When I first started out doing Yoga, I thought of it as being a very broad term that referred to meditation of the body. How wrong was I? Very wrong! There are many different aspects of yoga. One of the is Integral Yoga.
What is the basics of Integral Yoga?
Integral Yoga is the process of the unity of every part of the individuals having connection with the Divine. This process also involves the transmutation of every harsh element into a state of harmony of greater divinity, being existent, and consciousness.
With the exception of the paths of the Natya Yoga, the greater portion of yoga focuses on a single perspective of the being. It also focuses on the liberation state or transcendence.
The purpose of Integral Yoga is for the individual to make change to the whole being. Due to this transition, there are several elements of an individual’s physical, mental, vital, psychic, spiritual makeup, and the meaning of his/her transformation. These transformations are more detailed in Sri Aurobindo, who was a Bengali philosopher.
Integral Yoga has two parts: a spiritual realization of God and Transcendence or Enlightenment and Transformation of the Inner and Outer Nature. As a result of these two actions, an individual is fit enough to embody a divine consciousness and becoming a part of divine work.
In this type of yoga, it involves faculties: physical, vital, and mental.
Physical: From the physical perspective, this is not rejected. However, it must be changed and become spiritual through the Integral Yoga practice. This is a necessity not only to transform physical habits and one’s conscious but also plunge into the subconscient of Lower Unconsciousness. In this category, this is were the source of many programs lay dormant.
Vital: Vital focuses more on the various conditions, as in desires, likes, dislikes, and emotions that tells people’s motives and actions. In the case of Integral Yoga, it is imperative to alter from self-centered desires and revolts to make a complete change for the Yoga.
Mental: This refers to the concepts of the mind as well as cognitive. If a person do not focus on the negative aspects of different subject matters in life, his/her way of thinking can be converted into the Divine. This also includes understanding and aspiration.
In addition to the faculties of the Integral Yoga, it also includes three different beings: Outer, Inner, and Psychic.
The Outer Being talks about the superficial and the limitations of the existence of physical, mental, and vital. Individual’s everyday experiences in life are also the focus of this being. In Integral Yoga, this being goes deeper besides on the conscious level to the the Inner Being, which focuses more on the spiritual realization.
Like the Outer Being, the Inner Being’s main perspectives are on physical, vital, and mental. However, the conscious level is larger and more subtle. Also, the realization is very important for any achievement of this realization to become higher.
The objective of Integral Yoga is to move in the inward direction in order to learn about the Psychic Being. The Psychic Being can allow a huge transformation in the outer nature. This is not all to this being. It is also the pivotal part of the process which is on-going in life, as in allowing us to connect with our inner spirit, or Divine Essence.
In order for individuals to become very successful with the Integral Yoga practice, he/she should know something about the three types of transformations: Psychicization, Spiritualization, and Supramentalization.
I will explain briefly what is the purpose of each transformation. Psychicization is the most pivotal processes in the Integral Yoga. This transformation does not have any requirements to follow in any specific order, but this is the step to spiritualization. In contrast, psychic and spiritual transformation work hand in hand for the last stage of supramental transformation.
Spiritualization is the product of the Psychic transformation, which includes peace and power, just to name a few. These elements goes into the body, allowing the transformation to take place. This process also transforms the perspectives of the physical, mental, and vital.
The last stage of the transformation process of the Integral Yoga is the supramentalization. This process makes the transformation on the whole being As a result, this can allow the individual to change his/her perspective on life, which are composed of the supramental powers.
Integral Yoga is a very comprehensive type of yoga. As with any other aspects of the yoga practice, it takes perseverance and patience to become very successful.