Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) May 08, 2012
Silicon Valley continues to be home to highly driven individuals who work under high pressure to deliver in an intensely competitive environment. As health conditions resulting from stress reach epidemic levels, the Art of Living Foundation today announced the launch of Take a Breath Bay Area campaign which aims to raise public awareness of the harmful effects of stress and provide simple and effective solutions that decrease the impact of stress, calm the mind and improve overall well being.
The APA’s 2012 Stress in America study reveals that Americans have high stress levels and rely on unhealthy behaviors to manage stress. This combination suggests that the nation is on the verge of a stress-induced public health crisis. Take a Breath Bay Area anti-stress campaign will educate the public about the adverse effect of stress and ways in which it can be combated. This will be done through local stress relief seminars available at no cost at various public areas where more than 100 volunteers will talk to people on a one on one basis. The campaign urges people to think about how stress has impacted their lives and what steps they are taking to reduce it. It also makes them aware of the link between the breath and emotions and how the use of the breath can reduce stress.
“Negative emotions as a result of stress drain energy. If you can learn how to manage stress well, you can manage your time well,” said Rajshree Patel, senior leader and international instructor at Art of Living Foundation. “The secret to buying time and managing stress is in the breath.”
“Many individuals in Silicon Valley have become so accustomed to stress that they can’t even recognize what true relaxation is,” said Narendar Shankar, Art of Living Instructor and director of the campaign. “With continued economic pressure, a fast-paced lifestyle and extreme competitiveness, it is imperative for each individual to manage stress levels before it impacts one adversely.”
The Foundation has organized a special event called the Art of Living course in San Jose, June 15-18 which incorporates Sudarshan Kriya, a unique technique that uses specific natural rhythms of the breath which harmonize the body, mind and emotions. This breathing technique eliminates stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving the individual calm, energized, and relaxed. Numerous studies on this breathing practice have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals.
For more information about this initiative and to register, visit http://takeabreathbayarea.org/.
About The Art of Living Foundation
Founded in 1981, the Art of Living Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization working in consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council on initiatives related to health, meditation, education, sustainable development, conflict resolution and disaster relief. The Foundation has benefited more than 30 million people in more than 150 countries. For more information on the Foundations’ Bay Area chapter, visit http://www.artofliving.org/sfba.