“This is an unparalleled opportunity for people across the country to meet with a revered spiritual leader who makes life’s profound truths accessible,” said Michael Fischman, president of the U.S. Art of Living Foundation.
Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) April 7, 2011
Internationally renowned spiritual leader, humanitarian, and peacemaker His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will bring his timely message of peace and individual empowerment to Los Angeles, April 16-19. Sri Sri has rekindled the ancient practices of breathing and meditation in a form that is relevant to the 21st century, and will begin his U.S. tour starting April 9.
Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the five most powerful people in India, Sri Sri has inspired a global phenomenon of compassion and service through his campaign to create a violence-free, stress-free world.
The Art of Living Foundation will host “An Evening of Wisdom, Meditation & Grace,” with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, on April 16, with talks at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sri Sri will also lead portions of the flagship Art of Living Course, April 17-19, which includes Sudarshan Kriya, a breathing technique that releases stress and brings the mind to the present moment. Studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals has shown the technique to boost the immune system, relieve depression, and increase the body’s “feel-good” hormones.
In a separate Los Angeles program, Sri Sri will provide a commentary on the Upanishads, the ancient knowledge of living life in higher states of consciousness.
This will be Sri Sri’s second visit to the Art of Living’s Los Angeles Center. Last year, he inaugurated the center, with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on hand for one of the inauguration-week events. The building is conceived as a city oasis of meditation, peace, and community upliftment.
“This is an unparalleled opportunity for people across the country to meet with a revered spiritual leader who makes life’s profound truths accessible,” said Michael Fischman, president of the U.S. Art of Living Foundation. “As each of us looks for ways to accomplish the goals we have set, Sri Sri offers practical wisdom that can be applied to enrich our daily lives.”
According to the National Institutes of Health, the number of Americans meditating has shot from 15 million in 2002 to 20 million in 2007. More than 30 million people in 152 countries have been impacted by Sri Sri’s initiatives in breathing, meditation and self development; conflict resolution; trauma and disaster relief; business and social responsibility; prisoner rehabilitation; youth leadership; women’s empowerment; and education. In particular, the Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES!) programs are helping thousands of young people in inner city high schools in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. Participants in the YES! program report reduced stress and improved performance in school, with students, administrators, and teachers all reporting significant change, particular in schools with at-risk youth.
The Los Angeles Art of Living Foundation is located in a national historic landmark and former church, at 948 West Adams Blvd. It offers community outreach and education, yoga, breathing, meditation, and knowledge programs, as well as ongoing cultural events and forums designed to build bridges of understanding between the city’s diverse communities.
Sri Sri’s visit is part of a 2011 U.S. tour that also includes New Jersey, New York, Texas, Denver, and Montreal. He is based in Bangalore, India.
For more information on Sri Sri’s upcoming programs, visit http://www.artoflivingLA.org, or call 310-820-9429.
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