Category Archives: The Art of Living/YES!+

Sri Sri Yoga Level 1 at Thane


Do you want to learn YOGA?
Is yoga difficult for you?
Do you want to have a fit and flexible body & calm mind!
Then this is for “YOU”
*Sri Sri Yoga – Level 1*
🌷Yoga
🌷Asanas
🌷Pranayama
🌷Blissful meditations
🌷 Diet Tips
1. Venue 🏠: Happiness Center, Above Navnit motors, Gokul nagar, Thane west
⏲For Evening Batch 7:00 to 9:15PM
Dates: 1st – 5th February
Open to all (Limited seats)
To register ☎:
9422025808
9819626512
9833356477
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“Living Well Program” for People with Diabetes and Hypertension and those AT RISK


Experience The Touch of Life and leave the shadow of Chronic illness behind with a Special Program from ‘Art of Living’ for patients of diabetes, hypertension and for those who are AT RISK

Living Well – This is a holistic lifestyle modification course with objective to empower you to manage your illness and prevent complications by incorporating “Living Well” learning. First time in Thane

Key Features:

•             Improvement in disease condition through simple Yogasana, Pranayam and Unique “Sudershan Kriya”.

•             Helps people reduce risk factors through awareness and lifestyle modification

•             Powerful motivation to change lifestyle

•             Addresses social and psychological challenges

•             Easy to practice yoga exercise for a healthier body

•             The advantage of the course is that it is free from side effects

Diabetes and Living Well Program


Here are some ‘Diabetes’ facts:

1. India is the ‘Diabetes Capital’ of the world. Approximately, 61-million are already diagnosed to be diabetic. This translates to 20% of the world’s diabetic population!
2. Education is the key. Owing to poor awareness, a similar number is blissfully unaware of the condition that they are already suffering from.
3. As a result of such ignorance, even today, 70% of the diagnosis is ‘incidental’. That is when people have to undergo some surgery or when people are screened for jobs or insurance policies, the condition gets detected.
4. Diabetes is a condition that adversely impacts both morbidity & mortality
4. A healthy diet & exercise can delay onset and prevent complications arising out of diabetes.
Good News:
Living Well Program (LWP),  by Art of Living, focuses on education & increases awareness with practical easy to do techniques. It sensitizes & builds up the confidence of the diabetic persons. Considering the high incidence and the potential for complications, the program holds tremendous promise. Results are very convincing.
LWP is specific to people with diabetes & hypertension. If you are an Art of Living Teacher, then you can become LWP Teacher by attending orientation program. If you are already diabetic, just go for this wonderful program. And if you are all healthy, go for it to maintain your good health!! 🙂
PS: At present, there are just around 400 teachers world wide who can teach LWP. So don’t miss chance if you are getting one!

Google Hangout with my Master on 26th Jan 2013 – Sri Sri Ravishankar


This is going to be the biggest online event till date!

Join the Event by RSVP on https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/coba0vjo57hl8g0p5pb1r2in6ks

Put your questions in video form on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aekez2Regl8

Connect with Sri Sri on Social Media
http://twitter.com/srisrispeaks
http://www.facebook.com/HHSriSriRaviShankar

7 Mantras for #2012 by Sri Sri


This is from twitter account @SriSriSpeaks

1) Reflect on ur life in relation to the Cosmos. This will drop the smallness in u & u will b able to live fully.

2) Remind urself of the highest goal in Life. You r not here to grumble/complain. You r here for something bigger.

3) Serve! Engage yourself in community service to whatever extent you can.

4) Have faith & trust that the Divine loves you dearly & is taking care of you.

5) As we flip the calendar,we need to flip our mind too. Don’t fill future dates with past events. Learn & move on.

6) Smile more! True sign of prosperity is an unconditional smile on your face.

7) Nurture yourself with music, prayer & silence. Meditation,pranayam & yoga rejuvenate; give depth & stability.

Art of Living Works


Que: Guruji, at work I have to face certain political situations where people are against me. How do I stay centered and calm at that point of time? Later when I come home and do my kriya and think of you, I get that calmness.

Sri Sri: Suppose you had not done the course, how would you have reacted to the same situation? Just take a look. There are two issues in life, one is life before Art of Living and the other is life after Art of Living. So gradually you will grow into that centeredness. Even though you feel a little shaky at that time, never mind, you continue your practice. One day you will suddenly find that you are happy come what may. Nothing is taking your happiness. That type of awareness will come one day.

Visit 2 – Changlang


First time I was in Changlang, I was to take more and more courses and second time I was there to open Art of Living center and help two teachers, who recently finished their TTC (Teachers Training Course), take courses.

Opening a center seemed a bit bigger task but I knew it will happen as Guruji had put his Sankalpa. Only thing I was to do was give my 100% :).

With all known situation as I started relaxing and my focus got reduce from the goal, my challenges increased dramatically. It was one of the biggest learning from this visit – reemphasizing the point – being 100% all the time and not letting mind get distracted. You remove your focus and it will not work.

We got a place where we can open our center, thanks to Mingtu (envisioning better Changlang). But our State Teacher Coordinator Rajaqueji told that if I am not going to be there for at least next six months, there is no point opening center unless local (new) teachers take initiative. And it was quite obvious.

So I was to direct the teachers elder than me, channelize the energy of others who already wanted to contribute. And probably for the first time I was dealing with such a subtle challenge. Good news is we have our temporary center opened there.

