Hypnotic mantras by White Sun, a Grammy award winning band formed by RA MA teachers Harijiwan Khalsa and Gurujas Khalsa, blasted from the speakers. According to a pitch deck created by RA MA staff in December of 2019, RA MA claimed to have 150,000 social media followers, 50,000 email subscribers and 500,000 podcast streams. Six ex-devotees of RA MA told VICE they would leave classes feeling euphoric. “The high is very addicting,” said the musician Zolita, who joined the RA MA community in 2015. The former employee of RA MA Venice said they felt pressured to abandon their past identity.