“Easeful, peaceful and useful”
Integral Yoga Hatha Yoga is a comprehensive system for personal transformation – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Each class incorporates postures, deep relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation that result in a profound experience of peace and well-being. Students of any age and condition are encouraged to explore each posture at their own pace while mindfully observing what arises without judgment. By balancing effort and surrender, the practitioner is able to discover the optimal flow of energy to achieve greater flexibility, strength, poise, and mental focus. Besides promoting the health of all the systems in the body, the Integral Yoga system is designed to draw the practitioner into a physical and mental stillness that leads to an experience of one’s true nature, which is ever peaceful and happy.
Sri Swami Satchidananda is the original teacher of this course. He first brought the teachings of Integral Yoga to this country in the 1966. His life is an example of the teachings which He learned from His guru, Sri Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, India.
It is a flexible combination of specific methods designed to develop every aspect of the individual: physical, emotional, 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.
– Sri Swami Satchidananda, a modern day master of Yoga
Branches of Yoga
Integral Yoga is the synthesis of the various branches of Yoga. It is a scientific system for the harmonious development of every aspect of the individual.
Predominantly concerned with physical development through Asanas (postures) and Pranayama (breath control), Mudras, Kriyas, Yogic diet, and Yoga Nidra (Deep Relaxation).
Predominantly concerned with the control of the mind through ethical perfection and regular practice of concentration and meditation.
The path of devotion. By constant love, thought, and service of the Divine (either as God, a Divine Incarnation, or a spiritual teacher), the individual transcends the limited personality and attains Cosmic Consciousness. The path of Bhakti Yoga can be practiced by anyone comfortable with relating to the Divine on a personal level. All that is needed is faith and constant remembrance of the Divine.
The path of action. Performing duties without attachment to the fruits (or results) of the action.
The intellectual approach. Through the knowledge of what really exists, that is, what is not changeable, the Jnani Yogi (one who engages in the Path of Wisdom) realizes oneness with the entire Universe.
Japa means repetition of a mantra. A mantra is a sound structure of one or more syllables which represents a particular aspect of the Divine Vibration. Concentrated mental repetition of the mantra produces vibrations within the individual’s entire system which are in tune with the Divine Vibration.