Power of Breath to Calm the Mind

Patanjali yoga sutras says ”

Prachchardana vidharanabhyam va pranasya”

“By splitting and retention of breath in a special manner.”

“Vishayavati va pravruttirutpanna manasaha sthithinibandhini

“By that very activity in the mind, through that very objects of senses, the mind can be made steady, brought to a standstill.”

Breaking the rhythms of the breath, the natural rhythms of the breath and holding the breath, sustaining the breath in different rhythms. If someone asks you where has Patanjali talked about (Sudarshan) kriya, Patanjali has not mentioned Sudarshan Kriya directly. But in this one sentence there is a clue. You can have the trace of our practices to this one sūtra. We are doing the same thing, the rhythms. We are not breathing just however the breath goes, but we are bringing it consciously in a definite, particular rhythm. That is prachchardana, splitting. Whatever rhythm the breath is coming through, splitting it and holding it on to different rhythms.

Suppose this does not work. This does work but if you feel that there still a little incompletion, then vishayavati means, through any one object of senses, the mind can be stilled. After singing bhajans, when we sit quiet. Then what is happening? Your mind is not running here and there at that time. Then you sit with your eyes closed and the mind is completely settled. Meditation. Mind has come to that stand still, hasn’t it?

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Scientifically, Sudarshan Kriya improves antioxidant status at the enzyme and the gene level and reduce DNA damage and cell aging.

Every emotion has breathing patterns; for example, if one gets angry then one’s breath is short and fast. Similarly, breathing has an impact on the mind (for example, a deep, long breath relaxes the mind.) Through breathing in different patterns, one can influence emotions and gain control over one’s mind. Research suggested that it helps in improving well being (improving immunity and detoxification),and peace of mind (reduce stress, enhance brain function). Sudarshan Kriya is taught in various Art of Living programs.

A research published  observed that a comprehensive practice of Yoga, Sudarshan Kriya & Pranayam has rapid and significant effect on gene expression suggesting long term beneficial effects even at the molecular level.

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Sudarshan Kriya Benefits Doctor from Texas

This video is the experience sharing of Dr. Tina Fanning, a doctor in MD Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston, Texas. She was suffering from severe pain due to fibromyalgia and Sudarshan Kriya™ helped her recover.

Fibromyalgia is caused by hormonal disturbances to stress to genetics and combination of many physical and emotional stressors. The Sudarshan Kriya may provide antidote to stress by physiologically counteracting the sympathetic effects. In a normal situation (in the absence of stress), the practice of rapid breathing interspersed with adequate pauses of slow breathing may provide tool for relaxation and vivid imagery. Sudarshan kriya rapidly improves psychological and physiological symptoms of post-traumatic stress, including insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, depression, hyperarousal, overreactivity to triggers, re-experiencing, emotional numbing, social withdrawal, loss of appetite, and angry outbursts. Anxiety, depression, and PTSD are associated with SNS overactivity or erratic activity and PNS underactivity. Evidence suggests yoga breathing normalizes SNS activity and increases PNS tone as indicated by heart rate variability.

Learn Sudarshan Kriya and Pranayam

Pranayama is most often defined as “the control of the breath.” It is true that on the existential level, the easiest perceivable manifestation of prana, and therefore that upon which it is easiest to act, is deemed to be the breath.

So the yogi mostly relies on his/her breath for the absorption, assimilation and manipulation of this vital energy.

Nonetheless, there is a deeper meaning to this term pranayama as well. Air is not the only vehicle for the prana. Prana expresses as any force, power and energy manifested in the Universe, both physical and subtle. Moreover, prana manifests within beings as the different physical, mental and psychic processes.

The fine movements of the nerves in a living body and the powers of the mind are in fact only more specific manifestations of prana. The activity of the five senses are also expressions of prana vibrating at certain frequencies.

Before practicing pranayama, certain precautions and essentials are to be taken.  For pranayama practices, one has to ensure proper place, suitable time, mitahara diet and proper light. Pranayama can be practiced to any place that is well-ventilated from external disturbances. To be fit and healthy, 15 minutes of pranayama is good. It is also suggested that pranayama should be performed under the guidance of a yoga instructor.

