Integral Yoga is a style of Yoga which was developed by Swami Satchidananda. Like many other styles of Yoga, the roots of Integral Yoga stem from Hatha Yoga. This form of Yoga has an equal emphasis on Pranayama (Breath Control), Meditation and Asanas (Postures), and also includes chanting and kriyas (specially formulated sets of exercises).
There are eight main goals of Integral Yoga and these include the following:
- Physical health and strength
- Control over the senses
- A well-disciplined clear and calm mind
- A higher level of intellect
- A strong yet pliable will
- Love and compassion
- Pure ego
- Peace and joy
Integral Yoga is a fairly gentle form of Yoga which seeks to transform the entire being including the physical, vital, mental, psychic and spiritual. Through a spiritual realization of God, or enlightenment, there is also a complete change and transformation of the inner and outer nature.