Integral Yoga® Magazine, Issue No. 233  “The Middle Way
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The Middle Way

The Yoga sages have measured how much vitality is wasted by different actions. They know exactly how much you waste if you talk too much, if you run too much, or eat too much. That is why Yoga is known as the “middle way,” the way of moderation.    Swami Satchidananda

Let the Light Within You Be Revealed
By Sri Swami Satchidananda

Each of us is divine, but that divinity is not always visible from the outside because our mental body may be misaligned, so the light is not expressed properly. If you clean and straighten the mind, it will shine and you can see the holiness. Why do you call someone a holy person? Did they ever go to a shop and buy some holiness? No. If that holiness could be imported we could do a very good business! The moment you become whole you become holy. All the special capacities and gifts are waiting for you.  MORE

Deepening Your Hatha Practice
By Swami Asokananda

There are different intentions that people bring to Hatha Yoga practice. My personal experience has been that asanas lead me into a higher state of awareness. I’m using the body as a portal, or doorway, to connect with my true Self. It’s good to have some clarity and a stated intention for our practice—not that we can’t have multiple intentions. In my own case, I do want to maintain a flexible, strong, and healthy body, and sometimes I want to address some therapeutic things.  MORE

In 2017, CNN's Anderson Cooper interviewed former First Lady Hillary Clinton about her new book and her mention of her Yoga practice in the book. It was Dr. Dean Ornish, who first introduced the Clintons to Yoga and meditation and to Swami Satchidananda, who gave them mantras. In 2019, Cooper also interviewed supermodel Gisele Bündchen about her new book and her daily pranayama and meditation practice, which helped her heal from panic attacks.

I didn’t seek out Yoga, Yoga found me. It happened to me accidentally when I was a longish guest at a friend’s home. The gracious couple I was staying with hosted a Yoga class in their living room Friday mornings. A few neighbors would stroll over and join in, and the teacher, also a neighbor, would walk over to teach and lead the class. All very well and good for them, I thought to myself, but if I want more coffee, or a buttered muffin, or a glass of water, I have to pass through the Yoga class to get to the kitchen. “Join us.” they offered generously.  MORE

Why Sound Heals
By Christina Surich

We can feel it when we turn on the radio and our favorite song happens to be playing, or when we sit quietly and listen to the rain. There is a palpable peace when we are absorbed in quiet and a different kind of rejuvenation when we hear the wind in the trees. There is no doubt that sound has subtle, but profound effects on our body, minds and spirits. How exactly does sound work, though, to heal us? One of the most effective ways to change the energy field is through a science named cymatics.  MORE

Hersha Chellaram (E-RYT 200, RPYT & RCYT) is an Integral Yoga teacher teacher/trainer and director of Integral Yoga Hong Kong. In this conversation with Avi Gordon, Hersha talks about finding meaning in life, how to know the right outlet for our energy, and the importance of accepting our capacity. Hersha is co-founder of the YAMA Foundation—a non-profit organization that makes Yoga, art, meditation more accessible to Hong Kong's underserved communities.

Simply put, asteya means to not steal. But, was Patanjali talking about not robbing a bank or more subtle aspects of this yogic precept? Our two yogis explore the myriad ways we rob ourselves and others of opportunities for growth, for self-care and setting boundaries. And, how we often steal or waste time, choose desires over contentment and misidentify with ego vs. our essence-nature—potentially the most harmful type of stealing. Listen on Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify & other podcast apps.

Integral Yoga Gibraltar has reopened for in person classes! March 6 they host an educational and fun-filled workshop for kids, incorporating Yoga, Sound Therapy & Mindfulness. Kids learn about the vast variety of animals on the earth, through mindful movement, dance and Yoga flow. Only 8 places available due to Covid restrictions, so contact the Centre to reserve a space via private message us on their Facebook page.
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