Integral Yoga – Self integration of life
“Invisible to the blind, yet invincible to the strong, and a wonderful practical hope to the four corners of the globe, is the power of Integral Yoga.” - Sri Aurobindo
People are frustrated, fretful and oblivious. Day in and day out they’re hoping for an additional force to help their mind reach the peak of success. Integral yoga sheds light on the spiritual world for our better viewing via effective deliberation.
Indian Yoga guru Sri Swami Satchidananda brought the concept of Integral Yoga to America in 1966. This style emphasizes on the spiritual side of yoga, along with physical and mental tranquility.
What is Integral Yoga?
Integral Yoga integrates the body, mind, soul and nature to form a single entity.
It is also called Purna Yoga or Supramental Yoga and is said to be an absolute form of yoga because it seeks to integrate the mind, body and spirit, and is intended to give students the tools they need to live peaceful, healthy, joyful and useful lives.
According to the teachings of Sri Aurobindo, “Integral Yoga is directed towards the union of one’s self with the divine or the transmutation of all chaotic elements into higher levels of divine consciousness and harmony. It is concerned with attaining union or oneness with the universe and the highest possible level of divinity.”
Integral Yoga is basically a fusion of the various branches of yoga. It is a system for the harmonious development of every facet of the individual. Following are some of its branches:
This branch focuses on the physical aspects through asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), mudras, kriyas, yogic diet and deep respite
This is more about maintaining a balance and managing the mind through ethical practices, concentration and meditation
The path of fondness, by constant love, thought and service of the divine. Bhakti Yoga can be practiced by everyone. All that is required is devotion and stable and steady remembrance of God
The path of deed and selfless service. Serving without attachment to the fruits (or results) of the action
The rational approach. Through the knowledge of what really exists, i.e. what is not changeable, one who engages in the Path of Wisdom realizes oneness with the entire universe
Japa means recurrence of a mantram - a sound formation of one or more syllables which represents a finicky aspect of the divine vibration
Benefits of Integral Yoga
There are abundant benefits of Integral Yoga but the founder of Integral Yoga Swami Satchidananda has summarized many best aspects of performing this style through his saying:
“The goal of Integral Yoga, and the birthright of every individual, is to realize the spiritual unity behind all the diversities 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 and a life filled with supreme peace and joy.