The degree to which stress unduly influences our lives is generally underestimated: Often the mind clings on to anger, guilt, or regret about the past, or is plagued by anxiety and worry about the future. This oscillation of the mind causes tension and stress both for ourselves and for the people around us and leads to reduced effectiveness in action. Breath is the link between body and mind, and thus is the key to handling our mind and negative emotions, and releasing our true potential – at work, at home, and at leisure.
Course elements include:
- Practical knowledge to deal with the daily challenges of life
- Interactive exercises
- Yoga, stretching, and relaxation exercises
- Meditation and powerful breathing techniques
- Sudarshan Kriya, a unique breathing technique
Just some of the benefits course graduates mention:
- Reduced stress
- More joy and enthusiasm
- Improved efficiency and productivity (at work and at home)
- Greater self-esteem
- Enhanced health and sense of well-being
- Improved interpersonal skills
- Clearer perception and decision-making
- Shining expression and enhanced beauty
- Anti-aging or rejuvenating effects
The Art Of Silence (The Part II Course)
The Art of Living Part II Course provides optimal conditions for going deep within, quieting our mental chatter, and experiencing deep rest and inner peace. The practise of silence – of consciously withdrawing our energy and attention from outer distractions – has been used in different traditions throughout time as a pathway to physical, mental, and spiritual renewal. By participating in various course processes specifically designed to give us a break from our usually active minds, we experience an extraordinary sense of peace and renewed energy that we carry home with us.
The course features:
- Rejuvenating yoga
- Two to three days of guided practice
- Unique guided meditations designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
- Advanced breathing techniques which can also be practised at home after the course
- Advanced insight on the laws governing our mind and emotions
The course is typically held as a residential retreat in a place of natural beauty and tranquility. It’s no wonder that many course participants refer to it as the ideal vacation for body, mind, and spirit.
With humour and insight, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has revived the profound knowledge from ancient sacred texts in the form of commentaries that make the wisdom easy to apply to daily modern life. Art of Living centres offer group study sessions based on viewing and discussing these commentaries. The commentaries are also available for purchase from the Art of Living Bookstore in audio and video.
One of the most enlightening discourses on the nature of reality.
The Ashtavakra Gita illuminates an ancient conversation between the sage Ashtavakra and Janaka, a king with both worldly responsibilities and deep spiritual questioning about the nature of reality. “What is real?” Janaka asks. So begins one of the most unique conversations to ever take place on this planet, as Ashtavakra takes Janaka by the hand and leads him step by step into deeper levels of understanding until enlightenment dawns. Sri Sri’s commentary unlocks this ancient wisdom so that it can come alive in our modern lives.
Narada Bhakti Sutras
Inspiration and practical insights to the seeker of truth.
The blossoming of love for the Divine is called Bhakti. In an exceptional translation of the original text of the Bhakti Sutras, cognized by the ancient sage Narada, Sri Sri explores the unfolding (or awakening) and ecstasy of Divine Love.
Patanjali Yoga Sutras
The authoritative text on the mechanics of the growth of consciousness.
Sri Sri translates and interprets the ancient Yoga Sutras of Maharishi Patanjali and brings to light the profound wisdom contained in Patanjali’s Sanskrit passages. He explains how we can apply this knowledge in our everyday experiences and identifies practical techniques that Patanjali gives for realising union with the Divine.