“May be the fastest-growing spiritual practice on the planet”
“Like Fresh Air to
“Show promise in providing relief for depression”
If you’re struggling to stay happy, calm and focused, it can be hard to break the cycle.
If you feel trapped, frustrated or overwhelmed in your life... you can’t just ‘wish it away’. Deep down, you know it’s time to make a change.
Through a tried and tested combination of yoga, powerful breathing exercises, meditation and practical wisdom, the Art of Living Happiness Program will help you live life the way you’ve always wanted to:
Calmly, confidently, and armed with the tools you need to deal with whatever life throws at you.
How the Happiness Program Helps You
Create Lasting Happiness
Through practical, self-empowering tools, you'll discover how to quiet the mind and be fully present and alive. Then, you can access and abide in peace and joy, even while facing the increasing demands of contemporary life.
Connect More Easily in All Your Relationships
The program isn’t just about dealing with your internal self... It also helps you connect more deeply and easily with others, so you can enjoy happier, more confident and stable relationships with old friends and new.
Learn Practices for a Lifetime
Come away new skills and an effective routine you can follow at home to strengthen your resilience and deepen your joy. Plus receive access to weekly practice groups to improve your skills and maintain momentum after the workshop.
A powerful program brought to you by compassionate experts.
After teaching meditation for many years, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar developed The Happiness Program and its central breathing technique, Sudarshan Kriya, which effectively reduces stress and seems to take people effortlessly into a state of deep meditation.
Millions of people around the world, including dozens of Fortune companies, olympic athletes, top business schools, and CEOs have discovered the power of Sudarshan Kriya.
Our partner nonprofits use the same techniques in service projects to support communities in need. Returning soldiers, at-risk students, prisoners and disaster victims have all experienced relief from trauma and stress.
There are now over 700 Happiness Program instructors around the US, most of whom volunteer their time to lead these programs. So you can join a course in over 200 locations, and quite possibly, right in your neighborhood.
The Art of Living Happiness Program: a uniquely powerful combination
The Happiness Program takes place over three relaxing yet focused days.
Here are some of the unique benefits you’ll experience:
A 3 Day Workshop. A Lifetime Of Happiness.
Get A Daily Practice You Can Continue At Home
The goal of the 3-day Art of Happiness Program is to give you the skills, support and training to continue using these powerful breathing techniques once you get home. Research shows your cortisol levels can reduce by over 50% on the first day you practice, and will continue to improve if you keep practicing. We'll teach you a simple, effective home breathing practice you can do each day to release stress and start every day afresh: feeling clear, confident and happy.
From reducing stress to getting better rest, these techniques have a demonstrated measurable impact on quality of life.
Over 70 independent studies conducted on four continents and published in peer review journals, have demonstrated a comprehensive range of benefits from practicing Sudarshan Kriya™ and related breathing exercises taught on the Art of Living Happiness Program.
What people are saying about The Happiness Program
From "Anxious and Scattered", to "Grounded and Confident"
"Prior to learning Sudarshan Kriya, I had a hard time relaxing and breathing. I was anxious and scattered. Now that I have this practice, I am more grounded and confident in myself. I can express more love to myself and others. I'm more clear, focused and awake."
- Samora S., actress
"Significantly Improved My Ability to Stay Calm"
"The main benefit is it's significantly improved my ability to stay calm when I'm stressed, tired or angry. I used to think these practices were for people who did very little, but it's the opposite. I have a lot to do and I have to be effective as a leader. Sudarshan Kriya keeps me moving in the right direction."
- Clarke Weatherspoon, teacher
"Helped Heal Past Wounds"
"Learning to manage my own mind and body through breathing practices has truly been the greatest gift. Practicing Sudarshan Kriya everyday has helped me heal past wounds, become more confident in myself and more aware of everything in my life so that I can be a better me."
- Brittany Potier, entrepreneur
"Transformed into Newness, Aliveness, and Innocence!"
