Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has founded courses that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life. He has established nonprofit organizations that recognize a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality and religion. His goal is to uplift people around the globe, to reduce stress, and to develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities.


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Demystifies Yoga For The European Parliament, Calls It The Need Of The Hour

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Demystifies Yoga For The European Parliament, Calls It The Need Of The Hour
June 21, 2018
Brussels, Belgium / Bengaluru, India

Prisons, schools, police academies, naval bases, shopping malls…millions of yoga enthusiasts gather in 150 countries to celebrate yoga with The Art of Living.

Even as Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of The Art of Living raised the happiness quotient with a powerful, insightful yet witty address on Yoga at the European Parliament, Yoga fervour took over millions from over 150 countries as part of The Art of Living’s #promisetoyoga campaign, from prisons to shopping malls, from naval bases to police academies, from schools to heritage sites.

The European Parliament in partnership with the Indian Embassy (Belgium) and The Art of Living Foundation invited Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to lead a special yoga session on the International Day of Yoga, at the Yehudi Menuhin Space inside the Parliament. Along with the Indian Minister for External Affairs, Ms. Sushma Swaraj, MPs, officials from the European Commission, the European External Action Service and other dignitaries attended the event. The session was a blend of various Yogic techniques comprising of Asanas, breathing exercises and meditation for inner peace and wellbeing.

Sessions with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the European Parliament to mark the 4th International Day of Yoga

Addressing 250 parliamentarians and embassy officials, Gurudev highlighted the critical role of Yoga in alleviating depression and aggression from Society, “The two ills of our society aggression and depression need to be tackled and there is no better way to tackle it than through yoga.”

“Though born in India it belongs to the whole world,” Gurudev said earlier in an Amsterdam event, “Let’s knock on every door – in Europe, depression is a significant problem and yoga can help people come out of depression and heal this – let’s wish for the world to be a better place for future generations to come.”

Gurudev also launched the Yoga Day celebrations in Finland at the House of Nobility in Helsinki on the 18th of June. IDY celebrations will continue through the week, with Gurudev leading Munich through a Yoga and Meditation session on the 23rd.

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar inaugurated 4th Yoga Day celebrations at the House of Nobility in Helsinki, Finland, on the 18th of June, 2018

Marking the 4th International Day of Yoga with gusto, the Art of Living organised multiple events across the country and the world to celebrate the spirit of Yoga. Shri D V Sadananda Gowda, Union minister and Shri P C Mohan, MP were the Honourable Chief Guests for the International Day of Yoga celebrations at the Art of Living International Centre in Bangalore, Karnataka.

Yoga Day 2018 celebration. Seen lighting the traditional lamp at The Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru, are Union Minister Mr. Sadananda Gowda, Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation in the Government of India, Commodore Rao, Chairman, Vyakti Vikas Kendra India, and representatives from The Art of Living and Ministry of Ayush

On the 4th International Day of Yoga more than 3000 yoga enthusiasts from the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Karnataka , NCC Directorate (Karnataka &Goa), Bharat Scouts and Guides, Bengaluru and other organizations participated in the celebrations at The Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru

Thousands of police professionals, prisoners, navy officials, government officers, participated in Art of Living’s International Day of Yoga celebrations around the world. Amongst the many programs was a special program conducted by Art of Living teacher Sarita Bajpai for Special task force of the Indian Air Force, deputed for anti-Naxal operations in Raipur, Chattisgarh.

2000+ police officials from the Moradabad Police Academy participate

In Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad, over 2000 police officers participated in the Yoga program at the Police Academy; while down-south Bangalore saw about 3500 Army officers and Jawans rolling out their Yoga mats. The International Day of Yoga, also saw celebrations atop INS Garuda in Kerala.

Not just the security forces, but prisoners too formed a significant part of the celebrations with Yoga programs being conducted across 23 prisons in Jharkhand. In Jharkhand, over 1000 inmates underwent Art of Living’s Prison Smart Program in the run up to International Day of Yoga, besides multiple yoga and meditation sessions being conducted in jails across the country.

Hundreds of inmates at a prison in Jamshedpur join The Art of Living's International Day of Yoga celebrations. Thousands of prisoners participated in The Art of Living's Yoga Day celebrations from 25+ jails across the country

Hundreds of inmates at Ranchi Central Jail join The Art of Living's International Day of Yoga celebrations.

In India, Art of Living also organised Sri Sri Yoga programs in collaboration with French Sports goods retail giant, ‘Decathlon’, across their stores in Delhi.

Globally, the International Day of Yoga witnessed an astounding participation across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and more. In Amsterdam alone more than 3000 people, one of their largest gatherings ever, attended Gurudev’s event on 17th June.

An audience of over 3000 joined Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to launch the 4th International Day of Yoga celebrations at Amsterdam

Yoga Enthusiasts join the 4th IDY celebrations at Bahrain as part of the Sun Never Sets on Yoga campaign. Millions from 150 countries joined The Art of Living's 4th IDY celebrations

Argentina joins the 4th IDY celebrations with The Art of Living. Millions from 150+ countries joined The Art of Living's #promisetoyoga campaign

An Art of Living instructor leads a Yoga session for Navy officials on INS Kochi docked at Bahrain