“Of all the human pursuits, striving to transform oneself into a higher possibility is considered the most sacred. It is this pursuit that fulfills the purpose of the human form and it is this pursuit that brings well-being to all life. The basic purpose of Isha Foundation is to inspire, to stoke, and to nurture this innate search in every being, helping them realize the ultimate potential within.”
Isha Foundation, founded by Sadhguru, is a volunteer-run, international nonprofit organization 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.
Isha Foundation is operated by over 2 Million volunteers from more than 150 city-based centers spread worldwide. 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.
Isha Foundation, a vibrant spiritual movement also implements several large-scale human service projects to support individual growth, revitalize the human spirit, rebuild communities, and restore the environment. These include:
Isha Vidhya, a not-for-profit education initiative, works for the economic and social empowerment of rural children in the villages across southern state of Tamil Nadu, India. Through its Isha Vidhya charter schools, the Foundation has committed to raising the level of education and literacy in rural India and to helping disadvantaged children realize their full potential. Isha Vidhya offers a nurturing approach to education in villages that retains and celebrates native traditions and culture.
Project GreenHands is an environmental initiative of Isha Foundation that aims to increase the green cover of the state of Tamil Nadu to 33% by planting 114 million trees.
Launched on World Environment Day, June 5th, 2004, as a grassroots ecological initiative, the project has planted more than 14 million saplings in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry by involving more than 1.5 million volunteers.
Action for Rural Rejuvenation seeks to transform the lives of India’s rural poor. Over 70% of India’s population live in rural areas with lack of basic infrastructure, healthcare, proper nutrition, or adequate education. With its comprehensive approach to health and livelihood programs, ARR aspires to empower individuals and communities to break the cycle of poverty, disease, and despair.