Integral yoga was created by Swami Satchidananda and it combines various forms of yoga to give the student a healthy life and peaceful mind. It is a scientific system. This form of yoga aims to transform the entire being and it puts equal emphasis on breathing control, meditation and postures. It is also used for therapeutic purposes and is well known for its use in heart disease.
Integral yoga has eight main goals and they are:
Integral yoga also aims to live harmoniously with all other people as part of one universal family. To do this, students need to achieve the above goals.
Integral yoga uses several different forms of yoga in its teachings. Following are some of the forms used:
Integral yoga classes are spiritual and guide the student to look inwards to experience the effects of the posture. In no way are the classes competitive. To calm the mind and relax the body, silence, awareness and acceptance are practised.
A typical class begins with a short chant before going in to 45 minutes of postures. This is then followed by sessions of deep relaxation, breathing exercises and silent meditation.