Integral Yoga

Swami Satchidananda

Sri Swami
Satchidananda
described Integral Yoga as:
“…a flexible combination of specific methods to develop every
aspect of the individual: physical, intellectual, and spiritual. It
is a scientific system which integrates the various branches of
Yoga in order to bring about a complete and harmonious development
of the individual.”

Integral Yoga, as the name implies, integrates or gathers together
various forms of Yoga into a unitive whole. These forms of Yoga
include:

Hatha
Yoga
which focuses on the physical aspects through asanas
(postures), pranayama (breath control), mudras, kriyas, yogic diet,
and deep relaxation.

Raja Yoga
Balance
and control of the mind through ethical practices,
concentration and meditation.

Bhakti Yoga The
path of devotion, by constant love, thought, and service of the
Divine. Bhakti Yoga can be practiced by everyone. All that is
needed is faith and constant remembrance of God.

Karma
Yoga
The path of action and selfless service. Serving without
attachment to the fruits (or results) of the action.

Jnana
Yoga
The intellectual approach. Through the knowledge of what
really exists, that is, what is not changeable, one who engages in
the Path of Wisdom realizes Oneness with the entire Universe.

Japa Yoga Japa
means repetition of a mantram – a sound structure of one or more
syllables which represents a particular aspect of the Divine
Vibration.

The Goal of Integral Yoga, and the birthright of every individual,
is to realize the spiritual unity behind all the diversity
in the entire creation and to live harmoniously as members of one
universal family
. This goal is achieved by maintaining our
natural condition of: a body of optimum health and strength; senses
under total control; a mind well disciplined, clear, and calm; an
intellect as sharp as a razor; a will as strong and pliable as
steel; a heart full of unconditional love and compassion; an ego as
pure as crystal; a life filled with Supreme Peace and Joy.

By practicing Integral Yoga we develop an easeful body, a peaceful
mind, and a useful life. For more information about Integral Yoga,
visit www.yogaville.org and

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Swami Satchidananda

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