This yoga style is based on the principles and ideas of Sri Swami Satchidananda, designed to be a guideline for people on how they improve their lifestyle.
It aims to integrate the body, mind and spirit, classes in this gentle, Hatha style include chanting, Kriyas, pranayama, and meditation. Sri Swami left India for the United States in the 1960s. He founded the popular Yogaville Ashram in Buckingham, Virginia and other yoga schools.
It got the name Integral yoga because it aims to integrate the spirit mind and body, and it was created to give people that practices it the tools they require for a peaceful, joyful, useful and healthy life.
Sachidananda teaching has more to offer than the physical practice of yoga, he motivated students to seek satisfaction and fulfillment in themselves and encourage living with others peacefully.
The founder of this yoga style has also written many books. His interpretations and translations of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Bhagavad Gita make these old hidden texts understandable to modern readers as well as it applications in modern life.
Integral Yoga areas of Instruction
- Hatha yoga: Has to do with practicing asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), Kriyas (cleansing practices) and deep relaxation that will help purify and strengthen the body.
- Raja Yoga: Involves meditation for mind balance and control.
- Bhakti Yoga: Devotion that has to do with constant love, to a God, the divine teacher.
- Karma Yoga: Being selfless and freedom from attachment to ideas created because of such actions.
- Jnana Yoga: This is an intellectual approach that has to do with body and mind transcendence, which can be obtained through self-analysis, awareness and study / research.
- Japa Yoga: Mantra repetition, a sound vibration with a divine aspect.
Who is Integral Yoga for?
This yoga style is suitable for individuals seeking an approach that will influence their entire life, including the spiritual, physical, intellectual, and interpersonal relationships.
The classes for this style are gentle, simple, accessible, and specifically non-competitive. The teachers or instructors are extremely knowledgeable.