18 July 2012

All about Jivamukti Yoga

Jivamukti Yoga is a school that was founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life 20 years ago. Jivamukti Yoga is a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings.

Jiva means individual soul and mukti means liberated. The word is derived from the Sanskrit term jivanmuktih which means living while liberated. Jivamukti Yoga is method that teaches that it is possible to attain liberation, freedom, happiness while living. This means right now!

The main Jivamukti Yoga School is in New York City and there are centers in London, Sydney, Berlin, Munich and Charleston. And there are teachers all over the world carrying the message far and wide.

Each Jivamukti Yoga class is based on the Focus of the Month that is published on the Jivamukti website. This focus is written by either Sharon or David and is meant to stimulate study by the teachers and discussion by the students. In addition there are five tenets that form the basis of the method which are incorporated into each class. 

Ahimsa means non-violence. In practice, it means living a non-violent compassionate lifestyle that does the least amount of harm to ourselves, the animals and the planet.

Bhakti means devotion, a practice that acknowledges the divine in all beings.

Dhyana means meditation, a practice that helps us to connect to our highest Self.

Nada is sound. Through music, we practice listening deeply.

Shastra is scripture. Through study of yoga texts such as the Yoga Sutras, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Bhagavad Gita, we learn how to apply ancient teachings in the modern world.

The Jivamukti Yoga method is all encompassing. It does not separate asana, physical practice, from the rest of the vast teachings of Yoga. That is why it is a special practice and one that genuine seekers find appealing.

If you can't find a class near you, check out Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul.

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Long Island, NY Lisa Dawn is an advanced certified Jivamukti yoga teacher, vegan food blogger, wife and mom. She is working hard to spread the vegan love through her cooking, teaching and blog. Lisa Dawn studies and teaches the yoga sutras. She divides her time between NYC and Northport, Long Island. Lisa Dawn is the co founder of NAVA NYC, a meditation and yoga company designed to bring yoga and meditation to corporate clients.

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