What is the Sudarshan Kriya of the Art of Living organization all about?

Art of living is a renowned NGO. The founder of this organization is His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The organization offers various courses on the art to live life. They teach beneficial breathing pranayama, which has tremendous benefits for different parts of our body which they call, the Sudarshan Kriya.

The Art of Living website states various benefits of Sudarshan Kriya such as Increased mental focus, relieves anxiety and depression, increases levels of optimism, improved emotional regulation and others. It is a part of happiness program or the basic course taught by various teachers of the art of living.

Research on Sudarshan Kriya

  • Research by a doctor in AIIMS − Dr. Vinod Kochupillai, head of the Cancer Centre at AIIMS did a research on this breathing technique called Sudarshan Kriya in 2010. According to her, through this miraculous technique, “Negative toxins are flushed out and each cell is flooded with new life to energize body and mind. This experience of centeredness, freedom ... which influence the immune system positively and hence, the whole physiology.”

  • Harvard University Research − Studies conducted at Harvard, USA, revealed that 70-80 percent patients suffering from AIDS benefited from this process.

  • The University of Slovenia Research − The Republic of Slovenia conducted a research on patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. With Sudarshan Kriya, a tremendous improvement was seen in their stamina and mobility.