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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
is a visionary and a humanitarian whose work transcends all boundaries.
Sadhguru is a profound mystic and a yogi whose understanding and the mastery
over the science of yoga comes from his inner experience, rather than any
scholarly learning. His work and life is dedicated to bring physical, mental
and inner well-being for all people, through the science of yoga.
Sadhguru is offering
his yoga teachings to millions of people world wide through a non-profit
organization called Isha Yoga Foundation.
In addition to yoga, he is also actively involved in several
humanitarian activities to improve the health and well being of human beings
throughout the world.
activities are carried out by more than 250,000 volunteers.
As delegate to the United Nations’ Millennium World Peace Summit, and as a
member of eminent global forums like the World Council of Religious and
Spiritual Leaders and
for New Humanity, Sadhguru works with the world’s pre-eminent leaders to
relieve human suffering, foster harmony and promote the dignity of all life.
Recognizing that there can be no universal transformation without individual
transformation, Sadhguru has dedicated his life to presenting powerful methods
of self-transformation to people from all walks of life. He developed Isha Yoga
- a set of scientifically structured programs, which have touched and
transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
Sadhguru has been
actively supportive of efforts empowering business and commerce communities
with methods and tools drawn from his inner understanding. His weekend program
Inner Engineering for Effortless Living and the Wholeness program - a weeklong
retreat - are specifically tailored to suit the needs of the corporate world.
His ongoing work with
various leadership and professionals includes special programs and addresses
held at: St. Mary’s hospital in Detroit (Cancer Survivors’ Program), Omega
Institute in New York, Princeton University in New Jersey, Vanderbilt
University Medical Center in Nashville, the Unity Renaissance Church in
Detroit, Riverside Church in New York. Talks at Ford, Chrysler and General
Motors automotive companies in
Michigan, Time Warner in
New York, the Mumbai Stock Exchange in Mumbai and
Microsoft Corporation in
are some other examples.
Major Activities to Promote Human Welfare:
Yoga Program for the
His humanitarian initiative Inner Freedom for the
Imprisoned, meant to transform prisoners, has been immensely successful in the
India and the
“Inner Freedom for the Imprisoned” prison
yoga programs were offered for the first time in two American correctional
facilities in 2002; the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections at Waymart and
Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in
Sadhguru taught the two classes of
approximately 50 participants each, and once again prisoners experienced
amazing transformation, so much so that some of the prison guards who were
present asked if they too could attend the programs.
Both prisons requested that the programs
continue at their site, and
officials asked Sadhguru to expand the program to all the twenty-seven
Action for Rural
Mobile Health Clinics:
Another social outreach endeavor, Action for Rural
Rejuvenation aimed at rejuvenating the poverty stricken, dilapidated rural
population has been equally successful in bringing relief to over 750,000
people in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu,
Central to the ARR project are the Mobile
Health Clinics (MHC).
These overcome two
major barriers to appeasing existing illnesses: cost – by offering free
examination and treatment; and access by bringing the medical team to the rural
More recently, his spontaneous response to the plight of the
victims of the tsunami disaster, has led to a comprehensive relief and
rehabilitation program put forth by the Foundation, involving thousands of
people and millions of rupees.
Project Green Hands:
This is an environmental initiative of Isha Foundation that
seeks to promote and protect biodiversity, to protect the soil, to restore lost
ecological resources and increase the green cover of Tamil Nadu by 10% in the
next 10 years.
It seeks to plant 114
million saplings by the year 2016, entirely through voluntary participation and
local community involvement.
To this end, a mass planting marathon was held on October
It resulted in 852,587
saplings being planted in 6284 locations across 27 districts in the state, by
over 256,289 volunteers in just one day.
Another 2.5 million plantings are planned for a single day on October
The overall aim of Project Green Hands is to create public
awareness of the need to protect the environment through tree planting and
plan sets a new paradigm for large scale changes, where even the poorest of the
poor perform a simple action which aggregates into something colossal.
The project is also a massive effort in
community building, presenting a new paradigm of participatory governance that
empowers lay individual to shape the course of the world.
Isha Vidhya (Educational Project):
basic purpose of life and the basic purpose of education is to enhance one's
boundaries of perception. I don't want the children after ten years of
schooling here to just survive. They must blossom and flower wherever they
go." - Sadhguru
Isha Vidhya, an Isha Education Initiative, is
committed to raise the level of education and literacy in rural
India and help
disadvantaged children realize their full potential. The project seeks to
ensure quality education for children in rural areas in order to create equal
opportunities for all to participate in and benefit from
With English computer based education,
complemented by innovative methods for overall development and blossoming of
each individual, Isha Vidhya Schools empower rural children to meet future
challenges. Sadhguru’s intention and goal is to start at least one English
School in each of the 206
taluks in Tamil Nadu within the next five to seven years. The schools are
expected to benefit over 500,000 students when fully functional.
Isha Foundation is an
international public service organization dedicated to imparting the life
transforming science of yoga in its totality. It practices the ancient yogic
principle that the body is the temple of the spirit and that good health is
fundamental to spiritual development. Yoga is taught in its full depth and
dimension allowing one to feel its vital spirit and showing that spiritual life
does not deny worldly, social and family responsibilities, but rather uses them
as vehicles for personal growth and self-realization.
created under the aegis of Isha Foundation by founder – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev,
a Realized Master, Yogi and a profound Mystic of our times — is located on 50
acres at the foothills of the
Mountains. Surrounded by
thick forests, it is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere, a reserve forest with
abundant wildlife. The
Center houses a large residential facility, a yogic
and the Spanda Hall - a 64,000 square-feet meditation hall and program
In addition to initiating hundreds of thousands
of people worldwide onto the spiritual path, Isha Foundation has also pioneered
several projects of social and national impact. With over 250,000 national and
international volunteers, the Isha Foundation networks generous hearts that
care about others’ wellbeing. Isha’s endeavors are largely supported by the
selfless dedication and spirited effort of its volunteers.
Current Inner Engineering Schedule
Isha Foundation is registered as a Public Charitable
India and as a
non-profit 501(c) tax-exempt organization in the
USA. It has over 150 centers in
India and other parts of the world including