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free athlete course

In Announcement, Media digest, Seva on 03/06/2008 at 07:46

Free Athlete Course

The Art of Living Foundation offers educational programs for stress management and healthy living all over the world.

Our programs are based on yogic breathing techniques which have their roots in ancient vedic knowledge. The Foundation’s work is to bring these simple techniques to people leading busy lives in the modern world.
As a gesture of unconditional support for the Beijing Olympic Games , The Art of Living Foundation is offering services to Olympic athletes in HK and on the mainland.

Qualified Art of Living  instructors will conduct 1-hour workshops teaching simple but effective breathing techniques aimed at enhancing mental strength, mental stamina and mental clarity to bring about a calm, centred state of mind supporting the athlete’s competitiveness.

The breath is a vital source of energy.

The breath can be used in specific ways to help the mind become focused, while increasing the amount of energy in the body. The breathing techniques taught in Art of Living’s workshop create greater vitality, stamina and clarity.
Attached is an article in South China Morning  Post 30 April, featuring an interview with Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who was in HK recently.

Quote: “Olympic athletes tended to be a bit tense because they were under “tremendous pressure to perform for their country”, …. They would benefit from taking Art of Living courses in sudarshan kriya, which involves rhythmic breathing leading into meditation”

Keep conflict out of Olympics, says guru

Liz Heron
Apr 30, 2008

Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has appealed to everyone involved in the Olympic torch relay to shun violence and stop importing conflict to the Games.

The head of the Art of Living Foundation was speaking yesterday in Hong Kong, where he will deliver a public lecture on his sudarshan kriya meditation technique.

“Violence of any sort should be shunned. Dialogue in a non-violent manner is the path I would always advocate,” said the 51-year-old guru, who founded his international educational and humanitarian organisation 26 years ago to promote spiritual awareness.

“Street demonstrating just creates a sensation in the mind but it doesn’t give any long-term solutions. It will all be only a minute’s news,” he said.

“The world is free for everyone to air their opinions. Sit with the torch, jump with the torch, do whatever you want.

“It’s a free world and sport is something for all nationalities and cultures and religions.”

The Beijing Olympic Games was a “multi-religious and multinational event”, he said. “Such events are a place for peaceful coexistence and celebrating, rather than reeling in conflict. I wish all the players there a more festive and celebratory atmosphere.”

The spiritual leader set up the International Association for Human Values in 1997 and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

Olympic athletes tended to be a bit tense because they were under “tremendous pressure to perform for their country”, the guru said. They would benefit from taking Art of Living courses in sudarshan kriya, which involves rhythmic breathing leading into meditation, Mr Shankar said.

Last year the association put a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly that it should adopt a declaration of human values written by Mr Shankar which includes non-violence, compassion, an eco-friendly attitude, service to society, enthusiasm, integrity, honesty and sincerity.

The spiritual leader said he did not know how far the resolution had got but was sure that it had been discussed within the world body. He said that, at the prodding of the association, the World Health Organisation had recognised spirituality as one of the conditions for good health.

The association has been working to resolve conflicts in Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia, in Ivory Coast in West Africa, and in Sri Lanka by talking to both sides. It recently held a conference in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, which brought together Tamil Tiger leaders and Sri Lankan government officials for the first time.

“A lack of globalising wisdom is the reason for terrorism in the world today,” he said. “I see secularising religion [as part of the solution]. It means people following a particular religion should also accommodate in their sense of belonging people of all other faiths.

“Socialise business, so every business should have a social corporate responsibility. And politics are ridden with so much corruption. Political people should follow the example of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King and people like that, who have a deep sense of spirituality in them,” he said.

Watch the Video To see more of the interview, go to http://www.scmp.com/multimedia

Contact: Helen Lai 91963235, Raymond Ng 94962211 or the AoL Center 23112298

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