The Jivamukti yoga method was founded by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1986. It is a yoga practice for those who are seeking enlightment through compassion for all beings. The name Jivamukti comes from the Sanskrit word jivanmukta which means “liberated whilst living”. Jivamukti Yoga is a vigorous, vinyasa-based Hatha Yoga method which includes 5 tenets:
1. ahimsa (kindness, compassion)
2. bhakti (devotion)
3. dhyana (meditation)
4. nada (music)
5. shastra (study ancient yogic teachings)
A typical class presents classical yoga teachings as relevant to one’s life on and off the mat, spiritual teachings from the focus of the month, supported by chanting, breath awareness, flowing vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation and meditation. Exuberant, eclectic music plays an integral role: you might practice to a shifting soundtrack of ragas, global trance, hip-hop, spoken word, George Harrison, Sting, Krishna Das, Donna de Lory and Michael Franti.
"Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu"
Translation: “May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”