Integral Yoga’s 50th Anniversary

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Few organizations of any kind can claim to be 50 years old, and in the Yoga world, there are even fewer. Integral Yoga® was proud to welcome 2016 as the year we celebrated a half century of service.

It was the summer of 1966 in New York City when pop artist icon Peter Max introduced his friends—a lively group of artists, photographers, musicians, and hip and aware folks—to Sri Swami Satchidananda, who had arrived for a 2-day visit arranged by filmmaker Conrad Rooks. It took only a few evenings in Swami Satchidananda’s company and a few Yoga classes to inspire this group to request him to extend his stay. Swami Satchidananda agreed and began to teach classes in Hatha Yoga, lead kirtans, and give talks—all from his temporary residence at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel. Soon, his enthusiastic students rented a larger apartment at 500 West End Avenue and founded the Integral Yoga Institute on October 7, 1966.

Today, a new Integral Yoga International is emerging in response to the needs of the times, the sweet fruit of the seeds sown by Swami Satchidananda. Our teachers continue to develop specialized Yoga practices for every population and environment—all the while maintaining a deep reverence for the classical foundations and integrity of the Integral Yoga tradition gifted to us by Swami Satchidananda.

Below – First Integral Yoga Institute Members, 500 West End Avenue, New York NY – 1966

Integral Yoga 50th at Yogaville

Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville hosted special festivities commemorating Integral Yoga’s 50th during the Guru Poornima celebration from July 15-18. The Yogaville program included the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) and the 25th Anniversary of the Lord Siva Nataraja Shrine at Kailash. These celebrations were followed by a week of special Integral Yoga conferences.

IY-50 Celebration

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July 15-17

October 7th is “Integral Yoga Day”

Established during Integral Yoga’s 50th anniversary in 2016, October 7th was observed as “Integral Yoga Day” by our worldwide sangha. During the weekend of October 7th, we encouraged all of our centers and teachers to hold celebrations of whatever kind they chose. In the spirit of service, we encouraged our teachers to offer free Yoga classes in as many communities and settings as possible on Integral Yoga Day.

We will continue to celebrate “Integral Yoga Day” on October 7th annually, from 2016 onward. May we all be inspired by this special milestone 50th anniversary for the next 50 years and beyond to live and share the teachings that have guided our lives and can bring peace to our world.

First Integral Yoga® Institute Members

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"Free Yourself from Ego": Swami Satchidananda is asked a question about using a mantra for the best results, leading to a discussion about faith in one’s Yoga practice & how to free oneself from the tyranny of the ego. Watch here: Satchidananda is asked a question by a student about how to use a mantra for the maximum results. This leads to a discussion about faith in one’s Yoga ... ... See MoreSee Less

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All gratitude, love and respects on the auspicious occasion of the 131st birth anniversary of HH Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, the Guru of Sri Swami Satchidananda. Jai! (photo of Swami Satchidananda giving a talk at a Divine Life Society branch in Sri Lanka in the early 1960s.) ... See MoreSee Less

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"Turning Poison into Nectar: The Importance of Being in Good Company" — Swami Satchidananda explains the essentials of a yogic lifestyle and how by having a strong support system of people who share our values, it will be easier to grow spiritually. Watch here: Satchidananda is asked to speak about why he has set certain guidelines for ashram living. He explains the essentials of a yogic lifestyle and how by h... ... See MoreSee Less

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"Do You Want to Transform Your Body & Mind?" Swami Satchidananda explains the esoterics of Yoga practice. Watch here: Satchidananda answers various questions including the time it takes to change one’s body and mind into a yogic body and mind, the meaning of dreams, an... ... See MoreSee Less

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On the 16th Anniversary Weekend of the Mahasamadhi of Sri Swami Satchidananda, here is a video in which he speaks about the Mahasamadhi (Self-realized person's conscious final exit from the physical body) of a holy person, the significance of how a saint is buried, as well as relics associated with that person. This leads into an explanation of the esoterics of Yoga. Our beloved and revered Gurudev, you are always with us, ever present in the hearts of your devotees, ever guiding your disciples. You taught us and have shown us that the Guru-disciple relationship is an eternal one; it is not limited by the physical plane, time or space—it is the deepest mystical and alchemic relationship forever. Thank you! Jai Gurudev! Satchidananda responds to a question about what happens after the Mahasamadhi (Self-realized person's conscious final exit from the physical body) of a... ... See MoreSee Less

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"What I Believe" - Swami Satchidananda is asked about his essential beliefs & a series of fascinating personal & philosophical questions. Watch here: this program from 1988, Swami Satchidananda is asked about his essential beliefs that he bases his teachings upon. He is asked a series of questions inclu... ... See MoreSee Less

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