Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Launch of Take A Breath, Seattle


Offers Complimentary Sessions around the Seattle Metro Area; Art of Living Workshop, September 7-10

SEATTLE,  WA Aug. 29, 2012: The Art of Living Foundation announced  today that it has launched Take a Breath, Seattle, an initiative to help Seattleites recharge and do more of the things they love through the powerful benefits of breath.

Take a Breath, Seattle, is an ambitious initiative that aims to increase awareness about the powerful benefits of breath as a practical tool to combat stress.

The Seattle metro continues to be home for an active, health-conscious population - many of who work under high pressure to deliver in an intensely competitive environment, often leaving them stressed and exhausted.  As part of this initiative, the Foundation offers complimentary meditation sessions across Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond. The one hour sessions offer guided meditation and breathing techniques leaving participants refreshed and rejuvenated. In addition the initiative will bring in John Osborne, an international Art of Living instructor, to lead a four day workshop from September 7-10, at the Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue WA.

“Learning more about how to skillfully use our breath can help us greatly to dissolve stress and increase energy and awareness in every area of our life,” said John Osborne, international teacher at the Art of Living Foundation.

"The pace of life continues to increase putting more demand on us," said Brian Carver, Principal Product Manager at Amazon and also instructor of the Art of Living course. "We are constantly asked to produce more in our professions and communities, sometimes at the cost of our health. Through the breathing and meditation techniques taught in the Art of Living course, we can increase our energy and focus to accomplish more while being relaxed and refreshed at the same time."
The APA’s 2012 Stress in America study reveals that Americans have high stress levels and rely on unhealthy behaviors to manage it. Take a Breath, Seattle, educates the public about the adverse effects of stress and provides simple yet effective tools to manage stress.

Breath is one of the principal sources of energy for the body, and is an important link between the mind and body. Every distinct state of mind or emotions carries with it a specific rhythm of breath. By learning specific rhythms and techniques using the breath we can keep our mind in a steady and calm state no matter what's happening in our outer world.

Take a Breath, Seattle, brings trained teachers on location to lead breathing and meditation sessions at any organization that is open to energize its workforce through hosted group sessions. 
In Seattle, the Foundation serves as a hub for several volunteer activities including breathing and meditation related programs for youth, high school & college students, adults, and prison inmates. Within the three weeks since the launch of the initiative, the Foundation’s volunteer instructors have conducted 20 complimentary meditation sessions.

For more information on Take a Breath, Seattle!  Please visit:

The Art of Living Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization working in consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council on initiatives related to health, meditation, education, sustainable development, conflict resolution and  disaster relief.

Media contact for interviews:
George Makarenko

Sunday, July 8, 2012

June 30, 2012

(Below is the transcript of Satsang with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.You can watch the Live webcast of future satsangs)

