Art Of Living Foundation Organizes First Annual 5K Walk
The Art of Living Foundation organized the first Annual 5K Run on
October 29 at Boston College to raise awareness of the urgent need to
support “education for all” that fosters human values, especially among
youth, in order to address escalating levels of stress, violence and
unhappiness in society today. There were more than 50 people who
participated in this run/walk. This event raised funds for Art of
Living Youth Programs, which empower youth to live life to their
highest potential. Through these innovative programs, youth learn
to release stress, manage negative emotions, foster human values and
develop leadership skills as well as engage in service. Funds
raised have been allocated to the Foundation’s Trauma Relief efforts in
areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
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.
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.
About the Foundation: The Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) is the
largest volunteer based Non-Governmental Organization in the world with
a wide range of social, cultural and humanitarian activities. It was
founded in 1982 by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as an
international educational and humanitarian non-profit
organization. Active in over 145 countries worldwide, the
Foundation has reached out to over 20 million people who represent all
walks of life, religions, cultures and traditions. The Foundation works
in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council
(ECOSOC) of the United Nations, participating in a variety of
committees and activities relating to health, education, sustainable
development and conflict resolution.
For more information or to register for the event, please visit:
http://www.artoflivingyouth.org or call 617.459.8264.
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