Thursday, March 11, 2010

Purna Yoga or Integral Yoga

The word Purna means ‘complete’ or ‘full’ in Sanskrit and sometimes it is also called ‘Supramental yoga’. Purna Yoga was initiated by Bengali philosopher and sage Sri Aurobindo in 1990’s. Integral Yoga is the process of the union of all the parts of one's being with the Divine, and the change of all of their harsh elements into a harmonious state of higher divine consciousness and existence.

Sri Aurobindo describes the nature and practice of integral yoga in his work ‘The Synthesis of Yoga’. The integral yoga is yoga of synthesis, proposed to tone the paths of karma, jnana, and bhakti yoga as described in the ‘Bhagavad Gita’. It regarded as an amalgamation between Vedanta and Tantra, and even between Eastern and Western approaches to spirituality.

Purna Yoga offers wisdom and techniques for the union of the body and the mind with the spirit. Using awareness, precision, and concentration, Purna Yoga inspires the evolution from our lower nature to our Divine. It is the art of loving yourself by living from the heart. Purna Yoga or integral yoga is said to be an improvisation over the traditional Yoga systems of India. Purna Yoga is a world-assenting and body-positive spirituality that joins self-transcendence with love, compassion, and worship for all life.

According to the Integral Yoga the ultimate goal of life is complete self-incorporation. This self-integration involves other important elements like action, love, wisdom and peace.

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