Definition and Philosophy
Sri Aurobindo initiated and defined integral yoga in the early 1900s as “a path of integral seeking of the Divine by which all that we are is in the end liberated out of the Ignorance and its undivine formations into a truth beyond the Mind, a truth not only of highest spiritual status but of a dynamic spiritual self-manifestation in the universe.”
“Purna” is a Sanskrit word which means “full” or “complete” and Purna Yoga purifies and integrates the vastness of yoga into an invaluable set of elements for transformation and healing.
Reminding us that yoga is more than a system of exercise, Purna Yoga offers techniques for the union of the body and the mind with the spirit.
Purna Yoga inspires the evolution from our lower nature to our Divine Self using awareness, precision, and concentration. It is the art of loving oneself by living from the heart.
Purna Yoga practitioners learn alignment-based asana, pranayama, and Purna Yoga Meditation (the art of aligning inner energies for transformation), along with nutrition and yogic philosophy adapted for our lifestyles today.
Purna Yoga embraces the essence of all religious faiths.
The understanding of Purna Yoga is that knowledge itself changes nothing. It is not about knowing, it is about being.
Purna Yoga aligns our entire being with the vibration of truth and the divine essence within us and all around us.
Integral Yoga Table of Contents
- What is Integral Yoga?
- Integral Yoga from Sri Aurobindo and The Mother
- Integral Yoga by Swami Satchidananda