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Youth To Run For A “Stress-Free, Violence-Free Society”

Padma Sundareshan

Youth to Run for a “Stress-Free, Violence-Free Society”

Providing Trauma Relief for Youth Impacted by Hurricane Katrina

This October, the youth and young at heart of greater Boston will take to the streets along with thousands of people in cities throughout the USA, Canada and Mexico, in the first annual “5K Run for a Stress-Free, Violence-Free Society.” The event is organized by the Art of Living Foundation.  An immediate use of the funds raised by the event will be youth programs currently underway for Hurricane Katrina refugees in Houston and Austin. 
The Boston Run will take place on Saturday, October 29th at 9:00am, beginning at the Boston College Yawkey Center.

The Art of Living Foundation is committed to empowering young people to live life to their highest potential by providing them with the tools and knowledge needed to release stress while keeping an unwavering smile, no matter what the circumstance. It is a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization with programs in 152 countries, uniting people of diverse cultures, religions and backgrounds. Founded twenty-five years ago, the Foundation has worked toward creating a stress-and-violence-free society in which values such as peace, love, compassion, enthusiasm for life, and service toward others are nurtured.

The event will raise awareness of the urgent need to foster such values, especially among young people. At the same time, it will raise money to allow the foundation to continue and expand its legacy of service. Proceeds will go to Art of Living USA youth programs and services.

Students who attend Art of Living programs report experiencing relief from stress and negative emotions. After completing the course they often report feeling happier, calmer and more focused as well as empowered to take responsibility for their lives and futures.

The momentum behind the event is a dynamic group of dedicated volunteer college students and recent graduates. How do they do it? Daniel Moss, a student at Indiana University says,  “A few years ago I couldn't have believed I’d be a successful full time student, run a web-design company, organize service projects, and still have some time for myself and for friends. Since I started using the knowledge and techniques from the Art of Living Course, I have so much energy, enthusiasm, confidence, and focus... I feel unstoppable."

Recently, a version of the program was taught at a probation school in Marysville, California.   The school works with 12-to-18-year-old youth who have either been previously incarcerated or are one step away from being locked up. Francesca Jackson, director of the Art of Living Prison Program, taught the course. “With two Sudarshan Kriya® [breathing techniques] behind them, they are beginning to become themselves,” she says.  “Their faces are soft. They’ve become just regular kids again. Small victories for these kids are so huge.”

The 5K Run for Youth is one of many special events leading up to the foundation’s worldwide Silver Jubilee celebration taking place in February 2006 at its international headquarters in Bangalore, India. Some 2.5 million people are expected to attend, including heads of state, spiritual leaders, and dignitaries from around the world.

"A peaceful world where human values thrive are goals we all strive for, and this event  is a major step toward creating that kind of society for us all, beginning with the young people," says Patti Montella, National Youth Director for the Art of Living Foundation USA.

The foundation is a non-governmental organization working in special consultative status with the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council. It was founded in 1982 by internationally revered spiritual leader and humanitarian, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It also offers classes for adults, including special courses for college students, corporate professionals, and educators.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit:
http://www.artoflivingyouth.org or call 617.459.8264.

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