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It's just one weekend, but the scope of possibilities is endless. If you practice these techniques and experience 78% less stress, how much more could you enjoy your life and skillfully handle its challenges?

Learn Sudarshan Kriya
on the Art of Living Happiness Program



Helping People Thrive

"We practice Sudarshan Kriya every day. It gives us an ever increasing awareness of how to live in the present moment."
Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry
Actors and stars of the T.V. series L.A. Law

"I am calmer, I have more energy and I feel that I am a better able to cope with things. This has been fantastic at work. I feel that I get more done, and that what used to seem like huge problems, are not so bad when you stop to think, and breathe."
Justine Tasker
Senior Art Director, Getty Images

"As an engineer, I need to be both analytical and critical. Mental clarity and stamina are also essential. Sudarshan Kriya and meditation enhance these abilities. An additional plus is a better sense of well-being."
William Hayden
NASA Senior System Analyst

Discover The Secret

to Natural Stress Relief

Research on the Sudarshan Kriya

Over 60 independent studies conducted on four continents and published in peer review journals, have demonstrated a comprehensive range of benefits from practice.

Independent research has shown Sudarshan Kriya significantly:

  • Reduces levels of stress 
  • Supports the immune system
  • Increases optimism
  • Relieves anxiety and depression 
  • Improves emotion regulation
  • Increases anti-oxidant protection
  • Enhances well-being and peace of mind


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featuring interviews with course participants, Happiness Program teacher, Poonam Tandon, and Dr. Richard Brown, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University.

"The Answer Might Be Breathing"


"I’m much more optimistic about my future. I feel that I’m not alone. I feel happier, more energetic and just better all around.  I just feel fulfilled." 
- Valerie S.

"I’ve learned from the course to be happy exactly where I’m at at this point in time.  I can feel the lightness and the shine in myself - just free and calm.
- Vera P.

"The breathing techniques that I learned, particularly Sudarshan Kriya, I found very calming and very relaxing and something I hope to incorporate into my daily life."
- John S.

Helping People Thrive


Reduce Stress with Your Own Breath


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  • New Kriya practitioners had an avg. 56% reduction in cortisol levels (a primary stress indicator).
  • After the breathing, regular practitioners (36 months) showed 77.86% less cortisol levels than people who had not yet learned the techniques.

V. Kochupillai et. al..   Hormonal Efficacy of Sudarshan Kriya and Pranayama.  International Symposium on Sudarshan Kriya and Consciousness, AII India Institute of Medical Sciences, India(2002).

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  • Reduce the stress hormone cortisol up to 78% with practice
  • Reduce the stress hormone blood lactate up to 87.5% from the first session
  • Increased levels of optimism, well-being and quality of life
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Peer-reviewed published studies have documented significant relief from stress in individuals who learned and practiced Sudarshan Kriya and accompanying breathing techniques. 

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  • 4x Less Blood Lactate Levels (a Primary Stress Indicator) in police cadets who were randomized to learn Kriya, suggesting a greatly increased resilience to stress [23]  
  • 2x as Effective at Reducing Cortisol Levels for individuals in recovery for substance use (when combined conventional treatment vs conventional treatment alone) [2]
  • Over 2x More Time Spent in Deep, Restful Stages of Sleep [21]
  • Increased Levels of Optimism, well being and quality of life [4, 5, 12, 18, 19]
  • Activates Genes that Protect Against Stress and the damaging effects it has on our body [27]   

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NOTE: The Happiness Program is for relaxation and rejuvenation. It is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any condition.

Reviewing a recent study, Prevention Magazine called Sudarshan Kriya:

"The Easy Breathing Technique That Can Lower Your Anxiety by 44%" 

Adding... “depression, phobias, and hostility, among others—also fell by 45%. And many people reported better sleep, improved self-awareness, and even fewer PMS symptoms”

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"The most game-changing thing I have done in my life. I feel like a new person. I'm calmer, more centered and more present in all situations.  It is not just for people with stress; it is for everybody who wants a healthy mind with a healthy body! It heals you inside and out, and you will be a different version of yourself after you do it and follow the practices regularly. I cannot recommend it enough. "

"... an incredibly welcoming atmosphere ... There will definitely be some talking of feelings and maybe some icebreaker type activities that might make you uncomfortable if you're the type to avoid eye contact in public places. But if you have an open mind, I guarantee you'll get something great out to it."

