stress&violence-free
society
organization
• founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
• not-for-profit, educational, and humanitarian NGO engaged
in stress-management and service initiatives
• operates globally in 151 countries
• provides humanitarian projects for the society, and courses
for the individual
• a multi-faceted organization with one of the largest
volunteer base in the world
Memberships
• CONGO (Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with
ECOSOC of the United Nations), Geneva and New York
founder
• Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a man who inspires thousands
of people across the world.
• He has traveled the world, teaching people the Art of
Living. He has designed special courses that teach the
Sudarshan Kriya, a stress-elimination breathing
technique.
• Sri Sri is fostering human values and building
communal unity through his philosophy and the ideal
of a one world family.
mission
• “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free
society, we cannot achieve world peace”
• offers stress-elimination programs which include breathing
techniques, meditation and yoga.
• the Art of Living has spread peace across communities
through diverse humanitarian projects, including:
• conflict resolution
• disaster relief
• sustainable rural development
• empowerment of women
• prisoner rehabilitation
• education for all
• and environmental sustainability
why breath is so important
• breathing is normally an unconscious process
• breath is the link between the body, mind and spirit
• when the mind is free of fear, guilt and anger, and is
more centered, then it can heal the system of any
ailment.
• through the practice of our breathing techniques, you
will learn to consciously govern the breath so that it
brings harmony into your body, mind and spirit
Sudarshan Kriya –
Experience the Power of Rhythmic Breathing
• Once we understand the connect between breath,
body and mind, we can bring about changes in our
mental and behavioral patterns by consciously altering
the rhythms of our breath.
• You can use the breath as an effective and quick
stress relief technique to flush out stress, anger,
anxiety, depression, and worry; leaving the mind
completely relaxed and energized.
• With Sudarshan Kriya, you can experience the power
of breath and understand the link between the body
and the mind.
Environmental Care and Awareness Programs
• our volunteers from around the world have initiated
several projects keeping the preservation of nature in
mind
• large scale tree plantations through Mission Green
Earth, water conservation and protection including
cleaning up of rivers, zero-budget chemical-free
farming that does not exploit the land and also benefits
the farmer are a few such initiatives
• it is necessary that these values are inculcated in
young minds at home and at school. Awareness
programs for youth and children (Deepening Roots,
Broadening Vision) also form an important and integral
part of this long-term vision.
Disaster Relief
• with its worldwide network of volunteers, the Art of
Living has been able to immediately reach the
calamity-struck place anywhere in the world, providing
physical and mental solace and material relief.
• from extensive relief and rehabilitation work in
Kyrgyzstan , volunteers of the Art of Living have gone
beyond the concern of their own safety to tend to the
mental, emotional and material needs of natural or
manmade disaster victims. 456 people participate in
AOL rehabilitation programs during June-August 2010
in Kyrgyzstan.
Transforming Society
• service - an expression of inner joy
• empowering individuals & communities
• creating a progressive, spiritual & humane
world
Sudarshan Kriya – Benefits (1)
Physical health benefits
• Reduces stress
• Improves health and well-being
• More energy
• Strengthens immune system
• Reduces cholesterol levels
Mental health benefits
• Greater creativity
• Greater clarity of mind
• Improves sleep
• Enhances brain function
• Improves ability to manage challenging situations
Sudarshan Kriya – Benefits (2)
Improved interpersonal relations
• More ease, joy and harmony in personal and work relationships
• A deeper sense of community
• Increases awareness both of self and surroundings
• Improves patience
• Increases confidence and self-esteem
Psychological benefits
• Relieves depression and anxiety
• Relief from anxiety and depression (mild, moderate, and
severe)
Thank You for Your Attention!
Art of Living in Kazakhstan
Contacts: office 85, house 225
Khussainova St., Almaty
+7(727) 227 64 82
+7 701 725 37 80, +7 702 507 35 54
www.artofliving.org