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Yoga

WHAT IS YOGA

What is yoga? If you thought that yoga was all about bending and twisting your body in odd shapes, it's time to rethink. Yoga is much more. In very simple words, giving care to your body, mind and breath is yoga. This means that the century-old practice includes yoga postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayamas) and meditation. Through these, the body, mind and breath come in harmony with each other and that very moment yoga happens.

Yoga for everyone

Yoga has never been alien to us. It's a way of our life. We have been doing it since we were a baby! Whether it was the Cat Stretch to strengthen their spine or the Wind-Relieving Pose to boost digestion, you will always see kids do some form of yoga throughout the day. It's now time to get back to the practice and Sri Sri Yoga can be your guide. Here, you will find something for everyone – be it a beginner in yoga to the practice or an advanced practitioner, children or adults, women or the elderly – all can benefit at the Sri Sri Yoga Course.

Benefits of yoga

They are countless. Whatever you may be looking for – weight loss,diabetes, better time management, freedom from anger, effective communication, or creativity at work, yoga has the answer. The practice of yoga has immense benefits for not just the body but also the mind so that you enjoy a perfect healthy state of being.

Patanjali Yoga Sutras – the classic gift of yoga

An exclusive commentary by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the ancient classic text, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, which will enlighten you on the knowledge of yoga, its origin and purpose. Soak deep in this rich knowledge every week and learn more about the practice of yoga, as written down by Patanjali.

Top 10 yoga benefits

Weight loss, a strong and flexible body, glowing beautiful skin, peaceful mind, good health – whatever you may be looking for, yoga has it on offer. However, very often, yoga is only partially understood as being limited to asanas (yoga poses). As such, its benefits are only perceived to be at the body level and we fail to realize the immense benefits yoga offers in uniting the body, mind and breath. When you are in harmony, the journey through life is calmer, happier and more fulfilling.
With all this and much more to offer, the benefits of yoga are felt in a profound yet subtle manner. Here, we look at the top 10 benefits of regular yoga practice.

1. All-round fitness. You are truly healthy when you are not just physically fit but also mentally and emotionally balanced. As Sri Sri Ravi Shankar puts it, “Health is not a mere absence of disease. It is a dynamic expression of life – in terms of how joyful, loving and enthusiastic you are.” This is where yoga helps: postures, pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation are a holistic fitness package. 


Yoga – My personal fitness mantra

  • My weight-loss formula
  • My mind soother
  • My tool for better communication
  • My creativity machine
  • My doubt repeller
  • My time planner

2. Weight loss. What many want! Yoga benefits here too. Sun Salutations and Kapal Bhati pranayama are some ways to help lose weight with yoga. Moreover, with regular practice of yoga, we tend to become more sensitive to the kind of food our body asks for and when. This can also help keep a check on weight.

3. Stress relief. A few minutes of yoga during the day can be a great way to get rid of stress that accumulates daily - in both the body and mind. Yoga postures, pranayama and meditation are effective techniques to release stress. You can also experience how yoga helps de-tox the body and de-stress the mind at the Sri Sri Yoga Level 2 Course.


4. Inner peace. We all love to visit peaceful, serene spots, rich in natural beauty. Little do we realize that peace can be found right within us and we can take a mini-vacation to experience this any time of the day! Benefit from a small holiday every day with yoga and meditation. Yoga is also one of the best ways to calm a disturbed mind.


5. Improved immunity. Our system is a seamless blend of the body, mind and spirit. An irregularity in the body affects the mind and similarly unpleasantness or restlessness in the mind can manifest as an ailment in the body. Yoga poses massage organs and stregthen muscles; breathing techniques and meditation release stress and improve immunity.


6. Living with greater awareness. The mind is constantly involved in activity – swinging from the past to the future – but never staying in the present. By simply being aware of this tendency of the mind, we can actually save ourselves from getting stressed or worked up and relax the mind. Yoga and pranayama help create that awareness and bring the mind back to the present moment, where it can stay happy and focused.


7. Better relationships. Yoga can even help improve your relationship with your spouse, parents, friends or loved ones! A mind that is relaxed, happy and contented is better able to deal with sensitive relationship matters. Yoga and meditation work on keeping the mind happy and peaceful; benefit from the strengthened special bond you share with people close to you.


8. Increased energy. Do you feel completely drained out by the end of the day? Shuttling between multiple tasks through the day can sometimes be quite exhausting. A few minutes of yoga everyday provides the secret to feeling fresh and energetic even after a long day. A 10-minute online guided meditation benefits you immensely, leaving you refreshed and recharged in the middle of a hectic day.


