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The Art Of Living Part I Course (Art of Breathing)

The degree to which stress unduly influences our lives is generally underestimated: Often the mind clings on to anger, guilt, or regret about the past, or is plagued by anxiety and worry about the future. This oscillation of the mind causes tension and stress both for ourselves and for the people around us and leads to reduced effectiveness in action. Breath is the link from body to mind, and thus is the key to handling our mind and negative emotions, and releasing our true potential - at work, at home, and at leisure.
 
Course elements include:

  • Practical knowledge to deal with the daily challenges of life.
  • Interactive exercises.
  • Yoga, stretching, and relaxation exercises.
  • Meditation and powerful breathing techniques.
  • Sudarshan Kriya, a unique breathing technique

Just some of the benefits course graduates mention:

  • Reduced stress
  • more joy and enthusiasm
  • improved efficiency and productivity (at work and at home)
  • greater self-esteem
  • enhanced health and sense of well-being
  • improved interpersonal skills
  • clearer perception and decision-making
  • shining expression and enhanced beauty
  • anti-aging or rejuvenating effects.
     

 

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Timea
Hungary
I thank all the beauty which I have received during this course. I have collected a big big joy inside during this course. It was amazing to experience how it was possible to wake up smiling, to walk on the street smiling while my heart is full of bliss.

Costa Rica
The Foundation with courses that it has allowed me to take, has given me a flavour and shine to my life which I didn't have before. Also, thanks to the practices, my physical and mental health has improved notably in very short time.
Abdul Wahab. k. moish, Chief engineer, Ministry of Electricity
Iraq
I found that this training of breathing is so useful and its benefit shows when I do it. I feel that my heart is stronger and younger.
Jerry Borerwe, Banker, Harare
Zimbabwae
The Art of Living Silver Jubilee, February 2006 experience in India was extremely enriching and refreshing. On numerous occasions I wondered whether I was not already in heaven!! The experience was absolutely unbelievable, with so many nations and diverse cultures with the main aim of promoting peace and happiness. My wife was completely surprised about the change in me. Ever since, I have been more peaceful and happy than ever before. The very experience of seeing Guruji at such close range was quite enlightening. The way he handled the whole proceedings was just too amazing!!!
Sara Parigi, 33 years, hospital nurse, Florence, Italy

Before the Art of Living course, I often got angry and aggressive with people; I was rough with the patients and after that I felt bad and wrong. The Sudarshan Kriya gave me peace and relaxation. Now I like very much my job and I can enjoy every moment I spent with my patients. It's so beautiful when they smile and when they feel protected, and when they tell me they look forward to seeing me. I am so grateful to this course for giving us these precious techniques which can balance mind, body and soul.
Hendry W
Student
Totally awesome. Have managed to lose the craving and urge to smoke, take alcohol & other behavior patterns that were destructive. Inner peace & peaceful sleep. The entire nervous system feels flushed. Stamina has also increased.
Valiram Nagrani
Zimbabwae
Two years ago I suffered from asthma. I was on Ventolin Servent and Fuxotide inhalers. I completed two Basic courses and began practising the Sudarshan Kriya regularly. I began noticing that these techniques helped me and gradually I stopped using the inhalers.
Dr. Venus
Iraq
I feel peace with myself and have less stress. I think if I continue with the practice, this feeling of peace will continue to grow.
Zoran Radovic, Professor
Montenegro
The Art of Living course gives me back the peace that I had lost. Earlier, everything seemed scattered and felt like a burden. Now, stability, joy and easiness have come together with peace.
Zoran Radovic, Professor, Montenegro

The Art of Living course gives me back the peace that I had lost. Earlier, everything seemed scattered and felt like a burden. Now, stability, joy and easiness have come together with peace.
Zoran Radovic
Professor, Montenegro
The Art of Living course gives me back the peace that I had lost. Earlier, everything seemed scattered and felt like a burden. Now, stability, joy and easiness have come together with peace.
Shiv Prasad
Naxalite from Bihar
We were indoctrinated with words of confrontation and hatred. Now, Sri Sri has filled our lives with love and we want to spread love, not hatred.
Nalibu
Savenaca
The benefit of this program is great. I have experienced a change in my lifestyle. My breathing problem is getting better now. I am feeling fit.
Soko
Jitoko jnr
I could feel many changes in my life. For example having clear mind & also implementing good decision making, also cure some of my minor injuries & complete relaxation. Sleep earlier & also having good sleep. I will continue this course when released from incarceration.
Ram Kumar
Youth from Bihar, India
I spent most of my time running from the law. I shifted drugs from one area to another. I made a lot of money, but I wasted it on alcohol. The Art of Living program gave me a new way to live my life. I am inspired to serve my community and make a better man of myself.
Mr. Vivek Vig, Former General Manager-Consumer Bank, Samba, Saudi Arabia

The performance of our staff has remarkably improved which also showed in the business results and the way we met our targets. . .
Himmat L.