Boone, North Carolina


Q: Guruji, sometimes, dealing with kids gets so tricky that I tend to lose my patience. Everyday I decide to be calm, but when the situation arises I am not able to control myself. What should I do?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You can’t do anything about it now, you have to live life spontaneously. Do you see what I am saying? It is okay to sometimes lose your temper, never mind. You should leave a little room for imperfection in life, and start accepting.
What did you learn in the Part 1 Course? Accept people and situations as they are. It is a lifetime process. Every day you get reminded of this. When these situations come to you, you get reminded, ’Yes, I have to do this, this and this.’
So this is the direction in which we go. Sometimes you slip here and there, never mind, keep moving. Definitely one day, you will achieve perfection.
The other day, one teacher who has been in The Art of Living for around 20 years said to me, ‘Guruji, sometimes it feels so strange that I am happy all the time. Come what may I am happy’.
And I said, ‘Finally!’
20 years is not too much time, it is okay. But you don’t need to take 20 years. Turn back and see the growth in you; this is why these celebrations are done. What is the purpose of Guru Purnima? Once in a year, you turn back and see where you were and how much you have progressed. How you respond differently to situations now and how your reactions have reduced and responses have increased.
So, life is a continuous process. Isn’t it so?
How many of you feel that a lot of transformation has already happened? (Many raise their hands). No one can say that nothing has happened. No one can say, ‘I have not transformed. There is not an iota of change in me.’
If someone says that you should salute them because they are born enlightened.
Some kids are there to teach you a lot of lessons. And it is okay for mothers and fathers to sometimes get upset with their kids. You don’t have to bring them up with all rosy, rosy, nicey, nicey and sweet words all the time. Then you will make them very weak.
I have seen parents who have never scolded their children. These children when they grow old, they can’t stand any criticism. A little criticism, a little disrespect from someone or a little bit of failure rattles them. They become so upset because they never experienced anything like that at home.
So at home, being upset with kids sometimes (not all the time), is like giving them a vaccination so they get stronger to the world outside home. But don’t take this as an excuse to all the time get upset with the kids, it does not work. Too much of it is also bad. If you are scolding your children every day on a routine basis, they become so thick skinned and they go all the way to the other side, which is also not good. A little dose here and there is okay.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Inaugurate World Class International Center for Peace and Well-Being in Boone, North Carolina

381 Acre Mountaintop Retreat Offers Wellness Programs including Meditation, Yoga, and Cultural Events
Boone, NC (PRWEB) June 25, 2012
On June 30, 2012, the International Center for Peace and Well-Being will celebrate the inauguration of its new 381 acre Center at Boone, North Carolina. The Center will be inaugurated by prominent humanitarian His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is also the founder of the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values. Congressional leaders, state and local officials, and spiritual and business leaders from around the world are expected to attend the event. The cultural segment of the ceremony will also feature a unique music performance directed by Grammy-nominated Chandrika Tandon, and featuring the local Blue Ridge Mountain musicians.
The Center marks the commencement of one of the nation’s largest community and individual empowerment initiatives. It will offer stress-management and individual empowerment programs for all ages, including self-development workshops for adults, corporate retreats, leadership development for young adults, and summer camps for children. Importantly, the venue will provide specialized trauma-relief and stress-management programs for returning veterans. Additionally, the Center will act as a cultural hub through the periodic showcasing of international cultural events. In addition to these core offerings, the Center will be home to a unique Naturopathy Wellness Spa, which will help restore balance and reawaken the body’s natural healing mechanisms through a tailored yoga and meditation program.
The International Center is working under the aegis of Ved Vignan Mahavidyapeeth (Institute for Vedic Sciences) and was purchased on October 14, 2011.
“This Center offers world class programs for physical, mental, and spiritual rejuvenation. We proudly welcome everyone to join us as we celebrate this auspicious beginning,” said Mr. Nilendu Srivastava, Director, Ved Vignan Mahavidyapeeth. “We believe that our programs will add quality to the lives of the participants and help them grow in their personal and professional lives. We are committed to offering the best and will partner with the local community to grow the region.”
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a renowned spiritual leader and multi-faceted humanitarian whose mission of uplifting human values and creating a stress-free, violence-free world has inspired millions of people around the world over the past 30 years. Sri Sri's message of religious harmony, non-violence, equality, tolerance, and peace transcends class, race, religion, and nationality, and promotes ecumenical and universal human values. Named one of the five most powerful people in India by Forbes Magazine in 2009, Sri Sri has inspired a global phenomenon of compassion and service through his campaign to create a Violence-Free, Stress-Free world. Sri Sri’s teachings and programs have touched the lives of more than 30 million people from all cultures and religions worldwide. His initiatives include conflict resolution, disaster relief, business and social responsibility, prisoner rehabilitation programs, youth leadership, women’s empowerment, education and campaigns against female feticide and child labor.
The power of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s teachings is based on the genuine transformation of the individual. At the core of his programs is Sudarshan Kriya, a life-changing breathing technique that reduces stress, heals trauma, and fosters a sense of belonging.