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Art of Living Meditation Center in Schaumburg

May 20
23:13 2011

File photo of Vinesh Virani, Art of Living spokesman, with Guruji Sri Sri Ravishankar

CHICAGO: The first of its type Meditation and Yoga center by the Art of Living Foundation is slated to open in burgeoning Schaumburg area of Chicagoland next month.

Announcing this at a press meet of ethnic Indian media here at Udupi Restaurant, Vinesh Virani, a spokesman, said that this center was the outcome of a consistent demand from yoga and mediation lovers in and around Chicago, and it will be conducting classes for its members besides hosting many other activities. “There will be a nominal membership fee of $50 but there will be a free access to practice yoga exercises in the meditation hall as prescribed from time to time,” he said.

The Center to be located on 1251 N. Plum Grove Road, Suite No.110, Schaumburg, will be formally laid open by the Schaumburg Mayor, Al Larson in the presence of a number of prominent community activists and dignitaries. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is expected to be attended among others by Congressmen Joe Walsh, Danny Davis and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky besides Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford and Hoffman Estate Mayor William D. McLeod.

Replying to a question, why Schaumburg was selected as the Center, Vinesh explained that Schaumburg is one of the most populous villages in Illinois and also is the home for a large number of Indian Americans. So the Center is going to serve both the American and Indian American citizens, who are Yoga enthusiasts and supporters of the teachings and activities of Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar.

The Center will further expand the base of Kriya Yoga, especially propounded by Guruji. “We continuously are seeking participation of local people and school students to learn yoga as a physical discipline to open up the possibility for development of character among the students as the foundation to promote American values of courage, leadership, charity and pride in our heritage,” he emphasized.

The foundation has already approached the local school district and will continue to disseminate in other neighborhood schools. He said the goal of Yoga is controlling the wandering mind and developing focus to be able to make use of the enormous potential of our brain-power to bring out the best within every person.

The Art of Living Foundation is an educational and humanitarian foundation working on the basic spiritual principles of love, kindness and unconditional service to the world as per the teachings of Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar.

It also works in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN, and as such it has accredited representatives at the UN in New York, Geneva and Vienna. It also works in formal consultations with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Its Dollar-a-Day service program for rural children is pursued under Care for Children program where children learn the fine art of living, making friends, handling negative emotions and the value of serving the fellow beings. Children learn to take up enjoyable challenges, hygienic living, skill of community living and a sense of belonging to each one of it.

Its 5H program focuses on Home, Health, Hygiene, Harmony in Diversity and Human Values. Its Art Excel program, which offers courses for all round development of children and youth (8 to 21 years old), is currently offered in many Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta, and in countries like Canada and USA.

The Art of Living program provides training on stress management and rehabilitation for juvenile and adult prisoners, prisoners on parole and probation, victims of crime, at-risk youths, and even the law enforcement officers and probation staff.

The Youth Training Program (YTP) in India focuses on the education of rural youth and encourages them to work for the betterment of their community through medical camps, distributing clothes to the poor, creating sanitation facilities. In addition, they teach a wide variety of courses like Sahaja Samadhi, the Sudarshan Kriya and related exercises based on the ancient yoga science of breathing. The Art of Living transcends all barriers and anomalies preventing people to connect with each other through love.

Ramesh Soparawala & Surendra Ullal

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