How to do Sudarshan Kriya

Sudarshan kriya is a breathing technique in combination with pranayamas which helps to keep synergy of inside environment with that of outside. The sudarshan kriya can be learned from the certified instructor to get the best benefits from the technique. Once well versed with the technique, one has to practice it on regular basis. The sudarshan kriya yoga daily practice takes around 20 minutes. These 20 minutes of practice gets about the benefits the practitioner at the body level and mind level. There by providing holistic growth of the person.

The playlist below helps to understand how Sudarshan kriya has benefited the people in attaining clarity of mind.

 

 

The Power of one

Today’s paper was full of tributes to Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore. He was a dynamic leader who was able to transform Singapore from a poverty stricken country to a prosperous First World Nation. It is amazing to see that even if one person has the grit, courage and foresight it is possible to achieve the seemingly impossible. There are many such heroes, some are celebrated others may be low profile and many more who are unsung heroes. But the common trait amongst all of them is a vision to do something different, extraordinary will to achieve despite odds stacked against them and determination to succeed. I have read about many achievers and one of them who has made an impact on me personally is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

He is one such exceptional person who has worked selflessly towards improving the society. He is not a politician or a leader yet the following that he enjoys will make any politician envy him. He is no less a visionary and believes in the Indian adage “Vasudaiva Kutumbakam” -World is one Family- and in the last 30 years or so he has worked incessantly towards making it into reality.

It’s amazing to know that the Art of Living organization is present in 150 countries and is run on the strength and enthusiasm of its strong volunteer base. To name a few they have centers in places like strife torn Iran, Pakistan, Mangolia, China, Japan and Malaysia where this particular threat was given. The Art of Living foundation has done commendable work in bringing about real changes in the lives of ordinary people in different ways.

The Art of Living programs and Sri Sri are universally popular because he focuses on individuals as humans and not on the basis of caste, creed, religion, color or nationality. Sri Sri has designed simple programs combining Yoga, Pranayama( breathing technique), and meditation that help to clear the cobwebs of doubt, anxiety or fear and experience true freedom and somewhere in the process get in touch with their real selves. One such process is “Sudarshan Kryia” that has intrigued the scientific community to a great extent. They have conducted several experiments to study the effect of it on the mind and body. “Sudarshan Kriya” is a breathing technique that Sri Sri himself has evolved. It has helped many to overcome psychological and emotional blocks, unlock creativity, elevate depression, cure asthma and also break bad habits such as smoking and alcohol. These have been ascertained from the feedbacks of participants themselves. Well! The scientists and neurologists can keep experimenting but for ordinary people all that matters is that it works. A sense of calmness, happiness and satisfaction can be evidently felt around people who have practiced Sudarshan Kriya for over 10-15 years.

What else are we humans all over the world running around for? A peaceful life, restful sleep and happy heart possibly all that we crave for. This is exactly what Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is trying to make us realize that it is possible to coexist with our differences, be content (even if we do not have the latest gadget), not to judge people (even if they are our worst enemy)and most importantly live in the present moment.

The Art of Living program aims to spur everyone to live with more awareness and put their best effort and be like a lamp that is lit which can light more lamps.

 

Spiritual Shopping Comes to Halt

I was born and brought up in Hindu family and my bed time stories were the about Our Hindu Deities primarily Lord Rama or Krishna. They were like my refuge and I wondered what was like being so immensely self sacrificing? I went to Convent school and there I was introduced to Lord Jesus, my inquisition had no bounds and started searching more and more about Christianity and soon I was introduced to Sikhism, as most of my friends were Sikh. My faith kept on changing from our countless deities, their fables and moral values behind them to deities of different religion. I couldn’t ever come to a conclusion which one exactly I liked or followed. I was a shopaholic that was sure, but spiritual shopaholic.

