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IKYTA History

The 3HO® International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA) is the ever-evolving body of KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga teachers worldwide and a vehicle through which our collective consciousness is expressed as the code of excellence (508KB PDF).

IKYTA serves teachers everywhere, who in turn are serving others, both in their individual teaching – where they uplift each person they touch – and in their participation in local, national, and Global Communities and Associations. Through IKYTA, teachers in a continually expanding range of countries, cultures, and communities are offering the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan® in service to the evolution of consciousness into the Age of Aquarius.

Yogi Bhajan founded the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association in 1994, on the 25th anniversary of 3HO. He said “It is very fortunate you have this Association. When I’ll be physically gone, search me out spiritually. You’ll need to sit together to do it.” “The fundamental principle of Kundalini Yoga is to Unite.” When Yogi Bhajan first heard the acronym IKYTA, he pronounced it “ik-ta,” and said, “perfect, it means Oneness.”

Yogi Bhajan said there was one IKYTA and that all teachers belonged to it. He looked at National Associations as part of the one IKYTA. He stated that IKYTA was not American, it was International: it belonged to all teachers and was a place of inclusion for all teachers.

In the last few years IKYTA has been recreating itself. We have spoken with and listened to teachers from all over the world. Hearing the voice of the hearts of teachers, we are working to co-create an evolving infrastructure that will serve our consciousness, professionalism, excellence, and unity as Kundalini Yoga Teachers. We have woven into this work what has been given to us directly from our teacher and feel deep alignment with his vision and with the hearts of teachers. 

The greatest thing a teacher can do is continue to live and share these Teachings. Towards that end 3HO IKYTA is dedicated to creating a framework that will support teachers in their growth and evolution, that will help teachers to serve each other, that will give voice to all teachers and that will serve the unity of all teachers as a manifestation of our ONEness.