Integral Yoga helped pioneer the introduction of Yoga to the western world 50 years ago. Yoga master Swami Satchidananda came to New York and shared his teachings, which promote an easeful body, a peaceful mind, and a useful life. He taught that selfless service and interfaith understanding were essential for a peaceful world.
The concept of Integral Yoga is to bring the teachings of yoga into all aspects of our lives by showing us how yoga can be a part of the way that we can act in the world. One example of this is in the area of health and wellbeing, the teachings demonstrate how illness can be remedied and prevented by applying yoga practices and philosophy to stress management, exercise, nutrition and self-knowledge. This holistic approach has sparked a revolution in evidence-based Yoga therapy treatment programs for cancer, heart disease, immune diseases, physical disabilities, PTSD, addictions, and more.
Swami Satchidananda lectured widely on the healing power of yoga and opened the first vegetarian health food stores in New York and Virginia. The teachings of IY have inspired integrative health pioneers like Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr Michael Lerner and Dr. Mehmet Oz and advanced our understanding of the mind-body connection. Integral Yoga practitioners are inspired to live with gratitude and reverence for our planet, to use natural organic products and be earth-friendly in all activities.