of Ethics & Professional Standards in New Mexico. Due to some recent events we want to remind all Students and Teachers about the Ethical & Professional Standards of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher.
The teacher-student relationship is sacred. It is the opportunity for the purest relationship between two humans, between two souls. The Code of Ethics & Professional Standards of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher holds the frequency of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher as does the Sikh Dharma Minister Vows for a Minister. The Code was developed directly with Yogi Bhajan and has had input from committed Kundalini Yoga Teachers and KRI Teacher Trainers from around the world. It is meant to inspire and remind all Kundalini Yoga Teachers to serve in their most elevated consciousness in all teacher-student interactions all the time. In the core of every Student is a Teacher. Every Teacher should be helping every Student find that core within themselves. “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo.”
The Code of Ethics & Professional Standards of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher always applies to all Teachers, whether the Teacher is newly graduated from KRI Level One Teacher Training or has graduated as a Level Three Kundalini Yoga Teacher. It always applies to all Teacher’s interactions with each Student at every stage of the student’s education. There is no time that a Teacher attains a status where the Code ceases to apply to that Teacher. There is no time that a Teacher attains a status where the Code ceases to apply to that Teacher.
No Teacher should sign this Code or travel the pathway of teaching Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® if the Teacher does not aspire to live by the Code.
One of the most important goals of EPS is that all Students of Kundalini Yoga be able to learn and practice these teachings in a safe environment without being exploited, abused, or misinformed by any Teacher. This is the right of every Student at every stage of the Student’s journey along this sacred path. No Student should ever be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, take a loyalty oath, or otherwise agree not to discuss what occurs during a Kundalini Yoga class or program.
There is no time when a Teacher may tell a Student that for the Student’s spiritual growth the Student needs to have sex with the Teacher, needs to allow the Teacher to touch the Student inappropriately, needs to let the Teacher bully or beat the Student physically or verbally, needs to eat or drink something without knowing what it is, needs to loan the Teacher money, needs to serve or work for the Teacher, or needs to engage in a behavior that makes the Student feel uncomfortable.
This same consciousness in behavior applies to the relationship between a Sikh Dharma Minister and anyone they are ministering to.
EPS will continue to work with NKYTAs and 3HOs around the world so together we can best serve and protect our communities.
We encourage all Students, Teachers, Teacher Trainers and Ministers to contact EPS if they are experiencing or hearing about a situation that doesn’t adhere to the Code of Ethics & Professional Standards of a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and/or the Sikh Dharma Minister Vows. Please don’t decide for yourself that it may not be very important or that no one will listen to you. Inform EPS and EPS will follow up. We want Students, Teachers, Teacher Trainers and Ministers to know their safety, well-being and concerns are important to EPS, to KRI, to 3HO, to IKYTA, to their NYKTA, to SDI, to every part of our organizations.
We are One in Spirit. We are with you.
Executive Director Ethics & Professional Standards & Conscious Conflict Resolution (EPS)
May 19, 2016