We Serve Society by Strengthening the Individual

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

“A violence-free society, disease-free body, confusion-free mind, inhibition-free intellect, trauma-free memory, and sorrow-free soul is the birth right of every individual.” 

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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.

Service Initiatives

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.

Organisational Structure

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 centers have been established across the world. In South Africa, the foundation is registered as an non-profit, non-governmental educational organisation. NPO: 035041NPO & Trust Registration No: IT1691/98 

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.

Memberships

  • 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

Contact Details

Address:

The Art of Living Foundation South Africa
National Office
Corner Main & Orchard Avenue
Randburg, Johannesburg, 2914
Phone No: 011 781 7687
Fax: 086 513 2815
Email: nationaloffice@artofliving.org.za

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Research

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

Address:
Office of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,
21st KM, Kanakapura Road,
Udaypura, Bangalore,South,
Karnataka-560 082, India.
Phone No: +91 80 6726 2616
Fax: +91 80 2843 2833
Email: info@artofliving.org