Yogi Bhajan

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Yogi Bhajan (1929-2004) was a Sikh yogi who brought Kundalini yoga to the Western world in the 1960s. He also introduced Americans to Sikhism, albeit a variation that differed from the religion as practiced in India. Traditionally, yoga was a Hindu practice, not a Sikh practice. Yogi Bhajan also promoted vegetarianism, although Sikhs are meat-eaters.

Combining the science and philosophy of Kundalini yoga with meditation and loving acceptance, he called his practice the "3HO" way of life, referring to “healthy, happy and holy." His 3HO Foundation, based in New Mexico, continues his legacy through 300-plus centers around the world.

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Yogi Bhajan built a business empire that included a security company, yoga centers, real estate concerns, health and beauty products, herbal teas and a natural foods company.

He was born Harbhajan Singh Puri in a part of India that became Pakistan in the partition of 1948. With thousands of other non-Muslims, he relocated to New Delhi, where he earned a degree in economics and began a civil service career. All the while, he taught yoga.

His life changed in 1968 when he moved to Canada to teach yoga at Toronto University. On a trip to California, he met some hippies and realized Kundalini yoga could help them achieve higher consciousness in a much healthier way than through recreational drugs.

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