Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful rhythmic breathing technique that
facilitates physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being is an
integral part of the Art of Living programs. It is today universally
acclaimed for its effectiveness in eliminating stress, and bringing one
completely into the present moment. As HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar puts it,
the Sudarshan Kriya came to him like an inspiration to bridge the gap
between the worlds of inner silence, and outer expression of life.
replete with various rhythms, and cycles - day follows night, night
follows day, seasons come and go. Similarly, there are biological
rhythms to our bodies, minds, and emotions. When these rhythms are in
sync, we feel a sense of harmony, and well-being. When stress or illness
throws them out of order, we experience discomfort, and discontent and
feel upset, and unhappy.
‘Su’ means proper,
‘darshan’ means vision, and ‘Kriya’ is a purifying practice. The Sudarshan Kriya
is therefore a purifying practice, whereby one receives a proper vision of one’s
true self. This unique breathing practice is a potent energizer. Every cell
becomes fully oxygenated, and flooded with new life, bringing a sense of joy in
the moment. And when we feel good about ourselves, love flows naturally in all
our relationships with others.
breathing pattern of Sudarshan Kriya harmonizes the rhythms of the body, and
emotions, and brings them in tune with the rhythms of nature. The breath
connects the body, and mind. Just as emotions affect our patterns of breathing,
we can bring about changes in our mental, and behavioural patterns by altering
the rhythms of our breath. It flushes our anger, anxiety, and worry; leaving the
mind completely relaxed, and energized.
The results of
Sudarshan Kriya have surprised the medical fraternity across the world.
A doctor from
Germany was suffering from metastatic cancer that had spread to her brain and
liver when she came to attend her first Art of Living program. She did the
course lying down. Two courses later, the cancer had disappeared. Being a
doctor, she was requested to explain this. She suggested that possibly, the
Sudarshan Kriya and meditation cleared her cells off stresses, leaving the layer
of consciousness (or energy) surrounding those cells; which in turn, penetrated
deep into her DNA.
Independent medical research has documented the benefits of the technique,
including alleviation of depression and heightened awareness and creativity.
- Studies have demonstrated significant
falls in cortical levels, known as the ‘stress hormone' among Sudarshan
Kriya practitioners, suggesting greater levels of both, relaxation and
resilience to stress.
- A study by All India Institute of Medical
Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, concluded that regular practice of the Sudarshan
Kriya invokes positive emotions, replacing anger, frustration and jealousy.
- It's also found that it improves the blood
cholesterol profile with significant drops in total cholesterol and LDL
(harmful) cholesterol, as well as increases in HDL (beneficial) cholesterol.