Isha Foundation continues to be a support for helping all in need. Whether it be for empowering each with knowledge that you cannot find in a book, to feeding those in need, providing education opportunities for rural areas, free medical care, supporting our environment through their Project Green Hands, to much more that may seem like a miracle in ones life. This organization has done so much and continues to amaze me.
Thank you for all you do.
Isha is an organization that I have been honored to support over the last 12 years. The Isha programs (Isha Kriya, Inner Engineering) and outreach efforts (Isha Vidyha, Project Green Hands, Action for Rural Rejuvenation) offer people from all walks of life tools for well-being and the possibility of creating a better life for themselves and those around them. If people find balance and stability within themselves only then they will be able to impact greater change in the world. Isha offers this possibility to all.
I learned many yoga and kriya based practices from Isha Foundation. I am practicing these from last two years. I have seen many improvements to my overall physical and emotional health. I have made lot progress at work as well. I strongly recommend Isha Programs to anyone who can practice and benefit. I have learned following from Isha:
- Bhutha Shuddi
- Inner Engineering Online
- Shambhavi Maha Mudra
- Hatha Yoga
- Surya Kriya
- Anga Mardana
Many health issues that I had from for last 40 years have disappeared in just few days of practicing Hatha Yoga, Surya Kriya and Shambhavi Maha Mudra. I have experienced greater levels of comfort and ease.
Chelmsford, MA USA 01824
Ever since I've some in touch with Isha my life has transormed in so many different ways. Volunteering with Isha has brought a new sense on purpose into my life. I feel like I can actually make a differnce in this world by giving myself fully into every volunteering activity I've been a part of. I'm determined to continue my work with isha to bring this possibility into as many lives as possible.
The place is serene and a heaven on earth. The people there are so selfless that you would automatically want to give in more than yourself. Everyone there goes out an extra mile to serve just one purpose "YOU". With this kind of an atmosphere, anyone stepping in there would want to give in themselves into any activity put out there.
Review from Guidestar
Over the past 3 years that I have been involved with the Isha Foundation my life has changed dramatically. The yoga and meditation programs have brought greater balance, peace and wellbeing to me. Working as a marketing consultant and in start-ups, the long hours and stressful work life left me very anxious, fearful and in seeking some sense of peace and joy. The yoga practices I've learned have fundamentally changed me into a more peaceful, joyful and vibrant individual.
The organization is of the highest quality, and run very professionally. Having worked in the event planning business I can attest to what it takes to put on a program. Everyone that I've been involved with has been well-thought through, no details overlooked, always putting the participants first. As an actively involved volunteer, I've had the opportunity to make grow immensely. Taking on new roles, being challenged to go above and beyond what I thought I was capable of. This has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and one that stays with me each and every day.
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I've always been about me, myself and moi, until I started volunteering at Isha. I've always volunteered at different NPOs, but it was because "I wanted to be helpful/useful". It was, for the first time, at Isha that I learnt that volunteering can be an opportunity to simply do something, not because I want to do it, I want to help, but because it needs to be done. So the work can be anything from phone calls, emails, or cutting vegetables in the kitchen or arranging flowers, but it's an entirely different elevating experience when you place your ego aside and simply do what is necessary! It's a good way to change the world!
This place offers great techniques with which to to find more balance in one's life. I took their first program three years ago, and ever since I found such positive results that I went on to take advanced programs. I definitely recommend everyone to try this.
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I don't like the word nonprofit anymore and I realized it after working for this organization. Everybody gets benefited immensely so how can we say it is nonprofit. The true meaning of volunteering and get awareness on what you do can be achieved without any attachment. I wanted to start a nonprofit being a social entrepreneur working with different nonprofits understanding the mission and goals doing volunteer work but nothing had a great impact like Isha foundation.
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I discovered how satisfying volunteering for a cause, when i started volunteering for Isha foundation. Volunteering weekends from Local Food bank to National park cleaning has proved more enriching and a satisfying experience for me.
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"I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High."
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
I took the initial Isha program, and the thing is that I've been a christian all my life, hard core christian actually. I tried everything that Christianity prescribed, but always it never worked. I looked closely at what Christianity promises and says is the goal (see above). Nothing worked. Worse, almost everyone around me at church simply could not even make it LOOK like they wanted to be there.
Finally I saw that this is not it. I started to look at myself and inward to see what was even possible in this creation. I asked for guidance and it came, this was years before Isha.
After Isha came into my life (at just the right time) now I can see plainly that what the bible verses above says is 100% possible for me.
Sadhguru is the most capable person alive right now who can ASSIST people to realize what they, who they are. I say assist because I see clearly that it cannot be forced on you, you have to make it happen for yourself.
Isha Foundation offers meditation programs as well as social and educational programs. They have been founded by Sadhguru, a yogi, mystic, and humanitarian - who not only imparts yoga to all willing to learn but who is also a talented writer and poet, having spoken in numerous forums (TED, United Nations, World Economic Forum). The yoga programs run at Isha are held in the classical tradition - with teachers who have spent 5-7 years with Sadhguru, before being allowed to teach. Much care is taken to ensure that yoga is transmitted properly. Also, this is an organization run exclusively by volunteers - I am amazed above and beyond by their success and dedication and I highly recommend all of their programs. You can also visit the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences in Tennessee or the Isha Ashram in India, near Coimbatore.
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.
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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..
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.