“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 a crystal, and a life filled with Supreme Peace and Joy.”
—H. H. Sri Swami Satchidananda
is a synthesis of the various branches of Yoga. It is a scientific system for the harmonious development of every aspect of the individual.
The following are its different branches.
The path of concentration and meditation. Based on ethical perfection and control of the mind, it leads ultimately to the state of Samadhi, or Superconsciousness.
The concentrated repetition of a mantra (a sound vibration representing an aspect of the Divine), leading to awareness of and attunement to, this vibration.
Postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), relaxation, and cleaning practices (kriyas) to purify and strengthen the body and mind.
The path of selfless service. By performing duties without attachment to the fruits of the action, the Karma Yogi becomes a conscious instrument of the Divine Will.
The path of love and devotion to God, to an incarnation of the Divine, or to a spiritual teacher. By transcending the limited personality, one attains union with the Divine.
The path of wisdom. By study, self-analysis, and awareness, the Jnana Yogi ceases to identify with the body and mind, and realizes the Oneness.