Full Moon Jivamukti

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Full Moon Jivamukti

With Lydia Aytogmus

Jivamukti Yoga is a yoga method created by David Life and Sharon Gannon who studied many years under the guidance of Sri K. Patthabi K. Jois. Inspired amongst others by the Astanga yoga system they developed in 1984 in New York a yoga method which re-integrates the physical, philosophical, spiritual and devotional aspects of yoga. From their earliest classes, they have taught a living translation of the Indian system of yoga in a way that western minds can comprehend. That is why Jivamukti Yoga emphasizes vigorous asana as its primary technique, but other practices such as devotional chanting, meditation and study of the ancient texts play an important role as well.

What does the Sanskrit word “Jivamukti” mean?
“We chose the name Jivamukti (pronounced Jee-va-mook-tee) Yoga to reflect the true aim of yoga, which is liberation. Jiva means individual soul and mukti means liberation, and both words put together mean liberation while living. The name Jivamukti Yoga reflects the fact that it is possible to have a beneficial and fulfilling life in the world, and also progress spiritually-perhaps even attaining liberation while living.” (Sharon Gannon and David Life) This core philosophy is expressed through 5 tenets, which form the foundation of every


Jivamukti Yoga class:
Ahimsa. A nonviolent, compassionate lifestyle extending to other animals, the environment
and all living beings.
Bhakti. Acknowledgment that Self-realization is the goal of all yoga practices; can be
expressed through chanting, the setting of a high intention for the practice and other
devotional practices.
Dhyana. Meditation: connecting to that eternal unchanging reality within.
Nada. The development of a sound body and mind through deep listening.
Shastra. Study of the ancient yogic teachings, including Sanskrit chanting.