Official Journal of Integral Yoga® International

Founded in December 1969, Integral Yoga Magazine is now a free weekly eMagazine featuring “Weekly Words of Wisdom” and all the same great content

it has for 50 years: articles, info, programs, the latest news—and videos

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Featured Posts

There’s Nothing to Surrender To

Many things just seem to happen. It’s something like what occurs with a magnet. The magnet is sitting there, static, but the magnetic field spreads out. When iron particles come within a certain distance of the magnet, they move around. Can you say that the magnet is...

Take Care of Your Heart

The best way to take care of your heart is to not disturb it. Originally, the Creator programmed it to be a beautiful place for physical, spiritual, and emotional growth. But we don’t keep it that way; we disturb it. We don’t have to do anything to make the heart...

Facing Challenges without Fear

If our aim is great, then our obstacles will also be very big. Always remember that without suffering we can never achieve anything great. That’s why I always say that the bigger the pain, the bigger the gain. No pain, no gain. Pain builds up a lot of strength in you....

Mother: The First Guru

The mother is everyone’s first Guru, or teacher. The universe itself is the feminine aspect and all mothers are expressions of the Goddess energy. Mothers have the great responsibility and joyful prospect of nurturing and raising beautiful souls. This is one of the...

Yoga is Self-Realization

In the Yoga Sutras, we learn that the practice of Yoga is aimed at addressing the fluctuations or disturbances in the mind (chitta vritti) so we may experience our natural state of peace and joy. Some misunderstand this and think "Yoga chitta vritti" means Yoga is the...

How to Find Peace and Joy in a Chaotic World

How do we find peace and joy in the middle of a chaotic world? In the midst of the chaos, find the balance, and then you find the peace. When are you peaceful? When there is nothing to disturb your peace? That is not the true test of real inner peace. When there is...

The Power of Yoga in Challenging Times

Soon after 9/11, a large Yoga conference was being held in the USA. The organizers asked Swami Satchidananda to send a message of comfort and inspiration to those attending the conference gathering. This was his message, which seems tremendously timely in current...

The Healing Power of Mantra: Hari Om

By chanting Hari Om, you elevate yourself to a higher level. It is chanted for its vibrations—not to disturb anyone’s religious beliefs. Hari Om is a universal chant and does not belong to any particular religion. Begin with the sound “ha” at the naval. By repeating...

Why is There Suffering?

Again and again, people ask me, “Why is there suffering? How can I avoid suffering?” My answer is, “You cannot.” If anything has to happen, it will happen. Think, All right, let it happen. I am bold. What’s the use of being afraid of it? I’m not going to be able to...

How to Analyze Your Anger

When anger arises, the mind becomes deluded. The Bhagavad Gita has two beautiful slokas about this: From brooding on sense objects, attachment to them arises. Out of that attachment, personal desire is born. And from desire, anger appears. Anger confuses the thinking...

The Ties that Bind

Unless we achieve complete mastery over the mind, we won’t achieve anything. To achieve this mastery, we need self-discipline. Human beings have been given the capacity to have good control over our minds and to do good, useful things with our minds—things that are...

In the World, but Not of the World

You can be in the world but do not be of the world. Then, you are free. The mind has to be in the world and that is why we try to have a detached outlook. Of course, this is very difficult to achieve. And, many people misunderstand the idea of detachment. They might...
Featured News
Clergy-on-Call During Coronavirus

Clergy-on-Call During Coronavirus

News Release: April 2020  Now is a time when many people, heeding the call to stay at home, may want the solace of being able to reach out to Integral Yoga swamis and ministers to talk on the phone and through email. Clergy-on-Call is a service recently established to...

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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali on Audible!

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali on Audible!

Integral Yoga Media (in collaboration with Echo Point Books) is thrilled to announce that The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali—the complete audiobook of the same title—by Sri Swami Satchidananda is now available on Audible.com. Soon after the launch, this audiobook shot into...

