JIVAMUKTI YOGA

Jivamukti Yoga is a method of yoga that was created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984, which reintegrates the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of Yoga. The emphasis in the west has been on Yoga as mostly a physical practice. More and more people are achieving firmer bodies through regular yoga classes. But many are finding something more: what starts out as a purely physical practice creeps into the hearts and minds of even the least spiritual practitioners.

David and Sharon became teachers because they were passionate about communicating Yoga as more than just a system of exercises, but also as a spiritual practice; a path to enlightenment. From their earliest classes, they have taught a living translation of the Indian system of yoga in a way that western minds can comprehend.

That is why Jivamukti Yoga emphasizes vigorous asana as its primary technique, but other practices such as meditation, devotional chanting and study of the ancient texts play an important role as well. The Jivamukti method of Yoga is one of the nine internationally recognized styles of Hatha Yoga. The other eight being: Ashtanga, Iyengar, Viniyoga, Sivananda, Integral, Bikram, Kripalu, and Kundalini.

Jivamukti Yoga offers vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating yoga classes. Classes include Vinyasa (flowing asana sequences), hands-on adjustments, Pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, Sanskrit chanting, Yogic philosophical teachings and deep relaxation. To keep the practice inspiring, asana sequences are ever-changing with music playing an integral role in the class.

JIVAMUKTI OPEN

Whether you’re a beginner, not knowing the difference between vrksasana (tree) and sirshasana (headstand) or an advanced yogi who can put both feet behind their head, the Jivamukti Open class welcomes you, as it is open to all levels practitioners. You work at your own pace, following the teacher’s verbal as well as hands-on guidance. Asana options will be provided for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. A typical Open class incorporates the five tenets of Jivamukti Yoga: shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (kindness), nada (music) and dhyana (meditation) by presenting classical yoga teachings as relevant to one’s life on and off the mat, drawn from the Focus of the Month essay, supported by chanting, breath awareness, flowing vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation and meditation. All Open classes include 14 points—asanas, meditation and spiritual teachings—in a sequence creatively designed by the teacher. Exuberant, eclectic music plays an integral role. The class is called “Open” because it is open and suitable to all levels of practitioners. Even so, beginning level students should know that there will not be much detailed “how to do” descriptions; for those students, it is advised to attend a Basic or Medium Class.

JIVAMUKTI MEDIUM

The Jivamukti Medium class contains all the essential key elements of a classic Jivamukti Open class (see above), but with the only difference that in the medium version, the classes are slower in speed and a bit less difficult in terms of the practice. This means they are perfect for everyone who wants to progress step-by-step from the basic classes to our classic faster moving Jivamukti Open classes. Or for anyone who – once in a while – is looking for a bit slower, less challenging class. And they are also perfect if you are already going to Open but want to work more detailed on specific asanas or sequences to further refine your practice! You will explore the sequences in details and receive more explanations than in a classic Open class.There’s a strong emphasis on balancing, inversions and unlocking the secrets to more “advance” postures. With the use of wall and prop work, this is a great class to empower, connect, and challenge you. You’ll always leave feeling elevated and you did more than you thought you could.

SPIRITUAL WARRIOR

This dynamic one hour Jivamukti yoga class is a set sequence and offers a well-rounded practice for busy people. It incorporates a setting of intention, warm up, standing poses, basic twists, seated poses, deep backbends, inversions, and seated meditation.

ASHTANGA STYLE

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a style of yoga created by K.Sri Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century, often promoted as a modern-day form of classical indian yoga. He claimed to have learnt the system from his teacher, Krishnamacharya. It is an energetic form of yoga, synchronising breath with movements. The individual poses (asanas) are linked by flowing movements (vinyasas). Jois established his Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in 1948.

SOUND BATH

A journey into deep relaxation for your body and mind with the healing sounds of traditional Nepali singing bowls.
During a Sound Bath, the brainwave state is altered from normal waking state (beta) to relaxed state (alpha), dreamlike state (theta) and even restorative state (delta). As the mind and body relax, the heart rate and blood pressure decrease and our breathing becomes deeper. It is in this state that deep healing can occur.

