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What is Jivamukti Yoga?

June 2, 2010

Outdoor altar at Omega.

Jivamukti yoga is a rigorous, spiritual and transformative practice.  Jiva means individual soul and mukti means liberation in Sanskrit, so a Jivanmukta is someone seeking liberation from suffering in this lifetime.  And that is what Jivamukti is all about, revealing the ancient teachings of yoga to those who are interested so that they may seek enlightenment and reconnect to that naturally blissful state that is within each of us.

Jivamukti Yoga is based on 5 tenets:

Ahimsa: Non-harming/Non-violence. The practice of Ahimsa is essential to the practice of Jivamukti yoga and one of Sharon and David’s core beliefs.

Scripture: Jivamukti draws heavily from a myriad of ancient texts and sources, including the Yoga Sutra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Bhagavad Gita which give the practice a firm foundation and root it in thousands of years of wisdom and practice.

Meditation:  Connecting to that which is eternal and internal within ourselves helps break down the separation we feel from everyone else and helps us to find and experience union.  Meditation helps us quiet the mind and let go of the power of external stimuli so that we may turn further inside.

Bhakti: Bhakti is devotion and represents all of the devotional aspects of the Jivamukti method, the offering that we seek to make our yoga practice and dedication and high intention we use to lift us from the mundane.  It is the recognition that the experience of union is the goal of the practice.

Nada: Nada yoga is the yoga of sound, of becoming a great and receptive listener.  The quieted mind is able to go inside and listen to the vibration of sound that connects us all.

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