Art of Living

The basic tenets of Art of Living and the Science of Living (Jeevan Vigyan) are the same: Let our body, mind and soul be in total harmony. A hundred years ago Sri Paramhansa Yogananda introduced the concept of Art of Living. The essence of his teachings is that to lead a more integrated humane and spiritual life we need discipline and control of mind. It gives certain practical methods for the uniform development of mind and soul. These include taking balanced diet, regular exercise, practice of meditation, studying religious literature and leading a pious life.

More recently, Art of Living has been revived and refined by Sri Sri Ravi Shanker with the goal of creating an atmosphere of love and peace for entire humanity. For the purpose Sri Ravi Shanker has introduced a technique of Sudarshan Kryia. He says, unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence - free society we cannot achieve world peace.

Art of living helps individuals get rid of stress and experience inner peace. The training includes stress-elimination programmes such no Prayanam (breathing techniques), meditation and yoga.

The degree to which stress unduly influences our lives is generally under estimated, often the mind clings to anger, guilt or regret about the past, or is plagued by anxiety and worry about the future. This oscillation of the mind between the past and the future causes tension and stress for us and for the people around us and leads to reduced effectiveness in action.

Breath is the link between body and mind and thus works as a key to handle negative emotions and facilitate the use of true potntil at work at home and at leisure. For example, when you are angry, the breath is short and fast, when sad, the out-breath is long and heavy. So, we can learn to skillfully use the breath to change the way we feel, hence release negative emotions (e.g. stress, anger, anxiety, depression and worry) and leaving the mind happy, relaxed and energized.

Sudarshan Kriya

Just as there are rhythms in nature - day and night, season after season, similarly, there are rhythms in the body, mind and emotions. When these rhythms get disturbed, say due to overwork, food habits or busy lifestyle, we feel stress, discomfort or get an illness. To get rid of such disturbances Sudarshan Kriya is used. Its cleansing power harmonises the whole system. Sudarshan Kriya incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath which harmonises the body, mind and emotional stress, fatigue and negative emotion as anger, frustration and depression.

Leaving you calm yet energized, focused yet relaxed. Actually it transforms the individual both physically, mentally and emotionally.

We need to do a cleansing process within ourselves. In sleep we get rid of fatigue, but the deeper stress remains in the body. Sudarshan Kriya cleanses the system from the inside. The breath has a great secret to offer. Thus by controlling breath through Sudarshan Kriya we can control and discipline the mind easily. In addition Satsang, observing silence, meditation and service may help.