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Explore Practice
Integral Yoga Hatha Explained by Its Founde

Integral Yoga Hatha Explained by Its Founde

In the mid-1980s, Swami Satchidananda was interviewed by Meenakshi Angel Honig, one of his students, in Santa Barbara, California. Meenakshi asks him a series of questions about Integral Yoga and the practices of Integral Yoga, including Hatha, pranayama, and...

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Steps on the Spiritual Path

Steps on the Spiritual Path

Question: For people who are new on the path of spirituality, what do you recommend for them? Are there steps or procedures? Swami Satchidananda: You have already taken the first step by wanting to become a spiritual student. That is the most important thing. You want...

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How to Meditate

How to Meditate

Learning to meditate can be overwhelming for some. The mind can feel less like a place of quiet refuge and more like Times Square. In this video, you can follow along with Yoga master Sri Swami Satchidananda's instructions (read by Saraswati Ishaya from the booklet,...

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Explore Lifestyle
Finding the Balance Within

Finding the Balance Within

If you want to love all, serve all, and spread peace you first have to learn to love yourself. You also have to find peace within yourself. If you recognize the peace and joy within, then you will be able to give the same to everyone else. And you are not actually...

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Here’s a Secret: You Already Know How to Meditate

Here’s a Secret: You Already Know How to Meditate

When people think about meditation, often an image of a blissed-out figure sitting cross-legged on a soft pillow comes to mind... Ahh, total peace, quiet, and comfort. Wouldn’t that be nice! While meditating in a quiet place without distraction is an amazing...

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How to Keep the Mind from Losing its Peace

How to Keep the Mind from Losing its Peace

The basis of the mind, which you call the ego, has a tendency to want everything. I want this, I have to gain or own it; I want to do this or that. Wanting to possess is the nature of the ego. That’s why the little “i” always has a “mine” in it. You become really...

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Explore Philosophy
Patanjali’s Words: Eight Limbs of Yoga

Patanjali’s Words: Eight Limbs of Yoga

Rev. Jaganath, Integral Yoga Minister and Raja Yoga master teacher, has spent a lifetime delving into the deepest layers of meaning in Patanjali’s words within the Yoga Sutras. Our series continues with sutra 2.29. In several prior sutras, Patanjali explained how...

Is Yoga Lineage Relevant in the Modern Era?

Is Yoga Lineage Relevant in the Modern Era?

Although it is well-suited to the present era, Integral Yoga®, as taught by Swami Satchidananda, is part of a lineage with a long history. This lineage contributes to the beauty of the Integral Yoga tradition, in that it is part of a tradition. Today, with the...

The Key to Staying Balanced in a World of Change

The Key to Staying Balanced in a World of Change

The world constantly changes. Nothing stays permanent for even a second. So, find the middle path, the center—neither this way nor that way. In the midst of the changing world, you have to find the one the essential part that never changes. So, what is it that...

Explore Education
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
Fear Kills Us More

Fear Kills Us More

When your body is sick it needs the help of a strong mind to repair it. Your fear worsens the situation; fear makes the body weaker. Fear is not in the body. Fear is in your mind. When you don’t accept what is happening in the body, and when you identify yourself as...

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Dr. Dean Ornish Featured in Amazon Prime Video Series

Dr. Dean Ornish Featured in Amazon Prime Video Series

Dean Ornish, MD—lifestyle medicine doctor and Integral Yogi, is featured in the new Amazon show "Love, Gianna." In this new series, actress Gianna Simone explores the benefits of Veganism as she interviews world-renowned doctors and experts in the field of plant-based...

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Hope is the Best Medicine

Hope is the Best Medicine

There is a village proverb in South India: “It doesn’t matter who pounds the rice; as long as I get the rice, it’s fine.” I think this also could be the motto for health and wellness providers. It doesn’t matter what approach you take, what “pathy” you use: allopathy,...

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