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What is Jivamkti yoga?
Jivamukti (pronounced Jee-va-mook-tee) is a type of yoga developed in the early 1980’s by David Life and Sharon Gannon. It is a style of yoga that introduces students to the psychological and spiritual benefits of yoga. The literal meaning of jivamukti is two Sanskrit words ‘jivan’, meaning ‘life’ and ‘muktih’, meaning ‘liberation’
The class we offer at the self centre is called a Jivamukti ‘open class’, which means that we welcome all levels of student. You will be able to work at your own pace, following the teacher's verbal as well as hands-on guidance. Asana (posture) options will be provided for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. As with all our general classes, if you have never attended a yoga class before we advise you attend a beginners 8 week course just to learn the basics. If you are unsure please speak to one of our receptionists.
All Jivamukti classes incorporate the five tenets of Jivamukti Yoga:
- shastra (scripture)
- bhakti (devotion)
- ahimsa (kindness)
- nada (music)
- dhyana (meditation)
There is a monthly focus communicated to all Jivamukti teachers globally from the founders David Life and Sharon Gannon and this is used as a theme for teachers to base their lesson plans around.
Expect chanting, breath awareness, flowing vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation and meditation.
Benefits of Jivamukti yoga
The physical benefits of Jivamukti yoga practice are similar to what you get from any dynamic yoga class, including an increase in strength, balance and flexibility, detoxifying the body and improving circulation, and a decrease in stress and toxins.
There are also many spiritual benefits.
“According to David and Sharon, there are too many positive physical benefits to list but the main thing is “you build up a body of light” and feel more comfortable with who you are.”