MINNEAPOLIS (June 1, 2016) — For over 35 years, the Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) has helped more than 370 million people achieve inner happiness through self-development programs based on meditation and yoga. This summer, AOLF will launch its newest offering, Get Happy, to discover the “how” of lasting happiness, through Sudarshan Kriya – a simple yet powerful breathing technique that effortlessly draws an individual into a deep state of meditation.
Get Happy has been developed under the direction of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a global humanitarian and Guru of Joy, to make the ancient practices of meditation accessible and relevant in today’s fast paced life. Expert instructors from the Foundation will host the two-day immersive experience, where Sri Sri Ravi Shankar himself will lead a special session in eight cities across the U.S., kicking-off June 24 in Washington, D.C. Additional cities he will be visiting include Boston, Columbus, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In Minneapolis the workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday June 30 at Minneapolis Convention Center from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
“My mission is to put a smile on the face of every person I meet,” said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation. “A disease-free body, quiver-free breath, stress-free mind, inhibition-free intellect, obsession-free memory, ego that includes all, and sorrow free soul is the birthright of every human being.”
More than ever, an individual’s complete happiness is considered to be the proper measure of social progress and the goal of public policy. In fact, the United Nations has argued that happiness, as measured by life evaluations, provides a broader indicator of human welfare than do measures of income, poverty, health, education, and good government. Recently released, the 2016 World Happiness Report Update, ranked the United States at number 13 in terms of the happiest countries.
The centerpiece to the Get Happy program is the Sudarshan Kriya – a rhythmic breathing technique that harmonizes the body, breath and mind; enabling the deepest connection with oneself. Professionals from different walks of life such as doctors, scientists, professors, business executives, veterans, students and prisoners have benefited from this technique. More than 60 independent studies published in peer review journal across four continents have demonstrated the benefits including a reduction in stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD and addictive behaviors.
AOLF is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded by world-renowned philanthropist and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It offers educational and self-development programs that facilitate the elimination of stress and foster deep inner peace, happiness and well-being.