The Jivamukti Yoga method created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984. It is a proprietary style of yoga. Jivamukti is a spiritual, ethical and physical practice. And it combines with vigorous hatha yoga and vinyasa-based physical styles with adherence to the following five central tenets:
- shastra (scripture)
- bhakti (devotion)
- ahimsa (nonviolence, non-harming)
- nāda (music)
- dhyana (meditation).
It emphasizes the environmentalism, Animal rights, social activism and veganism. Jivamukti Yoga is very popular in the celebrity circles.
Jivamukti is the combination of the Sanskrit words Jiva (individual living soul) and mukti (moksa or liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth).So, Jivamukti is defined as “liberation while living”.
Jivamukti yoga class has the following sections:
- Open Classes
- Magic Ten
- Basic Classes
- Beginner Vinyasa
- Spiritual Warrior
- In-Classes Private (ICP)
Open Classes: It is open to any level of students, from the beginners to expert level students. That why it is called as Open classes. It is advisable to attend Basic Vinyasa classes first, before attending this class.
Magic Ten: It is a series of simple 10 exercises. We can practise this in 10 minutes. It helps to warm-up the body, before enter into the asana class.
Basic classes: It is a fundamental course. It needs 4 weeks.
- 1st week: standing Poses(asanas)
- 2nd week: forward bending Poses(asanas)
- 3rd week: backward bending Poses(asanas)
- 4th week: inversions, meditation and “putting it all together.”
Beginner Vinyasa: The design of this class in jivamukti yoga is to provide the basics of how Vinyasa works. Vinyasa method is involving the practise of physical poses (Asana).
Spiritual Warrior: The purpose of this class in jivamukti is to give a solution for the busy people, who can spend only an hour to practise. It is a fast paced class. It helps to get inshape. It includes,
- asana warm-up
- setting of intention
- standing poses
- forward bends
In-Classes Private (ICP): It is a one to one training for the student. There will be one teacher for one student.
BENEFITS OF JIVAMUKTI YOGA
- Relaxes the body and mind.
- Increases the balance.
- Improves the flexibility
- Calms the mind.
- Helps to release the tension.
- Stimulates the inner organs.
- Reduces the depression.
- It encourages the mindfulness.
- Helps to increase the attention.
- Increases the immune system.
- Connects you to the spiritual world.
- Gives the deep relaxation.
- Increases the blood flow.
- Improves the working of digestion system
- Strengthens and stretches the muscles.
DO’S, DONT’S & TIPS FOR JIVAMUKTI YOGA
Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.
It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.
Always listen to your body, and know your limits. While practise, if you find any pain or discomfort, please exit the pose and ask for the expert’s guidance and doctor’s advice.