Jivamukti yoga, founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1984, offers a dynamic blend of spiritual and physical practice. It's known for integrating vigorous asana sequences with profound ethical and spiritual principles, aimed at fostering a compassionate and environmentally conscious lifestyle.
Jivamukti yoga distinguishes itself through its five central tenets: ahimsa (non-violence), bhakti (devotion), dhyana (meditation), nada (sound), and shastra (scripture). This approach encourages spiritual activism and mindful living, making it more than just a physical practice.
Sharon Gannon and David Life created Jivamukti yoga in New York City, aiming to bring ancient teachings to the modern world. Their method sought to bridge the gap between the spiritual aspects of yoga and the demands of contemporary life.
Drawing from traditional yoga scriptures and philosophies, Jivamukti yoga emphasizes the path to liberation (moksha) through ethical living, compassion, and reverence for all life. Its practice is deeply infused with the principles of Vedantic and yogic traditions.
The practice revolves around integrating physical postures with ethical and spiritual teachings. It focuses on creating a holistic experience that transcends the mat, advocating for environmental awareness and ethical lifestyle choices.
Common Poses: Sun Salutations with chanting, Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana), Lotus Pose (Padmasana), King Pigeon Pose (Raja Kapotasana)
Experience Level: Intermediate Level to Advanced Practitioners
Physical Demand: Balanced Activity to Physically Engaging
Mind-Body Engagement: Balanced Mind-Body
Adaptability: Moderately Adaptable
Focus Area: Comprehensive Fitness
Offers enhanced physical strength, flexibility, and endurance. It fosters emotional balance, mental clarity, and stress relief, while encouraging a deeper self-awareness and connection to the world.
Required: Yoga Mat
Optional: Bolster, Yoga Blanket, Eye Pillow
'Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul' by Sharon Gannon and David Life