The Art of Living Ashram is on Kanakapura road around 36 km from the Bengaluru city. Founded by the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the ashram educates the Sudarshankriya. This technique trains the mind to give up tension and help individuals to lead a joyous life inventing an identity that strive beyond race, faith and nationality.
The ashram that was started in 1986 is spread over-65 acres. The highlights of the Ashram is a lake and a meditation centre and the Vishalakshi Mantap.
Apart from these, the ashram also have:
- Wellness centre – The centre offers heartbeat-based analysis. Ayurvedic physicians are present for consultation.
- Ayurveda Drugstore – The drugstore stocks medications and personal care products from the Sri Sri Ayurveda.
- Sri Sri Ayurveda – An Ayurvedic health spa with a holistic method of health. Ayurvedic Panchkarma is completed here.
- Divine store – The shop offers DVDs, books, CDs and other publications related to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the Art of Living ashram.
- Divine services – It is a store that stocks upward on toiletries, furnishings, clothes, etc. that are required during the stay at ashram.
- Annapurna – This is the ashram kitchen and dining hall.
- Library – The ashram library has an assortment of publications that are spiritual and periodicals.
- ATM , Internet cafe, Laundry services , locker-room,
The ashram has a number of other regions/locations which are worth a visit:
- Radha Kunj – This is the good-maintained garden place in the ashram.
- Goshala – The cowshed is a heart of activities with various pujas offered here. The visitors are offered the feeding, a guided tour on the production of biogas, the various strains of cow and processes, etc.
- Gurukul – A location where residential instructional programmes with different kinds of curricula – early and contemporary – are provided to students between 11 to 14 years old.
- Sumeru Mantap – A Lotus-formed mantap found at the ashram’s highest point.
- Mahalakshmi Mantap – It is a wedding hall, where weddings are conducted subsequent Vedic rites.
- Srikriti – This really is a handicrafts shop stocked with goods made by women in the neighbouring hamlets.
- Madhurya – This shop has classic jewellery, crafts, brocades, sculptures, etc. designed for the discerning shopper.
- Amphitheatre – This hall can accommodate around 20,000 people and sometimes the satsungs are held here by Sri Sri.
- Yagyashala – This is auditorium. The poojas, satsungs and other events are often conducted in this building. The pooja that was most prominent, the Navrathri pooja is held in the Yagyashala.
A special schedule is followed by the ashram inmates on the daily basis. The day starts with yoga, meditation, and Sudarshankriya, at 6 am.
- Sudarshankriya – It’s a rhythmic respiration technique that harmonises the head and emotions with the natural rhythms of the human anatomy. Sri Sri is presumed to have come up with this breathing technique that was remarkable during a 10-day span of silence at Shimoga. This technique can oust negative feelings and tension, focusing the mind and invigorating the body. Sudarshankriya is inherent to the Skill of Living programmes.
- After breakfast at 7.30, the offenders go on to do Seva.
- Seva – This is a form of voluntary support completed by the inmates like cooking, cleansing the premises, administrative job, maintenance work, etc.
- Lunch is served around 1 – 2 pm. After, this there’s more Seva. At 6.30 the Satsung begins.
- Satsung – Satsung is the mainstay. Folks from different parts of the globe get together to sing, to love music, to dance, to meditate, to listen to the guru and to observe the joy of living. Devotees pledge to the relaxing effect and connection with attending these gatherings. The satsungs are therefore well-liked by the devotees that they can be accessible for download from Sri Sri’s official site and from the Art of Dwelling website.
Besides the daily activities, every month there’s some or another activity planned around a theme/subject/matter. For instance, in the last week of November, 2013 a “Living properly Residential Programme for Diabetes and Hypertension” is being conducted at the ashram.