I was a blend of all the concepts that I had learned till the age twenty and was sure, I don’t like idol worship and my tolerance with dogmatic superstitions was taking its last breath. I read various holy books, philosophy and spiritual books but I could not really connect with any, may be because it all concluded with living in present and being satisfied with whatever you have. I always questioned what if I want more? Why am I stuck with present, what if I want to plan my future? Thankfully I was never a past person, it was impossible for me to see life rhetorically. Anyways my struggle with these concepts of being satisfied with whatever made me search more and more. As they say, when the disciple is ready the teacher finds him. So was my case. I received a call from my friend about the YES!+ workshop by The Art of Living which he promised would mark a change in me.I  went on to do my first Yes Plus course and there was no turning back. After that, more deep I went more clarity I got. My spiritual shopping came to a halt. Sri Sri believes in moving on and not getting stuck and that’s what I wanted to hear .I often used to question on the futility of rituals and he answered in his velvety yet humorous tone,” Ah! It’s all about making the atmosphere, setting the mood for Meditation.” Sri Sri always says,” There is no end to wishes and desires, you climb one mountain yet there is another mountain; you cross one threshold, you will find another threshold calling you. That’s how a human is always running not settling down. But you know it’s good to sit for a while and enjoy the acquisition.” Now that made sense to me, very subtly he explained the value and completeness of present moment. The present moment which is complete and cherishing in itself but it becomes more memorable and worthy when you persevere.

Setting a Goal and aspiring for it was one thing but setting a goal and getting feverish was another. It’s not the goal which doesn’t let you sleep but the feverishness and uncertainty of the future that makes a person’s life a living hell and drags the person away from its present moment. These little yet enlightening words of wisdom finally made me settle. It’s true a person never settle’s, it’s the mind of the person that settle’s. There is no such place called past, present or future but every moment in it wholeness is present with the possibility of future with the experience of past. Still I can’t say I am a Hindu,a Sikh or a Christian but one thing I can definitely say that I am spiritual. I don’t have to make a never ending list of books to be learned but just set the mood and slip into meditation which will take me to the realms beyond past, present or future and definitely much beyond religion. I am still not self sacrificing but I understood the depth of one random act of kindness that not only stretches the curve of your lips but also strengthen others faith in humanity.

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Sudarshan Kriya A Life Changing Experience by Tan Shan Xian, Malaysia

Sudarshan Kriya Experience Of Tan Shan Xian, Malaysia:
 Hi, my name is Tan Shan Xian. I am from Malaysia. I am a student right now. My experience of Sudarshan Kriya has been wonderful, recharging, its a fascinating technique to rejuvenate our soul. It makes us more energetic. I find myself  more focused with improved level of understanding with better memorizing patterns. Now I have the capacity to think more logically . Its like, when I am studying science subjects, I am able to practically implement my knowledge and imagine things in a much clear and better way instead of just by hearing them .My thought productivity has increased. Sudarshan kriya is something mystical and very powerful. I can feel the energy flow within me once I am done with my Sudarshan Kriya. So I hope all of you continue practicing it everyday, since it’s quite beneficial for you. Just do it you will feel the energy coming within you.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya A Heartfelt Experience by Sara

Sara shares her Sudarshan Kriya experience,” I thought I had a perfect life but I was searching for something more. My life was empty and dull. It was all about shopping and dining and I found myself very shallow and empty inside. I had a hollowness in my life. In 2001, my friend introduced me to the Art of Living Course and after Sudarshan Kriya, I felt liberated from within. I was looking for freedom on the outside but I felt hollow from within. This clarity and focus of mind and this happiness was inexplicable and what I read in the textbooks, I started experiencing within myself and I am extremely thankful to the Art of Living and specially to His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji for pioneering this divine gift to us and just to mention I had a chronic heart ailment and doctors were clueless about the cause of my suffering and after doing Sudarshan Kriya, my breathlessness was gone and I got an immense relief from the heart ailment that I was suffering from a long time. This technique brings you in the present moment. This is the power of now. Not only your health improves, you become so relieved and light hearted. I would like to encourage everyone in the world to do Sudarshan Kriya. Without it, one cannot attain once peace of mind and happiness that one longs for and freedom from the daily unwanted foundations that we create in our lives. We talk about political freedom but freedom from within is priceless and has an unknown pleasurable essence in it.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya A life Strengthening Experience of Kanu Priya Rawat

