This led Shankar to innovate a program, ART Excel (All ’Round Training in Excellence) for youth. The ART Excel program aims to counteract stress, negative emotions, and peer pressure and introduce a balancing effect in children’s lives. The course provides all-round physical, mental, emotional and spiritual training to enhance and facilitate learning. Using special breathing techniques and tools, students learn to attain calmness of mind, which then leads to improved memory and concentration at school. Human values such as cooperation, sharing, service to others, respect for self and others, and compassion, naturally arise from within.
The course curriculum has three main aspects: physical (stretching, yoga, pranayama); mental and spiritual (specific breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, meditation); social (problem-solving strategies, social skills, leadership training, and group dynamics using creative projects like art, drama, literature, song, dance, helping elderly people, planting trees, and cleaning the environment).
The ART Excel curriculum, designed for children and teens from 8-18, nurtures human values and embraces all cultures, religions, ethnic and racial backgrounds. Kids have fun, as they become creative and responsible leaders of tomorrow.