I had a great time with the advance course. I think everyone came a better person. My personal health seems improved. I am finding that I am more tolerant to my own self these days. This means that I do not indulge into drinking and other bad habits as soon as I find time. I used to do that a lot before. And others think I have become brighter in my appearance.
Pablo Zuniga
Coordinator,
I work in the Curundu area with high-risk youth. Because they are a pretty difficult group but through the programs of the project we have seen the change in them. . . . Some of the boys have always lived this system of violence, drug trafficking, the consumption of drugs and it is not easy. Suddenly, to live a normal life like what other people live. The Art of Living has been a tremendous project. Something that has impacted the boys, in the way that you have worked with them and they truly reflect the attention that you have given to them. And all the rest of the young men are so content and motivated that I think that the Art of Living project has been good.


There were no jobs in the village. Farming was not very lucrative which is why I got into bad company in the first place. Today, I am in charge of all the Art of Living work for my area. My whole life has been transformed.
Reena (Naikebula)
Office of Social Security Development, Panama
I feel that this is the most beautiful thing I have ever got in my life. There were a lot of blood clots in my leg. These things are gone. There is no pain anymore. I am so happy.
Namratta Shah
Art of Living Teacher, Nairobi, Kenya, (After teaching a Breath-Water-Sound workshop for street boys, in Kangemi Slums, Kenya from Oct. 4-8, 2005)
By the end of the course, I got to know 35 wonderful individuals who had not experienced for a moment in their childhood what it was to be without fear and many of them reported feeling calm and less stressed out. Some of the boys also pledged to stop sniffing glue (a dangerous toxic substance that is widely used by them to suppress their hunger.
Keiko Tsusaka, social worker, Japan

It feels like I slip into meditation while I am still moving the body. After I began doing Sri Sri Yoga, I feel that my Aikido and gymnastics practice has become much smoother. My joints and entire body have become more flexible. It has a calming effect on my mind too.
Mariam Zaidi, Islamabad

I've always been fascinated by yoga and meditation. I bought a couple of books and tried to teach myself but I never truly understood its practice or benefits until I took the Art of Living course. I feel very satisfied because I know that whenever I feel fatigued, stressed out or just simply want to refresh myself, I know of a simple exercise that will work wonders and is something I can rely on throughout my life.
Etelei, New Zealand

I felt relieved from stress by doing this course. It slows me down and makes me relaxed. It got rid of all the tensions and negative feelings that I had. I felt good after doing the first session. It makes me aware of how important my body is and how to look after it.
Oscar Eid, Lebanon

My life changed since I took the Art of Living course. I became a more stable person, more open to myself and to others. I became more aware while dealing with my present and past problems. The Art of Living course focuses on what brings people together. In Lebanon, we have several communities. The three main communities are Muslims, Christians and Druze. The course helps in building bridges among them.
Rabbi, Jerusalem

We came to breathe and we experienced the breath of our souls.
Dr. Ruchi Gupta, Punjab, India

I was a patient of Chronic Bronchial Asthma with acute exacerbation in change of seasons right from my childhood (hereditary from both parents), on continuous use of Bronchodialtors and Steroids. After doing the Part I course in June 1999 till date, I have used my inhalers just 3-4 times. Now I am free of all steroids, anti-allergy and bronchodilator medicines. It is amazing.
William Hayden, NASA Senior System Analyst, USA

