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Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 195  The Need of the Hour
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We are living through a time of unprecedented upheaval and suffering. How do we respond? Our “Yoga” response to suffering is often to meditate, pray, do our Yoga practices. We do our spiritual practice to see our own blind spots more clearly. We meditate to open our hearts fully to the suffering of others. And to heal our own wounds so we can truly be of service to others. We dedicate this issue to standing with the Black community and all communities of color in seeking equity, justice, respect, honor, and opportunity. So, let's look at what Yoga has to offer for wise and compassionate action during these challenging times.  MORE

There is a great Vedic chant: “Samgachadhvam samvadadhvam samvomanamsi janatam,” which means, “Let us walk together very well, let us talk together, and let out minds be united to think together.” And this is the need of the hour. We have faced, and we are facing, the terrible consequence of having lived apart, of having divided people in all possible ways. And the whole world has understood the danger of it.... Not that I say we should forget our differences, or we should not see them. Let them be there. Differences must be there.  MORE

In this video, 9 year-old Zianna Oliphant made an emotional plea to the Charlotte city council: "It's a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed, and we can't even see them anymore. It's a shame we have to go to their graveyard." This happened three years ago. Nothing has changed since for this little girl and so many others.

In Integral Yoga, we often speak about how we can embody the spiritual principles and practices we embrace in proactive ways to make a real difference. For far too long, many committed spiritual seekers I know have limited their response to sending prayers for peace, expressing their dismay to each other, and recommitting themselves to spiritual practice to establish peace in their hearts. These are all very important choices, but right now, I don’t think they are enough.  MORE


Yoga, Race and Culture
By Dianne Bondy

.... My Yoga practice enables my torch-bearing because it has opened my eyes through self-study (svadhyaya), truthfulness (satya), and surrender to a higher power (Ishvara pranidhana), helping me become more and more conscious of the world. Before I became a regular Yoga practitioner, I felt as though I was asleep and unaware of the world around me. I was without connection or consciousness, just going through the motions of surviving and living. I lived with the idea I must tolerate this world....  MORE

 
Relax, recharge, and stay centered with this multilevel Hatha Yoga class offered by Swami Ramananda (filmed at the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco).
 

Find online events for Integral Yoga centers worldwide via the Integral Yoga Virtual Studio calendar. Click on the links to get more info and easily register for programs & trainings. You can also find a daily schedule on the Integral Yoga Global Facebook page. Don't miss the summer retreat "Abiding in Your Light," which will take place from June 11–14 led by Mataji. Register now. Plus: free webinar, “Responding to Racism: A Spiritual Perspective,” June 14, hosted by Integral Yoga San Francisco.

During these challenging times, the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) stands as a symbol of unity in diversity. Enjoy this moment of tranquility brought to you by a misty morning over LOTUS, with chants for healing and peace. (Video: Jeff Ananda Kamen. Music: "Om Tryambaka" by Rasmi RoseAnne Garcia, from the album "Beloved"; "Loka Samastha" by Swami Satchidananda and students, from the album "Integral Yoga Kirtan."
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