The Art of Living Workshop gives participants the practical knowledge and techniques to unlock their deepest potential and bring fullness to life. Whether happy and successful or feeling the stress of poor health, disappointments, or fear, every participant is cared for and comes away lighter, with effective techniques for releasing mental and physical stress and increasing his or her health, energy, peace, self-knowledge, awareness, and joy.
The masterpiece of the Art of Living Workshop is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the Healing Breath Technique. Sudarshan Kriya incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and bring the mind to the present moment. The course also includes other breathing techniques, meditation, low-impact yoga, and skills for dealing effectively with challenging emotions and situations. Several independent studies on the numerous mental and physical health benefits of the course have been published in international peer-reviewed journals and confirm what participants commonly report.
Participants leave with simple but powerful techniques they can practice every day, and an extraordinary weekly group practice is available in many areas. These practices are profound assets that grow in value over the years, and the benefits continue to blossom in daily life.
Much of the stress or limitations in life come from vacillating between regret about the past or worry about the future. And yet, the present is the only place that happiness can be experienced. A remarkable feature of the course is that participants are able to re-discover the present moment — not as a concept but as a direct experience.
The Art of Living Workshop has been enjoyed by people of all traditions, religions, and walks of life, in universities, churches, governments, businesses, prisons, war zones, community rooms, and living rooms. The course is complete in itself and is also a foundation for other Art of Living programs.
"I am calmer, I have more energy and I feel that I am a better able to cope with
things. This has been fantastic at work. I feel that I get more done, and that what
used to seem like huge problems, are not so bad when you stop to think, and breathe."
--Justine Tasker, Fashion Editor, Australia
"The breathing techniques have helped me release a lot of anxiety and have changed
the way I look at myself. I have been able to let go of a lot of negativity and
learnt to accept situations better."
--Zyad, Israeli woman living in Gaza
"For me, this program is really an experience to see how the impossible becomes possible.
In life I find it hard to maintain a positive mindset when people are doubting you.
I used to be a person who became easily overwhelmed by positive or negative emotions
instead of keeping a balance in situations. Having regularly started practicing
my breathing techniques I really feel the difference in my daily life. I meet challenges
with much more inner confidence."
-- Maria Lorenz, 25 years, United States
"I wasn't even aware of the turmoil that was inside me until after the Kriya. For
the first time, my mind was quiet, no thoughts, no worries and my heart was so still.
I started practicing Kriya daily. The Kriya has given me a strength that comes from
within. I realized that life was not perfect, but Sudarshan Kriya was my hope that
despite my life not being perfect, I could still be happy. It’s the most precious
gift that I have and I treasure it more than anything else in my life."
-- Bhamini Chouhan, Zimbabwe
"I’ve noticed that each day, after completing the program, the kids are happier,
less restless and their minds are so much more settled. I have personally experienced
the benefits of the Art of Living techniques and found them very helpful in clearing
-- Dr. Reginald Shaw, Director of Global Brotherhood of Light (GBL), Inc. Youth Ministries
"The Art of Living course is the most precious gift I have ever received. The knowledge
spoken and the practices taught were shared with so much love. I have happiness,
strength and peace. The world has been waiting for this course."
-- Daniel Mendez, Writer, Houston, Texas
"The Sudarshan Kriya has dissipated alot of the worries and anxieties I had in my
life. Now I am able to deal with every day challenges with a feeling of inner strength."
-- John Chu, Realtor Miami, Florida
"The Art of Living course practices have changed my life. Negative emotions do not
have the same grip on me and they go away faster. I really think my health has improved
also. I am strongly recommending the course to all my friends, family, and patients."
-- Jyotsna Sahni, Doctor, Detroit, MI