Integral Yoga is a scientific system of yoga that comprises several characteristic branches of classical Yoga philosophy and practice. This form of Yoga was introduced to the West by Swami Satchidananda with the first centre founded in 1966.
The system is based on interfaith understanding in that all religions share essential universal principles. Integral Yoga practitioners are encouraged to respect and honour the unity in diversity, summarized by Swami Satchidananda’s motto, “Truth is one, paths are many.”
The aim of Integral Yoga is to integrate body, mind, and spirit, using physical practices and philosophical approaches to life. The system includes the practices of asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation to develop physical and mental stillness by result of which inner peace and joy is achieved. A key premise of this system is that it encourages practitioners to live service-oriented lives.
Classes of Integral Yoga are taught around the world; main headquarters are at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in Buckingham, Virginia.
The Integral Yoga Centre (IYC) in Gibraltar situated at 33 Town Range was established by Nalanie Chellaram, devout disciple of Swami Satchidananda.
Nalanie constantly affirms the power of the mind; an area of much research today in the field of Neuroscience. A disturbed or troubled mind makes one prone to negativity; but when the mind is peaceful and happy; our outlook on life is transformed into one of positive awareness. A regular and sustained practice of Yoga enables us to discipline and harness our bodies and minds creating a sense of inner peace and calm that ripples out into our surroundings.
The Centre is a haven for many, providing a variety of classes to suit all ages and abilities. Integral Yoga Teacher Training along with several body-mind workshops. IYC Gibraltar runs as a charity and class donations are used for the overall up-keep of the premises and to help individuals, families and organisations as and when the need arises.