ABOUT US

We serve society by strengthening the individual

Operating in 155 countries, The Art of Living is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by the world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual teacher - Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. All our programs are guided by Gurudev’s philosophy: “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace.”

The Art of Living community is diverse and attracts people from all walks of life.

37 years of service
155 countries where we make a difference
10,000+ centers worldwide with weekly follow-up sessions
370+ million lives touched

Founder

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has united people of different races, traditions, economic and social status, and nationalities. This community, spanning 155 countries, has created a one-world spiritual family.

Gurudev’s message is simple: “Love and wisdom can prevail over hatred and violence.” This message is not just a slogan, but through The Art of Living has been and continues to be translated into action and results.

Programs

The Art of Living offers numerous, highly effective educational and self-development programs and tools that facilitate the elimination of stress. These tools also foster deep and profound inner peace, happiness, and well-being for all individuals.

These programs, which include breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living, have helped millions around the world to completely transform their lives.

Programs

The Art of Living offers numerous, highly effective educational and self-development programs and tools that facilitate the elimination of stress. These tools also foster deep and profound inner peace, happiness, and well-being for all individuals.

These programs, which include breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living, have helped millions around the world to completely transform their lives.

"The Art of Living is more of a principle, a philosophy of living life to its fullest. It is more a movement than an organization. Its core value is to find peace within oneself and to unite people in our society – of different cultures, traditions, religions, nationalities; and thus reminding us all that we have one goal to uplift human life everywhere." - Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Research

THE SCIENCE OF BREATH & MEDITATION

Over 60 independent studies show the Sudarshan Kriya and other breathing techniques taught on The Art of Living Happiness Program:

  • ENHANCE: brain, hormone, immune and cardiovascular system function
  • REDUCE: stress, depression, anxiety and PTSD
  • INCREASE: well-being, both mentally and physically

The Art of Living programs inspire service ethics in people. The element of service adds depths to our lives and fosters individual as well as societal development.

Social initiatives

The Art of Living movement has promoted development and progress across communities through diverse humanitarian projects. These projects span diverse areas including:

  • Integrated Community Development projects
  • Education
  • Health and hygiene
  • Environment protection and sustainability
  • Women empowerment and child protection
  • Disaster relief management
  • Prisoner rehabilitation and conflict resolution

Sister organizations

The service initiatives for the Art of Living are managed by different trusts in India. These trusts include:

  • The International Association for Human Values (IAHV)
  • Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth (VVMVP)
  • Vyakti Vikas Kendra India (VVKI)
  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir (SSRVM)
  • Sri Sri Rural Development Program (SSRDP)
  • Sri Sri Institute of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Trust (SSIAST)
  • Sri Sri Publications Trust (SSPT)

These trusts are headed by committed professionals with years of experience in successful management and implementation of large-scale social development projects.

Organizational structure

The Art of Living is an organization with one of the largest volunteer bases in the world. The international headquarters is located in Bangalore, India. Globally, the organization operates as The Art of Living Foundation formed in 1989 in the United States of America and in Germany. Since then, local centers have been established across the world.

In the Art of Living’s organizational structure, there is a board of trustees with a term of two years. Two-thirds of the trustees change every two years. All the Art of Living teachers and the previous trustees are allowed to nominate a new board.

There is a provision for an advisory board that monitors and guides the organization. All the accounts are regularly audited by an external auditor. Other than expenses, no trustee is entitled to benefits in terms of salary or benefits. The Art of Living programs directly help to fund its humanitarian projects. The proceeds from the sales of The Art of Living Publications and Ayurveda products are also directed to the social initiatives.

 

Memberships

The Art of Living is a member of several prestigious groups and alliances. These include:

  • International Union for Health Promotion and Education, Paris
  • ​NGO Forum for Health, Geneva
  • International Alliance against Hunger
  • CONGO (Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC of the United Nations), Geneva and New York
  • UN Mental Health Committee and UN Committee on Ageing, New York

Contact us

India office

Phone: +91 80 67612300​
Fax :+91 80 2843 2833
Email: secretariat@artofliving.org 
Address: Office of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, The Art of Living International Center, 21st KM, Kanakapura Road, Udaypura, Bangalore South, Karnataka - 560082, India

In the Press

“deep breathing and a good yoga stretch could help you and your business”

“rejuvenating participants physically, mentally and emotionally” - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“not only aims to remove day-to-day stresses, but also target negative emotions you may not know are still affecting you”

“Art of Living may be the fastest growing spiritual practice on the planet”

“breathing exercise dramatically decreased PTSD in veterans”

“many people reported better sleep, improved self-awareness, and even fewer PMS symptoms”

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We offer holistic education for 60,000 underprivileged children each year. Your donations are much needed and used to the max - Over 95% goes directly to the program.