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The integration of all yogas in a unique discipline
The Indian philosopher, poet, organizer of the national liberation movement of India, Sri Aurobindo proposed a completely new approach to convert human consciousness into divine, combining all types of yoga in a complete system, calling it integral Yoga. This type of yoga helps a person to completely change his consciousness, transform the body and make his life divine in the material world.
Sri Aurobindo argued that an integrated approach can transform material energy into spiritual energy, which leads to transformations of the body and consciousness. According to Sri Aurobind, a person begins to see in everything that surrounds him and in all living beings the manifestation of God Krishna.
What is integral yoga?
This style incorporates the essence and many processes of traditional trends. The main distinguishing feature of integral yoga is the new objectives and methods. According to the philosophy of Aurobindo, the main meaning of life is the appeal to the divine, its manifestation and the transformation of its mind. In integral yoga there are no cleaning and opening processes of the chakras. There is no lifting of the Kundalini by a fixed process. Here the chakras open under the influence of a descending Force.
Integral yoga provides an opportunity not only to deal effectively with stress, but also teaches you to resist life’s problems and difficulties and overcome difficult situations more resiliently. Thanks to meditation, which is an integral component of integral philosophy, practitioners develop a high degree of adaptability to adverse conditions.
Benefits of Integral Yoga
Most human diseases are psychosomatic in nature. Diseases arise due to constant psycho-emotional stress. Staying constantly in an unstable emotional state causes a decrease in the body’s defenses, the development of pathological changes in the structure of functional systems.
For the emotional component, yoga is useful as follows:
- Calms, relieves irritability and fatigue
- It teaches you to enjoy everyday life, regardless of external conditions
- Help to understand your inner world, internal conflicts and needs
- It makes the nervous system more stable and resistant.
On a physiological level the regular practice of integral Yoga affects the following way:
- The production of such neurotransmitters increases endorphins (at the brain level they stop the pain and cause a feeling of happiness)
- Increases serotonin production (improves mood)
- Increase dopamine levels (cause pleasure)
- It produces oxytocin (improves immunity, one of the main hormones in the cocktail of the biochemical reaction of feelings of love).
- Those who constantly practice yoga and meditation notice a significant improvement in their mood, sleep also improves, and even chronic diseases accuse improvement.
The founder of this system was born in Calcutta on August 15, 1872. He was educated at St. Paul’s School and Kings College at the University of Cambridge. At the age of twenty-one, in Baroda he became the personal assistant of Maharaja, a professor at the local university. He also worked in several government departments. Here he learned Sanskrit and wrote a lot of poems. In 1905, he resigned and returned to his homeland. There he became editor of the Bante Mataram newspaper. This influenced him significantly in the preparations for the revolution, in which Aurobindo took a leading position. In this same period, he became interested in yoga. Five years later, he stopped participating in the revolution and moved to Pondicherry to devote himself to meditation and inner cultivation. Here he composed his own system of spiritual development which he called integral yoga. In 1926, Aurobindo, together with Mirra Alfassa, established an ashram.