Patanjali's Yoga Sutras (Part 1)

Explore the depth of yoga as expounded by Maharashi Patanjali & explained by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

Maharishi Patanjali’s keen insight into the inner workings of Yoga is interpreted for the modern day life by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Sri Sri’s commentary on the Yoga sutras of Patanjali makes this deep wisdom practically accessible to the whole world!

For a large majority of us in the West, our understanding of Yoga is limited to physical postures (called Asanas). In his authoritative text on Yoga, the foremost authority on the subject, Maharishi Patanjali, gives us a keen insight into what exactly is meant by Yoga.

This treatise, "The Yoga sutras of Patanjali", consists of 195 aphorisms (aka sutras). Of these 195 sutras, only 3 are about physical postures! Through the remaining 192 sutras, Maharishi Patanjali sheds light on the inner workings of the mind, its tendencies, modulations and states into which it gets stuck and how to overcome them. He skillfully guides us through so that we can get a firm understanding of 'who we are' and experience our nature which is pure joy.

Over 11 sessions, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar gives a modern day interpretation of the Yoga sutras of Patanjali. Sri Sri’s keen insight and scintillating wit transforms this course into a wondrous journey of self exploration and deep understanding. The student is transformed and empowered!

Each session consists of about an hour long video in which Sri Sri walks us through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, explaining them with stories and practical real life examples that everyone can relate to easily. At the end of each video we would like to encourage everyone to participate in a discussion on the commentary that you watched. You may feel like contributing right after watching the video or later after you had time to ponder on some of the wisdom that you heard on the video.

Some of the setup and discussion points that we recommend after every session:

- what resonated with you from the video? It may have caused you to stop and think. Maybe it reminded you of a pattern that you get stuck in at times or see others stuck in.

- how do you see the patterns, obstacles, solutions etc. mentioned by Maharishi Patanjali playing out in your own life. Sharing concrete examples from your own life will make the discussion so much more rich and meaningful for you and everyone!

- How would you like to implement few things from what you heard in the video. It is said that when you practice and perfect what you "know" (knowledge) it transforms into wisdom which in turn brings you freedom and happiness!

- You may share the above by going to the discussions / comments tab and look for the lecture that you would like to contribute for. You can share your insights in the comments section of that discussion topic.

- By your contribution and sharing, you would be adding to the richness of the learning experience not only for you but for everyone! Encourage each other to participate. The learning process becomes so much fun when everyone does!

You are free to determine your own pace for completing the 10 lecture series. We do recommend leaving at least a day between each lecture to give yourself time for self-reflection.

We highly recommend that you watch each lecture in one sitting, without any distractions. This may require you to make sure that you will not be disturbed for the duration of the lecture.

We wish you a very joyful journey of self-exploration and learning, through this course !


What are the requirements?

  • Open minded willingness to explore the depths of the discipline of Yoga
  • Be able to watch videos online
  • Create an environment where you can go through the lessons without any external disturbances

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 11 lectures and 8.5 hours of content!
  • deepen your Yoga experience if you are already a Yoga practitioner
  • get exposed to the broad depth that is the discipline of Yoga
  • develop an understanding of the modulations of the mind
  • improve the quality of your life through practical wisdom of Yoga
  • experience living with greater happiness, fulfilling relationships and life purpose

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in learning about Yoga
  • Any teachers and students of postural yoga who wish to deepen their Yoga practice
  • Anyone with the question “is that all that life got?”
  • Anyone who wants to live life at 100% and yet not get stressed out in the process
  • Anyone willing to add a tiny bit of discipline to their life
  • Anyone who has even a brief realization of “my mind has a mind of its own!"

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Curriculum

Section 1: Patanjali's Yoga Sutras - Commentary by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Welcome to Patanjali's Yoga Sutras Course
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48:40

Lecture 2: The Discipline of Yoga (48:40 mins)

We highly recommend that you watch each lecture in one sitting, without any distractions. This may require you to make sure that you will not be disturbed for the duration of the lecture.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar walks us through....

- Three types of happiness

- Rajasic Happiness (Happiness which is enjoyable to begin with but ends in misery)
- Tamasic Happiness (Imposing discipline that does not bring joy to oneself or anyone else at any time.)
- Sattvic Happiness (To begin with, it may not be enjoyable but it always leads to joy)


Some of the setup and discussion points that we recommend after every session:

- what resonated with you from the video? It may have caused you to stop and think. Maybe it reminded you of a pattern that you get stuck in at times or see others stuck in.

