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The Age of Insta-Yoga

This is something that I've been wanting to write about for years. But I’ve always been stuck on how to express myself in a way that does not convey superiority. I became a Yoga teacher right before Yoga became mainstream. It was on the cusp of its explosion, at least...

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, you...

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 Mount...

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 by....

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 nothing....

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 to...
Featured News
The Spirit of the Woodstock Nation

The Spirit of the Woodstock Nation

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Festival, "The Spirit of the Woodstock Nation", has been released by Heidi Little and Artie Kornfeld. Bridging the waves of love, peace, care, respect, and music, Heidi and Artie have joined forces to bring a...

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

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?

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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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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Happiness in Daily Life: A Yogic Formula

Happiness in Daily Life: A Yogic Formula

In the world today, most people approach the study of Yoga through the asanas (physical postures). And for many schools, that’s where the study of Yoga ends. People want to be healthy and have a trim physique. One may ask, why do you want a trim physique?  In some...

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Explore Philosophy
Karma: It Is In Your Hands

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?

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...

Jnana Yoga: The Yoga of Truth

Jnana Yoga: The Yoga of Truth

Peter Marchand, a student of the late Harish Johari, was drawn to the study of Jnana Yoga by what he calls his “rational tendencies.” As an environmental engineer and scientist he felt easily attracted to the study of Jnana Yoga. His book, The Yoga of Truth began as...

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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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Accessible Yoga

Accessible Yoga

The Integral Yoga ® Institute of San Francisco launched a pilot program in October 2007 that has now grown into a global movement: Accessible Yoga Teacher Training. Initially founded for people with physical challenges who want to become Yoga teachers, this inspiring...

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Explore Health
Dis-ease: Don’t Disturb Your Natural Ease

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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The Heart of Healing

The Heart of Healing

I am honored to pay tribute to Sri Swami Satchidananda (Gurudev), an extraordinary spiritual teacher who we have had the blessing of knowing. I want to talk a little bit about the work that my colleagues and I have been doing as a manifestation of the vision that I...

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