Kanu Priya Rawat, Graphic Designer shares, ” I did my first Sudarshan Kriya in 2006. After doing it, I felt a sense of peace, calmness I never experienced before. Over a period of time, I practiced Sudarshan Kriya by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and I realized lot of changes within me which not only helped me improve my relationships but also helped me make new friends. Before doing Sudarshan Kriya, I used to be a very weak hearted person. I would get upset for days together. I used to react to things spontaneously and it would take me time to balance up my inner self but after doing Sudarshan Kriya I feel effortless to come back to the present moment and I am living my life more positively and enthusiastically.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya An Enthusiastic Experience by Abhijeet Pawar

Abhijeet Pawar, HR Professional shares,” I did my first Sudarshan Kriya in 2009 and from then I continued doing it. I can’t afford missing my Sudarshan Kriya. It flushes out the whole lot of negativity from me. Before Sudarshan Kriya, I was like a lost guy. My life was like a robo – I indulged in the same monotonous routine everyday – going to the college, coming back, doing work and having no fun, it was filled with extreme level of dullness and lethargy. But after Sudarshan Kriya, my life has completely changed.  My work efficiency and my productivity has increased massively. Precisely my life is full of enthusiasm and liveliness . Sudarshan Kriya rocks.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya- Awakening experience by Michael

Michael, Rural Development Researcher shares, “I started doing Sudarshan Kriya four years ago when I was a student. Doing this technique helped me lot to focus and finish off my studies in a much more easier and quicker time. It helped me lot to improve my relationship with my family and friends because I used to get lot of stress from school and college. So Sudarshan Kriya was very helpful in transforming my approach towards life . Now I am working from past two years in India and its been a great help for me to stay away from my home country.- different food, different culture, different people, getting adapted to a different culture and lifestyle is not much of an effort for me now. Sudarshan Kriya has helped me lot to develop my skills professionally and have an improvised public relation. So I am very happy I learnt this technique. It takes just half an hour everyday and I don’t miss one single day.

When I was first introduced to the Sudarshan Kriya, I was seventeen years old I remember saying “Why do I need this technique of breathing, I don’t need, I am happy” I showed a lot of reluctance to doing Kriya. But when I did it for the first time, I started feeling blissful, getting charged with an unimaginable flow of energy and joy. Doing this technique as a young man,  helped me lot to improve my emotional life and live my life with stability. Some people think doing yoga and breathing techniques are boring but they are indeed mistaken instead its full of fun and very dynamic. So its a very beautiful experience.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya A Life Transforming experience of Dhanya P

Dhanya P, HR Executive shares on Sudarshan Kriya, ” Its been eight years I did the Sudarshan Kriya and it really helped me a lot. One thing which I have got with Sudarshan Kriya is that it has helped to gain a lot of confidence and has taught me how to accept myself as I am. I have become more loving and caring to people. It has helped me to be more sensitive to other people. Before that I was very rude and would stick to what I say is right. I learnt ways to accept people and be more sensitive to people. So I have become a better human being. I like Sudarshan Kriya because it nullifies out all the things of the past. It helps me to be free and lively and I can start my day with a smile.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya A Spirit Arousing Experience of Arie B

Arie B from Netherlands shares, “I used to be hyperactive. I could not sit still. I was very much troubled by my emotions and I found this very challenging. I always used to get caught up in situations like thinking about what happened in the past, be anxious about what would happen in the future and I still remember when I did Sudarshan Kriya, It is a skill that taught me to be peaceful .At times when there is so much of turbulence around you and when you do Sudarshan Kriya you become extremely peaceful inside and even though everyone around you is making noise, you can still undertake good decisions, you can still make the right choices, you still know what to do, you still have that clarity and the capacity to respond to people and not react. It is an amazing skill and it is never ever in my life I experienced such a peace and relaxation. Everything becomes so clean from within – all the problems, anxieties just gets vanishes away. To me, Sudarshan Kriya is like taking a shower inside, I feel fresh at anytime of the day. It will give you that constant energy and clarity. Its something that is for everyone.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya An Inspiring experience by Aman K Lohia

