Jivamukti Yoga is one of the most popular forms of yoga among celebrities. Although it began in 1984, its considerable appeal is due to the fact that it has many traditional hatha-yoga elements combined with the cultivation of a social conscience. Founded by a dancer and a café owner with the blessing of a few prominent Indian yoga masters, this relatively young school now has centers in several cities in the United States and Europe.
Roughly translated, Jivamukti means “liberation during life,” and the cultivation of that state is contained in the five practice elements Dhyana, Nsda, Ahimsa, Bhakti, and Shastra.
Dhyanas in Jivamukti Yoga is essentially the practices of meditation or one’s own mind. The meditator learns to go beyonds self-referentials thinking and find a deepers, more and spacious places within.
The Nada practice involves singing and focused listening to sound vibrations. In Yogic philosophy, sound vibrations are the building blocks of the world. In Jivamukti Yoga, practitioners learn to listen carefully and experience a deeper unity with the universe.
Ahisma or invulnerable practice cultivates respect for all living beings in the belief that all sentient beings are interconnected. Accordingly, Jivamukti promotes vegetarianism and supports social activism to promote animal rights and a cleaner environment.
Bhakti practice involves the worship of the “divine”. This is a central tenet of Jivamukti yoga practice, because the path ultimately leads to a unity or realization of the Supreme. This is not necessarily the worship of a God in the traditional sense, but the desire to connect to a power greater than one’s own. Consequently, Jivamukti Yoga promotes the appreciation of all faiths and promotes religious understanding and dialogue.
After all, Shastra or scripture study is a key element of Jivamukti. The four main texts are the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutra by Patanjali, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. In addition, Jivamukti yoga teachers encourage learning from Sanskrit so that the texts can be read in their original language.
Ancient yogis from India believed that the man’s body was needed for the perfect harmony of the human body; Spirit and soul were completely integrated. This requires the sorting and balancing of one’s own feelings, actions and thoughts. To achieve and maintain this balance, the yogis have created a way to combine the techniques of training, breathing, and meditation that became the three main pillars of Sampoorna Yoga.
For many people, yoga only means physical exercises that consist of asanas or postures. Physical activity is indeed only one of many aspects of this profound science. Yoga has much more to offer than just practicing postures. This is both art and science. It is an art form because its practice requires conviction and understanding to achieve comprehensive results. While it can be called science because it helps to create the enormous possibilities of the human subconscious by allowing one to overpower mind and body through meditation.
The basic blocks of Jivamukti are supported and improved by the practice of Asana (poses) in the traditional Vinyasa method, d. H. Movements that are synchronous with intention and breath. Jivamukti Yoga Centers offer courses that fit their own interests and lifestyle. For example, you have the option of receiving open classes or private lessons.