What makes a Jivamukti Yoga class?

Open Class

Whether you're a beginner, deciphering the difference between vrksasana (tree) and sirshasana (headstand) or an advanced yogi who can put both feet behind their head, the Jivamukti Open class welcomes you, as it is open to practitioners of all levels.

Activism

Veganism

The fork can be an instrument of world peace or a weapon of mass destruction. If we ourselves want to be happy and free, then how can we attain that goal if we cause others unhappiness or deprive them of their freedom…or their lives?

Gurus

Sharon Gannon & David Life

The gurus and founders of the Jivamukti Yoga method are Sharon Gannon and David Life. They met in 1983 in New York City and in 1984 created Jivamukti Yoga.

Activism

Environmentalism

I am at home in the entire universe.
— Swami Nirmalananda

Core Philosophy

Nada

The development of a sound body and mind through deep listening; can be incorporated in a class using recorded music, spoken word, silence or even the teacher’s voice.

Core Philosophy

Shastra

Study of the ancient yogic teachings, including Sanskrit chanting, drawn from the Focus of the Month to the extent possible.

Core Philosophy

Bhakti

Acknowledgment that God/Self-realization 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.

Core Philosophy

Dhyana

Meditation: connecting to that eternal unchanging reality within.

Core Philosophy

Ahimsa

A nonviolent, compassionate lifestyle extending to other animals, the environment and all living beings, emphasizing ethical vegetarianism (veganism) and animal rights.

Gurus

Swami Nirmalananda

Love not anyone, not even God! Our picking and choosing love brings misery. Instead, let God love you. Be Love itself.
—Shri Swami Nirmalananda (1924-1997)

Gurus

Sharon Gannon & David Life

The gurus and founders of the Jivamukti Yoga method are Sharon Gannon and David Life. They met in 1983 in New York City and...

Jivamukti Yoga is a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. 

An internationally-recognized form of hatha yoga, Jivamukti Yoga is founded on five tenets—ahimsa (non-violence), bhakti (devotion), nada (music), shastra (scripture) and dhyana (meditation).  The method emphasizes enlightenment or Self-realization as the goal of the practice, hence the name Jivamukti, which is a derivation of the Sanskrit word jivanmuktih, meaning “liberation while living.”  It centers on the importance of establishing an elevated—i.e., selfless—intention as the motivation for one's practice.  Jivamukti is an integrated method, incorporating elements of raja yoga (ethical, physical, breathing and meditative practices), bhakti yoga (devotional practices), karma yoga (practices of selfless service) and jñana yoga (intellectual and meditative practices).  In the state of enlightenment, one realizes the oneness or interconnectedness of all being; hence, Jivamukti emphasizes the importance of veganism, environmentalism and political activism as key practices toward the goal.  Jivamukti Yoga teachers are trained in a demanding program that covers these practices, as well as the traditional subjects such as asana practice and yoga philosophy.  Jivamukti Yoga classes are rigorous, and the goal of the practice—enlightenment—is remembered throughout by the teacher and student alike.

Jivamukti Yoga was created by Sharon Gannon and David Life in the mid-1980s with the blessings of their teachers.  The Jivamukti method represents many innovations introduced by Sharon and David to uncover the deeper meanings of yoga philosophy and to make the ancient practices of yoga relevant to the contemporary practitioner.  There are Jivamukti Yoga and affiliated centers around the world.

What makes a Jivamukti Yoga class?

Spiritual Warrior

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What makes a Jivamukti Yoga class?

In-Class Private (ICP)

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What makes a Jivamukti Yoga class?

Magic Ten

The Magic Ten is a series of ten simple exercises that can be done in about ten minutes.