Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Isha Foundation Inc

11,804 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Education, Environment, Forest Conservation, Health, International, International Relief

Mission: Isha foundation is dedicated to physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all people.

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Inner engineeringinner engineering programs are offered as the programs for self-empowerment and personal growth. It offers tools to explore the manifold dimensions of life and re-engineer one's self through the inner science of yoga.

advanced isha yoga programs ( of variable length)all our advanced programs offered as a complete path to inner well-being through inner science of yoga.

education

Community Stories

199 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Isha Foundation's tools for well being have helped me tremendously. I have taken their inner engineering programs and have seen change happening in me in the sense of increased awareness, clarity of thought, focus towards what I really want to do and being joyful without any reason.

Muthukumaravel M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome! The yoga i learnt in Isha helped me a lot in both mental and physical wellness.
The way they teach with in depth knowledge is outstanding , also they excel in making awareness in environment wellness and health. Another aspect is educating the underprevilidged rural kids with excellent syllabus, when you see the students you can feel the joy in them.

Sreehari N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi,

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to express my experience. There are many yoga programs available at Isha Foundation. I took the introductory course Inner Engineering in November 2017. The yoga practice is truly powerful. Headaches are gone. Breathing is much more deeper. And , I had got rid of back ache in just 2 weeks. Also, the volunteers truly care for you. I will take the advanced yoga courses very soon. They also run a lot of charity programs and carry out environmentally critical tasks like dealing with water scarcity in multiple cities.

Thank you ISHA and thank you SADHGURU!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

After i received Shambhavi initiation I felt like some divine software was installed in me. Experiences, like being peacefully present in the moment through meditations had been a struggle . But now it is so easily available to me. Now i can stay in that state for long time. This used to be my dream. These techniques are transformational. If you do them correctly you will always be charged with energy , with love and bliss, you become much more accommodating and forgiving. This is the alchemy that Sufis say "transmutes the copper of your being into gold", if practiced properly.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ever since I took the Inner Engineering program, I started to experience life in a different way. Words don't give justice to what is happening inside me, but now that I've experienced it, I wouldn't have it any other way! I wish every human being in this world has a chance to experience something like this at least once in their life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I practice Shambhavi Kriya that Isha Foundation teaches. I am able to perceive many aspects of life I never had exposure earlier. Really a transformation for me.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You need transformation in your life?? This non-profit organization is giving out tools that can transform the whole humanity turn inward and make life exuberant! I am so thankful for having volunteered here, will do it again and again!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shambhavi and other practices have greatly enhanced my life. Learning opportunity is Immence with sadhguru

Niketan V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Isha institute of Inner sciences for 5 months, right after graduating from university. From waking up early for my yoga practises, to hitting the bed at 10pm - my entire time at the organization was contributed toward my personal/spiritual development. I am sincerely grateful to be a part of an amazing group of focused people, eating highly nutritious meals, exploring nature trails and deepening my spiritual journey in the condusive energized spaces at the campus. It is truly incredible to part of a foundation that allows for ones personal development through the service of others! If you do get an opportunity, or if you are capable of making your own opportunity - I would highly recommend for you to explore this possibility! :D

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

isha foundation is the place for inner exploration.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Its the place where you heart and life changes for achieving the higher goal. Internally what is happening within you, it can be only measured by you and it's your transformations. But as from the measurement perspective, my heart rate always you use be around 70-72 at rest( I wear Fitbit) after the doing a basic practice of yoga and Sambhavi Kriya my heart rate shows in 59 at rest.

There are many transformations, that will happen within you somehow you can only feel and some you will be able to measure and feel.

Your energy level goes to next level and keep going. Its the place where not only your body and mind but your soul transforms to achieve the higher good.

I feel lucky to be part of the such a noble organization and have seen and learnt from Sadhguru himself.

1 Deepika P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The care to attention and detail of the Inner Engineering Program is what touched me initially. The practices and programs that they have to offer have the genuine ability to transform an individual life irrespective of social, economic or geographical background. There is no other holistic, genuine and intense offering that is aimed at raising human well-being at such scale. In addition, their social initiatives are truly remarkable. I'm thankful that Isha entered my life!

