Year : 2014  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-42

Integral Yoga - A new yoga

Department of Moral and Social Sciences, Tilak Maharashtra University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Niranjana H Bhate
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DOI: 10.4103/0044-0507.140635

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Background: Many new systems of yoga have emerged in India in the last few centuries. Their uniqueness lies in their distinct philosophy and methods. Clear understanding of the aims and methods of any system of yoga is essential to attain its desired goal. Aim: The objective of this paper is to study Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga and to see if its aims and methods are new and differ from those of the traditional systems of yoga. Materials and Methods: The current study used the descriptive method, wherein there was comparison of content from texts. Sri Aurobindo's books on yoga and other reference works constituted the primary and secondary sources, respectively. Results: Based on analysis of the content referred to, it has been observed that the aims and methods of Integral Yoga are new. Conclusion: The study revealed the fact that even though Integral Yoga synthesizes various Indian traditional systems of yoga, due to its distinct aims and methods, we can consider it as a new yoga.

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