As an engineer, I need to be, both, analytical and critical. Mental clarity and stamina are also essential. Sudarshan Kriya and meditation enhance these abilities. An additional plus is a better sense of well being.
Tania Palomares, Social Worker
Philippines
The Art of Living course brought me the tools to be the artist of my own life. It has shown me how to have a calm mind and an open heart and to be a better listener. This course is a great offering to yourself and through you, to everybody else.
Julie Ang, Businesswoman (fitness centre owner)
Philippines
With the course, it seeps through me slowly. . discoveries after discoveries and miracles after miracles unfold. I am amazed at how AoL helped me reintroduce myself to mySELF, healed me from unhappy memories and made me feel peaceful and contented. There's no room for loneliness for me now for I belong to my BEING, I belong to the WORLD. There's no room for me to feel unloved for I am the source of LOVE. I can't express my deepest gratitude to the people who brought me to AOL and to the people working behind it.
Dahlia Mejilla, Businesswoman
Philippines
The course has helped me to improve my interpersonal relationships with others and the calm & internal tranquility it has engendered within me has been an immeasurable help to me in controlling any stress building within me. It has had a beneficial effect upon my health & I intend to continue taking further courses that are on offer which I have no doubt will provide further benefits to my health and contentment
Hiro Assandas Daryanani, Businessman
Philippines
I found the course to be an invigorating experience. It gave me insights into the techniques of breathing. I experienced a feeling of tranquility and serenity during and after every session. I am now 73 years old and conclude that it is never too late to take this course.

