Jivamukti is a Physical and intellectual way to incorporate pranayama, meditation, way of life, and music into vigorous flowing asanas. Founded by David Life and Sharon Gannon, Jivamukti yoga is a method to bring ancient teachings alive in this modern era. The practice of Jivamukti Yoga guides you through chanting, fast paces Asanas, pranayams, meditation and even more. Practicing this yoga is a way to achieve a higher level of spiritually and health at the same time thus inspiring you to achieve more self confidence, joy and serenity. Both touch of the healing benefits of various poses and the significance of creating harmony with the rhythm of the world and nature, it is the principle of Jivamukti Yoga.
This is the well known fact that, when the Jivamukti yoga is practiced, it can not only take you to another level of happiness and satisfaction but it also becomes a way to improve your relationship with everyone and leads you to enlightenment. Thus, this yoga is not limited to sheer physical exercises that keeps you healthy and fit and increases your strength, stamina and flexibility but it also helps you discovering the everlasting happiness and bliss.
As per the philosophy the Jivamukti yoga is expressed through five essentials that lay the foundation of this yoga. Most of the JIvamukti yoga teachers exemplify these tenets as they add colors to all their teachings, no matter; no matter they do this in basic classes, open classes or a simple workshop. They love to make every interaction of Jivamukti Yoga Community even more beautiful.
It is very important to identify all the five tenets very clearly in every Open class, though it is not much important to actually speak the names of the tenets. By doing this, you understand that asanas are not different from spiritual study or meditating or chanting but it is the combination of all these things that make Jivamukti Yoga a unified practice. This is a well-rounded approach to the goal for enlightenment through compassion for all beings.
The five tenets, these are not presented in any specific order of importance, are:
Ahimsa: Following this tenet, the path of non-violence is to be followed. Living life of compassion that is also cares about other human beings, animals, the environment and all the other living beings. The followers of Ahimsa also put special emphasis on ethical vegetarianism (veganism) and animal rights.
Bhakti: Apart from practicing various exercises and asanas in yoga, Self realization is also very important. Acknowledging God and feeling his presence is the ultimate goal of Yoga and to express this chanting, praying and various other devotional practices can be followed. Recognizing God and his presence is Bhakti.
Dhyana: Mediating, when you have a deeper sense of awareness and that brings perfect alignment between your mind body and soul. When you practice Dhayana all your body, mind, soul and surroundings are involved but you still remain unidentified of it. It connects you to the everlasting unchanging reality with in us.
Nada: To develop sound body and perfect mind with the help of deep listening which can be incorporated in the class with recorded music or may be the voice of your teacher.
Shastra: It is basically the study of the ancient yogic teachings that includes Sanskrit chanting