We just had an incredible event with founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and 1,000+ guests at the center. The event was filled with smiles, meditation and moments of joy, but here are five of our favorite moments from the event (plus one extra for those who left before New Year’s!)
1. Silent Night, Holy Night
We had many silent nights and many festive ones. Christmas evening stands out in part for its heartfelt rendition of Silent Night with a hall full of love. The traditional candlelit lit atmosphere was replaced by a sea of cell-phone flashlights, which was none the less moving.
2. Inauguration of the School of Yoga
Without much fanfare, a momentous step was made in providing quality, authentic yoga education in the US. With the lighting of a lamp, we signaled that the light of wisdom will be kindled in the coming years in the form of the Sri Sri School of Yoga. Directed by Krishna Verma, the School will open its doors in April of 2016.
3. A White Christmas
The weather was mostly pleasant and marked by misty mountain landscapes. However, we did enjoy one scenic snowfall before the event’s end.
4. Beautiful Silence
There’s nothing quite like going into a New Year blessed with the clarity and peace of mind that silence brings. The silence course was nothing less than wonderful.
5. The Wisdom Series
The Wisdom Series was a wake-up call. The sessions with Sri Sri were thought-provoking, transformative and delightful. Also, the meditations were one of a kind, time after time and deeply moving.
6. New Year’s Celebrations
The event ended for many on December 30. However, for over 200 people who stayed back, the celebrations continued through the New Year with a large Yesplus silence course and other programs. We celebrated New Year’s Eve in true Art of Living style – in the Yoga Remix, a room full of joyful people (most of them in silence) welcomed the New Year with meditation, singing, dancing and laughter.
What were your favorite moments from the Wisdom Series? Tell us in the comments below. Happy New Year & we look forward in advance to our next big celebrations, Guru Purnima in July of 2017!
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