What Integral Yoga?
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.”
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The Goal of Integral Yoga
The goal of Integral Yoga, and the birthright of every individual, is to realise 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 practising Integral Yoga we develop an easeful body, a peaceful mind, and a useful life.
Hatha Yoga – the Integral Yoga approach
The Integral Yoga system of Hatha Yoga initially involves a specific sequence of Yoga postures and practices that are designed to help the body, emotions and mind to return to their natural state of good health and balance. We offer classes suited to every level – we begin gently, then each student is encouraged to progress at his or her own pace.
An Integral Yoga Hatha class offers a beautifully integrated experience, including many of the traditional yoga practices. Classes are really moving meditations, where form in each asana is important, but the primary focus is on being present and being open to experiencing the joy and vitality ever present within ourselves.
A typical class opens with Sanskrit chanting, moves into asana (posture) practice, followed by deep relaxation, then pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation, and closes with traditional peace chants.