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“Health is not mere absence of disease. It is the dynamic expression of life”

 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Yoga Teacher Training – Is it for me?

  You’re passionate about the practice. You’ve received yoga’s abundant gifts through your time on the mat. Maybe the gifts have flowed off the mat too and into your daily life. Perhaps you’ve been inspired to share what you’ve learned, or enhance your local community with the benefits of yoga. Or it maybe it’s that …

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The Real Meaning of Ahimsa

  Ahimsa is the intention to harm nobody and nothing. That is the main thing. But you should not stretch it too much.   See, in your body, whether you like it or not, whether you want it or not, your immune system is doing it. Your immune system, if it is strong, is destroying …

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A Spiritual Perspective on Anxiety and Depression - Art of Living Retreat Center

A Spiritual Perspective on Anxiety and Depression

  We have to remove this label we put on ourselves: ‘“I have anxiety”. You should say you had. Never say it in the present tense. “I have anxiety.” You might have had anxiety last week or yesterday or an hour ago, but it is gone. You know, we should put this very strongly into …

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Opening Your Heart to the Juiciness of Life

  Life should be more juicy, don’t you think so? Life should be thrill and juice and wonder and suspense. You might think your heart is shut down. I tell you, my dear, that it is not. You don’t have to try to open it. Though we think we are shut down and try to …

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What is Consciousness?

  You ask me what is consciousness, but I ask you, what is not consciousness? Everything is made of of consciousness.   When you go deep into that empty space that you are feeling in meditation, three things happen. At the beginning of the meditation, you don’t see anything, you just see emptiness, but when …

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How to Deal With Challenging Relationships

  Life is not a sheep yard or a cowshed, but a zoo. You find all types of people in life, not just others who are like you. The most intelligent, the most creative, and the most dull, hyperactive, or lazy ones are all here — whatever their behavior is, don’t worry about them. It …

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Samadhi and the Nature of Enlightenment

  There are many different types of Samadhi. “Dhi” means intellect, or consciousness, and “sama” means equanimous, so Samadhi means an equanimous intellect.   When Samadhi becomes so stable that you don’t need to do anything, you don’t even need to meditate, then that state is called enlightenment. Until then, the practice of Samadhi is …

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Stress Relief

Definitions and Causes of Stress: Relief Results from Understanding

  There’s a beautiful human being inside everyone. What makes one different is the stress that covers the beauty.  When the stress is gone, we become our original selves. In this article, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar speaks on the 5 things we need to know about stress.   5 things we need to know …

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Exploring Wisdom: Sri Sri on the Eight Limbs of Yoga

In 2015, Art of Living founder and guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar spoke with Philip Goldberg on the importance of the eight limbs of yoga. As relevant as ever, Sri Sri’s wisdom encourages us to consider all aspects of a Yoga practice as a path to greater fulfillment, health, and happiness.    Q: What would …

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The Practice: Sri Sri on the Nature of the Yogi

Yoga is so much more than exercise — it’s a way of being. Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shares his thoughts on the far-reaching impact of yoga on the body, mind, and spirit, and the true nature of the Yogi.    A disease-free body, a violence-free society, a confusion-free mind, a inhibition-free intellect, …

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