- how do you see the patterns, obstacles, solutions etc. mentioned by Maharishi Patanjali playing out in your own life. Sharing concrete examples from your own life will make the discussion so much more rich and meaningful for you and everyone!

- How would you like to implement few things from what you heard in the video. It is said that when you practice and perfect what you "know" (knowledge) it transforms into wisdom which in turn brings you freedom and happiness!

- You may share the above by going to the discussions / comments tab and look for the lecture that you would like to contribute for. You can share your insights in the comments section of that discussion topic.

- By your contribution and sharing, you would be adding to the richness of the learning experience not only for you but for everyone! Encourage each other to participate. The learning process becomes so much fun when everyone does!

58:35

Lecture 2: Honoring the Practice

We highly recommend that you watch each lecture in one sitting, without any distractions. This may require you to make sure that you will not be disturbed for the duration of the lecture.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar describes :

  • The three ingredients for a high-quality yoga practice according to Patanjali
    • practice for a long time
    • without a gap
    • with honor & respect
  • What does it mean to invoke honor & respect to the practice?
  • Practice alone is insufficient; we require the second key as well: Vairagya (dispassion or centeredness)
  • Definition of Vairagya (dispassion or centeredness) given by Patanjali
  • What is supreme dispassion (parama vairagya)?


In the comments section against this lecture, share

- a key take-away for you from the lecture.

- share instances in your life that bring out some of the points covered in this lecture.

49:49

Lecture 3: Samadhi

We highly recommend that you watch each lecture in one sitting, without any distractions. This may require you to make sure that you will not be disturbed for the duration of the lecture.

In this lecture Sri Sri Ravi Shankar speaks about the following:

  • Equanimous mind can be experienced in different flavors, consequently there are different types of Samadhi. (Sama = equanimous, Dhi = intellect).
  • The 4 types of “Sampragyata Samadhi” (awareness assisted samadhi): Vitarka (special logic that cannot be reversed), Vichara (witness consciousness or contemplation, where you observe thoughts that come and go), Ananda (A meditative state in which you experience ecstasy), and Asmita (An experience of "I am").
  • Some other types of samadhi are Videha (One loses the awareness of the body and surroundings) and Prakrtilaya (Completely merging with the nature) samadhi, Shraddha (Faith - consolidation of all your energy, Veerya (One hundred percent vigor, courage and vitality), Smriti (memory of an experience of samadhi)
  • Samadhi gives rise to heightened awareness
  • For the person who gives first preferences to their practices, it is very easy to become aware of their self.



Some of the setup and discussion points that we recommend after every session:

- what resonated with you from the video? It may have caused you to stop and think. Maybe it reminded you of a pattern that you get stuck in at times or see others stuck in.

- how do you see the patterns, obstacles, solutions etc. mentioned by Maharishi Patanjali playing out in your own life. Sharing concrete examples from your own life will make the discussion so much more rich and meaningful for you and everyone!

- How would you like to implement few things from what you heard in the video. It is said that when you practice and perfect what you "know" (knowledge) it transforms into wisdom which in turn brings you freedom and happiness!

- You may share the above by going to the discussions / comments tab and look for the lecture that you would like to contribute for. You can share your insights in the comments section of that discussion topic.

- By your contribution and sharing, you would be adding to the richness of the learning experience not only for you but for everyone! Encourage each other to participate. The learning process becomes so much fun when everyone does!

57:14

Lecture 4: Who is God?

We highly recommend that you watch each lecture in one sitting, without any distractions. This may require you to make sure that you will not be disturbed for the duration of the lecture.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar speaks about the following:

    • The first part of the lecture mentions devotion to God as one of the means in the path of yoga. Patanjali enumerates the attributes of God (Iswara) so the practitioner has a clear understanding of God. Methods to experience and express the devotion are also listed.
    • The second part of the lecture enumerates precisely the 9 obstacles in the path of yoga. There is no 10th obstacle. One way to overcome obstacles is by devotion to god. Other methods will be described in the next lecture.
    • Along with the 9 obstacles, Patanjali explains the 5 signs or symptoms to know when one is stuck in an obstacle.


