Jivamukti Open Class
Jivamukti Yoga founded by Sharon Gannon & David Life 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. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, 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).
The core philosophy of Jivamukti is expressed through Five Tenets, which form the foundation of Jivamukti Yoga. Jivamukti teachers embody these tenets.
Nada – नाद 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.
Bhakti – भक्ति 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.
Shastra – शास्त्र Study of the ancient yogic teachings, including Sanskrit chanting, drawn from the Jivamukti global Focus of the Month.
Ahimsa – अहिंसा A non-violent, compassionate lifestyle extending to all living beings & the environment, encouraging students to take steps towards healthy positive change for the benefit of the planets and all its inhabitants.
Dhyana – ध्यान Meditation: connecting to that eternal unchanging reality within.
“We chose the name Jivamukti to reflect the true aim of yoga, which is liberation. ‘Jiva’ means individual soul and ‘mukti’ means liberation… The name Jivamukti Yoga reflects the fact that it is possible to have a beneficial and fulfilling life in the world, and also progress spiritually-perhaps even attaining liberation while living.” ~ Sharon Gannon and David Life
I feel very passionate about sharing Jivamukti. These five tenets have been the essence of my teaching for some time already through various great teachers I have studied with in the tantric and Bhakti traditions over the years but now I feel like my yoga has found it’s true home in this vibrant community that I am so very proud to be a part of and share with our wonderful community.
What to expect
Bhakti at the heart of a woven tapestry of dynamic but soulful sequences of asana with eclectic playlists, ancient teachings and how they relate to the modern day yogi(ni).
Modifications & progressions are given throughout and when appropriate hands on assists will be given (if wanted).
What to bring to class
Essentials: Yoga mat, Yoga bricks/blocks, strap, blanket.
Optional: Cushions and bolsters.
Who is this class for
This class is suitable for all practitioners except complete beginners.
If you are unsure whether this class is suitable for you, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chat.
What our students say
GeorgiaLast Monday was my first yoga class and being online was different but your set up was really clear and easy to see the class.I haven’t been doing yoga for long and I only have experience in solo home practice, so it nice to get feedback on how I was doing with the poses and to enjoy being in a group.I have a goal to become a lot more flexible and to be more relaxed as I hold a lot of tension. I really enjoyed the class and will be rebooking.
AprilThe retreat for me it was a very illuminating, connecting and sacred space that was created! We had space to be alone and to be together, and that balance was so spot on and allowed us all to honour ourselves and one another is such a loving way! I learnt more about my own energetic boundaries and when I need to prioritise recharging to stay focused and present with others! It was a LOT in one week but that’s what made it so transformational! I also had some amazing mystical experiences in that week, the presence of my nan with me during meditations and an overwhelming heart opening and expansion in one of your classes! Lots of tingles and magic!
Claire BaxterI always reap the benefits from Sam's classes both in a spiritual and a physical sense. I'm utilising the option of buying the classes that I would have usually attended or participated online live. This currently fits in with me as I have a full house and no real structure. Buying the classes allows me to fit yoga in where it's possible...and peaceful within my home! Allowing me to feel the full benefit of my yoga time and space without kids or partners stomping though my Savasna! Saying that I'm really looking forward to attending the studio again, as although I am benefiting from these choices in how and when I practice, I do miss the physical connection from Sam and my fellow yogees.
Claire BaxterI just wanted to say thank you for the Water element Hatha yoga. As always, it was a super lesson and very reflective of my needs at the moment.
Tara PerlakiLoved everything about the retreat week – and the fact that this created and put together off the back of massive changes, was so impressive.It felt like the first time in the course, that I had got to know my fellow yogi’s on the course and that made it even more special.The whole experience was so positive!
Event Timeslots (1)
From 18th September
Jivamukti Open Class