“I had four children as a single parent. I was depressed. Medicines didn't help. After the course, I do the practice when I feel anxious, and an unpleasant emotion is washed away and I am transformed into newness, aliveness, and innocence! I am constantly in awe of the whole process and so thankful, full of gratitude that it's happening. I feel like I will find my purpose in life through this practice.“
- Lillian B., musician, artist, and writer, Smithfield, NC
"Much Healthier Right Away"
“I was very ill. The only thing that helped me other than allopathic medicine was pranayama. It was a complete change (after Happiness and Silence Retreat). I was much healthier right away. My mind became clear and I became more comfortable in my body. Also, people commented on my skin all the time, so I think it helped with anti-aging. That's a benefit.”
- Patricia, retired ESL teacher, Winston, NC
"Come to Work in a Better Mindset"
“Making food that makes people happy brings me a lot of happiness. And when I come to work (after doing my practices), having already centered myself, it's way easier to plan out menus, delegate tasks to other people, or work with other people. Now I come to work in a much better mindset, and that in turn translates into the quality of work and the way I deal with people at work. Just the way I process emotions, thoughts, and feelings is different from before."
- Dan, Boone, NC
"My Whole Personality Has Been Transformed"
“I was diagnosed with Hypertension (High BP) at the age of 19. I started practicing Sudarshan Kriya at the age of 21; now 6 years have passed and I am as normal and fit as I could have imagined. My whole personality has been transformed. I love practicing Sudarshan Kriya and Sahaj Samadhi Meditation … my innate perception of life has since turned very positive. Earlier I was not there for me - now I am there for others."
- Abhinav Kapri
"It pulled me out of my depression"
“I was undergoing moderate depression. Hated eating. Couldn't focus on anything in life. Was basically in a very, very bad state of mind (depression does that) and had no idea how to get out of it. Then I took up Sudarshan Kriya. Within 1 month of Sudarshan Kriya, I was coming back up. I was returning to my usual self. My health improved considerably; I used to eat like a bird, now I eat well. I sleep better.
"Made Me a More Confident and Social Person"
“I am practicing [Sudarshan Kriya] for 5 years now. I used to stammer a lot, but this breathing technique has a helped me to overcome the issue, and made me a more confident and social person. It has also helped me in reducing my sinus problems.”
"Helps Me Chill Out if I'm Stressed"
"Sudarshan Kriya helps me chill out if I'm stressed, and maintain high levels of energy. Just this morning, I woke up on the wrong side of bed. So I really gave my kriya my all, and my outlook completely changed afterwards. I'm still surprised how effective it is."
- Brooks Hassig, designer, San Francisco, CA
Frequently Asked Questions
Why take a course about breathing? I’ve been breathing my whole life!
While breathing happens automatically, most of us are unaware that working with the breath can give us the ability to manage our mind and emotions. In fact, every emotion you experience has a corresponding rhythm in the breath. By changing the rhythms of breath, you can change your emotions.
For example, you’ll learn the breath of peace, which makes both inhale and exhale long and smooth, bringing you back to calm and relaxed mind. Another technique, we call “Yogic Coffee” will give you a boost of energy and focus (and no caffeine jitters). The centerpiece of the course, Sudarshan Kriya™, uses specific rhythms of breath to get you unstuck and take you effortlessly into a state of meditation.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly the breath can calm the mind and how easy meditation can be.
What if I’ve already learned some breathing exercises before? Will this be too beginner?
In addition to a series of introductory breathing exercises (pranayamas), The Happiness Program features a unique breathing technique called Sudarshan Kriya™. Many people who’ve practiced other breathwork and meditation techniques have told us that Sudarshan Kriya is the most powerful and effective tool they’ve ever learned.
It leaves you calm yet energized, focused yet relaxed, bringing more joy and happiness to your life, eliminating fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration, and depression.
What results have been seen by independent researchers?
Over 60 independent studies have been done on the breathing exercises taught in the workshop, called SKY (Sudarshan Kriya Yoga).
Here are some of the most impressive research results:
- Up to 87.5% reduction in stress bio-marker levels (serum cortisol and blood lactate) [4, 6, 14]
- 33% increase in the well-being hormone prolactin from the very first session 
- Relieves depression in 67-73% of participants within one month (across over a dozen studies). [2, 4, 8-14]
- Relieves anxiety in 71% of individuals for whom medication and psychotherapy treatments had failed. 
- 3x more time spent in deep restful stages of sleep. 
