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sacred space for self transformation

r atanjali, the great Indian sage and scientist, is widely acclaimed as the father of yogic sciences. In this exquisite artwork from a mural inside Isha Yoga Center's Spanda Hall, Patanjali is symbolically depicted in the famous half-man, half-snake form, indicating that he has risen above the duality of life and attained to ultimate oneness, and in doing so has opened the door for others to achieve the same. This style of painting - a dying art from the temple town of Guruvayur in the state of Kerala - uses only vegetable dyes and earth extracts. Measuring 140 x 12 ft, this mural masterpiece is the largest of its kind in the world.

sacred space for self transformation

"The source of life is within ljou. if tjou remain in touch with that source, everything about ijou will be beautiful." - Sadhguru

Isha Foundation is a non-prot volunteer organization that addresses all aspects of human wellbeing. From its powerful yoga programs for inner transformation to its inspiring social and environmental projects, Isha activities are designed to create an inclusive culture as a basis for global peace and development. This integral approach has gained worldwide recognition, reected in Isha Foundation's Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. A range of outreach initiatives such as Action for Rural Rejuvenation, Isha Vidhya and Project GreenHands exemplify the Foundation's commitment towards true wellbeing for all. Driven by a sense of oneness, love and a deep longing to reach out and share, hundreds of thousands of volunteers support the Foundation's work in over 200 centers across the globe. Isha's offerings and activities, which facilitate inner growth and contribute to healthy, sustainable ways of living, have become thriving models for human empowerment and community revitalization throughout the world.

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A profound mystic and visionary humanitarian, Sadhguru is a spiritual Master with a difference. An arresting blend of profundity and pragmatism, his life and work serve as a reminder that inner sciences are not an esoteric discipline from an outdated past, but a contemporary science, vitally relevant to our times. Probing, passionate and provocative, deeply insightful, devastatingly logical and unfailingly witty, Sadhguru's talks have earned him the reputation of a speaker and opinion-maker of international renown. With speaking engagements that take him around the world, Sadhguru is widely sought after by prestigious global forums such as the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit, the Australian Leadership Retreat and the World Economic Forum. Listeners have been ubiquitously impressed by his astute and incisive grasp of current issues and world affairs, as well as his unerringly scientic approach to the question of human wellbeing. "This life for me is an endeavor to help people experience and express their divinity. Maq qou Icnow the bliss of the Divine." - Sadhguru

vjrleaned from the core of the yogic lore and unveiled for one and all, Isha Yoga offers a unique possibility for individuals to empower themselves and reach their full potential. Designed by Sadhguru, Isha Yoga programs extend a rare opportunity for self-discovery and inner transformation under the guidance of an enlightened Master. -* ~ \


At Isha, yoga is taught in its full depth and dimension and communicated on an experiential level. Tailored to suit individuals from every social and cultural background, Isha Yoga integrates easily into one's everyday life and shows that spiritual life does not deny worldly, social and family responsibilities, but rather uses them as vehicles for personal growth and self-realization. An array of programs is conducted regularly by the Foundation worldwide. Isha Yoga programs involve simple postures, meditations and powerful ways of transforming one's energies.

"You can sp through life untouched, qou can plaq with life whichever waq qou want, and still life cannot leave a scratch upon qou. That is the miracle that we are working to manifest in everybody's life.' - Sadhguru

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Inner Engineering is offered as an intensive program for individual transformation. The program provides powerful tools to re-engineer one's self through the inner science of yoga and establishes the possibility to explore the higher dimensions of life. Designed by Sadhguru as a synthesis of holistic sciences, the program helps to nd the necessary balance between the challenges of day-to-day life and the inner longing for ultimate wellbeing. The approach is a modern antidote to stress, and presents simple but powerful processes from the yogic sciences to purify the system and increase health, wellbeing and fulllment. Program components include guided meditations and the transmission of the sacred Shambhavi Maha Mudra. When practiced on a regular basis, these tools have the potential to enhance one's experience of life on all levels.

"As we have a physical science to create external wellbeing, there is a whole inner dimension of science to create inner wellbeing. I call it Inner Engineering." - Sadhguru

Further Programs:

Hata Yoga
1 his two- to three-day residential program at Isha Yoga centers is an opportunity to learn Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) along with a series of asanas. This comprehensive set of yoga postures is scientically designed in such a way that through regular practice, one can attain to a certain mastery over body and mind.

Bhava Spandana Program

1 his advanced meditation program is designed by Sadhguru to provide the opportunity to experience higher levels of consciousness. BSP allows participants to go beyond their limitations and experience limitless love, bliss and oneness.

