Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 108 "What We Do Is Integral Yoga"
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What We Do Is Integral Yoga  
 “What we do is called Integral Yoga because we integrate everything: body, mind, and spirit. Asana is a very good base but good students of Hatha Yoga should know where Yoga begins. It begins with yama and niyama, the moral and ethical precepts of Yoga and most spiritual paths.

“God bless you. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.”  —Sri Swami Satchidananda

The Stages of Samadhi
By Sri Swami Satchidananda

In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali speaks of the different stages of samadhi. The mere understanding of these different states is very little compared to the experience, but still, for the sake of understanding, Patanjali describes them. The first stage of samadhi is the one in which the mind achieves an identity with a gross object of concentration, with awareness of the object, of its name, and its quality. Patanjali calls that savitarka samadhi. In this state, the mind can still be disturbed. The next  stage of samadhi is called nirvitarka samadhi; the mind achieves an identity with the object, but, without any awareness of its name, or its quality. That means that the name and the qualities of the object do not come to disturb the mind. In savitarka and nirvitarka, the concentration is on a gross object. There are two other stages of samadhi where there is concentration on more subtle objects. One is savichara, where there is analysis of the subtle object and the other is nirvichara, where there is no analysis on the subtle object. Sa means with and nir means without. Up until now, in any of those four samadhis—whether the concentration is on gross or subtle—all the objects of concentration are part of the prakriti, or nature. You are not entering a state that is beyond the nature.  MORE 

In honor of Integral Yoga Day, this issue of Integral Yoga Magazine will highlight some of Integral Yoga's history and the recent achievements of only a few of our accomplished Integral Yogis. Each year on October 7th, Integral Yoga International celebrates “Integral Yoga Day”—the day that the first Integral Yoga center was dedicated (New York) in 1966. It’s a day we reflect on all the blessings that are a part of the lineage and legacy of the Integral Yoga tradition and organization. For example, Integral Yoga Magazine was the first Yoga magazine in North America. Also, Integral Yoga was one of the first organizations to certify Yoga teachers with professional teacher trainings. Students of Swami Satchidananda were responsible for some of the initial medical research and studies which showed that lifestyle medicine, including Yoga, meditation, and a vegetarian diet could prevent and reverse heart disease. Pioneers in this groundbreaking work were Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Sandra Amrita McLanahan, who were trailblazers and opened the door for what we know as Yoga therapy today.  MORE

In this talk (found in the newly digitized videos in the Integral Yoga Archives), you will hear Swami Satchidananda speak to a group of health professionals in the 1970s about what the medical field can learn from the Yoga tradition. From the time he arrived in the West in 1966, Swami Satchidananda began teaching about the importance of law's of nature, living a simple, organic, and healthy lifestyle, the relationship between diet and wellness, and all that has come to be known as "lifestyle medicine." His wisdom and the Yoga practices he taught, became the foundation of the pioneering work his students have done in the medical field.

Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Michael Lerner & Dr. Sandra McLanahan:
Integral Yoga Inspired Luminaries

Doctors Ornish, Lerner, and McLanahan are longtime students of Swami Satchidananda and recognized leaders in their fields. They all traveled with Swami Satchidananda in the 1970s/80s to learn about India's many healing traditions. He spent years teaching them the healing power of Yoga. From this mentorship, each developed trailblazing programs—Dr. McLanahan with North America's first truly integrative medicine clinic, Dr. Ornish in the field of heart health (and later cancer); and Dr. Lerner in the field of cancer. Dr. McLanahan is Yogaville's  physician and continues to write books on Yoga and medicine. Dr. Lerner co-founded Commonweal, the Cancer Help Program, and just launched Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies, whose mission is, "To inform choice in integrative cancer care." Dr. Ornish's research opened the door for Yoga therapy today. Ornish Lifestyle Medicine continues to do groundbreaking work and his new website: UnDo it with Ornish, was inspired by Swami Satchidananda's teachings. During a talk at the University of Virginia Medical Center Sri Swamiji said: "You don’t have to do anything to be healthy, happy, peaceful, and easeful. As long as you don’t do anything damaging and undo the damage we have already done.”

