ISHA FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 4.85 stars   33 reviews

Issues: Environment, Health, International, Sports

Location: 951 Isha Ln McMinnville TN 37110 USA

Mission: Isha Foundation is a non-profit corporation established in the USA and a charitable trust founded by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in India in 1992.  The foundation serves as an educator, catalyst and resource for yoga science and natural health.  Isha Foundation conducts various public welfare programs to advance physical, mental and spiritual development through the integration of body mind and spirit.  The foundation improves the quality of life for the impoverished through humanitarian and social outreach programs such as “Action for Rural Rejuvination,” medical and disaster relief for the poor, student scholarships for destitute children with "Isha Vidhya", environmental restoration & awareness and prison yoga programs entitled “Inner Freedom for the Imprisoned”. A significant amount of the foundation’s efforts involve Mobile Health Clinics for rural villages in India and facilitating Yoga Programs to help individuals regain health, find peace within and become responsible to the world around them. Through humanitarian programs and other advanced yoga programs, Isha Foundation provides the potential and process for individual transformation, helping to establish a peaceful and prosperous global society.
Geographic areas served: Worldwide
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

BEWARE. Isha foundation may be a cult. Their teachings are commendable (they are actually repackaged buddhist principles), but they operate as a cult. Before you join Isha, or if you are a member of Isha, please inform yourself about cults and the way the operate. It is VERY difficult to realize that you are in a cult, but remember, it if looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck. Of course, Isha's first statement is that 'perhaps it is not really a duck' ... which is a classic strategy used by cults to avoid any labeling by confusing the issue with distractions and strawman arguments. Be very careful. If you are interested in Budhism, meditation, and yoga, it is better if you learn it directly, rather than through Isha.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A little

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It has been abt 2 months since i have been associated with Isha.The Inner engg programme has definitely changed the course of my life.There have been a lot of positive changes happening.Clarity of the mind & reduced stress levels have helped greatly in channelising my energies in the right direction. The one thing that greatly impressed me abt Isha from day one was the way they functioned...i.e. everything was so well organised & the entire credit for that goes to the dedicated volunteers.I decided that i had to experience this myself & i really enjoy it today.It gives me immense joy & i look forward to events when i can help in some way.I would like to thank Sadhgru & my Guru who showed me the way towards this wonderful journey..

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Its been more than 2 years i have been with isha. its a blissful experience which i realised in isha and carriying it through my life. Life was never so easy before Joining isha yoga programme. Now life flows effortlessly with happiness and joy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My experience in Isha flow in me throughout the day. Its a experience of a life time. First time i realised the difference between joy and happiness.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Take isha yoga programme all over the people of world,reagardless of Religion,caste and Nationality.

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8 people found this review helpful

I am a volunteer of Isha and i am very proud to be one. My life has a huge change after doing volunteering for isha. I ran for water conservation awareness programe in which hundreds of people participated. In spite of high temperature in our city(41*C) we made this event a success full one. Because we know the seriousness of water scarcity all over the world. Thanks isha and sathguru.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

isha has lot of potential humans which i have seen and experienced personally. The results of this organization is always outstanding. isha has the caliber to change the face of this planet,if people are willing to....

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have realised myself as a human and what all my responsibilites on the society. The joy i get for volunteering is unexplainable.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so kind and broadminded. I get so much inspired looking at the comitement these staff and volunteers have which pushes me to do more for the society.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

obviously support for poor who needs medical attention and built school in rural areas and ofcourse will get green cover throughout south india

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Isha, it's founder and his visions for the future are simply blessings for this planet and it's inhabitants. Planting 80000 trees and coming up with a plan to make sure they are all well taken care of is comparatively simpler when considering how his efforts are making the human trees flower and bear fruits in every level - spiritual or physical.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

handling my life and situations.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Made me realize how complex universe is in a minute scale, more than I knew how vast it was. Made me enjoy and love nature and everything on this planet and beyond and treat everything with respect.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

selfless and dedicated people who work like machines with a smile on their face and grace in everything they do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

consecrate the planet, meaning make everyone aware of their own full potential - spiritually, emotionally, and physically

