Integral Yoga® Staff

Swami Asokananda

Master Teacher | Teacher Trainer

Swami Asokananda

Integral Yoga


E-RYT 500

  • Advanced Hatha Yoga
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Bhagavad Gita

New York, NY





Swami Asokananda became a monk in 1973 under the tutelage of his guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda, whom he met at age 19. One of Integral Yoga’s foremost teachers, he is known for his warmth, intelligence, and good humor. While he enjoys sharing the practical wisdom of yogic philosophy (especially that of the Bhagavad Gita), he also loves his practice of Hatha Yoga and is one of the primary instructors for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. In the past, he served as the president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville® and Integral Yoga® International; he is currently the president of the New York Integral Yoga Institute. We spoke about Swami Satchidananda, his own spiritual path and his work. Learn more about Swami Asokananda here.

Two old Fogey Yogis

Integral Yoga Media is happy to announce the launch of a new podcast featuring two of Integral Yoga’s senior citizens: Swami Asokananda (president of the Integral Yoga Institute of New York) and Rev. Prem Anjali (editor of Integral Yoga Magazine). In this fun and lively weekly podcast, they discuss topics ranging from meditation, Hatha Yoga, the various branches of classical Yoga, and their spiritual journeys. The podcast is hosted on Soundcloud and available wherever you listen:, iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify. 

Deepening Your Hatha Yoga Practice

With his unique humor and enormous depth of wisdom, Swami Asokananda is a master in presenting the great teachings of Yoga in ways that are deeply relevant to key issues in modern life.

Consciousness as Understood in Yoga

According to the non-dual philosophy called Advaita, there is only one thing that exists, which could be called Consciousness. It coalesces or condenses to form different levels of existence.

Physically Adjusting Asanas

What are some problems that can arise from the teacher’s use of touch in a class? The touch is initiated from a place of power, control, or the need of the teacher, rather than from a place of service.

Popular Lecture Topics

  • Inside the Bhagavad Gita
  • Yoga Psychology
  • Hatha Yoga as a Gateway to Self-Realization
  • Living the Yoga Life
  • Meditation
  • Cultivating a Healthy Ego
  • Honing Skills as a Yoga Teacher
  • Learning to Enjoy Meditation