Talks by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Monday, April 22, 2013

Meditation and Sudarshan Kriya




European researchers have found that breath is the link between the mind and the body - each emotion has a distinct breathing pattern

The reverse is also true, that breathing in a particular pattern can induce a corresponding emotion. So instead of being overwhelmed by our emotions, we can transform those using specific breathing techniques. One such breathing technique is Sudarshan Kriya.

Sudarshan Kriya teaches us how to skillfully use the breath to change the way we feel, hence releasing negative emotions that cause stress, such as anger, anxiety, depression and worry, leaving the mind completely happy, relaxed, and energized.

Sudarshan Kriya is basically a rhythmic hyper ventilation technique  that is said to work on mental, physical, and spiritual levels.Sudarshan Kriya is different from Kriya Yoga. This breathing technique was founded in 1984  by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Sudarshan Kriya is practiced by millions of people worldwide. It is found to be effective in improving well being (support immune system, detoxification, reduce stress) and peace of mind (reduce stress, relieve depression, improve creativity, enhance brain function). However, it may not be recommended in pregnancy and for people with certain Psychiatric disorders. Sudarshan Kriya is taught in various Art of living courses.

The practice is instrumental in creating a sense of harmony in the body, mind and spirit. After the practice, participants commonly report feeling calm and centered, with a clearer vision of the world and themselves. Several independent studies on the numerous mental and physical health benefits of Sudarshan Kriya have been published in international peer-reviewed journals and confirm what participants commonly report.

Benefits of Sudarshan Kriya are enormous like it leads to greater creativity. It increases clarity of mind.It reduces stress and tension.It brings more ease and joy in personal relationships.

This technique, patented by the Art of Living foundation, has been scientifically scrutinized. Moreover, the effectiveness of what is practiced and taught has been assessed and documented independently. The conclusion is that the Sudarshan Kriya brings about biologically beneficial changes to the body without any side effects. However, it is recommended that you consult a yoga practitioner before you begin any new practice or routine.


From Talks by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar