The Art of Living is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 by the world-renowned philanthropist and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
The Art of Living offers effective educational and self-development programs and tools that facilitate the elimination of stress and 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.
In addition to these programs offered globally, The Art of Living, working in collaboration with The International Association for Human Values (IAHV), has successfully implemented numerous humanitarian projects and service initiatives including conflict resolution programs, disaster relief, sustainable rural development, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all, and environmental sustainability.
The Art of Living is a multi-faceted organisation with one of the largest volunteer bases in the world. The international headquarters is located in Bangalore, India. Globally, the organisation operates as The Art of Living Foundation formed in 1989 in the United States of America and in Germany. Since then, local centres have been established across the world.
In the Art of Living's organisational 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 organisation. All the accounts are regularly audited by an external auditor. Other than expenses, no trustee is entitled to benefits in terms of salary, etc. 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 our social initiatives.
- CONGO (Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC of the United Nations), Geneva and New York
- International Alliance against Hunger
- UN Mental Health Committee and UN Committee on Aging, New York
- International Union for Health Promotion and Education, Paris
- NGO Forum for Health, Geneva
“deep breathing and a good yoga stretch could help you and your business”
“rejuvenating participants physically, mentally and emotionally” - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
“Art of Living may be the fastest growing spiritual practice on the planet”
"not only aims to remove day-to-day stresses, but also target negative emotions you may not know are still affecting you”
“breathing exercise dramatically decreased PTSD in veterans”
"many people reported better sleep, improved self-awareness, and even fewer PMS symptoms”
THE SCIENCE OF BREATH & MEDITATION
Over 60 independent studies show 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