Shoonya Intensive
An advanced program for those who have already attended Inner Engineering. It combines the dynamic Shakti Chalana Kriya, powerful and purifying breathing techniques utilized to boost the ow of vital energy in the human system, and Shoonya meditation, an effortless process of conscious non-doing.



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An advanced residential program conducted by Sadhguru. Participants spend seven days in complete silence with long hours of intense meditation. The program presents the potential for participants to receive higher levels of energy and experience explosive states of meditativeness in the presence of a self-realized yogi.

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1 his program offers a unique possibility for children to unlock their inherent potential and live in optimal health and inner peace. It consists of an introduction to simple yoga practices including Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation), AUM chanting, Sukha Kriya and asanas.

Isha Yoga Center

"A powerful space consecrated for inner unfoldment, having a deeply dedicated community which is an embodiment of love and commitment to all." - Sadhguru

Isha Yoga Center, founded under the aegis of Isha Foundation, is located on 150 acres of lush land at the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains amidst a forest reserve with abundant wildlife. Created as a powerful sthana (a center for inner growth), this popular destination attracts people from all parts of the world. Unique in its offering of all the four major paths of yoga - gnana (knowledge), karma (action), kriya (energy) and bhakti (devotion) - it revives the Gurushishya parmapara (the traditional method of knowledge transfer from Master to disciple). The center offers various residential facilities as well as program and conference facilities such as the 64,000 sq ft Spanda Hall and the Nalanda Conference Center. Also located on the premises are the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple, Theerthakund, Isha Rejuvenation Center and Isha Home School. Isha Yoga Center provides a supportive environment for people to shift to healthier lifestyles, seek a higher level of self-fulllment and realize their full potential.

"Just sitting silentlq for a few minutes within the sphere of Dhyanalinga is enough to make even those unaware of meditation experience a state of deep meditativeness." - Sadhguru

JDhyana, in Sanskrit, means meditation, and linga means the form. The Dhyanalinga is a powerful and unique energy form - the distilled essence of yogic sciences. The 13-foot 9inch tall Dhyanalinga is the largest mercury-based live linga in the world. Consecrated by Sadhguru in 1999 through an intense process of prana pratistha, it is the rst of its kind to be completed in over 2,000 years. The Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple is a meditative space that does not ascribe to any particular faith or belief system nor require any ritual, prayer or worship. The vibrational energies of the Dhyanalinga allow even those unaware of meditation to experience a deep state of meditativeness, revealing the essential nature of life. Every week, thousands of people from all social, cultural and religious backgrounds converge at this unique energy center to seek inner peace, silence and transformation. The Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple, the focal point of Isha Yoga Center, is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the most sought-after places for meditation worldwide.

Located on the northern side of the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple is the Theerthakund, a consecrated pool of water. The pool is energized by a rasalinga, a linga made of solidied mercury. Although modern chemistry holds that mercury cannot be solidied, this unique phenomenon was made possible through an ancient Indian alchemic process known as rasa vaidhya. An awe-inspiring structure embedded 35 feet below ground, the Theerthakund's design shares the aesthetics of the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple. The Theerthakund's raised, vaulted ceiling is adorned by a spectacular, hand-painted mural depicting the Maha Kumbh Mela. A dip in the Theerthakund balances prana (life energies) in the body, which enhances spiritual receptivity and increases physical and mental health and wellbeing.

^ i t a Rejuvenation
Isha Rejuvenation is an initiative designed by Sadhguru to allow one to experience inner peace and the joy of a healthy body. Isha Rejuvenation offers unique, carefully tailored programs such as Ayur Rasayana Intensive, Sunethra Eye Program and Yoga Marga to bring vibrancy and optimal balance to one's life energies. This balance is crucial for healthy living as well as for preventing and uprooting chronic ailments. Scientically structured, the programs combine allopathic, alternative and complementary therapies, along with the sublime wisdom of various ancient Indian medicinal practices. Isha Rejuvenation programs feature a synthesis of yogic methods and practices, diet, massages, therapeutic baths and wraps, vitalizing tonics and Siddha medicines (an ancient form of traditional medicine originating in South India), as well as other program-specic methods to create long-lasting, rejuvenating effects.
"Every human being aspires for health and wellbeing. True health fundamentally means to be in tune with nature, both the inner and outer." _ sadhg;uru

One life, touching another

Action for Rural Rejuvenation

A longtime vision of Sadhguru, Action for Rural Rejuvenation (ARR) is a unique, well dened philanthropic effort to restore and raise the human spirit and rejuvenate the marginalized rural population - physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. ARR is implementing models of community-based, sustainable development while reviving the indigenous culture and knowledge. The program offers free primary and preventive healthcare through Mobile Health Clinics, Isha Rural Health Clinics, Health Awareness and Medical Camps. ARR also conducts rural Inner Engineering programs, and organizes community games and celebrations to foster the psychosocial wellbeing of the rural communities. Furthermore, targeted programs for livelihood development are being implemented in selected villages.
"How deeply qou touch another life is how rich qour life is." - Sadhguru