Some of the setup and discussion points that we recommend after every session:

- what resonated with you from the video? It may have caused you to stop and think. Maybe it reminded you of a pattern that you get stuck in at times or see others stuck in.

- how do you see the patterns, obstacles, solutions etc. mentioned by Maharishi Patanjali playing out in your own life. Sharing concrete examples from your own life will make the discussion so much more rich and meaningful for you and everyone!

- How would you like to implement few things from what you heard in the video. It is said that when you practice and perfect what you "know" (knowledge) it transforms into wisdom which in turn brings you freedom and happiness!

- You may share the above by going to the discussions / comments tab and look for the lecture that you would like to contribute for. You can share your insights in the comments section of that discussion topic.

- By your contribution and sharing, you would be adding to the richness of the learning experience not only for you but for everyone! Encourage each other to participate. The learning process becomes so much fun when everyone does!

53:06

Lecture 5: Overcoming obstacles

We highly recommend that you watch each lecture in one sitting, without any distractions. This may require you to make sure that you will not be disturbed for the duration of the lecture.

In this lecture Sri Sri Ravi Shankar discusses the following:

  • Sri Sri first reviews the 5 signs or symptoms of obstacles. This is followed by various options to overcome obstacles. Patanjali mentions 8 methods/options in addition to devotion to god, in order to overcome the obstacles in yoga.
  • The 8 methods listed by Patanjali to overcome obstacles present a treasure trove of secrets to manage the mind. For example, one of the method is to give our attention to one who has already achieved what we are looking for (a role model). This can be thought of as pouring water (a metaphor for our awareness) into a container, and how it takes the same shape of the container.


Some of the setup and discussion points that we recommend after every session:

- what resonated with you from the video? It may have caused you to stop and think. Maybe it reminded you of a pattern that you get stuck in at times or see others stuck in.

- how do you see the patterns, obstacles, solutions etc. mentioned by Maharishi Patanjali playing out in your own life. Sharing concrete examples from your own life will make the discussion so much more rich and meaningful for you and everyone!

- How would you like to implement few things from what you heard in the video. It is said that when you practice and perfect what you "know" (knowledge) it transforms into wisdom which in turn brings you freedom and happiness!

- You may share the above by going to the discussions / comments tab and look for the lecture that you would like to contribute for. You can share your insights in the comments section of that discussion topic.

- By your contribution and sharing, you would be adding to the richness of the learning experience not only for you but for everyone! Encourage each other to participate. The learning process becomes so much fun when everyone does!

32:13

Lecture 6: Steadiness and Samadhi

We highly recommend that you watch each lecture in one sitting, without any distractions. This may require you to make sure that you will not be disturbed for the duration of the lecture.

In this lecture Sri Sri Ravi Shankar discusses the following:

  • In this lecture Sri Sri delves deeper into the flavors of samadhi or equanimous mind.
  • Samadhi happens when the vrittis (turbulence/modulations) become feeble and the mind becomes clear like a blemishless crystal.
  • This “crystal-clear mind” can be experienced in different flavors, that are classified as Savitarka samadhi, Nirvitarka Samadhi, Savichara samadhi and Nirvichara samadhi. The distinctions between them are described in this lecture.
  • At a practical level, the effects / benefits of these states are enunciated. For example, a person in Nirvichara samadhi has direct access to intuition. The knowledge obtained in this intuitive state is of far greater quality than the knowledge we hear / read/ logically deduce.
  • Lastly, the highest state of samadhi, “Nirbeeja samadhi” (seedless samadhi) is explained. All of the earlier types of samadhi are “with-seed” (sabeeja samadhi).
  • Also explained by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar are the methods of meditation such as the “hollow and empty” meditations to reach the states of Samadhi described by Patanjali.


Some of the setup and discussion points that we recommend after every session:

- what resonated with you from the video? It may have caused you to stop and think. Maybe it reminded you of a pattern that you get stuck in at times or see others stuck in.

- how do you see the patterns, obstacles, solutions etc. mentioned by Maharishi Patanjali playing out in your own life. Sharing concrete examples from your own life will make the discussion so much more rich and meaningful for you and everyone!

- How would you like to implement few things from what you heard in the video. It is said that when you practice and perfect what you "know" (knowledge) it transforms into wisdom which in turn brings you freedom and happiness!

