What is the key to greater happiness? | VailDaily.com

What is the key to greater happiness?

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

EAGLE-VAIL, COLORADO ” The art of living course will be held at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion beginning today through Monday. The course was developed by Sri Sri Ravel Shankar combines the ancient wisdom of the East with the science of the breath, individuals are given breathing techniques and knowledge shown to release stress, calm the mind, increase energy and manage negative emotions.

“Everyone wants greater happiness in life. It’s just stress that keeps us from realizing it,” said Patti Montella, a senior teacher with the foundation and its newly appointed director for Colorado. “Our breath is the most overlooked source of energy we have. When we learn how to use it skillfully and place more attention on the spiritual dimension of ourselves, all aspects of our lives begin to improve effortlessly.”

David Chagala, a well-known acupuncturist in the area, said the art of living course is a must for anyone who wants greater health and happiness in life.

“This course changed my life dramatically,” Chagala said. “I recommend it to all my patients and friends.”

At the core of the art of living course is the “sudarshan kriya,” an innovative breathing technique developed by Shankar to restore balance to mind, body and spirit. It is a sanskrit term that means “a purifying action that gives us a proper vision of who we really are.” Independent studies on the effects of this breathing technique prove its effectiveness in enhancing brain activity, alleviating depression, lowering cholesterol and strengthening the immune system. People around the world regularly report many additional benefits such as improved focus, enhanced creativity, improved personal relationships, greater inner strength and enthusiasm for life.

The Art of Living Course is open to adults 18 and over. Hours are Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The fee is $375 for adults and $200 for students and senior ctizens. It’s easy to register online at http://www.artofliving.org or by calling 303-442-3352.

The Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) was founded in 1981 by global humanitarian and renowned spiritual leader, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Its mission is to create a “violence-free, stress-free” society by bringing peace to one individual at a time. AOLF is a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization working in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Its programs claim to release stress, restore human values and encourage people from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions to come together in celebration and service.

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