Youth Program

YES (Youth Empowerment Seminar)

The YES Program is to strengthen your potential as a student. The program increases your learning ability, focus, and energy, and thus makes you ready for life’s challenges.

As you get stronger and more balanced through our program, you improve in all areas of study and personal life, such as your capacity to learn, to take initiative, to communicate and cooperate, to guide and coach others, to handle conflicts, in teamwork, and all this happens as you naturally allow yourself and others to grow.

The Youth Empowerment Seminar enriches all areas of your life, immediately impacting your studies and preparing you for the challenges in the future, in your work, as well as in private life. When you fully develop your ability to learn, recognize your true potential and strengthen your ability to adopt to change, you will automatically have a successful and fulfilling life.

This is what the YES offers you!


The Art of Living Student Seminars has so far been offered at the following colleges and universities: University of Waterloo, niversity of Western Ontario, Columbia University, Boston University, Columbia University, Denver University, Duke University, Emory University*, Florida Gulf Coast University*, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Georgia Tech University, Hampshire, KS State University, Lehigh University, Loyola University, MIT, Mountain View College, NJ Institute of Technology, Nova Southeastern University*, OH State University, Ohia State University, Purdue University, Richland College, Rutgers University (Busch Campus), Santa Clara University, Sierra Nevada College, Southeastern Community College, Stanford, Texas Tech University, Truman State University, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, University of Chicago, UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Maryland (UMBC), University of Massachusetts, Amhers University of Colorado, Boulder University of Colorado, Colorado, Springs*, University of Delaware, University of Iowa, University of Maryland (UMCP), University of New Hampshire, University of Texas (UT Austin), University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), University of Toledo, University of Virginia, Croatia University of Zagreb, Denmark University of Copenhagen, Oxford University,University of Berlin-TU, University of Berlin-FH, University of Chemnitz, University of Hamburg, University of Leipzig, University of Marburg, University of Munich, University of Potsdam, University of Leipzig, University of Marburg, University of Munich, University of Potsdam, Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, N.I.T., Calicut Regional Engineering College, Norway University of Oslo, University of Suriname, University of Trollhattan/Uddevalla, University of Malardalen

*Taught for credit

Scientific Research

In an age where stress and depression are wide spread, the effects on physical and mental health are extremely high. Stress, anxiety and depression are known to be key factors in the systematic progression of everything from cancer and HIV to asthma and cardiovascular disease.

The Sudarshan Kriya and related practices – subjects of medical research and scientific study since 1995 – have been found to have remarkable therapeutic benefits. These techniques have been shown by independent, clinical trials to be effective in:

  • Increasing lung capacity;
  • Reducing the blood plasma levels of cortisol, (the “stress hormone”) and;
  • Alleviating depression, to name a few of the tremendous benefits demonstrated by these studies.

These simple, yet powerful breathing practices have the advantage over many other forms of treatment because they are free from negative side-effects, cut health care costs, and are easy to learn and practice in daily life.

The Art of Living International Research Committee’s mission is to promote timely and scholarly investigation of the Sudarshan Kriya and related practices (SK&p) as they relate to physical, social, and emotional well-being. We welcome research collaborations and suggestions from interested parties.

Several expanded studies are currently underway, investigating the effects of these techniques on cardiovascular health, breast cancer, HIV infection, and psychosocial wellbeing.

Summary of research findings on Art of Living Foundation practices, ‘The Science of Breath Research Summary’ is available on request.

If you have any questions, or would like additional information about medical studies, please contact the Art of Living Foundation International Research Committee at: research@artofliving.org

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