- You may share the above by going to the discussions / comments tab and look for the lecture that you would like to contribute for. You can share your insights in the comments section of that discussion topic.

- By your contribution and sharing, you would be adding to the richness of the learning experience not only for you but for everyone! Encourage each other to participate. The learning process becomes so much fun when everyone does!

01:03:36

Lecture 7: Kriya Yoga

We highly recommend that you watch each lecture in one sitting, without any distractions. This may require you to make sure that you will not be disturbed for the duration of the lecture.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar discusses the following:

  • In this lecture, we begin the 2nd Chapter in Patanjali Yoga Sutras, which starts with the “Yoga of Action”, or Kriya Yoga. The three components of Kriya Yoga are described, namely Tapas (austerity or “willingly enduring the opposite values” or “heat”), Svadhyaya (self-study) and Iswara Pranidhana (devotion to god).
  • The objective of Kriya yoga is clearly stated, namely: to experience Samadhi and to reduce miseries.
  • Three types of Tapas: In this lecture, we do an in-depth study on Tapas. The literal meaning of Tapas is to heat or to cook. The two major benefits of Tapas are mentioned: to purify the system and to strengthen the system.
  • Tapas can be classified into 3 types: Tapas for the body, Tapas for speech and Tapas for the mind. These 3 types are explained in detail using references from Bhagavad Gita.
  • Tapas can also be classified in another way, into 3 types: Satvik Tapas, Rajasic Tapas and Tamasic Tapas. Again, detailed explanation based on Bhagavad Gita is provided.

Some of the setup and discussion points that we recommend after every session:

- what resonated with you from the video? It may have caused you to stop and think. Maybe it reminded you of a pattern that you get stuck in at times or see others stuck in.

- how do you see the patterns, obstacles, solutions etc. mentioned by Maharishi Patanjali playing out in your own life. Sharing concrete examples from your own life will make the discussion so much more rich and meaningful for you and everyone!

- How would you like to implement few things from what you heard in the video. It is said that when you practice and perfect what you "know" (knowledge) it transforms into wisdom which in turn brings you freedom and happiness!

- You may share the above by going to the discussions / comments tab and look for the lecture that you would like to contribute for. You can share your insights in the comments section of that discussion topic.

- By your contribution and sharing, you would be adding to the richness of the learning experience not only for you but for everyone! Encourage each other to participate. The learning process becomes so much fun when everyone does!

59:54

Lecture 8: Veils of Misery

We highly recommend that you watch each lecture in one sitting, without any distractions. This may require you to make sure that you will not be disturbed for the duration of the lecture.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar discusses the following:

  • In this lecture, the nature of human misery is investigated by Patanjali. As noted in lecture 7, one of the benefits of Kriya Yoga is to reduce the miseries, so let us inquire into what are the miseries.
  • The miseries (kleshas) are 5 in number:
    1. Avidya (ignorance)
    2. Asmita (ego)
    3. Raga (craving)
    4. Dvesha (aversion), and
    5. Abhinivesha (fear)

A detailed analysis of each of the 5 kleshas are given.

  • Next, the dynamics of the kleshas are presented. Patanjali enunciates how the kleshas transmigrate across lifetimes through a repository of karmas, called “Karmashayas”. What is it that sustains these unwanted karmashayas? How to destroy the seeds of these karmashayas before they sprout? And how to eliminate (not just reduce) the kleshas? These questions are answered in this lecture.



Some of the setup and discussion points that we recommend after every session:

- what resonated with you from the video? It may have caused you to stop and think. Maybe it reminded you of a pattern that you get stuck in at times or see others stuck in.

- how do you see the patterns, obstacles, solutions etc. mentioned by Maharishi Patanjali playing out in your own life. Sharing concrete examples from your own life will make the discussion so much more rich and meaningful for you and everyone!

- How would you like to implement few things from what you heard in the video. It is said that when you practice and perfect what you "know" (knowledge) it transforms into wisdom which in turn brings you freedom and happiness!

- You may share the above by going to the discussions / comments tab and look for the lecture that you would like to contribute for. You can share your insights in the comments section of that discussion topic.

- By your contribution and sharing, you would be adding to the richness of the learning experience not only for you but for everyone! Encourage each other to participate. The learning process becomes so much fun when everyone does!

