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Back to the Garden: A Yoga Student Remembers 50 Years of Milestones

"...and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden." —Joni Mitchell Talking About My Generation…  50 years. You get up every morning. What happens? A week goes by. A month goes by. A year goes by. You get up every morning for 18,274 days and 50 years have gone...

Remembering Woodstock: An Early New York Disciple’s Woodstock Story

In the summer of 1969, I had just turned 24. My ex-husband, Chris (Yoga name, Mahesh) and I had been married for just over a year and we were living at Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY. The guru in residence, at the time, was our yoga instructor, Swami Satchidananda. We...

How to Experience Joy in Life and Love Passionately

How can you experience joy in life and love passionately if you are practicing non-attachment? The best way to enjoy life, if you really want to enjoy life, is not to have any attachment to anything.  Attachment never brings you permanent joy. It may begin with a...

Stop Running After Things and You Will Find Everything

The most cherished treasure in life is peace. You can go anywhere in the world, but you can be always happy only if you can keep your peace. On the other hand, you may have everything in the world, and I mean everything, but if you don’t have peace you have...

Raja Yoga Teaching of the Month: Satya

In this monthly series on the Yamas and Niyamas, Swami Karunananda offers wisdom and reflections on applying these foundational principles of Yoga in daily life. This month's teaching is on Satya, truthfulness. Sutra 2.36: To one established in truthfulness, actions...

What is the One Thing We All Want?

Some people love to travel. If you ask, “Why do you want to travel?" they may say, “To see a lot of places.” “So if you see a lot of places, what will happen?”  “Well, I’ll be happy.” “If you ask the travel agent, why are you making all those arrangements for them...

Everything is Impermanent

Humanity can be grouped into two categories: People who have questions and doubts and the people who never have questions. Let me talk about the people who do not have questions. They are people who never think. They are too lazy to think, so they never have to...

Making Peace with Desires

How to let go of or make peace with a desire in the mind? Try to stay away from the object. Then the thought will slowly die away because the thought is not being fulfilled; the desire is not being fulfilled. Even though the desire comes in, when you don’t give it...

Is Yoga Lineage Relevant in the Modern Era?

Although it is well-suited to the present era, Integral Yoga®, as taught by Swami Satchidananda, is part of a lineage with a long history. This lineage contributes to the beauty of the Integral Yoga tradition, in that it is part of a tradition. Today, with the...

Yogaville 108k: Soup, Steps, and a Sky Full of Stars

As a follow-up to her article on her hopes, dreams, and preparation for a 108k run in Yogavile, Tracy Cooley shares the experience of actually undertaking and completing the run. You can read her first article, "Running: A Moving Meditation" here. There are trail...

Earth Day and Beyond

In honor of Earth Day, here is the answer to a question a student once asked Swami Satchidananda the question: "What do you think will happen to our natural environment?" It’s already happening. We are ruining it. Now we are thinking of repairing it. Well that’s...

The World is Your Projection

The entire world is nothing but your projection. Each person sees the world with his or her own color, and that’s their world. You cannot insist and say that things are this way or that way just because this is the way you see it. The other person will always say,...
Featured News
“The Road to Woodstock & Beyond”

“The Road to Woodstock & Beyond”

In honor of #Woodstock50, this is the extended version of the short film "The Woodstock Guru," that aired earlier this year. On August 15, 1969, Swami Satchidananda was asked to give an opening address at the famed Woodstock Music Festival to set a tone of peace and...

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New Book Release!  The Woodstock Guru

New Book Release!  The Woodstock Guru

Integral Yoga Publications is pleased to announce the release of The Woodstock Guru. This new book was published in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival, which was opened by Swami Satchidananda in August 1969. When he first arrived in the West...

