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The Question that Changed My Life & Yoga Practice

Yoga came as a gift and brought with it an unexpected transformation. It changed my body and it changed the way I breathe. It changed the way I move through the world. “You can tell the days you do Yoga and the days you don’t,” a friend observed. But this gift was not...

More than Just an Eagle: Garudasana

Garuda, the Eagle god as depicted in the Mahabharata, is the vehicle that carries Lord Vishnu. Vishnu is the deity representing preservation, sustainability or, in a more tangible way, Garuda is the vehicle that carries the True Self. Garudasana, is a pose that...

Hatha in a Hurry!

Integral Yoga teacher Bhuvaneswari Pipitone was inspired to share how asanas can be made more accessible (even in the kitchen & wearing jeans!). "I needed a gentle practice and it needed to be short," she noted. You can also use a chair or anything available in...

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Hatha Yoga: The Art of Change

Hatha Yoga: The Art of Change

Change is the act of becoming different, a natural occurrence that makes life possible. So why does it cause so much stress? Change comes into our awareness at the end of comfort. When life is good, there is no need to change. Only when things are uneasy do we begin...

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Savasana for the Yogis who Can’t Sit Still

Savasana for the Yogis who Can’t Sit Still

Savasana (or Corpse pose) is well-known for being the most important pose in our Yoga practice. It is the moment when all the physical hard work of class can seep into our muscles and bones, our body can melt into the floor, and we can finally do nothing but breathe....

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The Integral Yoga Hatha Method

The Integral Yoga Hatha Method

When Sri Swami Satchidananda designed the Integral Yoga Hatha class, he formulated a clear methodology for his system. In this article, we learn about the underlying foundation and principles behind the methodology. As Integral Yoga teachers, when we enter the room to...

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The Benefits of Hatha Yoga

The Benefits of Hatha Yoga

If you wish to eliminate the toxins that have already found room in the body, then Hatha Yoga can help. The Yoga postures and breathing techniques purify the physical body. Even if you have developed some bad habits, by practicing Hatha Yoga you will lose all the...

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Creating a Home Practice

Creating a Home Practice

You may, at some point, feel inspired to make a transition from being a Hatha Yoga class attendee to being a more involved yogi. This means developing a personal practice, where you make the connection to your own inner peace on a daily basis. In fact, this connection...

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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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Hatha Yoga: Path to Self-Realization

Hatha Yoga: Path to Self-Realization

Hatha Yoga is the physical aspect of the path to Self-Realization. The body is the vehicle which carries the Self on its journey through time and space. It is the temple wherein dwells the Divine. The body is not an obstacle or stumbling block in the spiritual life,...

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Asana: Steps to Personal Transformation

Asana: Steps to Personal Transformation

Robert Butera, Ph.D. studied at the Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India, where Yoga is viewed as a spiritual practice and a total lifestyle. A contributor to Integral Yoga Magazine and presenter at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Dr. Butera explains how asana is part of...

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The Practice of Asanas

The Practice of Asanas

Both a renowned Sanskrit scholar and yogi, Swami Venkatesananda—like his master, Swami Sivananda—can be regarded as a sage of practical wisdom. Below is a transcript of one of his talks presented at Yasodhara Ashram (British Columbia) in the 1970s. Perhaps you will be...

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Featured Asana

Featured Asana

For many sacred traditions, enlightenment occurs under the shelter of a grand tree. Entire revealed scriptures poured effortlessly from the lips of saints who made their homes beneath trees. Single banyans that stretch for miles and live for centuries have provoked...

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