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Apart from benefitting by the programs offered by Isha foundation designed for Inner Well being,Iam greatly inspired by their volunteer work.It is a 100% volunteer operated non profit organization.Iam motivated by the various projects they have taken up addressing various aspects of human well being.It is heart warming to see the volunteers work selflessly towards the common goal of environment(project green Hands),rural upliftment(Action for rural rejuvenation)and education(Isha vidya).Iam proud to a miniscule part of a wonderful organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yoga programs,Volunteering

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Each moment i spend with this organization has been truely inspiring for me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Truely inspiring and most loving people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring in many wonderful changes in every aspect of human well being all over the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend with them

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Every program has touched me very deeply. What has impressed me a lot is the way the organization works. With seemingly less structure, it still works exceptionally well at all scales because of the volunteering spirit and atmosphere at Isha. This helps Isha to deliver excellent programs in the community like Project Green Hands and Rural Rejeuvenation to support a greener environment and better engagement of the public.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering and participating in their self-development programs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The programs they offer has so much meaning for each individual and brings the best out of people. I've become a betetr person and found several ways to contrubute to the community (Project Green Hands, Isha Vidhya, Rural Rejeuvenation).

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

joyful people, very willing to help and support the development of other people and the community

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

run a bigger campaign for Project Green Hands and increase green cover in drier parts of the world more rapidly. They can support education for more rural children that cannot afford it through their Isha Vidhya school.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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1 person found this review helpful

Great people. Great commitment. Its inspiring to see so many people coming together from all walks of life contributing selflessly and joyfully towards developing social and personal awareness.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

various programs as a partipanmt, donor and volunteer

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have to contribute in every possible way

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Fun and selfless environment

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantabulous.. very committed, loving and caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help the social cause of peace, love and happiness in a big way

Ways to make it better...

Every experience is unique and pleasantly surprising here :)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funds and public awareness

One thing I'd also say is that...

the whole movement is refreshing

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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8 people found this review helpful

It's been wonderful to see the volunteers doing a very nice job. Their commitment and involvement helplessly makes me to do donation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have to transform myself first.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed and involved

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

not have been enough.

Ways to make it better...

I just took instructions.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funds

One thing I'd also say is that...

the volunteers rock !

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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1 person found this review helpful

Very well organized programme and an extremely good group of volunteers were executing their jobs with utmost dedication, Isha foundation is doing an excellent job of developing social awareness amongsth not only its volunteers but also amongsth public. As part of the programme, free saplings were allso distributed to the participants.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

walk/run for water organised in Chennai on 18.04.2010. Seen the excellent efforts of Isha Foundation for the wellbeing of the whole world. Very pleasant goup of volunteers who were doing their duties in a calm and disciplined manner.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I feel no change needs to be made to this organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The way in which the volunteers have been trained to carry out their duties with much involvement and poise. Plant saplings were also distributed as an effort to fight global warming.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very calm and dedicated to their work and also were service oriented, They are always ready to give a helping hand.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be the best thing that could happen to this world where the money would be utilized for public welfare.

Ways to make it better...

I had also been one of the volunteers in Isha Foundation.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

to meet to the high expectations which it has developed amongst the public

One thing I'd also say is that...

I sincerely pray that Isha Foundation continues to execute its wonderful projects and also more number of youngsters join hands with this organization to make it agrand success

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer for creating awareness among school children about importance of environment conservation by planting trees, I took part in the effort to distribute around 750 saplings in a residential area in Bangalore. The schools participated in the campaign showed a great interest in our initiative. The participation of children was so touching, and the enthusiasm shown by them was amazing. It felt great to be part of creating awareness about Project Green Hands in Bangalore.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

spiritual well being, environment conservation, and rural education.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

involvement of the volunteers and the well planned focussed effort.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awesome.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Start matriculation schools in each of the taluk (15 kms radius) in rural areas of Tamilnadu and other states, to educate the rural children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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