Aman K Lohia, a software professional shares on Sudarshan Kriya, “ I learnt Sudarshan Kriya six years ago, back then I was studying and facing a lot of challenges ; was not able to grasp things and understand. Once I learnt Sudarshan Kriya, within few months, I improved dramatically. I was able to focus, my concentration improved. I learnt many things in a short span of time and that has really helped me gain confidence in my career. I used to think whether I will be able to complete my engineering but with regular practice, I managed to do the executive program from IIM Lucknow also. So that has been a really good journey and best part is I was able to achieve more in a short span of time and I am able to do things which I always wanted to do. I can focus on my work, I can take up projects, I learnt swimming, I learnt music and what not.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya An Incentivizing Experience of Gurpreet Singh Jolly

Gurpreet Singh Jolly, Businessman, shares his experience about Sudarshan Kriya.
“I used to have migraine since 1992 and often there would be days where I’d go completely blank, I won’t remember anyone or anything, what I am doing or where I am going…would always remain annoyed & very irritated, started losing my health and wealth both. My everyday life became very disturbed. Sudarshan Kriya worked as a wonder for me and helped me overcome almost all the mentioned troubles I had.”

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan Kriya Ravisha Kathuriya’s Astounded Experience

Ravisha Kathuriya who works as a content creator shares, “Sudarshan Kriya has added a new flavor to everything I do. It has given me a unique identity. It has actually redefined me but more so it has helped me being natural to express myself. Now I don’t have to make an effort to impress someone. Sudarshan Kriya has helped me get out of problems and obsession tendencies of my mind. When you do Sudarshan Kriya, you are so calm that you get the aerial view of the problem so you know the clear picture of everything. 

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Julia Tang’s Life Turning Sudarshan Kriya Experience

Julia Tang, teacher from USA shares about Sudarshan Kriya, “I started practicing  Sudarshan Kriya in 1998 and before doing the Kriya, I used to get little stressed and burnt out from the work I did- managing with a group of kids drained me down. But now after doing the kriya, I find more energy and stamina, more time for myself , and I am in more presence with the children. It has created a deep impact in my life and that’s not it, it keeps getting better.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan Kriya experience of Art of Living participant, Goa

She shares “I was an amebiasis patient for almost 15 years, due to which I just couldn’t eat or drink anything outside being in pollution free place like Goa to where I belong. I always had to carry food and water while going out. Just 3 weeks after Sudarshan Kriya… a next of kin called me and asked about my health and I was like “what happened to me…?”  And suddenly I realized my abdominal pain was just nowhere to be found, it just vanished….! all thanks to the magic of Sudarshan Kriya.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan Kriya An Life Swirling experience of Indu Nagpal

Sudarshan Kriya experience of Indu Nagpal a bank employee. She gets rid of Migraine after doing sudarshan kriya. She says –

“I have been working in a bank since the commencement of my career and even a 15 min of sun exposure would give me migraine. Now after 10 years I am in marketing and have to move around the entire day driving the car in the sun, meeting different people, Now with the regular practice of Sudarshan Kriya, I wonder if its the same sun rays that used to give me headaches…”

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan Kriya A Disease Free Life experience of Santosh Patil

Sudarshan Kriya experience of Santosh Patil. He says “I had blood-pressure and my cholesterol level used to be really high nearly around 230. After doing Sudarshan Kriya everything  in my life has significantly come under control. In-fact my tensions and stressful life have disappeared and I am a more easy going person as a whole now.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan Kriya A motivating experience by Manjusha

Manjusha, home maker, gains confidence after learning sudarshan kriya. She shares –
“It’s not that there aren’t any problems or sorrows in my life but now I am able to handle them without difficulty. All this became possible only after Sudarshan Kriya as I gained more self-confidence and patience. All thanks to Sudarshan Kriya.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.