THE 3HO LUMINARIES

Meet Our 2019 & 2020 Luminaries
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Haiti

Martine Brisson

(Kiret Nam Kaur)

Kiret Nam is the only Kundalini Yoga teacher in Haiti.  She organizes a festival that shares Kundalini Yoga in the streets and public parks of Port-au-Prince.

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Chile

Guru Updesh Kaur

Guru Updesh hosts a langar group that cooks and serves many portions of vegetarian food three times a week to the homeless and disabled. She teaches yoga and meditation as a seva to the elderly, and has cared for abandoned children.

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Germany

Conny Brammen

(Meherpal Kaur)

Conny founded a volunteer association that brings Kundalini Yoga into state institutions in Germany, sharing Kundalini Yoga with people in distress such as those with eating disorders, psychiatric disorders, people in prison, and former sex workers.

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United States

Shango Johnson

Shango teaches yoga to children pre-K to high school in Chicago, Illinois, where he helps kids learn to cope with their problems through meditation. He is a consultant and patrols Englewood doing violence prevention and also owns two non-profit organizations called Quad4Life and For Posterity. 

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Thailand

Akarat Sivaphongthongchai 

Akarat teaches Kundalini Yoga to autistic and special needs children as well as female prisoners in Thailand. He is also a volunteer for the National KY Thailand Group and helps to organize Kundalini Yoga festivals in Thailand.

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Ghana

Zutu-ocloo Kofi

Zutu-ocloo Kofi keeps the teachings of Kundalini Yoga alive in Accra, Ghana. He also helps African-American youth on trips to Ghana to rediscover their African heritage and develop a daily sadhana.

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Rwanda

Djuma Manirakiza

Djuma is an exile from Burundi now living in a refugee camp in Kigali that teaches Kundalini Yoga to refugee children in camps in Rwanda and schools in Kenya. 

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South Africa

Banesa Tseki

Banesa is one of the founders of Kundalini Africa Rising, which promotes social justice as a spiritual practice. Every week, she teaches children at one of the most dangerous inner-city areas in South Africa. She also teaches with Street Light Kids and helped launch Open Kundalini Yoga to enable specific communities of color to gain access to the benefits of Kundalini Yoga.

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India

Oinak Singh

Oinak was raised in a home for destitute children in Rishikesh, India. Introduced to Kundalini Yoga from yoga teachers visiting the children's home, he now pays it forward by bringing Kundalini Yoga and meditation to "ragpickers,"children in the slums who pick through trash heaps looking for salvage.

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United States

Chamois Anderson

Chamois Anderson is a Kundalini Yogi in Laramie, Wyoming working for Defenders of Wildlife, a non-profit that focuses on threatened and endangered species. She works to restore wild bison to tribal and public lands, and to bring back the endangered black-footed ferret by building up prairie dogs to sustain their populations on recovery sites across the Great Plains. She also works with Native American tribes all across the Great Plains on reservations.

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Brazil

Marina Maia

(Sunderta Kaur)

Sunderta is developing a donation-built community center in an underserved area of Brazil for impoverished children and adults to learn the tools of Kundalini Yoga. She is the founder of Yoga e Negritude, which seeks to raise the profile of Black yoga students and teachers in Brazil.

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Argentina

Alejandro Felipe Oliver Mascarelli (Gyanpreet Singh Khalsa)

 Gyanpreet runs the Vegetarian Popular Pot, an organization that shares vegetarian langar and seeks to educate the public about the Sikh minority in Argentina.  In addition, he hosts group sadhana, organizes Kundalini Yoga events in Buenos Aires, and is a founding partner of Sikh Dharma Argentina. He teaches Kundalini Yoga classes to jails in Buenos Aires each week, and is expanding his free classes to public welfare institutions in both Argentina and Brazil.  

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Spain

Maria Martinez Feduchi (Sarandeep Kaur)

Maria serves the Spanish Association of Kundalini Yoga (AEKY) tirelessly, organizing up to 4 annual meetings for the community and sharing Kundalini Yoga at fairs across Spain.  She is a founding member of an organization that promotes the welfare of women and children.

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Brazil

Renato Oliveira Moura (Tej Partap Singh)

Renato brings gong and sound healing to the elderly in nursing homes and shares Kundalini Yoga in men's prisons in Brazil. He also takes children on outdoor hikes to help them connect to the natural world, serves at festivals, and supports his Gurdwara however he is called to serve.

