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Art of Living course gets spotlighted in the Washington Post

washingtonpost.com Non­profit Group Teaches D.C. How to Take a Breather also has some great pho­tos of the open-​​air event in down­town Washington.

Take a Breath DC” ran from Wednes­day to Sat­ur­day and cul­mi­nated in a group med­i­ta­tion for about 600 in Lafayette Park. The course was orga­nized by the Art of Liv­ing Foun­da­tion, a non­profit group that has its national head­quar­ters on 15th Street NW. The cor­ner­stone of Art of Liv­ing is a rhyth­mic breath­ing tech­nique called Sudar­shan Kriya. About 30 years ago, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (not the sitarist who knew the Bea­t­les; dif­fer­ent guy) dis­cov­ered that this type of breath­ing, com­bined with yoga and med­i­ta­tion, can bring inner peace; he and his fol­low­ers have taught the art of bet­ter breath­ing to mil­lions since then.

I learned the AOL rou­tines back in early 2004 and have con­tin­ued them to this day, though I don’t do them every­day because it’s hard to fit all my prac­tices into a sin­gle day. If I do yoga, I usu­ally won’t do a kriya unless I’m really dead tired and need to revive my energy. I haven’t been to a Art of Liv­ing weekly ses­sion for sev­eral years and need to go back just to refresh my mem­ory of the whole process.