Art of Living

Founded in 1982 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, it is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world and has led numerous projects in over 146 countries. Art of Living participates in a widevariety of committees and activities relating to health, education, sustainable development andconflict resolution. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is considered (even by the European press) as one of themost important speakers in the wold at the moment. He advises Yale University, and since 1995 hasbeen special guest at various UN summits, the World Economic Forum in Davos, parliaments and forumdebates.

Living life fully and freely is an art, requiring skill, intuition, creativity, and knowledge. TheArt of Living, through various innovative programs, help to bring about these values to our society.The foundation offers programs that eliminate stress, create a sense of belonging, restore humanvalues and encourage people of all social levels, religions and cultural traditions to come together in celebration and service. 20 million people worldwide, have benefited from these programs andactivities

The Art of Living Foundation.
As a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), the International Art of Living works in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC),with representatives at the UN in New York, Geneva and Vienna;  in consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO) on “developing the Global Health Policy forthe XXI Century”. The Foundation fulfils its purpose by organizing courses, educational programs,different breathing techniques, meditation, relaxation, yoga practices and care.

Social projects undertaken by the Foundation throughout the world are:
5H Development cooperation is carried out primarily in India.
Creating Schools to help literacy programs and rural development
Autonomy for women
The program helps patients
Relief in emergencies, to mitigate disasters

RATIONALE AND NATURE
Living is an art. Everyone wants more success, better health, peace of mind and tranquillity. Stressprevents us from achieving these qualities in our life. The extent to which stress affects our livesis generally underestimated. Often the mind holds on to anger, feelings of guilt, regrets about the past or anxiety about the future. This oscillation of the mind is an important determinant of stressand tension in ourselves and with others around us. Being able to handle the mind and negativeemotions is an art: The Art of Living. Courses with the International Foundation Art of living help people to learn to live to their fullpotential. The courses have been enjoyed by all people, of all religions and cultures, and are basedon Vedic knowledge, adapted to the necessities of modern life. Breathing techniques help eliminatethe cumulative effects of stress in the nervous system and help participants manage negative emotionsin a safe environment, making positive life changes in their behaviour. The courses provide practicalexperience, and people report many benefits from improvements in sleep patterns, through to theability to accept responsibilities and manage conflict and stressful situations, improving confidenceand sense of self. Personal mastery is the ability one has to deal adequately with situations andconflicts that we face everyday and the internal control of thoughts and emotions in a way that
allows us to master and address the mechanisms of our own processes internally. The self isresponsible for controlling depressive thoughts, which we all have at some point in our lives, thesense of anxiety that we all get so often that controls all the processes that trigger anger, fear,and aggressiveness and those emotions that overwhelm us.

The courses and programme of breathing, meditation, relaxation and yoga taught by the InternationalFoundation for the Art of Living, are intended to:
Eliminate stress, the cause of imbalance in work, family and social conflicts, helping people regaintheir mental and emotional balance.
Creating a sense of brotherhood and respect for universal human values and for all religious culturaltraditions of humanity.
Promote the development of measures in community service to improve the material situation of marginalized people in poverty.
Contributing to the rehabilitation of persons deprived of liberty within prisons and youth institutesinstilling a sense of responsibility, the elimination of desire for revenge through the recovery ofself esteem.
The techniques and tools of the courses are offered throughout the community in schools, companies,groups of youths with behavioural problems and addictions, prisons, the terminally ill, victims ofviolence, or where the social fabric has been damaged.

This is where THE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR HUMAN VALUES CAN HELP.
The Art of Living Course Part 1
The basic course of Art of living, or Part I, is an experiential workshop of 16 hours spread over 4or 5 continuous days, where you learn breathing techniques to manage emotions, negative stress andelimination of unwanted habits. During the seminar begins the cleansing of the body of toxins, building strength in the immune system, increasing energy and enhancing creativity and ability torelate to those around us. As a result this leads to emotional balance, physical and mental, to livelife with enthusiasm and joy. Developed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful process that purifies andrejuvenates both the mind and body. This technique allows people to shed layers of stress as theydiscover the connection between mind, body and emotions, with the rhythms of their breathing.
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