This workshop will feature the 'classic' elements of a Jivamukti yoga. Expect deep meditation, steadying pranayama, uplifting chanting, and a physical practice of strong standing postures, lengthening side, forward and back bends, rotating around the central intention of happiness and freedom (twists) and a test of your balance (on feet and hands). A solid heartfelt intention, single-pointed focus and dedicated practice can bring about a new way of being.
Jivamukti Yoga is a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. The Jivamukti Method is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as “seat, connection” – relationship to the Earth. Earth implies all of life. Citing Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, which states that asana should be sthira and sukham, Jivamukti Yoga maintains that one’s relationship to others (asana) should be mutually beneficial and come from a consistent (sthira) place of joy and happiness (sukham). This is a radical idea that, when put into practice, can dismantle our present culture, which is based on the notion that the Earth and all other animals exist for our benefit and to be exploited for our own selfish purposes. So the practice of asana becomes more than mere physical exercise to keep one’s body fit or to increase strength or flexibility; it becomes a way to improve one’s relationship to all others and thus lead to enlightenment – the dissolution of the sense of separateness, the realization of the oneness of being, the discovery of lasting happiness.
The five founding principles of Jivamukti will all feature in this workshop leaving you feeling stronger, more energised, purposeful, full of love and free.
The 5 founding principles of Jivamukti Yoga
Ahimsa - A nonviolent, compassionate lifestyle extending to other animals, the environment and all living beings, emphasising ethical vegetarianism (veganism) and animal rights
Bhakti - Acknowledgment that God/Self-realisation is the goal of all yoga practices; can be expressed through chanting, the setting of a high intention for the practice or other devotional practices.
Dhyana - Meditation: connecting to that eternal unchanging reality within.
Nada - The development of a sound body and mind through deep listening; can be incorporated in a class using recorded music, spoken word, silence or even the teacher’s voice.
Shastra - Study of the ancient yogic teachings, including Sanskrit chanting, drawn from the Focus of the Month to the extent possible.