37:03

Lecture 9: Eliminating the Cause of Pain

We highly recommend that you watch each lecture in one sitting, without any distractions. This may require you to make sure that you will not be disturbed for the duration of the lecture.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar discusses the following:

  • In this lecture, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar presents Patanjali’s analysis of the human condition: we seek happiness but invariably experience pain.
  • What happens when we seek happiness from outside objects or conditions.
  • The root cause of pain is the forgetfulness of oneself from the environment.
  • How to destroy the seeds of pain even before they sprout.


Some of the setup and discussion points that we recommend after every session:

- what resonated with you from the video? It may have caused you to stop and think. Maybe it reminded you of a pattern that you get stuck in at times or see others stuck in.

- how do you see the patterns, obstacles, solutions etc. mentioned by Maharishi Patanjali playing out in your own life. Sharing concrete examples from your own life will make the discussion so much more rich and meaningful for you and everyone!

- How would you like to implement few things from what you heard in the video. It is said that when you practice and perfect what you "know" (knowledge) it transforms into wisdom which in turn brings you freedom and happiness!

- You may share the above by going to the discussions / comments tab and look for the lecture that you would like to contribute for. You can share your insights in the comments section of that discussion topic.

- By your contribution and sharing, you would be adding to the richness of the learning experience not only for you but for everyone! Encourage each other to participate. The learning process becomes so much fun when everyone does!

27:11

Lecture 10: Eight Limbs of Yoga - Part 1

We highly recommend that you watch each lecture in one sitting, without any distractions. This may require you to make sure that you will not be disturbed for the duration of the lecture.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar discusses the following in this lecture:

  • The eight limbs of yoga, or “Ashtanga Yoga” is perhaps the most well-known teaching in Patanjali Yoga Sutras. In this lecture, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar lays the objective of Ashtanga Yoga: to provide the right conditions/environment so that the full potential of the human being can blossom in exuberance. Otherwise, it is just in seed form.
  • Then we delve deep into each of the eight limbs, namely
    1. yama (vows),
    2. niyama (code of conduct),
    3. asana (postures),
    4. pranayama (regulating the prana using the breath),
    5. pratyahara (control of the senses),
    6. dharana (focus)
    7. dhyana (meditation), and
    8. samadhi (evenness of mind).
  • The first two limbs -- yama and niyama, have 5 aspects to them. Each of the 5 aspects of both limbs are enunciated in detail, and the benefits (siddhis) are given when these are perfected.
  • Profound insights for yoga practitioners who practice asanas and pranayama are given. As we saw before, only 3 of the 196 sutras of Patanjali talk about asanas. These 3 sutras are covered in this lecture. Understanding and applying the principles contained in these 3 sutras significantly elevate the quality of the yogasana practice (practice of postures).
  • Similarly, the 5 sutras on pranayama are covered, providing great insights in the practice of breathwork.
  • Some Yoga practitioners may be familiar with “Pratyahara”, the 5th limb of ashtanga yoga, which contains practices such as the “shanmukhi mudra”. In this lecture, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar provides extraordinary insights on pratyahara by drawing similarities to what we eat; in fact, “ahara” means food, which includes “food for thought which we receive through our senses”. We see in this talk that pratyahara is the practice of avoiding “junk food” for the sake of our own well-being.


Some of the setup and discussion points that we recommend after every session:

- what resonated with you from the video? It may have caused you to stop and think. Maybe it reminded you of a pattern that you get stuck in at times or see others stuck in.

- how do you see the patterns, obstacles, solutions etc. mentioned by Maharishi Patanjali playing out in your own life. Sharing concrete examples from your own life will make the discussion so much more rich and meaningful for you and everyone!

- How would you like to implement few things from what you heard in the video. It is said that when you practice and perfect what you "know" (knowledge) it transforms into wisdom which in turn brings you freedom and happiness!

- You may share the above by going to the discussions / comments tab and look for the lecture that you would like to contribute for. You can share your insights in the comments section of that discussion topic.

- By your contribution and sharing, you would be adding to the richness of the learning experience not only for you but for everyone! Encourage each other to participate. The learning process becomes so much fun when everyone does!