A great place to find some much-needed solace and peace in our fast moving lives. The instructors are very caring and they take personal interest in each person. Highly recommended.

"Greater clarity and focus, practical pointers and the ability to "re-charge on the spot" are just some of the very few life-long lessons that I took away from it."

"The best money I ever spent"

"The course changed the way I look at life!"

"I never felt so relaxed in ages."

Learning the breathing techniques, the knowledge, meeting loving, smiling people... I can not even imagine my life without these! Eternally thankful!

Discover The Secret

to Natural Stress Relief

Reduce Stress with Your Own Breath

Secrets of the Breath

The heart of The Happiness Program are a series of yogic breathing exercises, including the Sudarshan Kriyawhich research shows increases optimism, antioxidants, immunity, emotional regulation and more.

Mastering the Mind

Understanding the nature of the mind gives you a greater perspective on life that enables you to not get bothered by issues that used to create frustration, impatience, worry and more.

Connect with a community of healthy, positive people supporting you to live your best life, deepen the breathing practices and knowledge from the course. Weekly drop-ins available at 3,000 locations, in over 150 countries.

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The scientifically indicated benefits of the practices you'll learn include higher levels of optimism, greater levels of antioxidant enzymes, stronger immunity, improved emotional regulation and more.

Scientically Backed Results


The Art of Living Happiness Program spans a few hours daily, over three consecutive days and includes:

"A stress-free mind and a disease-free body are the birthright of every human being."

3,000+ centers

worldwide with weekly follow-up sessions

lives touched

through our courses and events

35 years

of service to



where our programs have made a difference

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.  Founder, Art of Living Foundation 


Mental Well-being

Restores and Enhances Vibrant Mental Health:

  • Relieves depression in 67-73% of participants within one month (across over a dozen studies) [2, 4, 8-14]

  • Reduces anxiety in 73% individuals for whom medication and psychotherapy treatments had failed [1] 

  • Reduces impulsivity and addictive behaviors [15, 16]

  • Improved emotional regulation [14, 17]

  • Increases levels of optimism, well-being and quality of life [4, 5, 12, 18, 19]


Enhanced Brain Functioning: 

  • Increased mental focus / heightened awareness [10, 11, 20]


Improved Quality of Sleep: 

  • 3x more time spent in deep restful stages of sleep. [21]


Physical Well-being

Enhanced Biochemical Status:

  • Reduced biochemical markers of stress: cortisol [2, 22], corticotrophin[2] blood lactate[23], ACTH[2], and plasma MDA[2][25]

  • 33% increase in the well-being hormone prolactin from the very 1st session.

  • Increased levels of antioxidant enzymes which protect us from many diseases and rapid aging [6, 23, 27]


Enhanced Immune Function:

  • Improved immune cell counts in apparently healthy individuals [16, 28]within as little as 3 weeks [29]

  • Improved immune cell counts in health compromised individuals seen in 12 weeks (Natural Killer Cells) [16]

  • Beneficial changes in our DNA which support an increased life span of white blood cells, our immunity cells. [27]


Enhanced Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function:

  • Reduced heart rate in both healthy and health compromised individuals[30] [6]

  • Reduced blood pressure in both healthy and health compromised individuals [25, 30]

  • Improved cholesterol and triglyceride (lipid) profile: [24] [6, 28] as early as 3 weeks, with no change in diet [31]

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NOTE: The Happiness Program is for relaxation and rejuvenation. It is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any condition.

Significant Stress-Reduction Results

and other health benefits scientifically documented and published in peer review journals

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