Aspects of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga: A step further than the physical and mental benefits of yoga
Integral Yoga as conceptualized by Sri Aurobindo after his lifelong experiments and experiences, both by design and accidental, put forward multi layered benefits and possibilities for a person to make accelerated advancement in physical, mental and spiritual realms in a single lifetime, compared to evolution where the same may happen over a period of several lifetimes. While the concepts of Traditional Yoga, the practitioner’s objective was mainly to gain an inner freedom or strengthen their capability for indifference to the happenings around them, the Integral yoga’s aim is to integrate inner as well as outer life of men for gaining perfection in his entire existence. Present paper is an attempt to discuss about the main concepts of Traditional yoga like Hath yoga, Pranayam, Rajayoga, Karma Yoga, Gyana Yoga and Bhakti Yoga and how they are assimilated in Integral yoga. Also there will be discussion about some other concepts like Prayer, Aspiration and Super mind, along with processes and methods where the means is to open your heart, mind and body to the larger consciousness.