ISHA, with over 150 centers worldwide is a non-religious, not-for-profit, public service movement with over million volunteers worldwide which address all aspects of human wellbeing. From its powerful yoga programs for inner transformation to its inspiring projects for society and environment, Isha activities are designed to create an inclusive culture that is the basis for global harmony and progress. This approach has gained worldwide recognition and reflects in Isha Foundation's special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
Isha Foundation, founded by Sadhguru in 1992, is an entirely volunteer-run, international nonprofit movement dedicated to cultivating human potential. The Foundation is a human service organization that recognizes the possibility of each person to empower another - restoring global community through inspiration and individual transformation.
The Foundation is headquartered at Isha Yoga Center, set in the lush rainforest at the base of the Velliangiri Mountains in southern India, and at the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences on the spectacular Cumberland Plateau in middle Tennessee, USA.
At the core of the Foundation's activities is a customized system of yoga called Isha Yoga. Isha Yoga distills powerful, ancient yogic methods for a modern person, creating peak physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. This basis of total wellbeing accelerates inner growth, allowing each individual to tap the wealth of vibrant life within oneself. Sadhguru's introductory program, Inner Engineering, introduces Shambhavi Maha Mudra - a simple but powerful kriya (inner energy process) for deep inner transformation.
It pioneers several renowned rural upliftment initiatives for education, environmental stewardship, and holistic and healthy living. Isha Foundation’s social initiatives include:
Action for Rural Rejuvenation provides health services to the rural masses at their doorsteps. Isha’s mobile health clinics, rural hospitals and medical camps have cared for over two million patients since 2003.
Isha Vidhya offers a life changing opportunity to rural children: quality education, affordable to even the poorest families. Schools are being established in each of Tamil Nadu's 207 taluks. By empowering children with a holistic education that emphasizes English and computer skills, a new door will be opened for countless rural youth to pursue a range of higher education and professional options.
Project GreenHands enthusiastically supports the Indian Government's goal to increase the national green cover to 33%. This target can be achieved in Tamil Nadu by planting 114 million trees. By end of 2008 Isha nurseries and partners have generated and planted 7.5 million saplings thanks to the mobilisation of thousands of volunteers and a close collaboration with Indian farmers.