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The 3HO Yogic Lifestyle

"On the 5th of January when I gave a lecture, they asked me, 'What have you brought for us?' I said, 'I gave you a Healthy, Happy, Holy way of life.' I have not come here to collect students; I will create teachers, and teachers so created in this 3HO, shall teach the world a way of life with style. That's what we have said, that's what we are doing, that's what we are." 
-Yogi Bhajan, 1/5/93

Yogi Bhajan brought Kundalini Yoga to the West from India in the late 1960’s. However, he did not simply share yoga exercises and meditations. His teachings include a comprehensive lifestyle that allows the radiance of the soul to shine in every facet of life.

How to eat. How to dress. How to communicate. How to have relationships. How to raise children. How to do business. Yogi Bhajan infused every aspect of life with the beauty and grace of the Kundalini. When you raise your Kundalini and change your consciousness, every aspect of life gets transformed. The lifestyle teachings of 3HO are designed to support you through that transformation. In this way, you can live healthy, happy and holy; bountiful, blissful and beautiful; as a whole, healed and sovereign human being.

One of the first things that Yogi Bhajan taught is that it’s the birthright of every human being to be healthy, happy, and holy. The 3HO lifestyle gives us a blueprint for building a healthy, happy, and holy life. 

There’s a yogic art and science to all aspects of human life. There’s a yogic way to get up in the morning, to go to sleep at night, to breathe, to brush your teeth, to take a shower, to create a cozy home. Every aspect of life has an enlightened, efficient, and effective way to do it. Yogi Bhajan studied and mastered this technical and spiritual knowledge in India, and brought this gift to the West. 

The 3HO lifestyle—the Kundalini Yoga lifestyle—is a yoga and lifestyle for householders, for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of work, family, business, and relationships. It does not require you to live on a mountaintop or in a cave. 

“The purpose of all our efforts is simply to extend your awareness in your consciousness so you can have this foundation in experience and a base in positive habits. Then you can smoothly plan your life to any extent you like. You can radiate creativity and Infinity in all aspects of your life. That is the practical result of yoga. It is the capacity and right to live a healthy, happy, and holy life. That is why we called our yoga family 3HO.” 
–Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher, p. 20