What is Jivamukti?

David Life and Sharon Gannon created Jivamukti Yoga in 1984 in New York. As with all forms of yoga, it is a physical as well as spiritual practice, but there is also a very strong ethical element attached to Jivamukti, which includes the issues of animal rights, veganism, environmentalism and social activism.

Jivamukti Yoga is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana, as ‘seat, connection’ – the relationship to the earth and to all of life. This notion goes against the practice of modern day life, in which humans use the earth’s resources, animals, plants and vegetation for their own selfish gains, rather than living in harmony with all other living things. The practice of asana therefore becomes more than a mere physical exercise to keep fit, toned and healthy; it becomes a gateway to enlightenment and to that all important awareness and self-realisation in order to be connected to the universe and all of its energy.

There are five main beliefs that set this yoga practice apart from any other. These are: shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (non-harming), nāda (music) and dhyana (meditation).

Shastra – or scripture, refers to the study and exploration of the four central texts of yoga as well as to the study of the Sanskrit language in which they were first written.

Bhakti – literally ‘devotion to God’, is the practice of devotion and humility, the acknowledgment that God/self-realisation is the goal of all yoga practices. It does not matter to what form of God one’s love and devotion is directed; what matters is that the devotion should be directed to something higher than one’s own self or ego.

Ahimsa – is the practice of non-violence or non-harming. This is achieved by living a compassionate lifestyle extending to other animals, the environment and all living beings, emphasising ethical vegetarianism (veganism) and animal rights.

Nāda – is the practice of deep inner listening, chanting, and elevated music. The aim is to develop a sound body and mind through deep listening. The theoretical and practical aspects are based on the belief that everything that exists, including human beings, consists of sound vibrations called nāda.

Dhyana – is the practice of meditation. Meditation is intended to enable a person to stop thinking of themselves, to cease the sense of separateness and to accept that we are all one.

Because of its all-encompassing nature, Jivamukti is more than just a practice; it is a way of life!

Radiant Yoga is delighted to be welcoming Petros Haffenrichter to Marbella this October for a Jivamukti Yoga Weekend Workshop. Petros is one of the first Jivamukti teachers to be ‘advanced certified’ directly from Jivamukti founders Sharon Gannon and David Life. It will be an enlightening workshop of yoga, meditation, music and spiritual talks to better understand the Jivamukti practice, and offers an enjoyable and beneficial weekend for mind, body and spirit.

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The workshop takes place on Saturday & Sunday, 18th and 19th of October 2014

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