Basic Course – Principles

AOL course teaches the timeless spiritual principles like being in the present moment, accepting everyone and accepting all situations, not being carried away by other’s opinions and not to resist things but accept things as they are.


The four main principles of Art of living are


Present Moment is inevitable

This is one of the first principles and it has been spoken about by all the great teachings from the Buddhist to new age. The art of living teacher keeps repeating ‘What’s happening now’ every few minutes to drive home the point of coming to the present moment. For a better understanding of being in the present moment read ‘The power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle. Also read the discourses of Osho Rajneesh and J Krishnamurthi to have a good understanding and practice of this aphorism. In fact many of the AOL teachers do not understand the purport of being in the moment and just get a lot confused while explaining this.


Expectations reduce the Joy

Expectation is futuristic and will make us get out of the present moment.


Accept everyone and every situation as they are

This is an important spiritual teaching taught in many different spiritual schools. It is important to understand that we should not blame people for all the ills plaguing us. There is also no point just going on about the negative qualities of people. Instead if we accept people as they are our miseries  caused by our prejudiced and biased opinions will subside and we will feel calmer and more composed. A calmer and composed mind creates a relity which is also peaceful.


What you resist persists

We become fixated on things we resist and hate. Prevent this from happening by awareness.


Don’t be a football of other’s opinion

Be on your own and don’t worry too much about what the other people think about you. Most people don’t have time to think about others and they all will be thinking about what other people are thinking of them.


Smile and be unconditionally happy

Even if it is artificial initially it will become second nature after some time. Fake it till you make it.


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The Name Art of Living

Sri Sri Ravishankar adopted the title ‘Art of Living’ from his Guru’s book title. Mahesh Yogi has many times referred to his meditation and other practices as art of living. Ravishankar who studied with him learning Vedic rituals obviously used the name which was a buzzword in the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi movement.

Shri Goenka the famous propogator of Vipassana Meditation also titled his basic introduction book of Vipassana as  ‘Art of Living’. Osho Rajneesh used to term his teachings as ‘Art of Living’ and there are many discourses by Osho Rajneesh on Art of Living.  

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Sahaj Meditation Technique

A reinterpretation of the TM of Maharishi Mahesh yogi. Most likely copied from the siddha Samadhi yoga meditation of Rishi prabhakar. Rishi Prabhakar started his SSY earlier than Ravishankar and Ravishankar took many practices from SSY like the group processes and even pranayama and meditation. Sahaj meditation can be called as TM with silence. Mantras are all same. Bija mantras of Godessess (Aim, Shrim, Kreem, Hrim, Shyama, sometimes even Ram). 20 minute in the morning and 20 Minutes in the evening. More stress on relaxation and silence. No concentration but whenever mind wanders away from mantra just gently bring it back. Mantras are chosen based on Age, Occupation and Inclination. Example: Srim is for businessmen and for ages between 25 – 35. Aim is saraswathi mantra good for studies. Important for Sahaj teachers to know characterstics of mantras and map them appropriately to the people’s inclinations. A little bit of intuition is required. But most mantras are given in a predictable way.


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Basic Course – Breathing Techniques

Art of living Breathing techniques:


Ujjayi Pranayama: Ujjayi means Victory breath




Bhastrika Pranayama  (with Tribandas in Brahma Mudra while retaining Breath – root lock, stomach lock and anus lock – In Advanced Course)


Chanting OM three times


Sudharshan Kriya (Long / Short)


I will be adding more details on this as well as audio  of long sudharshan kriya. Stay tuned

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Hi Everyone,

I am a seeker of truth and this lead me to the Art of Living foundation of Sri Sri Ravishankar. I went through all the expensive courses offered by the AOL foundation. I also became a teacher of the AOL Basic, Advanced, DSN, Sri Sri Yoga  and Sahaj meditation Courses offered by AOL.

One of my core and innate spiritual values has been to speak and spread the truth and not hold on to secretive teachings for commercial reasons.  As a child I was inspired by Sri Ramanuja Acharya who was taught a secret formula by his Guru. The Guru mentioned that this secret formula or mantra would enable Ramanuja to acheive bliss and enlightenment. The condition being the formula should be kept secret and should not be told to all and sundry. In case this formula was revealed to all Ramanuja would no longer experience the liberation but fall into a dark abyss. But Ramanuja went atop the temple tower and loudly proclaimed the formula to all and sundry. The Guru when told about this incident laughed and proclaimed  Ramanuja as worthy and a lover of truth.

The techniques and principles taught in the art of living program are not new and it is arrogant to present it as such. The lunacy of spending a lot of money to learn age-old yogic techniques can only be explained by the susceptibility of our society to clever marketing.

Art of Living has adopted many techniques from ancient Yoga, Pranayama and modern holotropic breathwork. The aim of this blog is to reveal these techniques so that the people who go to these costly courses can make informed choices. The art of living foundation had copied many of the techniques from Rishi Prabhakar’s ‘Siddha Samadhi Yoga’ and many other similar movements. My aim is to showcase all these techniques and also place it alongside the techniques from the other related groups like Siddha Samadhi Yoga, Isha Yoga, Sri Vinay Vinekar’s courses etc.

Keep reading the blog and I will post these techniques soon.

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