The technique of Sudarshan Kriya lies at the heart of the Basic Course and all other
courses are given dimension from it. There are toxins, which accumulate in our system
at a cellular level causing sluggishness and fostering ill health and disease. The
Sudarshan Kriya technique oxygenates and rejuvenates these cells rapidly, ejecting
these toxins from our blood stream. The cells get revitalised positively, bringing
balance and contentment to the physical emotional and mental states.
The Basic Course is designed to improve our daily efficiency by enhancing the quality
of our life at every level: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. It also attempts
to provide practical tools to reduce the effects of negative stress.
There are special courses for children between eight and 16 years of age known as
the Art Excel Course. Then there are the advanced courses, and the Sahaja Samadhi
Course. Versions of the Art of Living Courses are also being offered to those suffering
from HIV and AIDs and inmates in prison. The Art of Living courses are open to the
general public and are held all over the world. In India alone they are held in
over 19 states. Advanced students, who have undergone the necessary training and
are competent to take their students through this spiritual journey, generally conduct
the courses. The fee varies from one place to another. For example the basic course
in Mumbai costs Rs 1500, while in Bangalore it is Rs 1000.
Individuals who have trained as teachers hold these courses, as per their convenience,
at irregular intervals. Local newspapers generally carry information in advance
about when and where an Art of Living workshop will be conducted. There is a lot
of personal solicitation aimed both at individuals and groups.
It has also become the "in thing" to do these courses, with celebrity stars and
models like Rhea Pillai Dutt conducting some of them.