Integral Yoga International (IYI)

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Integral Yoga International (IYI)

Founded in 1966 as the Integral Yoga Institute by Sri Swami Satchidananda, disciple of the late Sri Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, India. Integral Yoga combines various yoga methods such as hatha yoga (postures, breathing practices, and relaxation techniques), karma yoga (selfless service), bhakti yoga (devotion), japa yoga (mantra repetition), jnana yoga (the path of discrimination leading to wisdom) and raja yoga (path of self-mastery through meditation), thus harmonizing the personality and enhancing spiritual awareness. Satchidananda wrote one of the standard modern texts on hatha yoga.

There are over forty IYI branches across the United States and abroad. These institutes offer instruction for beginners and advanced students, trips abroad, and various wholeness programs. Record albums, cassette tapes, and spiritual publications are available from Integral Yoga Distribution. Address: Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville, Rte. 1, Box 1720, Buckingham, VA 23921. Website:


Barlow, Sita, et al. Sri Swami Satchidananda: Apostle of Peace. Yogaville, Va.: Integral Yoga Publications, 1986.

Satchidananda, Sri Swami. A Decade of Service. Pomfret Center, Conn.: Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, 1976.

. Integral Hatha Yoga. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970.

Weiner, Sita. Swami Satchidananda. New York: Bantam Books, 1972.