Sri Sri Ravishankar Ashram (Art of Living), Kanakapura Road, Bangalore - Breathe away your all your anxieties and worries
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, once a disciple of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (renowned spiritual guide of the Beatles), is the subcontinent's hottest New Age guru. Many consider "The Art of Living," his secular philosophy of enjoying life.
His main Ashram lies on 24 hectares (60 acres) of lush green hillside in south Bangalore (Bengaluru), where every evening thousands of the city's well-heeled gather for the evening lecture and satsang (devotional singing).
The well articulated Swamiji encourages his disciples to enjoy the present without guilt while also encouraging them to contribute towards humanitarian and environmental concerns. His followers are from India's growing urban elite, but also hugely popular on foreign shores (San Franciscans have a real penchant for his teachings).
Even his fiercest detractors admit the value of Sudarshan Kriya, an ancient breathing technique taught when you attend the "Art of Living" course. The 30-minute-a-day practice is said to encourage the flow of oxygen to the whole body, ostensibly discouraging the storage of toxins and thus helping release anxiety, frustration, depression, and anger, leaving you with a genuine sense of calm and well-being.
To attend an evening session or a 14-hour Art of Living course spread over several days, call ahead (Tel. 080/28432273, -2274, or -2832; 21st Km, Kanakapura Main Rd., Udayapura, Bangalore (Bengaluru) 560 082; http://www.artofliving.org/).