Sri Swami Satchidānanda, a modern day master of Yoga, describes Integral Yoga:
"It is a flexible combination of specific methods designed to develop every aspect of the individual: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. It is a scientific system which integrates the various branches of Yoga in order to bring about a complete and harmonious development of the individual."
Integral Yoga is the synthesis of the various branches of Yoga. It is a scientific system for the harmonious development of every aspect of the individual.
Predominantly concerned with physical development through asanas (postures) and
Prāṇāyāma (breath control), Mudrās, Kriyās, Yogic diet, and Yoga Nidrā (Deep Relaxation), Hatha Yoga purifies and strengthens the body and mind.
The path of concentration and meditation. Raja Yoga is predominantly concerned with the control of the mind through ethical perfection and regular practice of concentration and meditation.
The path of devotion. By constant love, thought, and service of the Divine (either as God, a Divine Incarnation, or a spiritual teacher), the individual transcends the limited personality and attains Cosmic Consciousness. The path of Bhakti Yoga can be practiced by anyone comfortable with relating to the Divine on a personal level. All that is needed is faith and constant remembrance of the Divine.
The path of action; the path of selfless service. By performing duties without attachment to the fruits (or results) of the action, the Karma Yogi becomes a conscious instrument of hte Divine Will.
The intellectual approach. By study, self-analysis and awareness, the Jnana Yogi (one who engages in the Path of the Intellect/Wisdom) ceases to identify with the body and mind, and realize the Oneness. Through the knowledge of what really exists, that is, what is not changeable, the Jnani Yogi realizes oneness with the entire Universe.
Japa mean repetition of a Mantrām. A Mantrām is a sound structure of one or more syllables which represents a particular aspect of the Divine Vibration. Concentrated mental repetition of the Mantrām produces vibrations within the individual's entire system which are in tune with the Divine Vibration.