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

Art of Living: Overview & Mission

Operating in 154 countries, The Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by the world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual teacher Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. All of AOLF’s programs are guided by Sri Sri’s philosophy: “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace.”

The AOLF community is diverse and attracts people from all walks of life backgrounds and religious orientations.

"The Art of Living is more of a principle, a philosophy of living life to its fullest. It is more of 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."


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”

Research Result Highlights

Over 70 independent studies show Sudarshan Kriya and other breathing techniques taught on the Art of Living Meditation and Breath Workshop

Deep Sleep and Wellbeing Increase

Service Initiatives

Creating Harmony in Diversity and a culture of Peace

We have seen rebel groups put down weapons and take up the path of non-violence, worked for peace in the heart of war-torn zones; and inspired millions of global citizens to share our vision for humanity and create a one world family.