- Increased levels of antioxidant enzymes which protect us from many diseases and rapid aging. [6, 23, 27]
- Reduced blood pressure in both healthy and health compromised individuals. [25,30]
- Improved cholesterol and triglyceride profile.  [6,28]
- Greater mental focus in regular practitioners (significantly greater EEG Beta wave activity) 
(Research Details and References: sudarshan-kriya).
Disclaimer: The Happiness Program is for overall well-being and rejuvenation. The above results are from research studies, many of which are based on an adaptation of The Happiness Program to special needs groups. The Happiness Program is not designed to treat or alleviate clinical symptoms. If you suspect you may have a clinical condition, consult your healthcare professional before deciding whether to enroll in our program.
How soon will I start seeing results? And do they last?
Research shows physical & mental health benefits are often shown from the very first session. And results are cumulative; they grow stronger over time.
Results also seem to have a lasting effect. In one study cited by Prevention Magazine, not only did people's anxiety reduce 44%, but it lasted for 6 months. Results from studies on people with PTSD and depression also show sustained effects. See details and references at sudarshan-kriya.
How is the Happiness Program different from other spiritual and self-development courses?
Experiential - Unlike many self-development programs, this course is not a lecture. The Happiness Program is experiential and interactive. You will learn and practice yoga, breathing and meditation, enjoy engaging group processes and discussions, and receive expert guidance on how to practice the breathing at home.
Effortless, Yet Effective - One thing that makes us unique is the effortless nature of our techniques. You don’t have to worry about fast, complicated yoga poses, strict meditation techniques, or overly intense breathing techniques.
Time-tested and Universal - Many people out there go through a yoga teacher training or write a self-help book and call themselves a spiritual teacher. Meanwhile, The Art of Living has touched hundreds of millions of lives in 155 countries for the last 36 years. And Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, has received 16 honorary doctorates, and dozens of high honors from governments around the world. Our educational and self-development programs offer powerful tools to eliminate stress and foster a sense of well-being. Appealing not only to a specific population, these practices have been proven effective globally and at all levels of society.
Research-based - Over 65 independent studies conducted on four continents and published in peer-reviewed journals have demonstrated a comprehensive range of benefits from practicing the breathing exercises taught on the Art of Living Happiness Program.
Who created this course?
The Happiness Program was designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a world renowned humanitarian leader, spiritual teacher and ambassador of peace. His vision of a stress-free, violence-free society has united millions of people around the world through service projects and courses offered by The Art of Living.
As a spiritual teacher, Sri Sri has rekindled the traditions of yoga and meditation and offered them in a form that is relevant to the 21st century. Beyond reviving ancient wisdom, Sri Sri has created new techniques for personal and social transformation. These include Sudarshan Kriya, which has helped millions of people to find relief from stress and discover inner reservoirs of energy and inner silence in daily life.
As a noted humanitarian leader, Sri Sri’s programs have provided assistance to people from a wide range of backgrounds – victims of natural disasters, survivors of terror attacks and war, children from marginalized populations, and communities in conflict, among others. The strength of his message has inspired a wave of service based on spirituality through a huge body of volunteers, who are driving these projects forward in critical areas around the globe.
As an ambassador of peace, Sri Sri has played a key role in conflict resolution around the world, as he shares his vision of non-violence at public forums and gatherings worldwide. Regarded as a neutral figure with a sole agenda of peace, he represents hope to people in conflict. He has received particular credit for bringing opposing parties to the negotiating table in Columbia, Iraq, the Ivory Coast, Kashmir and Bihar. Through his initiatives and speeches, Sri Sri has consistently emphasized the need for reinforcing human values and recognizing that we belong to a one-world family. Fostering interfaith harmony and calling for multi-cultural education as the remedy for fanaticism are significant parts of his efforts to achieve sustainable peace on our planet.
Who is eligible for this course?
You must be over the age of 18 to be eligible for this course. We do offer Youth Programs for Middle School and High School-aged students.
Some techniques on the course are not suitable for pregnant women. A suitable alternative program for pregnant women is the effortless meditation program called Sahaj Samadhi Meditation.
Persons having undergone major surgery within 8 weeks of the course start date, and those with a seizure disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorders, must consult with a physician and provide a signed copy of the attached medical clearance form in order to enroll in The Happiness Program. For such individuals, the effortless and highly effective Sahaj Samadhi Meditation program may be a valuable alternative.
