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

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Featured Posts

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...

Finding the Joy in Self-Discipline

Question: Why do Yoga practices appear as disciplines when they are the source of joy? Yoga practices don’t appear as discipline—they are discipline. And who said that a disciplined life is an unhappy life? This seems to imply that discipline doesn’t make us joyful....

How Meditation Helps

People used to think that Yoga only meant standing on the head and doing some breathing techniques. But a very important practice is meditation—working directly with the mind. After all, the body is only a concrete expression of the mind. If you change the mind, you...

A Passion for Change

In his annual Christmas/New Year's letter, Benedictine monk and interfaith activist Br. David Steindl-Rast offers us a message of hope for 2020. Isn’t Hope the annual theme at this season, when we light candles in the darkness and hope for a happy new year? But this...

The Spirit of Ahimsa: Creating a More Loving World

Many people are concerned about the violence in our society and about the threat that violence poses to the very existence of our planet. Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word that means non-violence. Following ahimsa doesn’t simply mean not killing. We cannot live without...

Self-nurturing or Renunciation?

Question: Because I had a difficult childhood, my therapist tells me I have to nurture myself to become whole and balanced. You teach that renunciation is the key to peace. Is there a conflict between self-nurturing and renunciation? Is there a way to reconcile these...

How to Know the Real from the Unreal

Essentially, there is only the One—and it’s real. But, its expressions vary and that’s the unreal part. So, really you are spirit, but when you express yourself in a human body, you become a human being. And when you express yourself in a young human body you become a...
Featured News
Integral Yoga Institute of New York: “Go Deeper” Launch

Integral Yoga Institute of New York: “Go Deeper” Launch

This past year of 2019 has seen a number of significant changes in the New York Yoga community. Interest in the physical aspects of Yoga has continued to increase, with opportunities to practice some form of Hatha Yoga in ever proliferating venues. As the popularity...

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BOOK: Accessible Yoga

BOOK: Accessible Yoga

Rev. Jivana Heyman (Integral Yoga minister/founder of Accessible Yoga), has a new book making a big splash—as has the impact and popularity of the Accessible Yoga movement! This visionary book revolutionizes how the world views Yoga practice and makes it truly...

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Explore Practice
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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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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How to Make Your Formal Meditation Practice More Effective

How to Make Your Formal Meditation Practice More Effective

Meditation is something we should learn to practice, not just in formal meditation, but all the time. But, for our formal, sitting meditation practice, preparation is most important. Is there not a saying, “Well begun is half done?” We often don’t begin well. We don’t...

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Explore Lifestyle
The Real Meaning of Spiritual Living

The Real Meaning of Spiritual Living

Leading a spiritual life and experiencing God, at all times, is nothing supernatural. It’s just an ordinary simple thing. You don’t have to fly in the air, swallow nitric acid, or sleep on a bed of nails. I mean, you don’t have to do anything extraordinary. Physical...

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The Difference Between Spiritual Love and Personal Love

The Difference Between Spiritual Love and Personal Love

Divine love is the affection shown toward the spirit of the individual. Personal love is the love that is shown toward the body, or the mind and its characteristics, or, the person’s belongings; anything that is materially-based. Even though there is spirit in each...

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Saucha: Enough Already—The Pleasure of Simplicity

Saucha: Enough Already—The Pleasure of Simplicity

After years of dedicated service in Integral Yoga ashrams and centers in California, New York, Virginia, India and other places, Swami Divyananda now travels more than ever, calling the entire world her home. Along the journey, she has learned some insightful lessons...

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Explore Philosophy
How to Face Any Problem in Life

How to Face Any Problem in Life

Sometimes we talk a lot about God, about faith. We say we have faith, but our own life should prove that. If you have complete, absolute faith you will always be happy and joyful—even under severe suffering and severe handicaps. One of the four well-known Saiva saints...

You Bind Yourself and You Can Liberate Yourself

You Bind Yourself and You Can Liberate Yourself

It’s alright to have a nice body, nice ideas, nice learning, and a lot of money. As long as you have a lot of money in the bank you call yourself rich. When the money goes away, immediately you change your label: I am poor now. You identify yourself with the money in...

Heeding the Call Toward a Unifying Spirit of Peace and Harmony

Heeding the Call Toward a Unifying Spirit of Peace and Harmony

In youth, my earliest spiritual urges came in the form of Roman Catholic community. I was in awe of the church structures, the architecture, the liturgy, the mystery. I served as an altar boy and had imaginings of becoming a priest. I was pious and sincere. Yet,...

Explore Education
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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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
Your Mind: Learn to Just Watch the Show

Your Mind: Learn to Just Watch the Show

Someone asked me the following: "Sometimes I see visions of departed souls. I don’t understand this. Can you explain it?” Yes, the mind can do anything. It creates images and can foresee things. The mental capacity for that is there. Recently, I read some articles...

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