For over half a century, Integral Yoga has taught us how to live an easeful, peaceful, and useful life. Now, as we age, the time has come for Integral Yoga to lead the way in guiding people to prepare for the end of life so we may more peacefully leave our legacies behind us. The curriculum for this initiative has the potential to be as significant to Yoga Teacher Training as it has been to the development of Yoga Therapy. The programming for it is developed by senior Integral Yoga students and ministers worldwide.
“Death can come at any minute, in any way. We do not know what is in store tomorrow, or, whether there is a tomorrow, or even a tonight! But still, we have the golden present. Now we are alive and kicking. What should we do now? Love all, serve all.” ~Sri Swami Satchidananda
6 Tracks of the Integral Yoga End-of-Life Project
The meaning of life, death, karma, and rebirth; relinquishing attachments to the body and possessions; releasing resentments and grudges, and appreciating relationships
Senior Yoga/aging well; understanding what happens to the body at end of life, disposal of the body / green burial/cremation service
Preparing papers and documents for Power of Attorney, Advanced Directives and Wills, funerals/memorials/legacy gifting, cremation recommendation. Leaving your wisdom for others.
Providing services to the aged such as offering companionship; food shopping and preparation; helping people get walkers, crutches, wheelchairs; driving people to doctor’s offices, etc.
Memorials & Interment
Interfaith memorials online and/or hosted at IYI NY or Yogaville.
For close sangha: the interment of ashes at Yogaville.
Fundraising bequests for IYI and Yogaville–explanation of how they can be set up to provide donors and their families a meaningful sense of fulfillment.
Swami Satchidananda (Sri Gurudev) spoke directly and at length on the topic of death and dying. When the end comes, he said, just accept it. All that lives ends. It is God’s will. The best way to prepare for the end of life, he said, is to live your life well. All his teachings show us how to let go of attachments and accept whatever comes. He recommended that we each spend life in spiritual practice. It is best not to wait to begin at the very end of life, but it is still better late than never.
The United States is a country that’s rapidly aging. According to Census Bureau estimates, the number of people over 65 in the U.S. will nearly double over the next 40 years. We are also working longer, living alone more frequently, and facing financial hardship. And of course, there’s now this pandemic. 80% of COVID-related deaths in the United States have been among people over 65.
Recently, concern about the serious issue of suicide—especially in the case of very famous people who took their own lives—has been highlighted in the news. This booklet came to be because a Yoga teacher asked if Swami Satchidananda (the founder of Integral Yoga) addressed this issue and if so, what he had to say. Over the years he was asked many questions about suicide, what really happens to someone after death, and who we are beyond the body and mind. So, this booklet is a compilation of everything we could find that Swami Satchidananda has said on these subjects. We hope it will offer hope to those in need of this advice—whether they, or a loved one, is contemplating suicide.
Explore Integral Yoga® – Informational eBook
In honor of Integral Yoga’s 50th anniversary, a special publication titled Explore Integral Yoga offers a comprehensive overview of this organization founded by Sri Swami Satchidananda in 1966. This elegant, full color magazine showcases Integral Yoga teachings, programs, and services. It also includes a timeline of Integral Yoga milestones over the past 50 years.
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The Integral Yoga End-of-Life Project is evolving. Comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged. Please let us know what should be added, or if anything should be changed. Please note a little about who you are, and what experience inspires your contribution.