About Breath SMART
Breathe SMART is administered by the partner organisations International Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values (IAHV).
The International Art of Living Foundation is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organisation active in over 150 countries. The aim of Art of Living is to create non-violent and stress-free societies via multilateral activities, which bring about peace at the level of individuals, communities, nations and the world.
IAHV is an international humanitarian and educational non-governmental organization committed to promote resurgence of human values in all aspects of life across the globe. The Association partners with governments, educational institutions, other NGOs, corporations, businesses and individuals, to develop and promote programs of personal development to encourage the practice of human values in everyday life.
The Art of Living Foundation along with its sister organisation IAHV enjoy special consultative status with ECOSOC (United Nations) and cooperate with various commissions on health, education, sustained development, conflict resolution and emergency help. In just over 30 years they have grown to be one of the largest voluntary organisations in the world. Their social and humanitarian projects and programmes for trauma relief, self-development and stress reduction have reached more than 200 million people of all nationalities, cultures and religions worldwide.
Established in Denmark in 2000 by Jakob Lund, the Breathesmart program has touched many peoples lives around the world. The Breathe SMART partner program, Prison SMART has been established in various prisons and governmental sectors around the world. Read more on PrisonSMART.
Who We Are
Nicolai Sorensen started off as Jakob’s student in 2010. The programme helped him through some of the most challenging times in his life and with a strong wish to reach out to people in simular situations, Nicolai began assisting courses in 2012. Inspired by his teacher and after years of training he went on to become a co-trainer of the programme, and in early 2014 Nicolai moved to London to start spreading the word of the BreatheSMART course and its beneficial effects.
Bhavini Vyas is Program Manager and Trainer for Breathe SMART London. She has been volunteering for the partner organisations for over 15 years and has worked for the International Art of Living Foundation fulltime since 2011, after completing her degree in higher education. She began to establish BreatheSMART in London in 2013, with years of experience working with individuals, universities and corporate organisations.
Dr. Katrien Hertog
Dr. Katrien Hertog has pioneered the international innovative Prison SMART program in Belgium in 2007, from a deep motivation to make peace sustainable. She currently serves as Director of Prison SMART in Europe, where 18,000 prisoners have benefited from this training. Katrien has personally trained 200+ prisoners, hundreds of refugees, Palestinians in the West Bank, traumatized Chechens, and those suffering from depression and suicidal tendencies.