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Premka: White Bird in a Golden Cage: My Life with Yogi Bhajan

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Premka: White Bird in a Golden Cage is a compelling and beautifully unfolding tale, offering a haunting look into a teacher/student relationship. This intimate memoir, written by one of Yogi Bhajans prized teachers and exalted students, is full of devotion, love, dedication, betrayal, loss and the healing unification of the self. It also reads as a love letter to a unique ...more
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Published January 21st 2020 by Eyes Wide Publishing
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A very brave, unflinching memoir about the birth of Kundalini Yoga in the West under Yogi Bhajan in the late-1960s. While Premka covers Pamela Dysons repeated sexual abuse and emotional manipulation under Yogi Bhajan and the cult she helped form around him over 16 years as his Secretary General, personal attendant, and head administrator (We are creating a history, and the world will just marvel at this history one day, he is recorded by Dyson as having said), it also is a highly personal ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has been said to be about sexual misconduct of Yogi Bhajan, the leader of kundalini yoga in the western world. However, the sexual misconduct is the least of the abuses he committed toward the author and other followers.

It is a beautifully and respectfully told story of Premkas relationship with a narcissist guru, drunk on his own power. Yogi Bhajan has become a kind of god or saint in the kundalini community, but this seems to be an honest portrayal of a flawed man who has learned to
Mish Middelmann
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a good job she does of writing about a deeply fraught relationship. I think she is impeccable in containing the story to her own experience, not hearsay and not really passing much judgement on the much more powerful man who looms so large in her life. One of the most powerful actions in the world is to hold others to account without indulging in blame, and I believe Pamela Dyson does this. In the end it makes the story much more telling about the costs of powerful people not being so ...more
Ben Westhoff
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this in two sittings; it's exceptionally well-written, and an extremely provocative story that is told with grace. If you're familiar with Kundalini yoga, you know Yogi Bhajan is the progenitor of the discipline (at least in America), and treated by many followers as a near-deity. Dyson knew him almost from the moment he arrived in the US, leaving behind a wife and family, but furtively taking her into his bed. Dyson -- renamed Premka by the Yogi -- didn't mind at first; in fact, she was ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down

I read this so fast because it was fascinating... not necessarily in a good way. What a life to live with this Guru, caught up in so much drama. I could not imagine living and feeling so trapped in a lifestyle that was supposed to be so positive
Jack Dyson
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read

This is a great account of our personal attempt to search our lifes for expanded consciousness. And the pitfalls along the way.
Although they are always just insights into our own psyche
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a heartfelt and beautiful account of one woman's spiritual journey. This book has the power to reveal the shortcomings of spiritual teachings that try to discredit a woman's voice and a woman's humble experience. Any man that tries to force anyone to be like him has got serious issues, as this memoir reveals the issues of Yogi Bhajan's mental disorders. I am grateful that the world received this book, and we are able to embrace this side of the story. Thank you!
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a Kundalini Yoga teacher who discovered the teachings after Yogi Bhajan died, this gives an interesting & disturbing picture of the early days of this man's hegemony in the Western yoga world. Really well-written, & definitely food for thought! I'll be a while digesting this...
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I am about in the middle and it is disturbing. I am a practicioner and teacher of Kundalini Yoga. I have studied with many teachers including Yogi Bhajan - although things were whispeed and suspected apparently it was more than rumors. It is a good cautionary tale about giving up all for the guru - which by the wqy, simply means teacher - not some exalted mystical being. We all need to remember that and that teachers are human just like the rest of us.
Deep Prem
Mar 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Yogi Bhajan stressed from the beginning that we are all responsible for ourselves. All of his teachings showed ways to access our inner truth and wisdom, to strengthen the nervous system, and bolster us for the demands of life. Kundalini yoga is the best system I have ever encountered for self knowledge, integrity, and balance. I have spoken to several people who were taught by Yogi Bhajan and it is crystal clear that he was a good man, whose sole wish was to raise up humanity. He was betrayed, ...more
Sophie Walton
A fascinating and heart breaking biography of a women who spent 40 years of her life 'trapped' under the dominating power of Yogi Bajan. This book outlines her experience of losing her own identity within a strict and structured image that had been created for her, in favour of Yogi Bajan and at the sacrifice of her being able to fall in love, have children, or have any sense of personal freedom. This book made me feel uneasy, as it unveils the darkness and power structures that underlie a ...more
Eddy Brown II
Mar 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Very subjective

It was a good story, however I don't find it to be the tell all book against Kundalini Yoga that it's been hyped up to be
Joseph Prasad
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Encouraging people to tell their truth, be their truth, live their truth !! I recommend this to anyone who feels lost and looking for themselves, their true SELF.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Not truthful, one can tell she is not telling the truth
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