Can I repeat the course after taking it before?
Many people enjoy repeating the Happiness Program and find they get something new out of it each time.
Ready to start living your life the way you've always wanted to?
Join the Art of Living Happiness Program and develop effective skills for lasting happiness
- Discover secrets of the breath with the powerful Sudarshan Kriya and related yogic breathing techniques which reduce stress, raise energy and give you a clear, positive state of mind.
- Regain control of your own mind and emotions – develop a stress-busting attitude that gives you more perspective on life, and helps you deal more effectively with frustration, impatience and other difficult emotions.
- Get tools to last a lifetime – Get expert training in breathing techniques that can benefit you for the rest of your life, including a practice you can continue at home.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHARE
Helping People Thrive
“I’ve learned from the course to be happy exactly where I’m at this point in time. I can feel the lightness and the shine in myself-just free and calm.”
“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.”
“The breathing techniques that I learned, particularly the [Sudarshan] Kriya. I found very calming and very relaxing and something I hope to incorporate into my daily life.”
"I’ve gone from being an angry person to becoming a happy, inspiring person.”
“Helped me heal past wounds, and become more confident in myself so that I can be a better me."
“Within three days I started experiencing a deep shift within myself from anxiousness to peace, from sadness to joy. “
"I have been looking for this for 15 years! When I practice [the techniques], I feel great no matter what has happened during the day."
"I now have an internal sense of power."
“It changed my life literally overnight."
“I’m much more optimistic about my future. I feel that I’m not alone.”
A Dozen Leading Publications on How The Happiness Program is Changing Lives
The Easy Breathing Technique That Can Lower Your Anxiety 44%
August 18, 2015
"many people reported better sleep, improved self-awareness, and even fewer PMS symptoms"
Breathing is the New Yoga! 9 Shortcuts to Calming Anxiety
August 11, 2016
Sudarshan Kriya’s engagement of the parasympathetic nervous system can rebalance brain chemistry.
An Incredible Alternative to Mindfulness You Never Heard Of
April 9, 2016
"Does meditation make you anxious or mad? Here's a science backed alternative."
September 27, 2006
"A yoga-based technique that targets healing and stress is gaining favor"
3 Science-Backed Ways to Relieve Pain and Stress
August 7, 2017
"Calm your nervous system with the relaxation response"
How Meditation Transformed This Entrepreneur’s Approach To Work And Life
March 14, 2016
“It changed my life literally overnight.” ~Louis Gagnon, CEO of MyBrainSolutions
Emperor of Air
August 28, 2007
"Art of Living may be the fastest growing spiritual practice on the planet"
Art of Living on CNN Project Life
April 1, 2008
Take a Deep Breath
July 5, 2007
"just as emotions impact how people breathe, how they breathe can also impact their emotions"
Yogic Breathing: What are the benefits?
September 18, 2015
"not only aims to remove day-to-day stresses, but also target negative emotions you may not know are still affecting you"
Here’s Why Meditation Is So Amazing For Your Mental Health
March 2, 2016
Get equipped with a comprehensive toolkit for a peaceful, happy state of mind.
Advanced Breathing Exercises
- Experience the Sudarshan Kriya - effectively reduces stress and takes you into a state of deep meditation
- The power of pranayama - learn a series of breathing exercises to calm and energize your mind
- Backed by research - 70 independent studies confirm a full range of mind-body benefits from Sudarshan Kriya, home kriya and related practices (yoga and pranayama)
- Get expert training on how to practice Sudarshan Kriya and pranayamas on your own
- Traditionally, yoga is more than movement - it’s also an outlook on life. On The Happiness Program, we’ll explore a profound and practical yogic thinking framework, which when understood and practiced, can act like a force-field against stress. Sudarshan Kriya helps us remove stress; wisdom helps us not accumulate stress to begin with.
- These aren’t just intellectual lectures - you’ll engage in interactive discussions and experiential processes based on adult learning theory to maximize your understanding and retention.
Yoga and Meditation
- Learn easy yoga poses you can incorporate into your day for greater health, focus and relaxation.
- Enjoy unique guided meditations and get a taste of the beauty within.