SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA's Teachings have had a life-changing influence on millions worldwide

Teachings

Integral Yoga is a complete system developed by Swami Satchidananda to
address all levels of the individual, all aspects of life, bringing about the
opportunity for personal transformation.The Integral Yoga teachings are a
pathway to an easeful body, peaceful mind, and a useful life, and to harmony, balance, integration, and Self-realization. The Integral Yoga method is a synthesis
of six classical branches of Yoga: Hatha, Raja, Japa, Karma, Bhakti, and Jnana Yoga. Its aim is to purify and calm the body and mind in order to experience the peace
and joy that is our true nature. Integral Yoga practitioners bring that peace into the world by fostering interfaith harmony and leading service-oriented lives. Founded
in 1966, there are currently 30 Integral Yoga centers on six of the seven continents and 5,000 teachers worldwide.

SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA's Teachings have had a life changing influence on millions worldwide

Teachings

Integral Yoga is a complete system developed by Swami Satchidananda to address all levels of the individual, all aspects of life, bringing about the opportunity for personal transformation.The Integral Yoga teachings are a pathway to an easeful body, peaceful mind, and a useful life, and to harmony, balance, integration, and Self-realization. The Integral Yoga method is a synthesis of six classical branches of Yoga: Hatha, Raja, Japa, Karma, Bhakti, and Jnana Yoga. Its aim is to purify and calm the body and mind in order to experience the peace and joy that is our true nature. Integral Yoga practitioners bring that peace into the world by fostering interfaith harmony and leading service-oriented lives. Founded in 1966, there are currently 30 Integral Yoga centers on six of the seven continents and 5,000 teachers worldwide.

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. 

 

—Sri Swami Satchidananda

Six Branches of Integral Yoga

Hatha Yoga

The path of the physical practice of Yoga

Includes asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), mudras, kriyas, yogic diet, and deep relaxation.
These practices help to purify and strengthen the body and mind.

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Raja Yoga

The path of concentration and meditation

Balancing and controlling the mind utilizing the eight limbs of Yoga delineated in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This leads ultimately to the state of samadhi, or super-consciousness.

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Bhakti Yoga

The path of love and devotion

Through prayer, kirtan (spiritual call & response chanting), puja (offering worship), and other devotional practices that help transcend the limited personality or ego, one attains union with the Divine.

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Karma Yoga

The path of selfless service

By engaging in one’s duties without attachment to the fruits (or results) of the action, one becomes a pure channel of love and service.

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Jnana Yoga

The path of wisdom

With study, self-analysis, and awareness, one ceases to identify with the body and mind, and realizes the Oneness. The path of wisdom takes an analytical approach to the question: “Who am I?”

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Japa Yoga

The practice of mantra repetition

The concentrated repetition of a mantra (a sound vibration representing an aspect of the Divine) leads to an awareness of and attunement to this cosmic vibration.

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Yoga and Wellness

 

Swami Satchidananda made far-reaching contributions to the field of health and complementary medicine. From the start of his service in the West, he steadfastly promoted vegetarian diet, stress reduction through the Yoga practices and philosophy, and living in harmony with nature. Swami Satchidananda fully supported the use of holistic and natural remedies. Yet, at the same time, he was supportive of the positive aspects of allopathic medicine and always spoke about the great advances it had brought, particularly for acute problems. His ideas and vision would take shape in the field that has become known as “Lifestyle Medicine,” as exemplified by the pioneering work of many of his students, like Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Sandra McLanahan. (photo l-r: Dr. Michael Lerner, Dr. McLanahan, Swamiji, and Dr. Ornish at “Mind-Body Connection” program, 1987).

A growing number of Swami Satchidananda’s students have gone on to develop therapeutic Yoga programs, organizations, and specialized applications that are pioneering, such as Michael Lerner’s Commonweal Cancer Help program, Sonia Sumar’s Yoga for the Special Child, Jivana Heyman’s Accessible Yoga, Jnani Chapman’s Yoga Therapy in Cancer and Chronic Illness, Mala Cunningham’s Cardiac Yoga/Medical Yoga Training, Nischala Devi’s Yoga for the Heart, Sharon Sharanya Manner’s Ashrams for Autism, Hersha Chellaram’s Yama Foundation, Nathan Oxenfeld’s Integal Eyesight, and many more. In 2019, Integral Yoga International announced the recognition through accreditation by the IAYT of its 800-hour Integral Yoga Therapy Certification Program.

Sangha – Community

From the earliest days of Integral Yoga, Swami Satchidananda spoke about the benefits of sangha (spiritual community). The importance of coming together with other spiritual seekers to provide support and inspiration on the path of Yoga is a hallmark of Swami Satchidananda’s Integral Yoga teachings. In addition to establishing Integral Yoga Institutes and Centers globally, in 1979, Swami Satchidananda founded Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Virginia. Situated on almost 1,000 acres in the rural countryside, Swami Satchidananda described his vision for Yogaville as a sample “heaven on earth,” where people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds come to together to live the teachings of Integral Yoga. Additionally, thousands of people visit Yogaville annually for guest visits and day trips, and to participate in workshops, Yoga teacher and therapist trainings, celebrations, interfaith gatherings, and silent retreats.

