INTEGRAL YOGA

Integral Yoga® helped pioneer the introduction of Yoga to the western world 50 years ago. Yoga master Sri Swami Satchidananda from Tamil Nadu in South India, came to New York and shared his teachings, which promote an easeful body, a peaceful mind, and a useful life. He taught that selfless service and interfaith understanding were essential for a peaceful world.

On October 7, 1966, the Integral Yoga Institute of New York was founded in Manhattan, and in August 1969, Swami Satchidananda’s students traveled west to found the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco. Today, there are over 30 Integral Yoga Institutes and Centers on six continents, with international headquarters at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville® in Virginia, USA. Hong Kong has a small but vibrant Integral Yoga community offering classes in yoga, meditation, yoga philosophy and yoga teacher training.

The Integral Yoga global community includes over 5,000 Integral Yoga teachers—many of whom have become leaders in the changing paradigm of modern Yoga and healthcare, as well as founding successful programs for specific populations. 

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INTEGRAL YOGA'S SIX BRANCHES

Hatha Yoga
Focuses on the physical aspects through asanas (postures), pranayama (breath control), mudras, kriyas, yogic diet, and deep relaxation.

Raja Yoga
Balance and control of the mind through ethical practices, concentration and meditation.

Bhakti Yoga
The path of devotion, by constant love, thought, and service of the Divine. Bhakti Yoga can be practiced by everyone. All that is needed is faith and constant remembrance of God.

Karma Yoga
The path of action and selfless service. Serving without attachment to the fruits (or results) of the action.

Jnana Yoga
The intellectual approach. Through the knowledge of what really exists, that is, what is not changeable, one who engages in the Path of Wisdom realizes Oneness with the entire Universe.

Japa Yoga
Japa means repetition of a mantram – a sound structure of one or more syllables which represents a particular aspect of the Divine Vibration.

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INTEGRAL YOGA & WELLNESS

Swami Satchidananda’s approach to mind-body health was decades ahead of its time in the West. He defined disease essentially as a state of “dis-ease” that could be remedied (and prevented) by a vegetarian diet, stress reduction through the Yoga practices and philosophy, and living a useful life of selfless service.

This holistic approach sparked a revolution in evidence-based Yoga therapy treatment programs for cancer, heart disease, immune diseases, physical disabilities, PTSD, addictions, and more.

The beauty and bounty of nature inspire Integral Yoga practitioners to live with gratitude and reverence for our planet, to use natural organic products and be earth-friendly in all activities.

INTEGRAL YOGA & INTERFAITH VALUES

Integral Yoga is also based on interfaith values. Swami Satchidananda taught that all faiths share essential universal principles and he encouraged Integral Yogis to respect and honor the unity in diversity. This is summarized by his motto, “Truth is one, paths are many.”

Built in Yogaville—Integral Yoga’s international headquarters—the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths.

My Yoga Journey

Integral Yoga is a holistic and classical system of Yoga, focusing on the ability of the student. Founded by Swami Satchidananda, the goal of Integral Yoga is to develop an easeful body, a peaceful mind and a useful life. Integral Yoga incorporates six branches of Yoga, which cover all aspects of a human’s life: physical, psychological, emotional, ethical, intellectual and spiritual. It is the ideal practice for the healthy as well as the differently-abled.”
— Hersha

 

I was blessed to learn yoga under the loving guidance of Sri Swami Satchidananda (Sri Gurudev) since I was a child. My father was a disciple of Sri Gurudev and my first Hatha Yoga teacher. Yoga has been a part of my life as long as I can remember.

I became a certified Integral Yoga instructor in my early twenties. This was back in 2002. I spent most of 2003 living at Integral Yoga's South Indian Institute studying and teaching and learning and growing. I'm completely dedicated to this lineage as it's brought me so much peace in the midst of everything that life brings.

Today, I'm an authorised Integral Yoga teacher trainer and Accessible Yoga ambassador. This basically means that I believe anyone can practice yoga and it is not just for the body, but for every aspect of an individual. I also believe that dedicated individuals can teach others to benefit from yoga, no matter how inflexible you are.

I'm dedicated in helping adults and children with different abilities or health conditions discover the benefits of yoga from the inside out. I started in 2009 and it was hard work to introduce yoga as a valid form of therapy for children with special needs and adults with disabilities. The media portrays yoga as something so different from what it was. I volunteered and gave so much away for free to prove how wonderful this practice was. That definitely paid off because now you can find yoga for children with special needs all around Hong Kong. 

Of course no one is an island and I couldn't accommodate everyone's request for free classes. Inspired by my beautiful niece Talia who has a rare metabolic disease, my husband Shaman and I founded the YAMA Foundation: a unique non-profit organisation that makes Yoga, Art, Meditation Accessible to all people including those with special needs, disabilities and chronic illness. www.yamahk.org.  We have a beautiful community of teachers and volunteers helping this effort.

My journey has taken me around the world, where I have had the honour to teach numerous classes, yoga therapy sessions, special programs, tailored workshops and trainings in Hong Kong, New York, India, Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar. I'm just one person... so have found a beautiful community and together we have brought Yoga to communities with special needs, disabilities and the under-served in Hong Kong at schools, non-profit organisations, NGOs, hospitals and charities and corporations.

Quality is of utmost importance to me. I'm a member of the Yoga Alliance and hold credentials as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level (E-RYT 500), a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT). I'm also accredited as a Certified International Yoga Therapist (C-IYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. My school is an affiliate school of Integral Yoga and a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance.

I'm grateful to my Guru, parents and all my teachers, mentors and friends who have enriched this path and made it so colourful and rewarding.