Living Well: Happiness Program For Health Care Professionals

Decreasing Burnout and Increasing Resiliency for Health Care Professionals, 10 CME/CNE available
Poornima Sharma and Sejal Shah

Boone, North Carolina

Aug 16 – 18
Poornima Sharma and Sejal Shah
Aug 16 – 18
Including Lodging, Meals, and Tuition
Aug 16 – 18
August 18, 2019 1:00 pm
Retreat Type
Art of LivingArt of Living
Professional Development & TrainingsProfessional Development & Trainings
Retreat Goals
Calm & Clear MindCalm & Clear Mind


Health care professionals are inspired to serve their patients and profession, but in the process of caring for their patients’ needs, they are subject to many pressures which can lead to stress and physician burnout.


The Living Well Happiness Program for Health Care Professionals (HCPs) is an opportunity to learn simple self-care practices that

  • Reduce stress, exhaustion, and compassion fatigue
  • Enhance physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being
  • Improve resilience and enrich the quality of life
  • Help to navigate the challenges of personal and professional life with more tranquility and dynamism, resulting in improved performance.


The program also gives HCPs an opportunity to earn 10 CME/CNE credits as provided by joint partnership of Art of Living Foundation with NYU Post-Graduate Medical School and ANCC respectively.



Course Objectives

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to

  1. Recognize the connection between body, mind, breath, and Self
  2. Manage the mind to help bring awareness, alleviate stress and burnout  
  3. Relate to the science of breath and breathing techniques as tangible tools to increase energy and reduce stress    
  4. Identify and optimize the sources of energy to maximize personal well-being
  5. Demonstrate, perform, and practice yoga asana, breathing techniques, and the unique process of Sudarshan Kriya®
  6. Develop practical tools and social skills through reflective interactive processes
  7. Incorporate what you learn 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®

Yogic Science of Breathing

Various breathing techniques including Victory Breath (also known as Ujjayi Breath) and Bellows Breath (also known as Bhastrika)

Rhythmic Breathing

Sudarshan Kriya® Yoga (also known as SKY practice) is a powerful breathing process that is the centerpiece of the course. It uses specific natural rhythms to facilitate the release of deep stress and harmonize the body-mind complex.

Yoga Psychology

Cognitive Behavioral Reframing is an Interactive experiential processes based on ancient and modern science.

Mind/Body R&D

Yoga Genetics—Neuroplasticity—is used to develop your personal self-care routine for improving resilience.


Overall Benefits

  1. Learn tools and techniques to prevent and reverse the burnout, enhance personal and professional performance. 
  2. Create a daily self-care practice to live a happier and healthier life.
  3. Earn up to 10 AMA PRA Category 1TM CME credits for MDs and 10 AANP contact hours CNE credits for Nurses.
  4. Lifetime access to weekly Sudarshan Kriya® practice groups in more than 10,000 Art of Living Centers in more than 155 countries around the world..
  5. Opportunities to connect with a global community of meditating doctors and other HCPs.



Research has demonstrated that Sudarshan Kriya® and 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.



NYU—New York University Post-Graduate Medical School


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.


The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AHNAAmerican Holistic Nurses Association


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 the following continuing education credits.


CME Credits10 CME under the standards of Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for MDs.  

MD Participants will receive a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. 


CNE Credits10 Contact Hours Continuing Educational Credits for Nurses under the standards of American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Nurses will receive a maximum of 10 CNE contact hours. 

Other Health Care Professionals

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 additional continuing education credits.


Additional Resources Links

  1. Sudarshan Kriya—Science of Breath
  2. Guided Meditations
  3. Research on SKY and Sahaj Meditation
  4. Living Well Programs


Sejal Shah

Sejal has been on the path of yoga and meditation for about 20 years. Having a strong foundation for understanding health, in terms of mind-body-soul state with her 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 15,000 hours of programs in mind-body wellness. She is the Founder & Director of Wellness and Life Style Excellence Center and a member of Yoga Academic Council at Sri Sri University, India. She writes regularly on yoga and healthy living in various print and digital media like Huffington PostYOGANONYMOUS, etc.  She facilitates the Happiness Program, Art of Living Yoga Retreats, Art of Living Yoga Teachers Training Program, Mind & Meditation Seminars and also Living Light Weight Loss program, Yoga and Marma Sessions at the Shankara Ayurveda Spa. Her gentle, loving, and authentic approach brings profoundness in her teaching.

Poornima Sharma

Dr. Poornima is a certified yoga instructor and Health Coach with a Ph.D. in Foods & Nutrition and a special focus on obesity, diabetes, and iron deficiency. As a Health Coach, Poornima has had the pleasure of helping individuals from all walks of life take part in empowerment programs that leverage breathing techniques, yoga, and meditation to reduce stress and promote healthier lifestyles. She is also a RYT-200 certified yoga and meditation teacher with the Art of Living and looks forward to helping people focus on eating well, living well, and embracing mindful living to enjoy both positive inner transformations and outer dynamism.

“It gives me immense joy to share the gifts of meditation, breathing practices, yoga, wholesome living and timeless wisdom I have been fortunate to receive; it is extremely rewarding to see how the practices and processes bring such inner transformation & outer dynamism in everyone’s life in such a short time.”

Rooms & Pricing

All options include daily vegetarian meals from dinner on the night of check-in through lunch on the day of check-out. (Rates below are Per Person)

Private Hotel Room



The private hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, a private bath and complimentary wifi.

Shared Hotel Room (2 People)



The shared hotel room features either a king bed or two full beds, a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you.


Private Retreat Room



The private retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi.

Shared Retreat Room (2 People)



The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. One other person of the same gender will share the room with you. 


Shared Retreat Room (3 People)



The shared retreat room has twin beds, a private bath and complimentary wifi. Up to two more people of the same gender will share the room with you.



All sessions are mandatory to attend.

Friday, August 16
4-6 pm: Check-in
6-7 pm: Dinner and Meet and Greet
7-7.20 pm: AOLRC orientation
7.30-9.30 pm: The Secret of the Breath

Saturday, August 17:
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, Understanding the scientific basis
6.15-7.30 pm: Dinner

Sunday, August 18:
7.30-8.30 am: Morning Yoga (optional)
8:30-9:30 am: Breakfast
9.30 am-1 pm: A new beginning of self-care routine
1.30 pm: Lunch

Note: The schedule is subject to change to accommodate the 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
**We recommend you to book the pottery and spa treatments in advance to avoid any disappointments.


639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, NC 28607

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary. The perfect place to begin your journey to wellness. *NOTE* Please avoid using GPS…It will take you up a private road to a locked gate.  Use directions provided on this site.

Distance from Nearest Airport

2 Hours by car without traffic


For room reservations, spa retreats, AOLRC signature retreats, we have the following cancellation policy: 

  • Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
  • Nonrefundable credit toward a future AOLRC program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any AOLRC program or stay for one year following date of issue.
  • No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.  AOLRC reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If AOLRC cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.  Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions.  For all other retreats, please be sure to check the registration page specific to that retreat.

To encourage a healthy environment we ask that guest to not consume alcohol or meat in our public spaces, however guests may enjoy these items in their rooms. That being said our property is always smoke-free.

Yes, we ask that guests with food allergies simply inform us so we can communicate those needs to our chef. Typically we label potential allergens such as gluten, dairy and nuts.

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