Beginning of The Art of Living. SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is humanitarian leader, spiritual teacher and ambassador of peace. His vision of a stress-free, violence-free society has united millions of people the world over through service projects and the courses of The Art of Living.In 1982, Sri Sri entered a ten-day period of silence in Shimoga located in the Indian state of Karnataka. The Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique, was born. With time, the Sudarshan Kriya became the center-piece of the Art of Living courses. ART OF LIVING Sri Sri founded The Art of Living as an international, non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization. Its educational and self-development programs offer powerful tools to eliminate stress and foster a sense of well-being. Appealing not only to a specific population, these practices have proven effective globally and at all levels of society. INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR HUMAN VALUES (IAHV) -- In 1997, he co-founded the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) to coordinate sustainable development projects, nurture human values and coordinate conflict resolution in association with The Art of Living. In India, Africa and South America, the two sister organizations' volunteers are spearheading sustainable growth in rural communities, and have already reached out to over 36,000 villages. WHAT IS YOGA The secret to health and happiness lies deep within every human. Yoga is the science of discovering one's own self - the very source of pure consciousness, peace and bliss. Everyone knows that we don't feel good and we get stressed when there is disharmony in our lives, when our bodies are tired and our busy minds constantly chatter and judge. Through the discipline of Yoga we become more aware of ourselves by doing simple postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation to rejuvenate the body and quite the mind. It is in this manner that we cultivate harmony in ourselves. WHAT IS MEDITATION Settling the surface mind is meditation. Living in the present is meditation. Relaxing deeply is meditation. When you are really happy, reposing in love, you are meditating. Meditation is that space when the thoughts have subsided, and the mind is in complete rest. WHAT IS SUDHARSHAN KRIYASudarshan Kriya incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath which harmonize the body, mind and emotions. This unique breathing technique eliminates stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving you calm yet energised, focused yet relaxed.Millions around the world have done this unique practice and have reported better quality of life. WHAT IS AYURVEDAAyurveda is the ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine. When translated from Sanskrit, Ayurveda means "the science of life" (the Sanskrit root Ayur means "longevity" or "life" and veda means "science").While allopathic medicine tends to focus on the management of disease, Ayurveda bestows us with the knowledge of how to prevent disease and how to eliminate its root cause if it does occur ESSENCE OF ALL RELIGIONS IS SPIRITUALITYAll religions, be it Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism or Jainism, have three aspects: values, rituals and symbols. Moral and spiritual values are common to all traditions, and the symbols and practices - those rituals and customs that form a way of life within a religion are what distinguish one tradition from another and give each of them their charm! The symbols and practices are like a banana skin, and the spiritual values - the quest for truth and awareness of our divinity - are the banana. However, people in every tradition have thrown away the banana and are holding onto the skin.