Core Philosophy
Jivamukti Yoga is more than just a physical practice, it is a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. Founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life, Jivamukti Yoga is grounded in the Sanskrit Word – Asana – meaning ‘seat’ or ‘connection to the earth’. Our relationship to the earth and all beings that inhabit the earth should be mutually beneficial and come from a place of happiness (Sukham) and Joy (Sthira).

This core philosophy is expressed through 5 tenets that form the foundation of Jivamukti Yoga and are found within each Jivamukti class. They are:

A nonviolent, compassionate lifestyle extending to other animals, the environment and all living beings. Emphasizing a Vegetarian diet.

Acknowledging that Self/God/Divine realization is the goal of all yoga practices. Chanting, setting an Intention and other devotional practices.

Meditation: Connecting to the unchanging reality within.

The development of a sound body and mind through listening. Incorporated into the practice through music, spoken word and chanting.

Study of ancient yogic philosophy and Sanskrit. Following the focus of the month provided by Sharon Gannon and David Life each month.

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