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Loneliness, Rejection and a Broken Heart

There comes a time when the bubble of ego is popped and you can’t get the ground back for an extended period of time. Those times, when you absolutely cannot get it back together, are the most rich and powerful times in our lives. In the midst of loneliness, in the...

What Do You Believe?

Question: I was raised as an atheist. Life would be so much easier if I had faith. In all my years of Yoga, I know I have heart, compassion and spirit, but I can’t connect with faith. Please offer me your guidance. Swami Satchidananda: Whether you know it or not,...

Living Mindfully and Gratefully

Some people think that monks have these esoteric practices and “What can we poor laypeople do?” But when you really understand what the monastic life is about, you realize that we are only doing — under more favorable circumstances and in an environment that...

The Realized Self

Question: If the Self is already realized and if it is already Divine, why do we need the experience of enlightenment to know this? Swami Satchidananda: Who said the Self is already realized and already Divine? Do you know positively? If you know this positively, you...

Everest or Bust!

Haris Harini Lender (Integral Yoga teacher, Camp Yogaville former director, Kidding Around Yoga founder) recently embarked on a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp. She’s sharing a travelogue of sorts and here’s an excerpt from it. Tomorrow begins my 9-day trek to...

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...
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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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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Mantras as an Aid to Meditation

Mantras as an Aid to Meditation

According to Dr. Frawley, mantra repetition is perhaps the main method of the Yoga meditation. He regards mantras as asanas for the mind. He’s written an entire book on the subject (Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound) and, in this interview, he details the use of mantra as...

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Explore Lifestyle
Running: A Moving Meditation

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

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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Yoga and Aging Gracefully: A Journey

Yoga and Aging Gracefully: A Journey

A few years ago, as I approached my 68th birthday, I begin typing words to describe what it feels like to age with Yoga as my support system. You see, I now have been practicing the art of Yoga for over five decades. It has always been the backdrop of virtually every...

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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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Kidding Around Yoga

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

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
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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Applying Yoga Therapy in Healthcare

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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