Meet regularly with an Integral Yoga Minister and work through any area of your life where you welcome support.
Life Challenges Support
Whether your challenge is an unexpected hardship or a joyfully anticipated event, we are here to help you navigate the changes in your life.
Puja ceremony is part of every special occasion, or on its own, simply to express love and devotion.
You can call on ministers to run special workshops on various topics relevant to you and your group.
Together with an Integral Yoga Minister, you will create a meaningful ceremony honoring your faith traditions and customs, with a yogic touch.
Vows of Intent and Engagement Ceremonies
Integral Yoga Ministers recognize your commitment in a beautifully intimate ceremony with friends and family.
Death and Dying Services and Memorials
Integral Yoga Ministers help prepare you or a loved one for the transition of the soul, end-of-life care, recognition, and counseling.
In an Integral Yoga interfaith service, each faith present is represented by candles, prayer, music, and attire appropriate to each tradition.
House Blessing Ceremonies
Have your new house or apartment blessed to clean out old vibrations and invoke the Divine in your new home.
Withdraw from your day-to-day routines and obligations in order to renew yourself and gain introspection on life.
Baby Blessing Ceremonies
Along with family and friends, we join you in community to honor your child’s unique path and recognize the Divine in them.
Dharma Youth Program
This program is designed to engage our youth in the yogic lifestyle and programs presented at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville.
Frequently Asked Questions
The word “puja” is translated as “worship service”. In the Integral Yoga Ministry, puja ceremony is part of every special occasion, or on its own, simply to express love and devotion. Through puja, we invite God (The Divine, The Universe, Cosmic Consciousness, Spirit, or however we can see or feel Divine Oneness), to make its infinite presence known. We do this in the same way we would invite a beloved guest into our home; you might clean and decorate your home and prepare a special seat and treats. In puja, we arrange everything to be a reflection of that Divine presence we are inviting. Integral Yoga Ministers create a puja with you to honor the uniqueness and significance of your celebration. You can incorporate objects, photos, foods, mantras, and prayers that hold meaning for you. It can be intricate, simple, or anything in between. We are committed to making an inclusive, accessible, and understandable experience without compromising depth or sacred expression of the occasion.
Whether your challenge is an unexpected hardship or a joyfully anticipated event, we are here to help you navigate the changes in your life. Whereas Spiritual Mentoring provides guidance in the spiritual teachings of Integral Yoga, Life Challenges Support provides more practical service. For instance, if you or a loved one falls ill, we may offer support by assisting in writing letters, answering or making phone calls or emails, cooking, shopping, driving you to doctor appointments, or arranging for social services. If you are an expectant or new parent, we can assist you in much the same way. Maybe you just want a listening ear. We’re here to help you no matter how small or insurmountable your challenge may seem. And, if we are not geographically convenient or your circumstances require more resources, we will help you coordinate support in your area or offer assistance via phone or Zoom.
A retreat is a withdrawal from your day-to-day routines and obligations in order to renew yourself and gain introspection on life. Integral Yoga Retreats incorporate meditation, breathing practices, yogic diet, scripture study, chanting, and other devotional activities. Through this combination, you can experience and discover aspects of Yoga that resonate with you. We also hold retreats dedicated to specific topics, making the learning process much more personal. Many of our retreats also include the practice of observing silence, as quieting your mind offers the opportunity to go deeper within, making space to contemplate how to apply the lessons to your life. Retreats can last anywhere from half a day to several days. Ministers, sannyasins, and senior teachers are among the retreat leaders, and are often available for spiritual counseling during the retreat.
Integral Yoga Ministers help prepare you or a loved one for the transition of the soul. We offer end-of-life care, recognition, and counseling. In addition to spiritual guidance, this includes practical assistance in end-of-life preparations such as making phone calls, writing letters or sending emails, canceling services, and securing a lawyer, among other things. After transition, a minister can perform a memorial service honoring your loved one with a special puja. The service can be interfaith or entirely in the Integral Yoga tradition, with quotes from Sri Swami Satchidananda and Sri Swami Sivananda or other masters and scriptures of your choice. While family and friends are welcome to attend, we understand that may not be possible, and can perform the ceremony with our Integral Yoga community. It may be possible to bury ashes in our Memorial Grove. We are also a support system for family members throughout and after this ultimate life event as they navigate papers, protocol, and adjustment to the physical absence of their beloved. In short, we are here for every stage, acknowledging the pain of loss and celebrating the beauty of your loved one’s unique life.
