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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: The Way of Grace

Courses and Contacts

The Art of Living Foundation is a non-profit educational organization run entirely by volunteers who freely dedicate their time, energy and resources to spread the teachings of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Numerous programs for spiritual growth and self-development are now offered for success in life.

Here the organization is kept to a bare minimum. Our foundation is a necessary formality that provides a framework in order to disseminate knowledge. A frame, however, must not overshadow the picture. With this point in mind, only a nominal organizational structure has been permitted. The Art of Living Foun-dation has been set up to ensure that busy people in the world may readily receive this wisdom and take maximum advantage of the Master's multi-dimensional teachings.

The Healing Breath Workshop (see pages 10-17) is the ideal introduction to the teachings of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. This 16-18 hour program over 4-6 days is rich with knowledge and activities that improve our quality of life. Asanas, pranayamas, and experiential processes are all directed towards unfolding our innermost Self. Here you will also learn and practice the Sudarshan Kriya (pages 10-11). Daily practice of Kriya promotes:

  • Increased energy and youthfulness
  • Less sickness, more dynamic health
  • Elimination of negative emotions:
    anger, anxiety, depression, etc.
  • Greater memory and mind power
  • Improved stability and confidence
  • Freedom from past emotional trauma
    and worries about the future
  • Joy and success in the present moment

As stresses drop away, a healing of the heart occurs. Love, compassion, beauty and grace all become living realities in our human experience.

The Healing Breath Workshop includes several techniques for everyday situations that will help you to lead a stress-free life. These will aid you at times of short temper, anxiety or other disturbed states and help you be more centered and enthusiastic. You will learn about the laws that govern the mind and emotions in normal day-to-day behavior and how to deal with occasional outbursts of abnormal behavior.

Participants find a profound transformation during these few days. They take with them valuable lessons in life, with powerful techniques to continue a few minutes daily at home. The theme of the course is appreciation of life in its fullness -- not in some near or far future, but right here and now -- in the present moment. This one program has changed the lives of thousands.

To attend an introductory talk, please contact the Art of Living Center nearest you (pages 85-87).

Art of Living Advanced Courses (pages 40-45) are offered for those who have completed the Healing Breath Workshop. These in-residence retreat programs provide a welcome opportunity to dive deep into your inner silence. Participants become renewed physically and emotionally, and elevated spiritually. A dynamic freshness is gained for greater success in life.

Advanced courses are usually held in natural scenic locations, often near lakes or the ocean. In this atmosphere of joyful silence, we practice "Hollow & Empty" Meditation to free the nervous system of the most deeply rooted stresses, impressions, and emotions of the past. A strong adjunct to daily practices, this advanced meditation removes inertia from mind and body, brings alertness, and relieves one of worry, anxiety and tension. Like a melodious flute, we become "hollow and empty" -- free of the impurities that block our happiness. (Hollow & Empty meditation is offered in one hour sessions on Art of Living Advanced Courses only.)

Other techniques are also included on courses from time to time:

  • Meditation in Motion
    Integrates activity and meditation. A technique that demonstrates how your true nature is beyond pain and pleasure. (40 minute sessions on Advanced Courses only)
  • Hari Om Meditation
    Recharges the various energy
    centers within the nervous system.
  • Mudras (page 45)
    and Bhandas
  • La La Technique
  • 5 Element Meditation
  • Bowing Down Technique
  • Panchakosha
  • Yoga of Prayer
    (Prathana Yoga)
  • Upanaya (gazing)
  • Yoga Nidra

Advanced Courses also include asanas, pranayamas and group practice of Sudarshan Kriya. Various games and spontaneous activities make it impossible to guess what will come next. Time is also available for one's private meditation, nature walks, and helping with the responsibilities of the course (everyone plays the role of a host -- there are no guests!). Each evening ends with a celebration of singing, dancing and marvelous wisdom.

From time to time, Advanced Courses are offered in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Activities on these courses are even more unpredictable! The first few days with the Master is the experience of a lifetime...and it continues to grow.

For information on Advanced Courses in your area, please call your local Art of Living Center.

Sahaj Samadhi Meditation (page 18)

You can enjoy the silence and serenity of Sahaj Samadhi meditation in the comfort of your own home. Personal instruction is offered at Art of Living Centers around the world in this format:

  • Introductory talk gives informa-
    tion about the technique, allows you to ask questions, and introduces you to your meditation instructor (1 hour)
  • Private instruction in Sahaj
    Samadhi meditation (1 hour)
  • Group follow-up sessions
    over the next two or three evenings are essential to fine tune the art of effortless meditation. (1.5 hours each)

Please contact your local Art of Living Center for the Sahaj Samadhi instructor in your area.

A Shower of Knowledge: Many of the Master's talks are now available on video and audiocassette, along with books and other publications. Several titles include: The Path of Love, The Four Pillars of Knowledge, Peace is Our Nature, Om Shanti, What is a Guru? and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Commentary on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (page 51). For a catalog of offerings, please visit Art of Living Bookstore.

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"Dollar-a-Day" Program

Our school for children is a special service project that is dear to us (see page 29). The connection created by sponsoring a child provides a deep opening of the heart. The boundaries that we imagine between ourselves and the rest of the world begin to dissolve. The cost to house, feed, clothe and provide education for a school aged child is only a dollar a day. For information on how you can participate, please contact:
Care for Children.

Dean Harmison is a dentist from Texas who volunteers his services for our school children in India .

In addition to her full time job teaching kids requiring special education, Carla Reichman heads up the Art of Living "Dollar-a-Day" Program.

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