Project GreenHands (PGH) is an ecological initiative of Isha Foundation to prevent and reverse environmental degradation and enable sustainable living. Drawing extensively on community involvement and large-scale volunteer participation, the Project aims to plant 114 million trees all across Tamil Nadu - providing an additional 10% to the existing tree coverage in the state. Through its activities, Project GreenHands aims to inspire people around the world to keep this planet livable for future generations. Project GreenHands has been awarded the prestigious Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar (IGPP) for the year 2008 in the Organization Category by the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests for its signicant contributions in the elds of environmental protection, conservation, regeneration and awareness creation.
"Trees and humans are in an intimate relationship. What they exhale, we inhale. What we exhale, they inhale. This is a constant relationship that nobody can afford to break or live without." - Sadhguru



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Isha Vidhya
An Isha Education Initiative
"The be le Dasic purpose of life and the be or lire and tne Dasic purpose of education is to enhance one's boundaries of perception. I don't want the children to just survive after twelve years of schooling here. They must blossom and ower wherever they sp." - Sadhguru

India's rural youth have the potential to contribute to and share in the growth of their country. Yet, due to low quality education, many young Indians graduate from school without the basic skill sets necessary to gain employment and pursue higher education. Isha Vidhya offers 7< education as a life-empowering opportunity for rural children. The English-language, computer-based education follows a holistic approach that takes learning beyond the blackboard and textbooks. Affordable to even the most economically disadvantaged families, Isha Vidhya is opening a new door for rural children to pursue a better future. Over the coming years, Isha Vidhya will set up 206 schools, one for each of Tamil Nadu's taluks (counties), changing the educational landscape of rural India.

Other Isha Projects and Activities

Isha Home School

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Isha Home School, set in the tranquil surroundings of the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains, offers a stimulating environment for the inner blossoming of each child, resulting in the well-rounded development of every individual. The school provides quality education in a home-like environment which in many ways resembles the large, extended joint families of the past wherein each person is an active part of an intimate microcosm of different age groups, abilities and needs. Making education a process of discovery and joy, Isha Home School helps each student reach his or her true potential and enhances his or her natural and latent talents. The school focuses on imparting life values and living skills while maintaining high standards of academic excellence.

Isha Craft & Isha Raiment

Isha Craft and Isha Raiment bring a touch of Isha into people's lives through gift items, jute pieces, paintings, metal crafts, stone artde-facts and handicrafts, as well as designer clothing which includes casual, formal and yoga wear. All prots from these ventures are used to serve the rural people of India through Isha Foundation's pioneering social outreach program, Action for Rural Rejuvenation (ARR).

Isha Publications
isha Publications is dedicated to offering Sadhguru's candid and thought-provoking works and discourses in the form of books and booklets, CDs and DVDs. Other Isha releases include music by Sounds of Isha and other artists, special event footage, Isha's monthly magazine Forest Flower and the Tamil magazine Kaattu Poo.

How to get to the Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple and Isha Yoga Center:
1 he Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple and Isha Yoga Center are situated 33 km west of Coimbatore in the Velliangiri Foothills. Coimbatore is well connected by air, rail and road. Regular bus and taxi services are available from Coimbatore to Isha Yoga Center. Address & General Inquiries Temple Inquiries Isha Yoga Center / Tel: +91-422-2515470 Dhyanalinga Yogic Temple Email: IYC@ishafoundation. Velliangiri Foothills Semmedu (P.O.) Isha Rejuvenation Center Coimbatore - 641 114 India Tel: +91-422-2515345 Tel: +91-422-2515464 Email: IYC@ishafoundation. Email: Cottage Accommodation Tel: +91-422-2515470 Email:

Registered Ofces:
Isha Foundation 15, Govindasamy Naidu Layout Singanallur, Coimbatore - 641 005 India Tel: +91-422-2515345 Email: Isha Institute of Inner Sciences (USA) 951, Isha Lane McMinnville, TN - 37110, USA Tel: +1-931-668-1900 Email: Isha Institute of Inner Sciences (UK) P.O. Box 559, Isleworth TW7 5WR, United Kingdom Tel: +44-7956998729 Email: For more information and your local center please visit our website:
Isha Foundation is registered as a Charitable Trust in India. Donations to Isha Foundation are exempt from Income Tax under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

Isha Foundation
15, Govindasamy Naidu Layout Singanallur, Coimbatore - 641 005 India. < + 91 - 422 - 2515345