The “Living Well: Art of Self Care Retreat” is a 30 hour Continuing Education Credit program combining 3 cornerstone techniques; “Sudarshan Kriya” and “Sahaj Samadhi Meditation” and “ Sri Sri Yoga” based on ancient vedic science of breath, art of meditation and philosophy of yoga.

  • Sudarshan Kriya® 
A unique powerful breathing practice using natural specific rhythms that facilitate the release of deep stress and harmonize the body and mind.
  • Sahaj Samadhi Meditation®
 A personal practice of meditation that is natural and effortless to relax the mind and body into a state of deep and profound restfulness to unfold one’s own infinite potential.
  • Sri Sri Yoga®
 A restorative practice of yoga including asanas such as “Padma-Sadhana®”, Sukshma Vyayam (Subtle Yoga), Sun-salutation, Yoga-Nidra and yogic wisdom. A holistic way to integrate and energize body, mind, breath and spirit.

The course is taught over 5 days with total 30 hours (30 hours onsite, followed by an OPTIONAL 2 hours follow-up session after 1-2 weeks either in person or online) The CME certificates are provided upon completion of the program. Participation in all sessions of the program is mandatory for CME Certificate.

A FREE 2-hour “Pre-Session Introductions to the Living Well Programs” as well as a 2-hour “Post-Session Follow-up to the Living Well Programs” is offered at specific times and venues, before and after the CME Activity respectively. These sessions are also approved to provide 1.5 Continuing Education Credits. For the schedule please contact the program coordinator.


Who Should Attend
The course is designed for Physicians, Physicians-in-Training (medical students, residents, fellows), Osteopath practitioners, Nurses, Allied healthcare professionals and Integrative medicine practitioners who want to incorporate the ancient and modern sciences for stress management and self-development into their daily lives.



Upon completion of this program, the participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the connection between body, mind, breath and Self.
  • Reflect on the tendencies of the mind and recognize how managing the mind can help bring awareness and alleviate stress and burnout.
  • Relate to the science of breath and breathing techniques as tangible tools to increase energy and reduce stress.
  • Identify and optimize the sources of energy to maximize personal well-being.
  • Demonstrate, perform and practice Yoga asana, Breathing techniques, and unique process of “Sudarshan KriyaTM”
  • Practice “Sahaj Samadhi Meditation” and follow the instructions to adhere to daily Meditation practice.
  • Develop practical tools and social skills through reflective interactive processes.
  • Incorporate the course’s knowledge into daily life to create regular self care practices for life-long benefits.

Course Curriculum

  • Yoga Asanas: Various gentle and vigorous postures including a specific sequence of invigorating and soothing yoga postures called “Padma-Sadhana®” and Sukshma Vyayam (Subtle Yoga)
  • Pranayama: Various Breathing techniques including Victory Breath (also known as Ujjayi Breath), Bellows Breath (also known as Bhastrika), Shining Skull Breath (also known as Kapalbhati), Alternate Nostril Breathing (also known as Nadi Shodhan), Bee Breath (also known as Bhramari) and Yogic Breath
  • Sudarshan Kriya® (also known as SKY practice): This powerful breathing process is the centerpiece of the course and uses specific, natural rhythms that facilitate the release of deep stress and harmonize the body-mind complex.
  • Sahaj Samadhi Meditation®: “Sahaj” means natural or effortless, “Samadhi” means the state of deep peace and rest that underlies thought and activity. This is an ancient meditation practice that allows the conscious mind to settle deeply into itself in a natural, effortless way.
  • Timeless wisdom: Interactive experiential processes based on ancient and modern science.



Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint provider ship of the NYU Post-Graduate Medical School and the Art of Living Foundation. The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Accreditation Statement
“This continuing nursing education activity is approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission (ANCC) on Accreditation.”


Continuing Education Credits
This program is approved for:

  • Physicians: – CME Credits – 30 CME under the standards of Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for MDs.
    MD Participants will receive maximum 30 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM
  • Nurses: CNE Credits – 30 Contact Hours Continuing Educational Credits for Nurses under the standards of American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
    Nurses will receive maximum 30 CNE contact hours.
  • Other HCPs: Certificate of Attendance for all other Health Care Professionals

Participants who attend the “Pre-Session Introduction to the Living Well Programs” and “Post-Session Follow-up to the Living Well Programs” may earn up to 1.5 Continuing Education Credits additionally.

Overall Benefits

  • Learning tools and techniques to prevent and reverse the burnout, enhancing the personal and professional performance.
  • Creating a daily self care practice to live a happier and healthier life.
  • Earning up to 30 AMA PRA Category 1TM CME credits for MDs and 30 AANP contact hours CNE credits for Nurses.
  • Lifetime access to weekly Sudarshan KriyaTM practice groups in 10,000+ Art of Living centers around the world over 155 countries.
  • Opportunity to connect with global community of Meditating doctors and other HCPs.


