Isha Foundation

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Isha Foundation
FounderJaggi Vasudev
TypeCharitable trust
FocusYoga, social upliftment, ecological conservation
Area served
India, Lebanon, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore
MethodYoga programs, meditation, tree planting, Rural upliftment
Key people
Jaggi Vasudev
9 million
WebsiteIsha foundation

Isha Foundation is a non-profit, spiritual organization founded in 1992 by Jaggi Vasudev.[1] It is based at the Isha Yoga Center near Coimbatore, India. The foundation offers yoga programs under the name of Isha Yoga. It has over 9 million volunteers.[2][3][not in citation given]

Isha Yoga[edit]

Sadhguru conducting an Inner Engineering class at BSE Mumbai.

Isha Yoga is the masthead under which the Isha Foundation offers yoga programs. The word isha means "the formless divine".[4][unreliable source?][5]

Yoga classes are also conducted for corporate leaders to introduce them to what Sadhguru calls "inclusive economics," to "introduce a sense of compassion and inclusiveness into today's economic scenario".[6][7]

A yoga course for the Indian national hockey team was conducted in 1996.[8] Isha Foundation began conducting yoga programs in the United States in 1997[9][10] and, in 1998, yoga classes for life-term prisoners in Tamil Nadu prisons were initiated.[11][full citation needed]


The foundation has established two ashrams: the Isha Yoga Center at the Velliangiri Mountains near Coimbatore and at the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences at McMinnville, Tennessee.[citation needed]


The foundation regularly organises Mahasathsangs with Sadhguru in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka where he gives discourses, conducts meditations and indulges in question-answer session with the masses.[12] It also organises annual yatras to Mount Kailash and the Himalayas under the banners Kailash Manasarovar Sojourn and Himalayan Dhyan Yatra. The Kailash Sojourn led by Sadhguru is among the largest groups to make the trip to Kailash with 514 pilgrims making the journey in 2010.[13][14]

Social and environmental initiatives[edit]

Project GreenHands[edit]

Saplings being readied for transportation at a PGH nursery.

Project GreenHands (PGH) was established in 2004 as an environmental organization. Its activity is largely focused on Tamil Nadu. The organization received the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, the Government of India's environmental award in 2010.[2] The organisation's activities include agroforestry, plant nurseries in schools,[15] and tree-planting in urban centers such as Tiruchirappalli[16] and Tiruppur.[17]

Action for Rural Rejuvenation[edit]

Action for Rural Rejuvenation (ARR) is a health and community-oriented program focuses on rural Tamil Nadu. It was established in 2003, and as of 2010, functioned in 4200 villages with a population 7 million.[18][19]

Isha Vidhya[edit]

Isha Vidhya, an education initiative, aims to raise the level of education and literacy in rural India by providing quality English-language-based, computer-aided education to rural children. There are seven Isha Vidhya Schools in operation which educate around 3000 students.[20]

Isha Home School premises.

Rally for rivers[edit]

Rally For Rivers is a campaign launched by Isha Foundation in 2017 to tackle the scarcity of water across rivers in India and instill awareness about protecting rivers.[21][unreliable source?] Sadhguru launched the campaign on 3 September from Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore.[22] The campaign included a month-long, nationwide campaign.[23] On 3 October, a river revitalization draft proposal was presented by Sadhguru to Narendra Modi.[24] Six states signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with Isha Foundation to plant trees along river banks. These states are Karnataka, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Maharashtra and Gujarat.[25][26][27][28][29][30][unreliable source?] The Niti Aayog and the Ministry of Water Resources have constituted committees to study the draft policy proposal.[29][31] In November, at a conference in Germany, the executive director of the United Nations Environmental Program, Erik Solheim discussed Rally for Rivers with Sadhguru, and how environmental programs around the world can emulate its success.[32]

Adiyogi Shiva statue[edit]

Adiyogi Shiva statue, which Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said, the statue is for inspiring and promoting yoga, and is named Adiyogi, which means "the first yogi", because Shiva is known as the originator of yoga.

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev designed the 112-foot Adiyogi Shiva statue, which is located at the Isha Yoga Center. It was inaugurated on Mahashivaratri, 24 February 2017, by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.[33] The Adiyogi statue depicts Shiva as the first yogi or Adiyogi, and first Guru or Adi Guru, who offered yoga to humanity. The statue was built by the Isha Foundation using 20,000 individual iron plates supplied by the Steel Authority of India[34] and weighs around 500 tonnes (490 long tons; 550 short tons). The Adiyogi Shiva Statue has been recognized as the "Largest Bust Sculpture" by Guinness World Records.[35] A consecrated Shivalinga called "Yogeshwar Linga" is placed in front of the Adiyogi Shiva statue.[36]

See also[edit]


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  17. ^ "Stalin inaugurates Green Tirupur Movement". The Hindu. 25 August 2009. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Isha Foundation launches Centre-funded project". The Hindu. 13 October 2010. Archived from the original on 16 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  19. ^ "Jaggi Vasudev in city on May 7". The Times of India. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
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  24. ^ "Indian economy not ready for a startup epidemic: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev". Live Mint. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  25. ^ "Karnataka, Isha Foundation join hands to plant 25 crore saplings along riverbeds". Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  26. ^ "River conservation: Maharashtra to organize tree plantation conclave for awareness". Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  27. ^ "People, govt should join hands to save dying rivers, says Sadhguru". Tribune India. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  28. ^ Singh, Bikash (18 December 2017). "Assam government inks MOU with Isha Foundation". Economic Times. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  29. ^ a b "Niti Aayog CEO-led group to study Isha Foundation's proposals". Times of India. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  30. ^ "It is our responsibility to hold rainfall and allow it to flow 365 days: Sadhguru". The Hitavada. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  31. ^ "PMO asks NITI Aayog to examine Isha Foundation's river revival plan". DNA India. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  32. ^ "Rally for Rivers discussed at Global Landscapes Forum". Outlook India. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  33. ^ "PM Narendra Modi unveils first 112-foot tall Shiva statue in Coimbatore". The Financial Express. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  34. ^ "Gigantic statue of first yoga guru Adiyogi to be unveiled by PM". The Covai Post. 8 February 2017.
  35. ^ "Largest bust (sculpture)". Guinness World Records.
  36. ^ "Yogeshwar: A Heartless Yogi". Isha Foundation. Retrieved 1 March 2017.

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