Facilities in Yogaville include: Integral Yoga Academy, Yogaville Vidyalayam, Satchidananda Farm and orchard, auto repair and other workshops, photo department, Shakticom, archives, Integral Yoga Publications, Integral Yoga Distribution, Fine Arts Society, Lotus Conference Center, Sri Nivas Retreat Center, Yogaville Federal Credit Union, and much more. Three shrines at Yogaville—the Light Of Truth Universal Shine (LOTUS), Kailash, and Chidambaram—are often referred to as the heart of Yogaville. But, in truth, there is no particular structure that can hold that special honor. The heart of Yogaville will always be the expansive teachings and presence of
Swami Satchidananda.

Books

Swami Satchidananda has offered uplifting thoughts and the wisdom of the East through the printed word.

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Audio

Listen to Swami Satchidananda offer lectures and instruction on Yoga practices, chanting and so much more.

A Sampling of Teachings

Bring Peace to the World

Let us spend a few minutes each day in meditation. To me, these are the most important minutes. In this short time, we are not going to miss anything. The world that survived so far will survive for another few minutes without us. We have done enough damage or good,...

How to Have a Peaceful Life

The ultimate quest of the entire world is peace. Only in peace do we have joy. Not by acquiring things, not by doing things, not by earning or learning, but by dedication. Your entire life must be a sacrifice. Think for the sake of others. To such a person, peace is...

What is a Guru?

A Guru is a stitta pragnyam, one of steady wisdom—one who transcends the body and the mind. The one you call the Guru is the Self. It is the Self that can have equanimity. It is that Divine within, the God within; the Guru is not the man or...

The Aim of Spiritual Practice

The aim of all spiritual practice is to know your real Self, to know the Knower. Spiritual practices are done, essentially, to help clean your mind so that you can realize your spiritual truth—to realize the divine in you. Only when you have a clean mind can you...

How to be Healthy

Disease is nothing but the disappearance of our natural ease. The entire Yoga philosophy aims at the prevention of the loss of our ease and peace. Most of the modem problems are caused by our wrong habits like smoking, drinking, eating the wrong foods or overeating,...

How to be Happy

If you observe carefully, throughout nature you will find one common goal in everybody and everything—even in the atom. All are searching for happiness. In the case of human beings you see hundreds of efforts of various forms. The common purpose behind all these...

Selfless Service – Karma Yoga

Foundational to Swami Satchidananda’s Integral Yoga are his teachings on selflessness. He taught that, “The first lesson to be learned from Yoga is to lead a dedicated life. Love expresses itself as dedication and service. The most important thing you can do is to dedicate your life in service. Serve all with your heart and soul, with your life. Serve with your body, mind, and with everything that you possess. Serve the whole universe. Every minute you should remember that you are here to serve others. If you are dedicated in life, you have eternal joy and peace. If service becomes your motto in life, you will always be peaceful and joyful. What more do you need in life?” He spread this message far and wide. 

In honor of this core teaching, Service in Satchidananda was established as a non-profit international network of charities that fund global projects that are working in a sustainable way and giving back to their local communities. Projects include the Satchidananda Prison Project, free medical camps in India, education scholarships, disaster relief, free Yoga to underserved populations, providing essential living items to communities in need, and more.

Sangha – Community

From the earliest days of Integral Yoga, Swami Satchidananda spoke about the benefits of sangha (community). The importance of coming together with other spiritual seekers to provide support and inspiration on the path of Yoga is a hallmark of Swami Satchidananda’s Integral Yoga teachings. In addition to establishing Integral Yoga Institutes and Centers globally, in 1979, Swami Satchidananda founded Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Virginia. Situated on almost 1,000 acres in the rural countryside, Swami Satchidananda described his vision for Yogaville as a sample “heaven on earth,” where people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds come to together to live the teachings of Integral Yoga. Additionally, thousands of people visit Yogaville annually for guest visits and day trips, and to participate in workshops, Yoga teacher and therapist trainings, celebrations, interfaith gatherings, and silent retreats.

Facilities in Yogaville include: Integral Yoga Academy, Yogaville Vidyalayam, Satchidananda Farm and orchard, auto repair and other workshops, photo department, Shakticom, archives, Integral Yoga Publications, Integral Yoga Distribution, Fine Arts Society, Lotus Conference Center, Sri Nivas Retreat Center, Yogaville Federal Credit Union, and much more. Three shrines at Yogaville—the Light Of Truth Universal Shine (LOTUS), Kailash, and Chidambaram—are often referred to as the heart of Yogaville. But, in truth, there is no particular structure that can hold that special honor. The heart of Yogaville will always be the expansive teachings and presence of Swami Satchidananda.

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