Research has demonstrated that Sudarshan Kriya® and the related practices can:

  • Reduce levels of stress (reduce cortisol – the “stress” hormone)
  • Relieve anxiety and depression (mild, moderate and severe)
  • Enhance well-being (Increase prolactin)
  • Regulate brain function (increased mental focus, calmness and recovery from stressful stimuli, including PTSD)
  • Support the immune system.
  • Increase antioxidant protection.
  • Help to restore normal sleep patterns.

More information on Sudarshan Kriya®, Sahaj Samadhi Meditation and Sri Sri Yoga can be found at:


Dr. Bharti Verma, MA, MD, FCFP
Dr Bharti is currently in active practice at Duffus Health Centre, a multidisciplinary health care team, including psychotherapy and counselling, women’s health, chronic disease management and acute medical care services. She is President of Duffus Health Centre since 2010.
She has varied experience in all aspects of family medicine including long term care, obstetrics, geriatrics, pediatrics, psychotherapy and counselling. She is affiliated with Department of family medicine Dalhousie University as Lecturer/preceptor. She is keenly interested in promoting preventive health and patient education. She actively teaches yoga and meditation in her practice and have offers weekly classes to promote health in her clinical practice for the past 3 years.
She is actively involved with Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) Canada since 1986, and is Vice-President of AOLF Canada from 2010 to 2017. She is also Chairperson SSY school of Yoga from 2016 to present.
She is certified instructor with 500H E-RYT Yoga Alliance and a very senior instructor in Yoga and Meditation with Art of Living Canada.


Sejal Shah BHMS, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Sejal is Certified Art of Living Instructor and E-RYT® 500, YACEP® through Yoga Alliance and a writer. Having a strong foundation for understanding health, in terms of mind-body-spirit state with her academic training in Homeopathy, Yoga and Ayurveda, she teaches people of all walks of life about healthy living, how to effectively manage their mind and emotions, eliminate stress, live in harmony amid diversity and bring greater peace and joy into their lives. She has facilitated more than 15000 hours of programs in mind-body wellness. Her gentle, loving, and authentic approach brings profoundness in her teaching that helps her students to experience the depth of yoga and its relation to life. She has been with Art of Living Foundation since 2009.
She is the former Founder of Wellness and Lifestyle Excellence Center, a member of Yoga Academic Council at Sri Sri University, India, and a research associate with WISE (World Wide Scientific Explorations).
Recently Dr Bharti Verma and she worked with American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin to create a yoga journal on “Integrated Medicine – Integrating Ancient Science with Modern Medicine – An Illustrative guide for Physicians”.


Wed Oct 31st: (1 ½ Hour)
4-6 pm : Check-in
6-7 pm : Dinner and Meet and Greet
7-7.20 pm : AOLRC orientation
7.30-9 pm : The Secret of the Breath


Thurs Nov 1: (6 hours)
7.30-8.30 am : Morning Yoga
8:30-9:30 am : Breakfast
9.30 am-12.30 pm : The Rhythms of Life
12.30-1.30 pm : Lunch
1.30-4.15 pm : Free time*
4:15-6:15 pm : Deepening Our Experience
6.15-7.30 pm : Dinner


Fri Nov 2: (6 hours)
7.30-8.30 am : Morning Yoga (optional)
8:30-9:30 am : Breakfast
9.30 am – 12 noon : New beginning of self care routine
12-1.30 pm : Lunch
1.30-4 pm: Free time*
4-6 pm : Understanding Burnout and Self Care, Subtle Yoga (Sukshma Vyayam)
6-7.30 pm : Dinner
7.30-9 pm : Introduction and Initiation to Sahaj Samadhi Meditation


Sat Nov 3: (11 hours)
6-7 am : Morning Walk/Sunrise/Labyrinth Meditation (Weather permitting) or Journaling/Solitude 7-8.30 am : Morning Yoga
8.30-9.30 am : Breakfast
9.30 am-1 pm : Understanding Health, Wellness, and Yoga, Padmasadhana, Meditation practice
1-3 pm : Lunch and Free time*
3-6.30 pm : Chair Yoga Practice, Meditation Practice, Understanding Yoga’s Subtle Anatomy
6.30-7.30 pm : Dinner, Q-A with open discussion
7.30-8.30 pm : Understanding Ayurveda


Sun Nov 4: (6 hours)
7-8.30 : Morning Yoga
8.30-10 am : Breakfast and Check out
10 am-12.30 pm: Science of Yoga, Understanding Energy Centers, Energy Center Meditation
12.30-1.30 pm : Lunch
1.30 – 3.30 pm : Q-A, Home practice guidelines

Note: The schedule is subject to change to accomodate flow of the course.

*Free time to enjoy a range of activities such as hiking, pottery, spa treatments, or simply unwind with a book whilst admiring the vastness of the mountain range

Date & Time

Starts: Oct 31, 2018 04:00 PM

Ends: Nov 04, 2018 03:30 PM


Dr. Bharti Verma & Sejal Shah


All rates are all-inclusive of tuition, room & meals

Standard: $1175
Students & Trainees: $935
Repeaters: $735

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