PURE FLOW YOGA

Pure Flow Yoga is characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. The classes offer a variety of postures, from warm up sequences, to standing and seated poses including twists, balancing poses, back bends and inversions. The sequencing is always changing and no two classes are ever alike.

For all those practitioners who need a dynamic workout.

SOFT FLOW YOGA

Soft Flow Yoga has the same characteristics than Pure Flow Yoga (see above) except that the pace is slower and suitable for beginners and all those who need a slower and more gentle practice.

KUNDALINI YOGA

The practice of kriyas and meditations in Kundalini Yoga are designed to raise complete body awareness to prepare the body, nervous system  and mind to handle the energy of Kundalini rising. The majority of the physical postures focus on navel activity, activity of the spine, and selective pressurization of body points and meridians. Breath work and the application of bandhas (3 yogic locks) aid to release, direct and control the flow of Kundalini energy from the lower centers to the higher energetic centers. Kundalini Yoga can be understood as a tri-fold approach of Bhakti yoga for devotion, Shakti yoga for power, and Raja yoga for mental power and control. With the practice of Kundalini Yoga one is thought able to liberate oneself from one’s Karma and to realize one’s Dharma (Life Purpose). All levels are welcome.

STRONG & FLEXIBLE

The perfect balance of strength and flexibility. The class begins with a dynamic vinyasa flow integrating core and fitness drills to build up cardio, strength and endurance. It then explores a variety of stretching techniques including dynamic, isometric and active stretching which will support you not only to gain flexibility but also strength in your new range of motion.

SOMATIC YOGA

“Instead of fixating or imposing an idea or form upon the body, the centered, self-correcting body (in continual motion and capable of flexibility, suppleness and strength) emerges from an inner somatic awareness, born of a well-developed nervous system and a harmonic energy flow”
Liz Koch

Keywords: somatic movement, yoga, mindfulness, therapeutic, trauma-sensitive

In this class, we approach movement and the practice of yoga holistically as a way to regulate our nervous system and access our personal wisdom and potential. To do this, we need to move away from repetitive movement patterns into a practice that allows for a deep inner self-exploration rather than to push ourselves into pre-conditioned ideas of how we should move and how our body should look.

The class is mindfulness-based and focuses on experiencing movement from the inside out, allowing you to develop an awareness of your own body and physiology in order to deepen your understanding of your internal life and experience your body as a living organism that wants to express itself and thrive.

Having evolved over thousands of years, our body has an innate and profound intelligence that by far exceeds that of the mind. We can (re-) learn to tap into this intelligent power and (re-) activate our body’s self-healing system, so that we can move through life with grace, expressing our true potential from a stable and supple core.

We mostly move the way we think we should move or are conditioned to move, rather than tapping into our somatic intelligence and letting the body move the way it was intended to. This creates habitual movement and tension patterns which, combined with our thinking and emotional patterns, limits us not only in our range of motion, but in our ability to express our true selves.

The body is not a ‘solid, static or isolated object’ that needs to be taught how to breathe, move or function. In reality, our body is a fluid and soft organism that has an innate need to express itself through movement. We can learn to stop interfering in this natural process and allow the living organism that we are to fully express itself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. How do we do this? By learning to develop our somatic intelligence and free our movement, so that we can think, feel, perceive, experience and move through life from within a dynamic physical body. The class is suitable for all bodies.

BASICS

Each Basic class is part of a four-week fundamentals course that explores a different focus each week:

  • week one: standing poses
  • week two: forward bending poses
  • week three: backward bending poses
  • week four: inversions, meditation and “putting it all together”

The emphasis in the basic class is alignment not vinyasa. Students are taught “how to do” asanas as well as the use of props. The Basic class provides the underlying structure to help a student be able to eventually enter into a more advanced class intelligently and safely. Beginners are encouraged to take all four weeks of the Basic course. It is advisable for a student to register for the full 4 week program starting with week one, but a student can also drop into any class at any time during the month. This class is suitable for beginners.

ONLINE CLASSES

Our online classes are either live streams or recorded sessions which you can purchase with our Mindbody system and view at your convenience while practising at home. We offer classes with our resident teachers as well as teachers from other parts of the world.