9. Better flexibility & posture. You only need to include yoga in your daily routine to benefit from a body that is strong, supple and flexible. Regular yoga practice stretches and tones the body muscles and also makes them strong. It also helps improve your body posture when you stand, sit, sleep or walk. This would, in turn, help relieve you of body pain due to incorrect posture.


10. Better intuition. Yoga and meditation have the power to improve your intuitive ability so that you effortlessly realize what needs to be done, when and how, to yield positive results. It works. You only need to experience it yourself.

Remember, yoga is a continuous process. So keep practicing! The deeper you move into your yoga practice, the more profound are its benefits.
Yoga practice helps develop the body and mind bringing a lot of health benefits yet is not a substitute for medicine. It is important to learn and practice yoga techniques under the supervision of a trained Sri Sri Yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga techniques after consulting a doctor and a Sri Sri Yoga teacher. Find a Sri Sri Yoga course at an Art of Living Center near you. Do you need information on courses or share feedback? Write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sri Sri Yoga is a discipline, both gentle and powerful, that integrates elements from the different paths of yoga, especially Hatha yoga, uniting the body, mind and breath in awareness. Here the wisdom and techniques of yoga are brought to you in a joyful and thorough manner, and covers a vast range from breathing techniques to various body postures (asanas) to knowledge and guided meditations. Sri Sri Yoga goes beyond the physical body and helps you sharpen your sensitivity towards more subtle levels of existence, leading to a full blossoming of the human potential.

Sri Sri Yoga – Your gateway to good health

Have you noticed that in the 24 hours of a day, we have time for everybody and everything, but not even a few moments to pay attention to our mind and body? At the Sri Sri Yoga Course, you will get many such moments exclusively to spend with yourself and give deep rest to both your mind and the body. The 10-hour workshop aims to achieve that harmony between the mind, body and breath and correct any imbalance in the system, which cause issues like back pain etc. A complete experience of yoga happens at Sri Sri Yoga.

Sri Sri Yoga Level 1

This 10-hours workshop provides an experience of all aspects of yoga, including:

•    Combination of gentle and vigorous postures as well as dynamic exercises
•    Powerful breathing techniques
•    Application of yogic Knowledge
•    Simple tools for relaxation
•    Guided meditations
•    Yogic perspective on attaining a balanced diet
•    Introduction to Ayurveda, the science of life

A personal yoga plan is charted for everyone and they are introduced to ayurveda where they learn about yogic diet. Through this course, the bountiful fruits of yoga can be experienced quickly.

Pre-requisites: None

Course format: You can experience Sri Sri Yoga Level 1 in your neighbourhood or treat yourself to a yoga retreat in one of The Art of Living Centers.

•    In your neighbourhood, Sri Sri Yoga Level 1 Course is offered as a five days workshop, either consecutive or weekly, for two hours each day.
•    Residential Sri Sri Yoga Level 1: Report on Friday by 4 PM and depart on Sunday from 1 PM onwards.
•    Non-residential Sri Sri Yoga Level 1: Five sessions are spread over two weekends (Sat-Sun-Fri-Sat-Sun) for two hours each day.

Sri Sri Yoga Level 2

As yoga enthusiasts many of us are on the lookout for a yoga course that can help us explore the depths of yoga from philosophy to practice. Sri Sri Yoga Level 1 introduces us to the techniques of asana, pranayam and meditation; while Sri Sri Yoga Level 2 gives us an opportunity to go deeper into the realm of yoga and understand what it means to live like a yogi!

Dive deep in Yoga

Advanced yoga does not have to necessarily mean difficult yoga. Here we thoroughly explore yoga postures, ancient yogic knowledge, breathing and meditation in a gentle yet profound, celebrative and joyful retreat setting.

•    Correct your postures for better symmetry and alignment
•    Physical and emotional cleansing through Shankh Prakshalan and Neti
•    Understand yoga scriptures better
•    Learn new pranayamas (breathing techniques) such as Chandrabhedi, Suryabhedi, Sheetali
•    Experience SSaHC* : Subtle strengthening and Healing Contractions
•    Experience silence in activity and activity in silence

*SSaHC: A new, gentle and meditative muscle contraction exercise program for strengthening and toning muscles, restoring the balance and harmony at physical and pranic levels, decreasing chronic pains, and above all for giving you a meditative experience of yourself.

Prerequisites: Yogis who have completed Sri Sri Yoga Level 1 and the Part-1 or YES!+ Course can apply.

Course format: Four day residential course

For more information about courses, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meditation is a simple yet powerful technique that effortlessly allows your mind to become calm and peaceful. All you need to do is sit with your eyes closed and you might experience deeper rest than the deepest sleep which you can ever have!