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The Funny Story of How I Became a Yogi

When author/publisher Benjamin Darling contacted Integral Yoga Media to request permission to include a quote from Swami Satchidananda in his upcoming book, Everything I Need to Know I Learned From My Yoga Teacher, we were intrigued. And intrigued not only about what...

Do We See Reality As It Is?

In this Ted talk, cognitive scientist and author Donald Hoffman is trying to answer a big question: Do we experience the world as it really is ... or as we need it to be? Hoffman studies consciousness, visual perception and evolutionary psychology using mathematical...

The Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet

In this article, Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax describes five “edge states” where courage meets fear and freedom meets suffering. I have a small cabin in the mountains of New Mexico where I spend time whenever I can. It is located in a deep valley in the heart of the...

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Waking Up Before Sunrise at 105

Waking Up Before Sunrise at 105

“Have a fruit, will you? Help yourself, there’s plenty. Get him a sweet from that shop. Don’t send anyone away without giving them something to eat. Have some water first.” It is nearly impossible to hold a conversation with 105-year-old R. Pappammal while she...

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The Little Altar in an Elevator

The Little Altar in an Elevator

It’s been a whirlwind of losses in the past year: from the several million deaths due to the pandemic and to the many luminaries who have left the earth, including most recently sports legends Hank Aaron and Kobe Bryant; actors Chadwick Boseman, Cloris Leachman; and...

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Larry King and Swami Satchidananda: An Unlikely Friendship

Larry King and Swami Satchidananda: An Unlikely Friendship

Our world lost a broadcasting icon and legend on January 23, 2021: Larry King. He was called "the most remarkable talk-show host on TV ever" by TV Guide and "master of the mike" by Time magazine. But, why would this magazine, focused on Yoga and wellness make mention...

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“8 Inspiring Quotes”

“8 Inspiring Quotes”

In this video produced by the Indian program "Yoga and You," eight quotes from Swami Satchidananda were selected and set to images with music. Enjoy the inspiration! Watch here.

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“Gate 4-A”

“Gate 4-A”

In this short video, Poet Naomi Shihab Nye reads her inspiring poem "Gate A-4."  She wrote this about an experience she had while traveling. "And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and I thought, This  is the world I want to live in. The shared world."...

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“The Important Places”

“The Important Places”

This inspiring short film explores the growth of  two men—father and son—through different stages of their lives, and how the thread woven between them, the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, brought them back the most important place of all. Winner of the Most...

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“And the People Stayed Home”

“And the People Stayed Home”

Angie A created a film to accompany Kitty O'Meara's poem "And the People Stayed Home." In reflecting on the poem Angie noted: "Quarantine and self-isolation hasn't been easy for many of us. Anxiety is a common feeling I've felt throughout all of this, but there was a...

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The Christmas Magic of Long Ago

The Christmas Magic of Long Ago

I sit looking at my Christmas tree, which for the first time since I moved to Yogaville (several decades ago!) was not decorated by the swamis (monks) who live here. It was a strange and sad experience (due to the pandemic) doing it myself, but a sweet, tall angel...

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The Journey to Your True Calling

The Journey to Your True Calling

Stephen Cope changed my life. He might change yours, too. Need inspiration today? You got it. Put away your yellow highlighter when you read a Stephen Cope book. You’ll find yourself marking almost every sentence. The whole book will be yellow. Fifteen years ago, I...

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Lights and Legends of Diwali

Lights and Legends of Diwali

The grand festival season has already begun!  No matter where we live in this vast country and what faith we belong to, if there’s one festival that connects us together, it’s Diwali. While most other festivals are celebrated in small pockets in the country, Diwali is...

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