Your home is your sacred sanctuary. Integral Yoga Ministers perform blessing ceremonies to invoke the blessings and presence of the Divine, foster harmony and cleanse the energy of your house. You can consult a minister prior to building your house to discuss the best positioning of your spiritual rooms and spaces. During the building stage, a blessed token is embedded in the northeast corner of the foundation for spiritual grounding. If you’d like a house blessing in an already-existing structure, we can also suggest room arrangement and altar placement. Wherever your sacred place is or will be, we will perform a puja to purify and bless your home.
While many of our services are individualized, workshops provide a more communal and interactive experience. Integral Yoga Workshops offer the opportunity to explore what is most meaningful to you while connecting with like-minded people. Because we lead group workshops based on our expertise and personal interest in the areas of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, we are able to address specific areas of interest such as Yoga for stress relief or Yoga for couples. Our workshops can be held in-person or virtually over the course of a few hours or divided into sessions. We are happy to tailor an experience for your group and welcome you to explore some of ours.
Integral Yoga Ministers rejoice in the sacred union of marriage and have performed countless wedding ceremonies. When you and your beloved decide to take this step, you can meet with a minister. Together you create a meaningful ceremony honoring your faith traditions and customs, with a yogic touch. Wedding ceremonies may include a puja, complete with an altar of meaningful spiritual items. You may include photos of your spiritual teachers, traditional foods, yantras, prayers, and other sacred items that express the love and importance of your decision. Some couples write their own ceremony and we encourage you to present your ideas to your minister who can incorporate them into the service. Your intent is of the utmost importance, and we may be able to suggest ways of clarifying your wishes. Or we can provide you with all you need as we are committed to making a welcoming and memorable experience of this sacred event.
The Integral Yoga Ministry believes that each soul was sent here to fulfill God’s plan. Along with family and friends, we join you in community to honor your child’s unique path and recognise the Divine in them. Baby Blessing ceremonies are led by ministers and monks. They include a puja which can incorporate any objects, photos, foods, mantras, and prayers that hold meaning for you. Your baby is blessed at the altar and sprinkled with the consecrated water. We honor all faith traditions, and if you wish, we can give your baby a spiritual name.
As Integral Yoga Ministers, we recognize all faiths and our common goal of attaining peace. In this way, we believe that we are more alike in worship and prayer than we are different. Interfaith service is one of the best ways to bring people together in common prayer. In an Integral Yoga interfaith service, each faith present is represented by candles, prayer, music, and attire appropriate to each tradition. Participants may hear selected music and special prayers on the event topic from a representative of each faith. Our services can be performed as a stand-alone ceremony or at any community gathering, such as holiday gratitude service or at a town meeting. We gladly travel to health and educational facilities to conduct Interfaith Services. The service can be followed by a group community project or a shared meal.
One of our more recent offerings, a Vow of Intent Ceremony is performed for couples who are not yet ready to wed, but desire to be in a committed relationship, leading to a legal wedding within two years. Integral Yoga Ministers recognize your commitment in a beautifully intimate ceremony with a few close friends or family members. You can choose to exchange vows outdoors in nature or in an appropriate indoor space, and integrate mantras and prayers that hold meaning for you. After the vows are exchanged and signed by the couple, we gather for a meal and celebrate this important step on the path to partnership.
A Spiritual Mentor is a trusted advisor who is lovingly invested in your well-being and spiritual growth. You meet regularly either virtually or in person and work through any area of your life where you welcome support. Your mentor creates a safe and sacred space in which to explore solutions together, guiding you in the practice of spiritual principles to aid in your specific challenges. Integral Yoga Ministers embrace all spiritual and religious paths and can guide you in applying the principles of your own faith. You might incorporate prayer, meditation, and diet. You may also seek spiritual mentoring to advance your practice. A mentor is helpful for such growth and will offer insights you can’t get from a book. Our ministers are a diverse group of individuals with different backgrounds, and there are clergy who specifically serve LGBTQ, female, and marginalized populations.