The Beginning Days at 500 West End Avenue

By Karuna Kreps

I first learned of Swami Satchidananda when I was 16 and saw his striking photograph on the front page of the Village Voice. The caption read something like, “Flower children meet Swami Satchidananda at JFK Airport as … Full Story

Yoga, Medicine, and Transformation

An Interview with Dean Ornish, M.D.

Integral Yoga Magazine (IYM): Please tell us about your relationship with Swami Satchidananda.

Dean Ornish (DO): Let me begin by saying that I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for Swami Satchidananda—because I … Full Story

Bringing the Swami to America

By Peter Max

(In honor of Peter Max’s 80th birthday, his longtime friend and colleague—also an Integral Yoga founding member—Victor Arjuna Zurbel has produced a stunning short film to commemorate the occasion and Max’s humanitarian contributions. Enjoy the film about Full Story

Truth-Consciousness-Bliss: Celebrating 50 Years of Swami Satchidananda’s Integral Yoga

त्यं ब्रूयात्प्रियं ब्रूयान्न ब्रूयात्सत्यमप्रियम् ।
प्रियं च नानृतं ब्रूयादेष धर्मः सनातनः ॥

satyam brūyat_priyam brūyan_na brūyāt_satyam_apriyam
priyam cha nānṛitam brūyādéṣha dharmaḥ sanātanaḥ ~Manusmriti 4:138

The above verse is from an ancient Sanskrit scripture which says, “Say what is true, say … Full Story

Inhabiting *Both* Sides of a Paradox

By Mark Nepo

It is no accident that those who survive being broken and who make a home for the terrible knowledge are, in turn, at the threshold of enlightened living. Often, in our one-sided logic, we try to theorize … Full Story

The Wholeness of Grief: Yoga for Grief and Loss

By Karla Dharmini Helbert

When he was three months old, my firstborn child was diagnosed with a rare, highly aggressive brain tumor. Two weeks and three surgeries later, he endured his first chemotherapy treatment. Three days later, a CT scan … Full Story

Yogic Preparation for Death

By Swami Sarvaananda Ph.D., B.C.C.

Recently, we received a request from an Integral Yoga teacher to address yogic practices, traditions, and advice on preparing for death. Here are some tips, from our own expert in the field, that may be Full Story

Access Your feelings Without Getting Stuck in Them

Access Your feelings Without Getting Stuck in Them

By Amy Weintraub, M.F.A., E-RYT 500

Every March, for the past ten years, I’ve led practices on and off the mat at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, a mind-expanding four days of workshops, keynotes, dancing, and schmoozing with old friends in … Full Story

Taravati’s Teaching Tips

Taravati’s Teaching Tips

By Tania Taravati Turcinovic

Think about a great Yoga class that you attended. What made that class great? It could have been as simple as where your own body and mind were on that particular day. Or it might have … Full Story

Song of the Heart: The Essence of Nada Yoga

Song of the Heart: The Essence of Nada Yoga

 By Rajesh David

Music is an integral part of my life. My being born into a family of singers and growing up in a musical atmosphere led naturally to my being trained in Indian classical vocal music. My first encounter … Full Story

Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice, Practice, Practice

By Karuna Karen Kreps, RYT 500

The curtain had not yet opened in New York City’s Carnegie Hall for the sold-out lecture on Yoga by Swami Satchidananda, when I and three other young Yoga teachers stepped out from behind the … Full Story

Managing Your Mood with Yoga

Managing Your Mood with Yoga

By Amy Weintraub, M.F.A., E-RYT 500

My Journey

I took my last antidepressant in 1989. Through the 1980s, I wore depression like a suit of armor, but you can’t exercise in a suit of armor, much less practice Yoga. I … Full Story

Let it Go, Let it Go . . .

Let it Go, Let it Go . . .

By Sri Swami Satchidananda

Very often we see people living in fear: “Will I get it or not? If I get it, how can I hold on to it? That is not a natural way of living. Why? Because you’re … Full Story

Sthira Sukham Asanam

Sthira Sukham Asanam

By Kali Morse and Rashmi Galliano

 

In The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Book II: sutra 46, Patanjali describes asana as having two components: sthira—steady, sukham—comfortable. Swami Satchidananda’s commentary on this sutra tells us that “We … Full Story

Why Yoga Works for All Bodies

Why Yoga Works for All Bodies

By Shakti Bell

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) over seventeen years ago. I was fortunate to discover Hatha Yoga soon after—when my body demanded attention and was no longer something I could take for granted. I started to … Full Story

The Brilliant Function of Pain

The Brilliant Function of Pain

By Swami Vidyananda

 

Pain gets a bad rap in our culture. Actually, pain has many positive functions, one of which is to say, “Stop here. Don’t go beyond this point. This is the point where you are going to … Full Story