Integral Yoga

Integral Yoga’s name comes from the concept of integrating body, mind, and soul by synthesizing and using various branches of yoga: Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Japa Yoga, and Jnana Yoga (described here).

Integral Yoga focuses on the human as a whole and classes are non-competitive and gentle versions of Hatha Yoga. They focus on integrating the cleansing principles of asana, pranayama, and kriya with an intellectual approach to living in kindness and service.

Classes will look like Hatha Yoga, and all of the same clothing and accessories will be helpful for an Integral Yoga practice. Just be prepared to take your practice off of the mat and into your daily lives, as Integral Yoga strives to create well-rounded yogis.

Integral Yoga was founded by Swami Sachidananda, who came to the US in the 60’s and established Integral Yoga centers all over the country. Yogaville, an ashram in Buckingham, Virginia, is the home base of his teachings.

(The trademarked Integral Yoga classes should not be confused with “integral yoga” as a teaching of Sri Aurobindo, who used the phrase to refer to the union of all parts of one’s being with the Divine.)