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The ART Of LIVING Courses
The Art of Living courses are conducted by the Art of Living Foundation (Art of Living official website), which is a global, non-profit organization, dedicated to various social welfare activities like health and education, even global warming. The Foundation also conducts humanitarian and disaster relief programs, trauma relief programs, as well as programs for the welfare and upliftment of prisoners.
The courses are self-development workshops
offering techniques and practical knowledge to release stress and
- The Art of Living Part - 1 (Basic) course
The masterpiece of the part one (the basic course) course is
Kriya. This unique practice is remarkably effective at dissolving
accumulated stress and negative emotions while triggering a natural
healing response. Sudarshan Kriya works quickly and does not require
physical exertion or mental control. Unlike meditation where the
benefits depend on the mind becoming quiet,
The benefits of doing Sudarshan Kriya on
a regular basis are well researched and documented. One very good
website which documents scientific research on the participants of AOL
courses, and practitioners of Sudarshan Kriya is the
AOL Research website.
The Art of Living foundation has many dedicated teachers and volunteers, who give their absolute best to the organization and conduct of each course, in the truest sense of seva - selfless service - a concept at the heart of the Art of Living movement.
There are many very inspirational teachers in the Art of Living world - if you get an opportunity to attend a program by one of them, there's no way you should miss the opportunity. In fact, all the teachers - bar none - have been "personally" trained by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar ji himself, and approved as a teacher. In fact, Guruji personally ensures that, in spite of a dire need to a large number of teachers to carry the message and knowledge to the willing world, the quality of the teachers is not compromised a bit.
Some of the luminaries in the AOL teacher community - other than His Holiness himself - are Anand Rajendran ji, Mahesh Giri ji, Vikram Hazra ji, Bawa, Dinesh, Rishi Vidyadhar ji, Rishi Nityapragya ji, etc. There are many many more exceptional leaders and teachers in the AOL world - this page won't be enough to list them all.
The Art of Living foundation also publishes a monthly magazine called Rishimukh (meaning, literally, coming from the mouth of the saint). The monthly is dedicated to spreading the message of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and covers topics regarding holistic living, ancient wisdom, and talks by Gurudeva.
Further details about the magazine, and the subscription details can be obtained from the Rishimukh official website.
Other sources of information and inspiration
Some of the Art of Living teachers are also active on social networking websites like Facebook, Orkut and there are also communities available which regularly post and discuss the new happenings in the Art of Living world.
YouTube also contains many videos of various Art of Living events, bhajans, satsangs, and talks by some the teachers.
A good write up on Sudarshan Kriya is available on the AOL Coimbatore website.
The organization also runs a university (Sri Sri University) which offers various undergraduate and graduate level courses.
Besides, the following are some popular blogs related to Art of Living courses and activities:
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