Donor

Rating: 5

A non-profit doing truly world-changing projects including disseminating powerful yoga tools for self-transformation, educating lower income segments in rural India, environmental initiatives galore including reforestation and saving rivers. The foundation is run by volunteers and all donations go towards projects. Cannot say enough about the wonderful things being done by this foundation and how inspirational it is!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the only Non Profit Organization that works for raising human consciousness and also creating awareness about depleting rivers and reducing use of plastic and many other environmental awareness programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The program offered by this organization back in 2009 was a life changing experience for me. The attention to details they pay in teaching Yoga and meditation in a classical manner is phenomenal. I practice yoga taught by them every day and healthy life is just happening for me.
Their center in Tennessee is a great place to visit. Positive pranic food, scenic places, water falls, trekking, biking, yoga & meditation and many. A must visit place.

1 Dipak D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to know about Sadhguru and Isha Foundation on November 2014. By nature I am very suspicious (Though I thought I was skeptic), I keep listen to Sadhguru through Youtube and read lot of articles about Isha and Sadhguru positive and negative both. In fact I visited Isha USA Ashram (III) on 2016 January to just check! However, don't know what to check! Then I took my Inner Engineering March 2016, it gives me a different perspective to life. Then I attended multiple Isha Yoga Programs since then and practicing them almost everyday.

My life has changed in so many ways;
13 years old sleeping disorder vanishes within first 3 weeks of practice of Shambhabi Mahamudra
17 years old migraine almost gone
Without changing any diet I lost 35 pounds within first 2.5 months.
My eyesight is recovering
Deviate septum bone spur - recovered
So may more physical benefits I got and all happen without any medication. Even I haven't visited doctor in last 2.5 years.
Mental clarity, Keenness of observation and so on
The best part is I don't know how, when I look back, I see that now I am totally a brand new person.

I am thankful for Sadhguru and the volunteers, who gave their life/money/effort/emotion everything just for well-being for others. It is very rare to just give without any expectation (not even a smile) in today's world. However, it is only culture in Isha as per my experience.

Now I am trying to give back as per my ability as a expression of my joy and gratitude towards every living being in this world. I can feel the benefits of the practices being taught and I want others to experience it as well. My deepest gratitude to Isha Foundation and Sadhguru!

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The tools and technologies that Isha offers are transformational. Due to my personal results I decided to work with them as a volunteer. Those experiences allowed me to develop a personal growth mindset that has allowed me to take on any challenge; a direct positive impact on my personal as well as professional wellbeing. I feel so much more productive and creative and I'm confident that this will have a ripple effect towards my community.

Fatima G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very grateful to Sadhguru and the amazing volunteers of the Isha Foundation for sharing their time+knowledge and for helping their fellow humans experience life like never before. The Inner Engineer Program is one of THE most important programs I have attended in my life, it is life changing and it has been put together with so much thoughtfulness and so much care. It is amazing to see how many caring people gift their time to the foundation for the betterment of humanity. I can not thank you guys enough. I am forever grateful, and I will definitely volunteer my time to this cause in the near future.

Krishna Kumar J S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am with Isha actively from the year 2012. There is no limit, if I am willing to take, I can take any amount of activity. Happy to see our activities touches other lives. It is not only activity. It is more that that. Throwing ourself fully and experiencing life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did my Inner Engineering last year and since then when ever possible I am doing volunteering. I also did BSP program, It's a great experience to any one who go through this program.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Isha is all about moksha. It does not teach not only proper techniques, but also gives practices to achieves higher dimensions. I totally recommend folks to take courses or read sadharu's book on inner engineering. Volunteer for this organization or donate if you can. Stop looking for another yoga practice or guru. This is the place I found to most authentic.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have taken many of Isha's programs and have been volunteering (part-time) with the foundation for over 9 years. Isha programs and Volunteering for Isha have deeply transformed how I am each moment, making me a more joyful being. The Foundation has provided me a most wonderful and safe platform to offer myself to everyone and everything around me so that I can help bring about this same transformation to others.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I took courses with Isha Foundation and it had such profound effects on me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Isha Foundation for the past 3 years and it has been a life changing opportunity for me . I've not only learnt so much along the way but the practices have helped me immensely in transforming my life in ways I could never imagine. What amazes me is the transparency and honesty with which people work despite it being a volunteer led organization , each volunteer who is accountable only to themselves and despite that the sheer dedication and commitment in wanting to take their experiences and share it with the world and making this possibility happen for so many others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Inner Engineering course from Isha Foundation has been life transforming for me. I had hypothyroidism and it went away just by practicing the yoga taught in this program. Mentally there is so much clarity and happiness within me. I still have a long way to go. I am really grateful to Sadhguru and all the volunteers and teachers who made this program happen for me. Thank you Sadhguru and Isha Foundation!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The care and attention to detail that happens at an Isha Foundation program (Inner Engineering, Isha Hatha Yoga, and so many more) is the highest I have ever witnessed. The center is a place to unwind, charge up, and be in nature.

