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A Simple Guide to Contemporary Styles of Yoga
Integral Yoga

Swami Satchidananda
Swami Satchidananda
Sri Swami Satchidananda described Integral Yoga as: "...a flexible combination of specific methods to develop every aspect of the individual: physical, intellectual, and spiritual. It is a scientific system which integrates the various branches of Yoga in order to bring about a complete and harmonious development of the individual."

Integral Yoga, as the name implies, integrates or gathers together various forms of Yoga into a unitive whole. These forms of Yoga include:

Hatha Yoga

Focuses on the physical aspects through asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), mudras, kriyas, yogic diet, and deep relaxation.

Raja Yoga

Balance and control of the mind through ethical practices, concentration and meditation.

Bhakti Yoga

The path of devotion, by constant love, thought, and service of the Divine. Bhakti Yoga can be practiced by everyone. All that is needed is faith and constant remembrance of God.

Karma Yoga

The path of action and selfless service. Serving without attachment to the fruits (or results) of the action.

Jnana Yoga

The intellectual approach. Through the knowledge of what really exists, that is, what is not changeable, one who engages in the Path of Wisdom realizes Oneness with the entire Universe.

Japa Yoga

Japa means repetition of a mantram - a sound structure of one or more syllables which represents a particular aspect of the Divine Vibration.

The Goal of Integral Yoga

The goal of Integral Yoga, and the birthright of every individual, is to realize the spiritual unity behind all the diversity in the entire creation and to live harmoniously as members of one universal family. This goal is achieved by maintaining our natural condition of:
  • a body of optimum health and strength;
  • senses under total control;
  • a mind well disciplined, clear, and calm;
  • an intellect as sharp as a razor;
  • a will as strong and pliable as steel;
  • a heart full of unconditional love and compassion;
  • an ego as pure as crystal;
  • a life filled with Supreme Peace and Joy.
By practising Integral Yoga we develop an easeful body, a peaceful mind, and a useful life.

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