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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Meditation?

Meditation is relaxing deeply...

Sri Sri: Meditation is not trying to think of something. Meditation is relaxing deeply. If you are concentrating on a problem, then you are not relaxing. Meditation is almost like sleep, but it's not sleep. It is what happens right after Sudarshan Kriya - when you are lying down, what's on your mind? Nothing! There is nothing. It's blank. That is meditation. Or, when you are really happy or when you are resting, then, what is the state of your mind? That is a meditative mind. Even when you are in deep love... and you are reposing in love, then that is meditation. It's very simple! When the mind becomes free from agitation, when it becomes calm and serene, and is at peace, then meditation happens. By meditation you can turn your body into a powerhouse as your generate an inner source of energy.

Is the club a religious organization?

The Art of Living is not a religious organisation, it works hard to encourage people from all backgrounds, cultural traditions, ages and genders, across the world, to come together and make life a celebration.

The cornerstone of the many Art of Living courses is the unique technique taught on the Part I Course, the Sudarshan Kriya®.

Developed by Sri Sri, the Sudarshan Kriya is a special breathing technique which it is believed works to trigger the mind and body to release stress. This powerful practice has a profound effect on the mind, body and spirit.

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What is the Art of Living YES+ course?

Each individual possesses the ability to calm the mind, relax the body and energize the entire system within minutes. The secret lies in the breath.

The Art of Living YES+ Course explores this secret. Enjoyed by people of all backgrounds, faiths, and traditions, this program has bene?ted people in over 140 countries around the world, this course features Sudarshan Kriya™, a breathing technique that uses speci?c rhythms of breath to detoxify every cell of the body and infuse it with energy.

The course, which combines additional breathing techniques, meditation, knowledge about the mind and how to manage negativity, as well as other interactive processes, provides the experience of how to live with ease and success in a stressful world. Upon completion of the Course, participants receive a home practice consisting of Sudarshan Kriya and other breathing techniques, which comprise a comprehensive breathing program.

Course participants report that with regular practice (15-20 minutes a day), there is a vast improvement in energy levels, greater ease in interpersonal relationships, increased ability to work under pressure, greater joy, as well as increased creativity and mental clarity.

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Who can join the club?

Membership and participation are totally free from discrimination based on race, religion, ethnic group, national origin, gender, disability, color, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, citizenship or status as a covered veteran, sexual orientation, or sex. Membership is open to all currently registered Columbia University students, alumni and faculty and staffs are welcome to participate in any of the activities. There are no criteria for membership in this group.

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