Integral yoga

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20 Jan 2017
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Integral yoga and its benefits

Integral yoga

This yoga form ensures that practitioners get a more mental and spiritual experience with the use of breathing, asanas and meditation to improve their level of consciousness and connect with their inner core. It consists of a combination of various branches of yoga such as Raja Yoga (path of concentration and meditation), Jnana Yoga (path of wisdom via study, self-analysis and awareness) and Karma Yoga (path of selfless service).

Fitness and wellness benefits

With so many lauded benefits of Integral Yoga, its growth in popularity is not surprising. Here are some of the amazing fruits that can be reaped with it when you put in the effort. 

Helps to control blood pressure and heart rate

  • Aids in overcoming stressful situations by training the body and mind to restore balance
  • Helps in dealing with stress positively
  • Helps you to identify with your own changing body and mind and with your ever-peaceful and unchanging soul
  • Helps in making you stronger physically, spiritually and emotionally
  • Long-held postures calm the mind and massage the internal organs

Why integral yoga?
Trained and currently practising in Long Beach, California, Budhathoki says that she encourages this form of yoga as practising it harmonises the mental, physical and emotional aspects of our being. This is essential for creating peace in our body and mind through mindfulness and self-study. She also adds, “Through yoga and meditation, you can understand the unconscious patterns of actions and thoughts that bring about suffering. That knowledge can help us manage our lives effectively and cope with stress.” On top of that, Integral Yoga requires students to strike a fine balance between effort and relaxation, which results in a unique sort of rejuvenation that other typical exercises do not offer.

For whom?
Those who have never attended a yoga class may feel intimidated by all the asanas, but Budhathoki says that this is for all ages and levels. Yes, the poses are challenging but not too physically demanding, and you students will be encouraged to perform the poses at your own individual pace.

Try it!
Budhathoki says that in a typical Integral Yoga class, this is what you can expect:

  • Breath-centred practice
  • Basic Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
  • Different postures such as the Bow Pose and Corpse Pose that focus on rejuvenating the spine
  • Concludes with meditation

You can master the different poses and try them out on your own in your own room.