Teachers on returning from Bangalore after completing their TTC, thanked me a lot. I was one of the main reasons (in the seen world) they were teachers, giving them last push. Hanpotji, one of the teachers told that she got so inspired from me to go for TTC. It feels so nice to hear that!! 🙂 🙂 :). And then to surrender it. Of course, Dixonji, another teacher already built the good base there.

One more shortcoming of mine that came out of this visit was in depth planning. I was in Changlang only for 23days with main focus of opening a center. I already had decided what all courses I was going to take there. But I didn’t decide exact date and place for courses, which kept changing for one reason or other, which made my work double.

However it was good, short, sweet visit.

Changlang Special-2!


For Part 1 of this post, click: https://arpitk.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/changlang-special/

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I decided dates for my first Part 1 course there and got chance to announce it on Republic day. I took permission from District Collector (DC) who was very supportive. While I was meeting people for this Part 1, somehow I met SP (Superintendent of Police) and Prison Course got decided. To take YES!+ in college, I met DC again and YES!+ got decided. Meanwhile I got call for TRM (Teachers Refresher Meet ). And there was a week time that I had! So I announced one more Part 1 and Navchetana 🙂

So each week, that I was there in Changlang, there was an AOL course happening :). I experienced the fact that many people had told as Guru Stories – YOU just have to be there, work is already done by HIM :). It’s such an amazing experience!

Everything there was so different: Culture, food, clothing, shelter. Once I bravely eat Cho-Cho which was pathetic in taste! With all affection I was offered ‘Pahadi Sabji’ (Mountain Vegetable), as I was not going to get it in my area! Having Pahadi Sabji, my tongue used to cry ;). Other than that there were normal vegetables too. And good thing was crops grown there were completely organic.

Society there was completely polarized – either Cristian or Hindu (following Rangfrah). Rangfarah is the deity worshiped by the major population of Changlang district, an indigenous god. Very few people are open minded. Most of innocent people were deceived so that they can be converted!!

Language was not a problem. Almost everybody understands Hindi there….

Overall it was a fantastic experience 🙂

Changlang Special -1!


Place where I stayed in Changlang

Changlang, a district in Arunachal Pradesh, on mountain, where you will not find even half a kilometer plane straight road. It’s all ups and downs, hilly, curvy, with greenery all over and water falls in between to amuse you. Needless to say it’s North East India.

This was my first visit to North India. And I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there. The place is awesome, people are so innocent, helpful, relaxed. But they have different kinds of challenges there. And I was there to take ‘The Art of Living’ workshops.

When I was in Chennai I already googled Changlang. And though it’s a district place, population is still less than my hometown, a village in Maharashtra and there is only one college for graduation. So it gave me an idea that it’s not going to be so advanced. And I was already told that it’s Cristian dominated area. It anyway doesn’t matter as I was there to bring back smile on their faces! Also I came across some of the problems while browsing about Arunachal Pradesh –  Arunachal Pradesh and Assam border dispute, China and Arunachal Pradesh border dispute, opposition to hydroelectric power plants, etc. and on my way to Changlang, people told me about insurgency problem.

But when I actually reached there, challenges were little different. By the time I reached Changlang, there were three check-posts (after entering Arunachal border). And armed forces ( gun men) checking everybody. And I already started feeling little different! The place where I got down, opposite to SBI ATM, there were gun men. It made me little insecure. But I knew I am taken care of :). After 3-4 days, these gun men didn’t bother me anymore ;). I was habitual to them!

I was staying there with one of the middle school Principals who already had done Part 1 and Part 2 courses of Art of Living . And as unexpected it was house made up of Tin!

And then as I was meeting people to organize the course, the first big challenge that came was walking.  In fact it’s not walking, it’s climbing hills and getting down. As I already mentioned it’s situated on mountain. So it was so tiring and time consuming! And then I came to know that more than 90% people there are drug/alcohol addicts!

The only thing I used to think was let me be hollow and empty and give my 100%. And rest all is in HIS hand.

And so I got Amakaji’s number who helped me more than expected. And in few days I just became like family member. Mingtu, her

Me in river with bike I got

hubby, who has already done the course, and left drug habit, gave me the bike (one challenge solved :)) and introduced to many people.

People there are so relaxed. They so casually take break from school, for a year! Students in higher secondary are 18-19 years old. Office timings are morning 9am to 1pm and then lunch break for an hour or two and then by 4-4:30 office gets over. Shops also gets close by 6pm as it becomes so dark by then.  People have so much time, free time! They hardly have any source of entertainment, no theatres. So probably they tend to take drugs, etc. however people are very helpful. They prepare their Bambu house on themselves and almost everybody from young to old, know how to make house. And there are no carpenters!………………………………………………… to be continued

Where do you see INDIA!!


Below are the questions asked to my master and his answers:

Q. What do you think is your role in todays India?
A. Even I am thinking about this … Our country has to be freed from all the corruption, injustice etc … There is lots of work to be done, don’t only ask what’s my role… you have a role to play as well!
Our Country has been divided and sold off in the name of castes … Need to really forget about all these castes, and only have one identity, I am a Human Being!

Q. In the next 10 years where do you see India?
A. Don’t ask me where India will be in 10 years, lets ask where we want it to be!!

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