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 or 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).
The Five Tenets of Jivamukti Yoga
The core philosophy is expressed through 5 tenets, which form the foundation of Jivamukti Yoga.
A nonviolent, compassionate lifestyle extending to other animals, the environment and all living beings.
Acknowledgment that self-realization 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.
Meditation: connecting to that eternal unchanging reality within.
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.
Study of the ancient yogic teachings, including Sanskrit chanting, drawn from the Focus of the Month to the extent possible.