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Featured Posts

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 the...

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 runs...

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...

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,...

Patanjali’s Words: The Four Keys

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with the 33rd sutra of Chapter 1. This is a key sutra taught by Swami...

Enlightenment: An Unlearning Process — A Conversation with Marianne Williamson

In 2013, Integral Yoga Magazine’s editor, Reverend Prem Anjali, Ph.D., shared an in-depth conversation on enlightenment with renowned author and spiritual activist, Marianne Williamson. Williamson’s 1996 book, A Return to Love, is considered a must-read in the field...

Facing Tests

There are continuous, constant tests on a spiritual path. A person who wants to get a degree is given tests. Those who are not interested in learning, do not need to be tested. Teachers will not even want to give a test to a person who doesn’t want to learn. And, the...

Music as a Tool for Listening & Spiritual Evolution

Exclusive Artist Spotlight: World devotional diva Donna De Lory talks about her evolution as a singer and seeker, music as a tool to get present, and creating positive music for kids. If you’ve ever danced your way through a Yoga music festival or practiced your poses...

Patanjali’s Words: The Desire for Liberation

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with the 21st sutra of Chapter 1 in which Patanjali defines the...

“As You Think, So You Become”

There is a Sanskrit saying that Swami Satchidananda often quoted: “Mana eva manushyanam karanam bandha mokshayoho.” It means: “As the mind, so the individual. Bondage or liberation are in the mind.” In other words, “As you think, so you become.” If you think well, you...
Featured News

A Journey to Humility

A journey to humility: That turns out to be a fair description of documentary filmmaking in Yogaville, according to Jeff Ananda Kamen, who just premiered his latest documentary, "Mataji: The Devoted Life of Swami Gurucharanananda." Mataji is the seniormost Integral...

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“The Golden Present” Website Re-Launches

Swami Satchidananda's book, The Golden Present, has been one of Integral Yoga's most read publications. It contains inspiration and guidance from Swami Satchidananda in the form of a reading a day for a year. The website (thegoldenpresent.org) devoted to this book has...

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The Dalai Lama Pens Op-Ed for The Washington Post

Recently, His Holiness the Dalaia Lama wrote an opinion editorial in The Washington Post, in collaboration with Arthur C. Brooks, Post columnist and president of the American Enterprise Institute. Here is an excerpt of this article on breaking the cycle of hatred in...

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Explore Practice

Sadhana: What I learned from Doing it the “Wrong” Way

In this article, Laura Sevika Douglass shares the insights she’s gained from her own sadhana practice in the hope that readers can benefit from her experience and avoid some of the many challenges everyone encounters when trying to establish a regular practice Since...

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What Distinguishes the Integral Yoga Hatha Method?

Integral Yoga is a complete system developed by Swami Satchidananda to address all levels of the individual, all aspects of life, bringing about the opportunity for personal transformation and spiritual realization. The Integral Yoga system includes principles and...

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Sadhana: The Effort Toward Self-realization

Many westerners are first introduced to Yoga through asana, the practice of the yogic postures. As one’s practice deepens, it can lead to an interest in further exploring aspects of Yoga. In this interview, we talk with Dr. David Frawley—considered to be an acharya, a...

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Explore Lifestyle

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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Running: A Moving Meditation

In March, I will be running a self-supported 108k trail “moving meditation” at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville to honor Sri Gurudev Swami Satchidananda—the Woodstock Guru—during the 50th anniversary year of Woodstock. Although I have decades of experience running long...

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Shabad Yoga: The Sounds of Wisdom

Snatam Kaur (whose name means, “universal, nucleus and friend to all”) was introduced to music and spiritual practice at an early age through the 3HO lifestyle (Healthy, Happy Holy Organization) founded by Yogi Bhajan, and she was schooled in Sikh traditional kirtan...

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Explore Philosophy

Karma: It Is In Your Hands

Karma, according to the Sanskrit terminology, has two meanings: Any action is called karma and the reaction of the action is also called karma. So a karma will bring a karma—meaning, an action has its own reaction. Cause and effect, action and reaction, they’re...

Yoga and Buddhism: An Integration?

When we talk about integrating Yoga and Buddhism, we must first be clear about what we mean. In the modern world, Yoga is often reduced to asana or its physical side. Buddhism is reduced to meditation, which many Buddhist groups emphasize. Yet Yoga has its meditation...

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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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Kidding Around Yoga

Kidding Around Yoga (KAY)—developed by Integral Yoga teacher Haris Harini Lender—specializes in blended trainings for almost anyone who works with or has children. What sets KAY apart from similar companies is our unique approach to teaching children’s Yoga and a...

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Find a Specialized Yoga Training Program

An integrated approach to Yoga provides prevention and rehabilitation to a wide range of health concerns. Western medical and therapeutic settings are increasingly finding success incorporating the practices of Yoga into their treatments for acute and chronic disease....

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Explore Health

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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Applying Yoga Therapy in Healthcare

Abstract: Yoga Therapy is the adaptation of the Yoga practices for patients with various chronic dis-eases. Yoga is a stepwise practice for self-realization. During the practice a person also develops some health benefits, which can be used as adjuvant therapy for...

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Dis-ease: Don’t Disturb Your Natural Ease

We have an expression, “He or she is fighting the flu or fighting cancer.” I don’t recommend fighting with disease. That creates more disease. Instead, understand the disease. Because disease is nothing but dis-ease, disturbed ease. You were at ease and that ease got...

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