26:51

Lecture 11: Eight Limbs of Yoga - Part 2

We highly recommend that you watch each lecture in one sitting, without any distractions. This may require you to make sure that you will not be disturbed for the duration of the lecture.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar discusses the following in this lecture:

  • The eight limbs of yoga, or “Ashtanga Yoga” is perhaps the most well-known teaching in Patanjali Yoga Sutras. In this lecture, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar lays the objective of Ashtanga Yoga: to provide the right conditions/environment so that the full potential of the human being can blossom in exuberance. Otherwise, it is just in seed form.
  • Then we delve deep into each of the eight limbs, namely
    1. yama (control),
    2. niyama (restraints),
    3. asana (postures),
    4. pranayama (regulating the prana using the breath),
    5. pratyahara (control of the senses),
    6. dharana (focus)
    7. dhyana (meditation), and
    8. samadhi (evenness of mind).
  • The first two limbs -- yama and niyama, have 5 aspects to them. Each of the 5 aspects of both limbs are enunciated in detail, and the benefits (siddhis) are given when these are perfected.
  • Profound insights for yoga practitioners who practice asanas and pranayama are given. As we saw before, only 3 of the 196 sutras of Patanjali talk about asanas. These 3 sutras are covered in this lecture. Understanding and applying the principles contained in these 3 sutras significantly elevate the quality of the yogasana practice (practice of postures).
  • Similarly, the 5 sutras on pranayama are covered, providing great insights in the practice of breathwork.
  • Some Yoga practitioners may be familiar with “Pratyahara”, the 5th limb of ashtanga yoga, which contains practices such as the “shanmukhi mudra”. In this lecture, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar provides extraordinary insights on pratyahara by drawing similarities to what we eat; in fact, “ahara” means food, which includes “food for thought which we receive through our senses”. We see in this talk that pratyahara is the practice of avoiding “junk food” for the sake of our own well-being.



Some of the setup and discussion points that we recommend after every session:

- what resonated with you from the video? It may have caused you to stop and think. Maybe it reminded you of a pattern that you get stuck in at times or see others stuck in.

- how do you see the patterns, obstacles, solutions etc. mentioned by Maharishi Patanjali playing out in your own life. Sharing concrete examples from your own life will make the discussion so much more rich and meaningful for you and everyone!

- How would you like to implement few things from what you heard in the video. It is said that when you practice and perfect what you "know" (knowledge) it transforms into wisdom which in turn brings you freedom and happiness!

- You may share the above by going to the discussions / comments tab and look for the lecture that you would like to contribute for. You can share your insights in the comments section of that discussion topic.

- By your contribution and sharing, you would be adding to the richness of the learning experience not only for you but for everyone! Encourage each other to participate. The learning process becomes so much fun when everyone does!

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Instructor Biography

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Spiritual Leader

Global Spiritual Leader, Humanitarian and Peace Ambassador

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a humanitarian and spiritual leader, an ambassador of peace and human values. Through his life and work, Sri Sri has inspired millions around the world with a vision of a stress-free, violence-free world. He has founded courses that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life and he has established nonprofit organizations that recognize a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality, and religion.

Sri Sri is the Chancellor of Sri Sri University. He also serves as the Chairman of the Quality Control of India Yoga Certification Committee.

Founding the First Organizations

Sri Sri founded The Art of Living Foundation as an international, non-profit, educational, and humanitarian organization. The educational and self-development programs of the Art of Living Foundation provide powerful tools to eliminate stress and improve well-being. These programs include breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living which have helped millions around the world to transform their lives.

In 1997, Sri Sri created the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) as a global platform for humanitarian initiatives that solve problems by uplifting human values. Through its country organizations and partners, IAHV conducts service projects and raises funds for humanitarian and disaster relief initiatives throughout the world. Activities administered or funded by IAHV include prisoner rehabilitation, trauma relief for veterans, youth and community development, disaster and trauma relief, and organizational excellence programs.

Inspiring Service and Globalizing Wisdom

Sri Sri is a spiritual teacher. He has rekindled the traditions of yoga and meditation and has offered them in a form that works in the 21st century. By reviving ancient wisdom, Sri Sri has created new techniques for personal and social transformation. These include a powerful technique called Sudarshan Kriya® which has helped millions of people to find relief from stress and discover inner reservoirs of energy and peace in daily life. In only three decades, his programs and initiatives have touched the lives of over 370 million people in 152 countries.

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