Jivamukti Yoga, the chosen yoga style of many celebrities, is a vigorous and intellectually stimulating physical practice, combined with a strong foundation in the ancient spiritual traditions of Yoga.
Jivamukti Yoga means liberation in life, taken from the Sanskrit Jivanmuktih, which describes a state of enlightenment or realization of God. Jiva means individual soul and Mukti translates to liberation. This method was created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984 in New York. Nowadays there are six types of classes: the first is open classes, centred on a theme as the focus of the month, secondly the basic class, exploring a different aspect of yoga each week, third the beginner classes following a sequence of asanas, slower and relaxed as a transition from a basic to an open class, fourth, Spiritual Warrior classes which are pure training, designed for busy people who only have one hour for the practice, fifth in class private, where the student and his teacher together attend a regular group class, and finally the method of Meditation, a mantra that teaches students to let go.
The practice of Jivamukti Yoga is based on Vinyasa style and the classes can be physically challenging and intellectually stimulating. Jivamukti Yoga is one of the nine recognized Hatha Yoga styles. This method has five main tenets: Shastra, scripture, Bhakti, devotion to God, Ahimsa, the practice of nonviolence, Nana, inner listening, chanting, and elevated music, and last is Dhyana or Meditation. Nowadays, there are Jivamukti Yoga Centers which are places for the spiritual meeting that offers vigorous Hatha Yoga classes emphasizing the ancient Sacred Teachings. The performed asanas are usually energetic, but classes can also be lighter and fun. Each class has a theme, explored through yoga scripture, chanting, meditation, asana, pranayama, and music.
When joining a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training you will learn about philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology, Sanskrit, Pranayama, Satsang, chanting, meditation, and more. The Jivamukti training can range from 300 hours to 800-hour certifications. These courses are held in different locations around the world. Moreover, Jivamukti, Inc., is a profit corporation which operates Jivamukti branded yoga centers like Jivamukti Berlin or Jivamukti München and provides Jivamukti branded yoga instruction clothing, body care products, and instructional materials.