Arthur H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutly amazing organization that spread true joy in my fitness and energy levels.

It taught me yoga, and now yoga is my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Isha Foundation is the key factor in my transformation. Inner engineering has given a new dimension to my life. I have been volunteering with Isha for sometime now and every volunteering is a new experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have taken volunteering work with Isha foundation for many years and all these years are rewarding experience for me. I have learned many things from different people with various background and I am excited more in the coming years to associate myself with wonderful projects, Isha foundation takes up.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My life has changed in so many ways ever since I joined Isha Foundation! I am both taking programs and volunteering wholeheartedly, because I can feel the benefits of the practices being taught and I want others to experience it as well. My deepest gratitude to Isha Foundation and Sadhguru!

Kevin T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Isha Foundation offers programs that has the potential to transform your life. This foundation is the most needed in the world today, because it offers tools to engineering yourself the way you want and find fulfillment. We live in a world where materialism is too dominant and it causes a lot of problem for our environment. Isha Foundation offers a support system for you to realize that the source of your experience is within and not outside. They work on raising human consciousness and create a world more inclusive. I am truly grateful for what Isha has done to me, my life has never been so amazing.

1 Roshan T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Isha Foundation has changed my life, the people here work very long hours endlessly to uplift humanity and raise consciousness which is what is most needed on the planet right now. This is the best non-profit ever which has so many passionate volunteers giving their life to touch and elevate others well-being. They truly operate without trying to see what's in it for them. Pure selfless operations, I am blessed to be touched by this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think Isah is doing really great work for whole earth and raising human consciousness. As sadhguru mentioned many times "in is the only way out". Yoga is one of the way to become truly joyful by yourself.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I have been with Isha for about 3 years now and I can honestly say that my life has been much more pleasant and active.

I don't know what my goals are in my life but I do everything with complete commitment and dedication because of the discipline and freedom, I got from my practices and with the many volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My life has transformed immensely just being a volunteer with Isha Foundation.The work that the foundation does is commendable . I have the techniques that I need to improve and enhance my life and I am eternally grateful for that !!

Andy S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

A positive way to change the World individual by individual .

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

4 HeatherK

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Satheesh Donthy
Chelmsford, MA USA 01824

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1 Jayakrishnan C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Psalm 82:6
"I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High."
John 1:12-13
"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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

6

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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..

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories
8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

8

Donor

Rating: 5

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

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is really a great experience to work with Isha.. as i know the seriousness of global warming, i decided to spend my free time in tree planting activities.. i came to know about isha project green hands and proud of them doing a great job in planting thousands of trees, bringing people together, getting them involved in activities and making them attached to plant kingdom..

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a very fulfilling experience of life I should say. It is a very elevating experience as rightly put by our Sadhguru,

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What have been done by Isha volunteers in one of the driest area in India is just amazing to Me. 2.4 million trees have been planted in single year!Seeing so many people(over200K)working together as one is very rare in the world.However,much more people is needed to get involved in this chase,Im using woord chase because I dont thing we have much more time.Lets act as one NOW,not wait only for disaster. To find out more about Project Green Hands visit: http://www.projectgreenhands.org/ Thank's. Dennis.

10

Donor

Rating: 5

After coming to know about Project Green Hands and their Guniness Record to spread awareness on the need for green cover, a few of us in the Tampa Bay area (Florida) came up with a plan during the month of April (2008/2009) to Fundraise at local green events and spread the message to the local public. It was very well received and we sold gift certificates as an alternative to buying gifts at a store for celebrations. It was called Gift-of-Trees and purchasing a certificate, trees would be planted for that amount. It was well received and we raised around $700 in total from 4 events (Earth Day at Tampa Lowry Park zoo, Pinellas green expo at Clearwater Harborview center etc). My Personal Experience: Today, being in the open, under the vast blue sky, in this pleasant climate and the very importantly, the impact that my voluntary work has upon the society gives me an immense satisfaction which is much beyond any recognition or reward in my career.

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you really want to make a positive difference in the world. It is an organization with beautiful and committed people, who are single pointedly dedicated to transforming life on this planet and serving humanity - and they will succeed. Wanna join the bus ? Hop on...

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ceremonial planting trees of trees and green lectures is one thing. But to know the value of life, and to raise a seedling, create a vast nursery, plant them and nurture them to their growth is to respect life. While the Foundation has many