Jivamukti, a Sanskrit word meaning “liberation
while living,” was developed by Sharon Gannon and
David Life and combines a vigorous physical practice with an
equally strong foundation in ancient spiritual traditions of Yoga.
Its distinct style integrates the physical, psychological,
and spiritual aspects of yoga practices into a modern
lifestyle without losing sight of the ancient and universal
goal of the practice – liberation.
The Jivamukti Yoga practice provides a pragmatic and experientially
oriented life philosophy, grounded in ethical precepts to guide
inner and outer work, and an original, creative approach to living
and being. A Jivamukti Yoga class is a vigorous physical and
spiritual practice that pushes beyond the limitations often imposed
by the mind and incorporates chanting, asanas, music,
meditation, and devotional practices. The five elements
that form the foundation of each class are: scripture,
bhakti (devotion to God), ahimsa (nonviolence and compassion), nada
yoga (deep listening), and meditation (connection with the
unchanging reality within).
Gannon and Life are cofounders of the Jivamukti Yoga Center in New
York City and coauthors of
Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul and The Art
of Yoga. Gannon is an animal rights activist with a background
in the performing arts. Life, also an artist, ran the Life Cafe in
Manhattan for many years, a hot spot for music, art, and poetry.
Both have studied yoga intensively with many masters. For more
information about Jivamukti Yoga, visit: www.jivamuktiyoga.com/
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