Embarking on a Spiritual Odyssey, Part 4: The Floating Swami

As noted in our last installment (part 3), devotion played a central and foundational part in how Ramu (Swami Satchidananda’s birthname was Ramaswamy, Ramu for short) was raised. In his biography, Sri Swamiji noted that of all the devotional worship offered in his...

Embarking on a Spiritual Odyssey, Part 3: Roots of Devotion

Devotion and worship were part and parcel of Ramu’s (Swami Satchidananda’s birthname was Ramaswamy, Ramu for short) upbringing and shaped him, his daily life and worldview. His parents were extremely devout and raised Ramu to participate fully in traditional spiritual...

Embarking on a Spiritual Odyssey, Part 2: Tamil Shaivism and Palani Malai

In the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, with its verdant landscapes nestled amid swaying coconut palms and fragrant jasmine vines, lies a quaint village steeped in timeless charm and rustic allure. This is the setting in which the family home of Sri Gurudev Swami...

Embarking on a Spiritual Odyssey: Tracing Our Integral Yoga Tradition Through Time, Part 1

It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, but what if that journey encompasses not only miles but also centuries of profound wisdom, timeless traditions, and a tapestry of influences that have shaped our spiritual heritage? In this...

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Spiritual Longing

To learn from a spiritual teacher, more than anything else, you need faith in God: “God, I really want to experience the Truth. Put me in good hands. Present a good teacher to me.“ Then, when you meet them, feel—not through the head, but through the heart. And if you...

Wandering Turtle: A Heartfelt Tribute

Wandering Turtle, a beloved member and resident of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville for the past 25 years, passed on into the Divine Light on May 15, 2024. Turtle, as he was lovingly known, was a dedicated Karma Yogi, truly living the Yoga teachings to which we aspire,...

Embarking on a Spiritual Odyssey, Part 4: The Floating Swami

As noted in our last installment (part 3), devotion played a central and foundational part in how Ramu (Swami Satchidananda’s birthname was Ramaswamy, Ramu for short) was raised. In his biography, Sri Swamiji noted that of all the devotional worship offered in his...

Remembering Reverend Saraswati Beth Neumann

Born in 1947, Rev. Saraswati was a graduate of American University in Washington D.C. After graduation she worked in an interior design firm and architectural companies in New York city and in New Jersey and even worked as a professional clown for some time. She...

The Swami & The Rabbi: Jewish Mysticism Meets Integral Yoga

Hosted by the Integral Yoga Ministry and inspired by the annual "Swami & Rabbi" programs with Swami Satchidananda and Rabbi Joseph Gelberman, now Swami Ramananda, a senior monastic student of Swami Satchidananda, and Rabbi David Igber, a senior student of Reb...

The Yoga of Waves

Gerry Lopez is one of the most influential surfers and surfboard shapers of all time. Known as "Mr. Pipeline"—for his mastery of the huge waves that form large, hollow, thick curls of water that surfers can tube ride—Lopez is an entrepreneur, a family man, a movie...

Integral Yoga Publication’s Newest Title: Practicing the Yoga Sutras

Integral Yoga® Publications is pleased to announce the release of our latest book: Practicing the Yoga Sutras: A Personal Study Guide & Journal, a faithful companion to the profound teachings found in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Now available on Amazon in...
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NEW! Swami Satchidananda Teaches the Meditation Ślokas

NEW! Swami Satchidananda Teaches the Meditation Ślokas

Integral Yoga Media is please to offer the newly mastered audio recording “Swami Satchidananda Teaches the Meditation Ślokas.” These ślokas are part of the daily meditation sessions at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville and Integral Yoga centers around the world. Integral...

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Pranayama: A Healing Science – Online Seminar June 1st

Pranayama: A Healing Science – Online Seminar June 1st

From slowing down aging to boosting self-awareness and reducing stress, Pranayama, or Yoga breathwork, has the power to enhance our everyday lives in more ways than we thought imaginable. Recent research provides ample evidence that Pranayama benefits our physical...

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The Glory of Santosha – Contentment

The Glory of Santosha – Contentment

“Contentment is golden. A contented mind is a golden mind.”  –Swami Satchidananda It’s funny how children enjoy the simplest of toys and teenagers relish in their relationships with their best friends, while a quiet transition commences during adulthood and suddenly...

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Practicing the Yoga Sutras

Practicing the Yoga Sutras

Integral Yoga® Publications is pleased to announce this new release: Practicing the Yoga Sutras: A Personal Study Guide & Journal by Carroll Ann (Prashanti) Friedmann. The book, which utilizes the sutra translations and definitions from The Yoga Sutras of...

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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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The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez

The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez

Gerry Lopez is not only a leading Yoga teacher, but one of the most influential surfers and surfboard shapers of all time. Known as "Mr. Pipeline"—for his mastery of the huge waves that form large, hollow, thick curls of water that surfers can tube ride—Lopez is an...

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How to Practice Loving-Kindness

How to Practice Loving-Kindness

Loving-kindness is probably known to many as the Buddhist practice of metta, The formal practice of metta begins beautifully, by directing kindness toward ourselves or to someone to whom we can easily feel goodwill. Once we take a moment to actually feel that energy...

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Integral Yoga Podcast with Krishna Das

Integral Yoga Podcast with Krishna Das

Krishna Das, the Grammy-nominated sacred music composer conducts a workshop in Yogaville annually. During his 2019 program, he sat down with Avi Gordon (Integral Yoga Teachers Association director) for a podcast. Having traveled extensively in India, where he met his...

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Spiritual Longing

Spiritual Longing

To learn from a spiritual teacher, more than anything else, you need faith in God: “God, I really want to experience the Truth. Put me in good hands. Present a good teacher to me.“ Then, when you meet them, feel—not through the head, but through the heart. And if you...

The Yoga of Waves

The Yoga of Waves

Gerry Lopez is one of the most influential surfers and surfboard shapers of all time. Known as "Mr. Pipeline"—for his mastery of the huge waves that form large, hollow, thick curls of water that surfers can tube ride—Lopez is an entrepreneur, a family man, a movie...

No Separate Little You

No Separate Little You

In this inspiring contemplation, renowned Yoga teacher Erich Schiffman offers an embodiment practice. He gently guides us toward the recognition that we only exist because "The All, The One, the only Mind, Consciousness or Presence in existence anywhere is what is...

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Integral Yoga Meditation Teacher Training: July 2024

Integral Yoga Meditation Teacher Training: July 2024

Meditation Teacher Training with Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500 and Integral Yoga Senior Staff will be held July 22 – August 4, 2024 at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville. Our whole life experience is based on the condition of the mind, how we perceive and respond to...

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Raja Yoga Teacher Training – June 2024 Online

Raja Yoga Teacher Training – June 2024 Online

Hosted by the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Swami Ramananda, Swami Divyananda, Kealoha DeLuz, and guest teacher Swami Vidyananda will teach the Integral Yoga® 300-hour Raja Yoga Teacher Training program. The program will be online and run in two parts from...

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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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Healing Unhealthy Habits as a Spiritual Practice

Healing Unhealthy Habits as a Spiritual Practice

Healing from addiction or any other unhealthy habit is a spiritual practice. It’s impossible simply to say, “Oh, I don't want to indulge in this or I have to get rid of that.” We cannot. The more we try to push it away and get rid of it, the more we wind up...

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Healing from the Pain that Binds

Healing from the Pain that Binds

Born and raised in West Africa, Oyámie Kali Ma’at spent most of her childhood in community gatherings of musicians, drummers, and dancers. Listening and dancing to music became a foundation for her life. In addition to living and serving in Yogaville, Oyámie is also a...

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