Suriname
Before the course I felt terrible from inside because I always looked back at my past. I blamed everyone who for my unhappiness in live. First the course was difficult, but when I persevered I mentally felt more stable. The thoughts of what had happened to me in life slowly faded away through the breathing practices. Now I feel emotionally strong.
Nuray, 52 Retired
Turkey
If you want to be healthier and get rid of operations and medicines, you should take this course. Believe me, you will see the miracle inside.
Nilden, 22 years, student
Turkey
It was a perfect experience. I can't start my day without the Sudarshan Kriya.
Bhasha Naik
Zimbabwae
Nine years ago I underwent surgery for a thyroidectomy. After this operation I had to take one Eltroxin tablet per day, as a supplement in order to replace the hormone thyroxin. This tablet was taken for eight years. I began practising the Sudarshan Kriya regularly. Within six months I went for regular Thyroid function tests. My doctor discovered that there was no longer any need to take Eltroxin as the tests were completely normal.
Enereta Takawira
Zimbabwae
I was on insulin injections since August 1996. My sugar level was 29. 7. I used to inject myself twice daily for the past five and half years. Thanks for the course which changed my life. Two days after the course my doctor told me to stop injections and tried tablets which did not work. I can hardly believe it but it was true. I am now on diet only. I used to be very sick at times but, now I am healthier, stronger and happier. No more complications.
Anila Naik
Zimbabwae
I was diagnosed as having thalassaemia (anaemia). The medication I used to take was as follows: 6 Ferrous Sulphate tablets per day 6 Folic Acid tablets per day 6 Pyridoxine (B6) tablets per day. I also required a B12 injection every third week. Since I did the Basic course and DSN Course also in 1999, I began practising Sudarshan Kriya regularly. My condition improved to such an extent that I no longer depended on the above medications. It has been nearly two years since I have stopped taking any medication.
Sophia Mafuwa
Zimbabwae
My name is Sophia Mafuwa. I am 45 years of age, from 83 Airport Road, Bulawayo. I have been struggling with hypertension since 1995 up to recently when I started the exercise with the Art of Living Foundation. In February 2005 I had taken the Breath, Water, Sound workshop. Since I started these exercises my health has improved so much, especially my hypertension which used to range from 150/100 to 180/120 had been reduced to 130/90. I also used to suffer from stomach ulcers but due to the exercises and food awareness taught on the course and the restricted diet I am following, I have not had too many problems with them anymore. Thanks to these exercises, my health has drastically improved and I thereby encourage everyone out there to be involved in such exercises because they turn out to be very helpful and healthy.
Eunice Kapandura
Zimbabwae
When I heard about the course i really wondered does life ever have an art but this is what I now know. Of course it is always said "sky is the limit" but I always thought it was one of the riddles around until attended the Art of living course. I am young woman living with HIV I lost my husband to AIDS after six months later I lost the love of my life my grandmother. When my husband died his relatives took away everything and I ruled I will never greet them, they will never see the child again, I told myself I had nothing a person with nothing has nothing to lose. So I said to myself don't worry you will buy everything you had in marriage and will be happy. I told myself that I love people and I want to work tirelessly for people living with HIV like me, then I volunteered to do that through The Centre, while doing that I would sometimes regret. sometimes just blamed myself, sometimes imagine dying of AIDS and begin crying once I cried while counseling someone. I just had a fear of the unknown although I am a very strong person I always thought there shall come a time for me to be happy until the wonder working course. Now I am a complete free someone I haven't bought all that i wanted but I feel rich and light in my heart I see myself as a flower once again, believe me I really can't explain but I was born again. One thing that really touched my heart was to know that loving your enemy was more important than loving those you already loved well I have known this through my spiritual belief for long but I mean I didn't know it was that easy. Now I went to see my husband's young brother he was so surprised but happy he gave the child a genuine hug. I don't believe I used my money to go there and still be this happy. I am glad that I have started fulfilling Sri Sri's wish to put a smile on every face I know with support from Bhamini, Ebrahim, Alka and other good people from The Art of Living I will put more smiles around the world.
Mutsa Remba, Commercial lawyer, Harare
Zimbabwae
Art of Living changed me inside-out. A lot of my former hang-ups which pulled me back in life and made me experience less of my potential have vanished through daily practice of the breathing techniques taught at the course. I have so much enthusiasm, positivity and gratitude for each experience I encounter - at home, at work and with my friends. And the secret is, all this goodness and vitality was locked up inside me, hidden by accumulated stress which manifested as all manner of negative emotions - including fear, anger, resentment and depression. In other words, the Real Me emerged, and I am much more valuable the world in general, and to all around me as a result.
Borka Brakovic, retired
Montenegro
It is never too late! Do the course now!
Ljeskovic Milica, Lawyer
Montenegro
Beautiful experience, new experience! My personal feeling of relaxation and calmness is proof of the programme
Vesna Velosevic, Accountant
Montenegro
I feel calm and light. I love everything, I laugh and feel so relaxed.
Dijana Kalinic, Student
Montenegro
Wonderful experience. I wish every friend would do it. The best part was that I did not have to take sedatives and I feel calmer. If some stressful situation comes up, I just laugh.
Misako, 23 yrs
Japan
I felt a strong light from within. Now I am in control of my emotions. I am more energetic. I was able to return to being a child during the six days.
M. Fahdil
Iraq
I had a wonderful experience in these four days. I feel better, like my head is clear and that oxygen is entering every cell in my body
M. Ali Bankat
Iraq
Before this experience, I was sad, depressed and starting to lose hope because of the situation here in Iraq. Now, after only four days, I feel confident in myself
Veronika
Hungary
Thanks for the training and teachings, I immensely enjoyed the 4 days. I am doing it every morning!!
Vilma Curling
Costa Rica
I used to suffer of colitis and chronic gastritis. I had had fungus in the fingernails of my feet for many years, when I began to practice the breathing techniques, one of my feet was totally healed, the other one, it has been partially healed. The colitis disappeared and the gastritis stays in a light level without bothering; my arterial pressure and my levels of sugar improved to such a degree that the doctors have taken me away the medications I had to take every day to control them. Emotionally I recovered the happiness again and my physical appearance has changed positively.
Emiliana Z
Costa Rica