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Explore Practice
Krishna Das Kirtan, Yoga of Devotion Weekend & Webinar

Krishna Das Kirtan, Yoga of Devotion Weekend & Webinar

Memorial Day Weekend 2019, Krishna Das  graced us during what has become an annual event in Yogaville. Once a year, Krishna Das comes to Yogaville on Memorial Day weekend to share the practice of Bhakti Yoga. In addition to satsang on Saturday evening, he conducts a...

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A Yoga “Fish” Story: Swimming and Meditation

A Yoga “Fish” Story: Swimming and Meditation

Introduction I was inspired to write this article after reading Tracy Cooley’s excellent Integral Yoga Magazine article. She describes running a 108 kilometer distance. Certainly, an incredible accomplishment, particularly as a Yoga meditation. I love to swim....

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Meditation: The Observer vs. the Critic

Meditation: The Observer vs. the Critic

Meditation can be like watching a movie—if you simply observe or witness the thoughts, without any judgment, you will enjoy the show. Watching the thoughts is different from analyzing and judging them. A judge in the court is analyzing the case and judging who is...

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Explore Lifestyle
The Real Meaning of Spiritual Living

The Real Meaning of Spiritual Living

Leading a spiritual life and experiencing God, at all times, is nothing supernatural. It’s just an ordinary simple thing. You don’t have to fly in the air, swallow nitric acid, or sleep on a bed of nails. I mean, you don’t have to do anything extraordinary. Physical...

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The Difference Between Spiritual Love and Personal Love

The Difference Between Spiritual Love and Personal Love

Divine love is the affection shown toward the spirit of the individual. Personal love is the love that is shown toward the body, or the mind and its characteristics, or, the person’s belongings; anything that is materially-based. Even though there is spirit in each...

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Saucha: Enough Already—The Pleasure of Simplicity

Saucha: Enough Already—The Pleasure of Simplicity

After years of dedicated service in Integral Yoga ashrams and centers in California, New York, Virginia, India and other places, Swami Divyananda now travels more than ever, calling the entire world her home. Along the journey, she has learned some insightful lessons...

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Explore Philosophy
How to Face Any Problem in Life

How to Face Any Problem in Life

Sometimes we talk a lot about God, about faith. We say we have faith, but our own life should prove that. If you have complete, absolute faith you will always be happy and joyful—even under severe suffering and severe handicaps. One of the four well-known Saiva saints...

Explore Education
Webinar: Rev. Jivana Heyman on Accessibility in Yoga

Webinar: Rev. Jivana Heyman on Accessibility in Yoga

In this webinar, Avi Gordon, director of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association, is in conversation with Rev. Jivana Heyman, an Integral Yoga teacher, minister, and founder of Accessible Yoga. They discuss a range of topics, including the challenge it is to change the...

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Swami Satchidananda’s Advice to Yoga Teachers

Swami Satchidananda’s Advice to Yoga Teachers

Students who come to learn from you are teaching you to become a good teacher. When you teach but don’t live a yogic lifestyle, you will feel guilty about it and that is how you learn. You will feel, “I’m telling them what to do but I’m not doing it myself. I have to...

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Explore Health
How to Change an Unhelpful Habit

How to Change an Unhelpful Habit

We have a lot of desires, a lot of selfishness. Yet, we also understand, that if we become selfless, we become happy. You might ask, “What can I do if I can’t get rid of my unyogic desires?” You have to analyze your motives. Over what actions are you selfish? And by...

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Kris Carr: My Yoga & Wellness Journey

Kris Carr: My Yoga & Wellness Journey

In 2003, actress and photographer Kris Carr was diagnosed with a rare and incurable stage four cancer. When the doctors told her that there was no medical treatment options, Kris began filming her story. Her healing path included Yoga, meditation, detox regimens and...

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Understanding Yogic Concepts of Health and Disease

Understanding Yogic Concepts of Health and Disease

Introduction Yoga is a spiritual science for the integrated and holistic development of our physical, mental and moral-spiritual aspects of being. The philosophy of Yoga is practical and applicable in our day-to-day living. Yoga has been documented to normalise...

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