If you want to see well through a window, you have to clean both sides. Practice and non-attachment work much the same way. They are the complementary practices given in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as a means to quiet the movement of thought in the mind so that we can experience our true nature—a source of unchanging peace within. In order to see clearly, we must remove anything that would cloud or color our vision. Practice implies a steady effort to calm any thoughts, emotions or prejudices that might prevent clear, neutral perception. For example, if you shake a glass ball with imitation snowflakes inside, and then hold it still, the snowflakes will gradually settle, leaving an unobstructed view. We may think primarily of sitting meditation as a means to still the mind, but practice can include anything done with meditative focus, creating a steady flow of attention. But only learning to calm the disturbances in the mind does not insure our vision stays clear since we are so often disturbed by the difficulties that we encounter in daily life. Non-attachment works perfectly as a compliment to practice by preventing disturbances from arising.  MORE

Second Generation Integral Yoga Kids Making Their Mark!

There are so many first generation Integral Yogis doing wonderful service all over the globe. For example, this week, Rev. Jivana Heyman (Accessible Yoga founder) was named by Yoga Journal as one of 10 leaders in Yoga service. Now, second generation kids are all grown up and making their mark too! They either grew up in Yogaville, went to the Integral Yoga school and/or camp, spent lots of time with Swami Satchidananda because their parents were students, or some combination of these. Here are a few examples: Uma Outkaa professor of law who works in energy and environmental law received the Sustainability Leadership Faculty Award for her advocacy work); Sofia Hublitzjust featured in this magazine for her breakout role in the Netflix hit "Ozark," that also stars Jason Bateman & Laura Linney); Atman Binstock–virtual reality pioneer Oculus' chief architect; Sam Wickdesign lead for the Adobe Brand Design team; Marielle Heller–award-winning director who next directs Tom Hanks in "You Are My Friend." And, just this past week, T.K. Pillan—co-founder of the hugely popular Veggie Grill, a vegan chain in California—was featured in the Los Angeles Times. Swami Satchidananda had attended his graduation from MIT! Congrats to all of them and to all the Integral Yoga sangha members who are shining examples of Yoga in action! Photo: Sri Swamiji talking with Atman Binstock; behind: Rivers Cuomo (Weezer frontman–in glasses) and his brother Leaves.

This week, much beloved kirtanist Deva Premal's new album will be released (October 12th). The album begins and ends with Deva Premal’s original melodic composition of the full “Seven Chakra Gayatri Mantra,” with Deva’s voice soft yet powerful, drawing the listener into the experience of stillness and peace. On the journey in-between, musical tracks range from haunting vocals sung in unison and accompanied by a Bansuri (Indian bamboo flute), to harmonic vocals with an assortment of melodic and rhythmic instrumentation – including the prayerful “Prabhujee” track, written by Ravi Shankar and featuring his daughter, Anoushka Shankar, on sitar. Deva Premal has also created free Yoga Edits of three mantras from the new album for Yoga Teachers. You can download these tracks to use in your personal practice and in your classes. Please note this free download will only be available until November 2, 2018.

Fifteen years ago, Kris Carr, a New York Times bestselling author, was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer. The first doctor she visited told her she didn’t have long to live and said she should schedule a triple-organ transplant—replacing her liver and both lungs. Kris took another path. She learned from the world’s top experts, and she took action like her life depended on it—which it did. Today, 15 years later, Kris is thriving. Integral Yoga Magazine interviewed Kris about her Yoga and wellness journey. Read it here. Now, Kris is gathering 22 of the brightest minds in the world of cancer prevention and treatment and personally interviewing them as part of the Healing Cancer World Summit. This free program features experts like Christiane Northrup, Chris Wark, Iyanla Vanzant, Joan Borysenko, Tara Brach and many others. Register for free here.

This week, Jeff Ananda Kamen takes us on a one-minute "Superheroes of Yogaville" tour inside the Ashram Reservation Center. For anyone who has visited Yogaville, ARC (pronounced like "ark" – as it's known in Yogaville) is usually the point of first contact. Those who serve in ARC have specially honed skills to carefully assist callers with guest visit arrangements or compassionately find the perfect fit for their program interests. 
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