Jivamukti Yoga, created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984, is a method that reintegrates the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of Yoga. It has deep roots in ancient Hatha Yoga traditions and philosophy, but is translated into a modern context to make it more accessible for the western mind to comprehend. Jivamukti Yoga offers vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating yoga classes. Classes include Vinyasa (flowing asana sequences), hands-on adjustments, Pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, Sanskrit chanting, Yogic philosophical teachings and deep relaxation. To keep the practice inspiring, asana sequences are ever-changing. with music playing an integral role in the class. Classes are 60-95 minutes and open to all levels.
This core philosophy is expressed through five tenets which form the foundation of Jivamukti Yoga. All the elements are integrated in a Jivamukti Yoga class as one unified practice. This provides for a well-rounded approach to our goal: To be happy and free. To be liberated and have compassion for all beings.
THE 5 TENETS OF JIVAMUKTI YOGA
- Shastra / Scripture – Study of the ancient yogic teachings, including Sanskrit chanting, drawn from the Focus of the Month to the extent possible.
- Bhakti / Devotion – Acknowledgment that Self-realization (being one with God) is the goal of all yoga practices; can be expressed through chanting, the setting of a high intention for the practice or other devotional practices.
- Ahimsa / Non-Violence – A nonviolent, compassionate lifestyle extending to other animals, the environment and all living beings, emphasizing ethical vegetarianism (veganism) and animal rights.
- Nada / The Yoga of Sound – The development of a sound body and mind through deep listening; can be incorporated in a class by listening to elevating music, spoken word, chanting (call and response singing), silence or even the teacher’s voice.
- Dhyana / Meditation – Connecting to that eternal unchanging reality within.