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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"How to Deal with Difficult Emotions" - an inspiring talk by Swami Satchidananda on the essence of Yoga psychology and how to maintain one's natural state of peace amid the challenges in our relationships and lives. ... See MoreSee Less

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"Tune Yourself to the Cosmic Frequency" a talk by Swami Satchidananda on how to raise the level of your vibration to enable you to communicate at a divine level: ... See MoreSee Less

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In part 1 of a 2-part talk, Swami Satchidananda speaks about love as the basis for all things good & bad in our world. From the Creation, to our parents' creating us, to wars created by national love, he sheds light on the nature of God & love. ... See MoreSee Less

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"When the World Breaks You Down" - a talk by Swami Satchidananda about how to utilize Yoga practices to strengthen yourself when life's difficulties try to shake you. ... See MoreSee Less

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“Christmas, like every holy day, should remind us of our inherent divine nature. Inherent peace, the inherent joy which is otherwise called as the image of God within. Whatever be the holy occasion, it is there to remind us and to renew that truth that we are the image of God. At least on that holy day we should forget all the man made differences, even the differences that are seen in the nature. Raise above these differences and recognize the spiritual oneness.” ~Sri Swami Satchidananda (La Paz, Santa Barbara, CA, 1978) ... See MoreSee Less

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Today, we celebrate the 103rd Jayanthi (Birth Anniversary) of Sri Swami Satchidananda, with infinite love, reverence, and gratitude. It is through the teachings, grace, and blessings of the Satguru, that we are given the enormous gift of freedom from all that binds and the realization of the true Self when opening fully to the alchemic and mystical transmission from Guru to disciple that characterizes this ancient tradition. And for those who partake of the Integral Yoga teachings, as students or beginners, bountiful benefits ensue. Thank you beloved Sri Gurudev! Jai! (photo montage by Peter Petronio) ... See MoreSee Less

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"How to Live Easefully, Peacefully & Usefully" - A talk by Swami Satchidananda on how to live your best life. He gives simple examples and explains how to be happy under all conditions. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jnani Chapman: Embodiment of Selfless Service ... See MoreSee Less

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It is with a heavy heart, that the IY community shares the sad news of the passing of one of our beloved members: Jnani Chapman.

Mitra Lerner (founder of Commonweal) shares this:

Dear Ones:

I write with sad news. Our beloved Jnani Chapman, senior massage person and often yoga teacher in the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, died this morning at 4:20 a.m. The police called her nephew Jed, who in turn called Commonweal and spoke with Arlene and Jenepher.

As we understand, Jnani was driving on a highway in Orange County when she hit a car parked by the side of the road. We are told she tried to swerve but did not make it. The driver of the other car is, we understand, hospitalized.

Jnani was just with us last week on our 198th Cancer Help Program. She was deeply beloved by alumni and staff. The Cancer Help Program was where she experienced her greatest sense of being at home.

I know how deeply beloved Jnani was in the Integral Yoga community. We are setting up a scholarship for the Cancer Help Program to honor her memory.

Life is precious.


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"The Ultimate Purpose of Life" - Swami Satchidananda answers a question about the true purpose of life and particularly for a spiritual seeker. He also discusses the reason for suffering & how to view it in a different light: ... See MoreSee Less

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