Everything began after my father death he had a long sickness. My health began to deteriorate, feeling muscular pains at my hip level, legs and back. My sleep was altered, to the point of spending complete nights without sleeping. Besides feeling fatigued without carrying out physical effort, and prevented me to carry out my daily routines. I looked for help with a rheumatologist who diagnosed me rheumatic related illness and prescribed me a series of medications to be taken, in order to reconcile my sleep( drugs), to mitigate the fatigue and the pain. I began the school year 2004 with a lot of uneasiness which forced me to very often incapacities and I will generally work without willingness of carrying out any task, this motivated me to begin looking for other alternatives to improve my health. I informed myself of the breathing courses and I attended the basic course. The instructor of that basic course advised me to continue with the silence course, reason why I attended the course on September of the 2004 in San Carlos. During this course I began to feel great well-being at a physical level, reason why I decided to stop to take the medications for pain and fatigue, but I continued with the sleeping medicine. After finishing the course, I left the medications to get sleep and until today's day I don't require of any medication and I apply in my daily life the basic principles of the Foundation the Art of Living, which has allowed me to continue carrying out the regularly activities that usually carried out (exercising, working, walking, plus home activities). The well-being that I have felt has been so big that I could get pregnant being able to get to the end of my pregnancy with success. Nowadays I am enjoying my son and I feel so fortunate. The well-being that I have felt has been so big that I could get pregnant being able to get to the end of my pregnancy with success. Nowadays I am enjoying my son and I feel so fortunate.
Martha de Colmenares
Costa Rica
I took the basic Course in the year 1997 with the dear Enrique Ferreira like Instructor. For those days I was extremely affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis and an Anaemia which practically had me with very scarce mobility, to the point that I arrived to the course almost carried by my friends and course partners. That weekend was wonderful, during the first Kriya, Enrique had to wake me up from time to time because I felt asleep due to my condition; but a second it was the explosion: I began to cry and to cry without being able to stop and I felt like to cry with fury but I didn't know why. In certain moment I stopped to weeping and such a wave of laughs came and laughter that literally failed on the floor. I returned home without any pain and with an overflowing happiness. My husband and my son were with their open mouth, when they saw me go up the house stairways, dancing Cumbia!!!!They had seen me go up them very slowly, with a lot of difficulty, leaning on in the handrails or sitting, rotating the steps. The physical recovery was alone a flash of the changes in my interior: today I know what the forgiveness is, the happiness, is the detachment, the happiness, and many other beautiful things. I am instructor of RAS. , I collaborate with the administrative part of the Foundation and with the Books and Tapes sales. I give thanks to Sri Sri and I am willing to serve Him and the Foundation in whatever way He wishes.
Flory Moreno, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
I had around three years of not sleeping appropriately since I should take care of my sick son. This kept me stressed, I had chest pain, and suffered a rhythm heart disease. One night I prayed to Jesus for Mercy to help me because I felt so exhausted. Three days later watching television I found out about the breathing courses and I carried out a small practice directed by instructor Naline who motivated me to take the course. It impacted me a lot in that moment the sweetness and the love that it reflected her and the importance that had the inhalation and the exhalation and I took conscience that I didn't know how to breathe appropriately. When I carried out the first breathing course I experienced an ecstasy and a great liberation, starting from the second Kriya I was removed from the pain in my chest, I didn't have fainting until today's day.
Mohammad, Health & Happiness
I never knew that yoga could be so wonderful and that chanting has such a deep effect on my body. I want to thank Allah for giving me the opportunity to join the course.
Zoran Radovic, Professor
The Art of Living course gives me back the peace that I had lost. Earlier, everything seemed scattered and felt like a burden. Now, stability, joy and easiness have come together with peace.
Fiona Groenewald
I had bought my prescription inhalers in advance and today went and returned them. Thanks to the Sudarshan Kriya, I’m never going to need them again. This really has been a miracle in my life.
Mariam Zaidi
I've always been fascinated by yoga and meditation. I bought a couple of books and tried to teach myself but I never truly understood its practice or benefits until I took the Art of Living course.I feel very satisfied because I know that whenever I feel fatigued, stressed out or just simply want to refresh myself, I know of a simple exercise that will work wonders and is something I can rely on throughout my life.
Zoran Radovic, Professor
The Art of Living course gives me back the peace that I had lost. Earlier, everything seemed scattered and felt like a burden. Now, stability, joy and easiness have come together with peace.
Iman
I was a businesswoman who believed in numbers and not in spirituality. It was a bad word for me. Things became happier for me after the first time I did the Sudarshan Kriya. Earlier I would eat, drink, dress well. I was happy.Then I discovered that all those things are not for me, but for my body. I didn’t know before this, that there was a soul inside me. Every time I meditate, dig inside myself, I find more and more things to thank the Art of Living for.
Sara Parigi, 33 years, hospital nurse
Before the Art of Living course, I often got angry and aggressive with people; I was rough with the patients and after that I felt bad and wrong.The Sudarshan Kriya gave me peace and relaxation. Now I like very much my job and I can enjoy every moment I spent with my patients. It's so beautiful when they smile and when they feel protected, and when they tell me they look forward to seeing me.I am so grateful to this course for giving us these precious techniques which can balance mind, body and soul.
Oscar Eid
My life changed since I took the Art of Living course. I became a more stable person, more open to myself and to others. I became more aware while dealing with my present and past problems.The Art of Living course focuses on what brings people together. In Lebanon, we have several communities. The three main communities are Muslims, Christians and Druze. The course helps in building bridges among them.
Rabbi
We came to breathe and we experienced the breath of our souls.
William Hayden, NASA Senior System Analyst
As an engineer, I need to be, both, analytical and critical. Mental clarity and stamina are also essential. Sudarshan Kriya and meditation enhance these abilities. An additional plus is a better sense of well being.
Dr. Ruchi Gupta
I was a patient of Chronic Bronchial Asthma with acute exacerbation in change of seasons right from my childhood (hereditary from both parents), on continuous use of Bronchodialtors and Steroids. After doing the Part I course in June 1999 till date, I have used my inhalers just 3-4 times. Now I am free of all steroids, anti-allergy and bronchodilator medicines. It is amazing.
 

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