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Isha Foundation Inc

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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.

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Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

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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.

1

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.

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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.

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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!

1

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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..

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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.

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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...

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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