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Make Hay While the Sun Shines!

In this recent Integral Yoga Podcast, Avi Gordon (director, Integral Yoga Teachers Association) talks with Ram Wiener about forgiveness, the experience of finding a Guru, and allowing the universe to shape us into someone we like. Ram (vice-president of business at...

What Do You Bring to Each Interaction You Have?

Even post-election we are still undergoing turbulent times in a divided nation. When Swami Satchidananda (Sri Gurudev) arrived in New York City in 1966 our country was also going through seismic cultural shifts. I know that, for me, the teachings and practices of...

Selflessness, Unconditional Happiness, and Peace of Mind

A selfless person does not depend on anyone or anything to be happy. Selflessness, unconditional happiness, and peace of mind go hand in hand. Whatever happens, such a person retains their peace. By remaining in that peace, they are in a much better position to react...

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Integral Yoga: Looking Back, Going Forward

Integral Yoga: Looking Back, Going Forward

In October 2020, Swami Karunananda gave the following talk—during the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute’s 50th anniversary celebration—on the future of the Integral Yoga teachings and organization. A reporter once asked me to describe Swami Satchidananda’s legacy,...

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Don’t Make the Same Mistake Your “Woke” Elders Once Made

Don’t Make the Same Mistake Your “Woke” Elders Once Made

I was as woke as a young white man could be, back when the terms closest to “woke” were “hip” and “cool” and pretty much anything else that wasn’t “straight,” which referred not to a sexual orientation but to people living an ordinary, conventional way of life. To me,...

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Enlightenment or Escapism?

Enlightenment or Escapism?

Are you looking for true enlightenment, or do you just want to escape from reality? In this video, Integral Yoga teacher and Yoga therapist Nalanie Chellaram talks about the dangers of drugs and ayahuasca, both of which are seen as shortcuts to enlightenment. She also...

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Voting as an Antidote to Despair

Voting as an Antidote to Despair

Sharon Salzberg, the popular meditation teacher and co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, recently wrote an article for Tricycle magazine on voting, meditation, and how to counteract despair through changing the system. During these challenging times, Tricycle...

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We Need Good Stewards in the World

We Need Good Stewards in the World

In 1975, Swami Satchidananda was asked a question about how to avoid getting so caught up in spiritual bliss, that we forget about the social and ecological problems in our world. The person asking the question really wanted Sri Swamiji’s advice on how we best can...

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Our Response-Ability

Our Response-Ability

The yogi’s emergency response practice has three pillars: Breathe. Be calm. Smile. As we envision all the possible scenarios for the US presidential election on November 3rd, one thing is for sure: there will be a lot of emotion! Already we have fear verging on panic...

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Film: Invisible Hand

Film: Invisible Hand

Invisible Hand is the world’s first documentary film about the creation of "Rights of Nature." The defining battle of our times where nature, democracy and capitalism face off in rural America. Produced by award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo, Invisible Hand takes you...

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How to Breathe When the World is on Fire

How to Breathe When the World is on Fire

The beginning of 2020 has become, in some ways, a distant fog. I remember sinking into grief from day one, descending like a rock thrown into the ocean. Australia was on fire and the fires were consuming a small kangaroo rescue I loved. I was on the West Coast, so far...

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Challenge, Purification and Heroism

Challenge, Purification and Heroism

Sri Swami Sivananda (the Guru of Integral Yoga founder Sri Swami Satchidananda) said that our suffering brings out the essence in us, just as an herb releases its fragrance when crushed. Gold is exposed only by removing a mountain of soil. Diamonds are formed through...

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