Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is an Indian spiritual leader and founder of The Art of Living Foundation, a humanitarian and educational organization, and the International Association for Human Values, which works on rural development and relief projects.

Also called Guruji or Gurudev, he was born in 1956 in Papanasam, India. In the 1980s, Shankar established a series of courses on spirituality, which included a rhythmic breathing practice that he referred to as Sudarshan Kriya. It is still the core component of his educational programs.

Yogapedia explains Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The author of several books, Shankar continues to tour the world to share his thoughts on spirituality and promote his humanitarian programs. Although a yogi and a Hindu, he teaches that spirituality is not limited by religion but is a bond shared by humankind.

His Sudarshan Kriya is designed to use breathing patterns to transform emotions, thereby turning negative, harmful emotions into positive ones and eliminating fatigue. The kriya takes about 45 minutes and involves three parts:

  • Relaxed, normal breathing pattern of inhalations and exhalations of equal length
  • Exhalations that are twice as long as the inhalations
  • Inhalations that last twice that of the exhalations
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