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Vietnam

Thi Phi Anh Tran
(Bhakti Akal Kaur)

 Bhakti Akal Kaur brought Kundalini Yoga to Vietnam after her teacher training in the US. She shares weekly free classes with her university students and has opened the Tara House Project, making Kundalini Yoga free and accessible for all in Hochiminh.  Her students in Vietnam say she leads with tremendous self-discipline, kindness, peacefulness, and joy.

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Egypt

Dalia Adel Ibrahim (Amrita Nishan Kaur)

Dalia Adel Ibrahim (Amrita Nishan Kaur) hosts free and donation-based community Kundalini Yoga classes in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt.  She is passionate about sharing that you can be a Kundalini Yogi and a Muslim and tirelessly supports the studio which brings teacher training to Egypt.  She is currently working on a translation of the teacher training manuals in Arabic.

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United States

Gene Wright

(Dev Ardas Singh)

After a harrowing and ultimately triumphant journey through addiction, Gene now shares Kundalini Yoga with the people with addiction he selflessly guides through the 12 steps.

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United States

Luis Alvarez
(Teg Sunder Singh)

 A champion of sadhana, mantra, and classical Indian Raag, Luis rose out of addiction with the help of Kundalini Yoga. He tirelessly pays it forward, guiding people in great need to the light of sadhana and the path of the 12 steps.

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Togo

Janna Guetaba

(Ram Singh)

Ram Singh has been leading Kundalini Yoga classes and sadhana in Togo since 1989.  In 2002, he became the leader of the Kundalini Yoga association in Togo and since 2005 has supported Krishna Kaur’s teacher training. He makes TV/radio appearances to share the benefits of yoga for stress and nutrition in Africa. He also organizes yoga conferences, and holds free classes on the United Nations Day of Peace.

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United States

Denise Davidson

For 20 years, Denise has shared Kundalini Yoga in the South Central Community of Los Angeles to both the elderly and the youth. She also goes to South Africa to serve at-risk youth has brought Krishna Kaur there to train teachers in Y.O.G.A. for Youth.

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Costa Rica

Tammy Foster

(Tej Inder Kaur)

Tej Inder is one of the only teachers in a small beach village of Costa Rica, where she hosts women’s circles and workshops regularly to support the community.  She also actively works as a doula bringing the teachings of Kundalini Yoga to pregnant and postpartum mothers.

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United States

Liam Pfeiffer

Liam teaches youth in detention facilities and to young adults on Riker's Island for the New York Corrections Department. Liam provides incarcerated youth meditation, breathwork, and movement techniques from Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Tai Chi.

Off the mat, Liam is a head basketball coach with the non-profit Steady Buckets, an organization serving over 5,000 members of New York City's youth. He developed the yoga and meditation program for the community and actively weaves Kundalini Yoga with basketball to expose children to natural healing modalities and empowerment practices.

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Sweden

Sat Nam Kaur Torstensdotter

Sat Nam Kaur is a senior teacher in Sweden and one of the original teachers in Scandinavia. She works extensively to bring Kundalini Yoga into palliative care and has hosted Level 1 Teacher Trainings for many years. 

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United States

Kenneth Strickland

Kenneth has been educating youth in the power of Kundalini Yoga and the breath. He believes in the inherent wisdom of children and works to create spaces where children can become aware of this wisdom. Kenneth is currently teaching English, Social Studies, and Meditation at North Little Rock Academy in Arkansas. Kenneth is also attending Naropa University, in Colorado, where he studies Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling.

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Croatia

Gloria Zacskai

(Jagdeesh Kaur)

Jagdeesh Kaur writes about Kundalini Yoga in Croatian and helps serve as a translator to other Kundalini yoga students, bridging the gap between English and Croatian, helping many who otherwise would not have access to the teachings. She has taught classes and workshops in Banja Luka, the capital of Republika Srpska; in Serbia; in many cities in Croatia where she grew up; and now most regularly teaches classes in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. The war in the Balkans ended 25 years ago, but the after-effects are still very much present in the society and culture. People are eager for solutions that will help them reduce their stress and feel happier.

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Brazil

Simranjeet Singh

Simranjeet has a degree in Philosophy and a Masters's in Education in which he developed research on the practice of Kundalini Yoga with youth in detention facilities. This research resulted in the creation of a seva project, which offers Kundalini Yoga workshops to youth in these facilities. Additionally, he was involved in another seva project that brought Kundalini Yoga to inmates. He is currently a teacher at Miri Piri School Brazil.

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United States

Tara Libert

Tara Libert is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop. Her nonprofit uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential.  Through creative expression, job readiness training, and violence prevention outreach, these young poets achieve their education and career goals and become powerful voices for change in the community.