A student of Swami Sivananda, Swami Satchidananda’s teachings about Integral yoga went beyond the physical practice as he wanted to help students find harmony in their whole lives. Author of many books on the subject, he also founded the Yogaville Ashram in Virginia.
Swami Satchidananda encouraged his students to combine elements of Hatha, Bhakti, Jnana, Japa, Karma and Raja yoga to find a path that suited them. He saw Integral yoga as a synthesis of all of these paths, so that individual students were able to find a yogic lifestyle that worked for them. In finding their own harmony, they would also be able to share this with others.
The name, Integral yoga, also refers to the way that it brings together the mind, body and spirit to help the student find a place of greater unity and peace. It is considered a healing practice in that it brings the body out of a state of “dis-ease,” preventing illness and restoring the yogi to whole health.