Jivamukti Yoga is a method of yoga that was created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984, which reintegrates the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of yoga. The emphasis in the west has been on yoga as mostly a physical practice. More and more people are achieving firmer bodies through regular yoga classes but many are finding something more: what starts out as a purely physical practice creeps into the hearts and minds of even the least spiritual practitioners. David and Sharon became teachers because they were passionate about communicating yoga as more than just a system of exercises, as a spiritual practice; a path to enlightenment. 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 emphasises vigorous asana as its primary technique, but practices such as meditation, devotional chanting and study of the ancient scriptural texts equally play an important role within the holistic experience of a class.
“The practice aims to bring about connection, trust and safe play”
Jivamukti Yoga London opened its doors in service on July 2005 and offers vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating yoga classes. Classes include Vinyasa (flowing asana sequences), hands-on adjustments, Pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation practice, Sanskrit chanting, Yogic philosophical teachings and deep relaxation. To keep the practice inspiring, asana sequences are ever changing with a deliberate selection of music, from Moby to Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, playing an integral role in the class to facilitate deep listening and to further reinforce the “Focus of the Month”.
The “Focus of the Month” is an integral aspect of the learning experience within a class and is unique to Jivamukti Yoga in what it cohesively offers to both the teachers and students of the method – a means to go deeply (or deeper?) into a dedicated topic for an entire month. Topics range from sutras or shlokas extracted from ancient texts to the exploration of a modern day term such as “Spiritual Activation”. It facilitates a continuing education, scriptural exploration element for Jivamukti certified teachers, challenging them to investigate an aspect of the yoga practice that would continuously encourage study and development on many levels, ultimately sharing that understanding with students in direct connection with the asana practice. Students, in turn, further their understanding of the teachings when communicated to them in a modern and relevant manner. It often facilitates the shift from a yoga practice that seemingly starts and ends on the mat, to a practice that provokes insight and evolves into a lifestyle. Sharon Gannon and David Life are the originators of the “Focus of the Month” and author the majority of the monthly teachings.
Classes at Jivamukti Yoga London are 60-90 minutes, open to all
levels and are established in the 5 tenets:
SCRIPTURE: Study of the ancient yoga teachings including Sanskrit chanting.
Texts often referred to are: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Bhagavad Gita, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and The Upanishads
BHAKTI: Acknowledgement that universal consciousness is the goal of all yoga practices.
AHIMSA: A non-violent, compassionate lifestyle which emphasises ethical vegetarianism and animal rights.
NADA: The development of a sound body and mind through deep listening.
MEDITATION: Connecting to that internal unchanging reality within.
The centre offers over 50 classes a week (Open, Basics, Spiritual Warrior, Pre-Natal – on the horizon, kids and community classes) and also hosts a wide range of workshops, kirtans, satsangs, benefit classes, performances and lectures by internationally renowned teachers and artists.
THE FIRST UK RESIDENTIAL TEACHER TRAINING (300 HOURS) WILL BE
TAKING PLACE IN DORSET, ENGLAND ON 29 OCTOBER – 25 NOVEMBER, 2012 WITH AN INTERNATIONAL FACULTY OF WORLD RENOWNED ADVANCED
CERTIFIED JIVAMUKTI TEACHERS.
Facilitators: Yogeswari (International Ambassador), Patrick Broome (Director of Jivamukti Munich, Germany), Sharon Gannon (Co- Founder of Jivamukti Method) & David Life (Co-Founder of Jivamukti Method)
Mentors: Cat Alip-Douglas – Lead Mentor (Jivamukti London), Emma Henry (Jivamukti London), Camilla Veen (Jivamukti Affiliate/Stavanger, Norway), & Anya Lunegova (Jivamukti Affiliate/Moscow, Russia)
Sanskrit: Gabriela Bozic (Germany, UK)
Anatomy: Timo Wahl (Germany)
Please visit: www.jivamuktiyoga.co.uk for more information on London teaching faculty, class schedule, workshops and the 2012 UK teacher training.