Jivamukti › Andrea Kwiatkowski
Jivamukti Yoga is a vinyasa-based yoga method that is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as "seat, connection", meaning the relationship we cultivate with the earth and all beings. As such, central to this method is the belief that the path to enlightenment is through compassion for all beings. With this in mind, the five tenets of Jivamukti are: ahimsa (non-harming); bhakti (devotion); shastra (chanting and the study of the ancient texts); nadam (the practice of deep, inner listening); dhyana (meditation). These practices are rooted in a rigorous asana practice, however, the asana becomes more than mere physical exercise to keep one’s body fit or to increase strength or flexibility; it becomes a way to improve one’s relationship to all others and thus lead to enlightenment - the dissolution of the sense of separateness, the realization of the oneness of being, the discovery of lasting happiness.
Jivamukti: Hip Vinyasa Flow
This Jivamukti vinyasa yoga class gets moving straight away with a swift, feisty flow - perfect for getting yourself moving in the mornings. With the usual full range of standing and seated poses with forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions, the poses also all focus on the hips. Our hips get so tight with too much sitting, standing and travelling - most of us need to focus on the hips to keep the joints fluid and mobile and the lower back strong. Enjoy!
Jivamukti: Neck and Shoulder Vinyasa
This full, well-rounded Jivamukti yoga class is a vinyasa flow which is a full-body and mind stretch focusing on the neck and shoulders. This class is designed to lengthen the space of the neck and shoulders, an area which suffers so much for most of us in this modern life. Enjoy some delicious neck and shoulder stretching amidst a flowing Jivamukti flow class.
Raise Your Energy with Kapalbhati Breath Work
A wonderful practice for first thing in the morning to raise your energy! This is a breath work class called Skull Shining Breath which is fantastic to improve our focus and energy and get ready for the day. Don't practice on a full stomach or if you're pregnant, and as with any class, don't force anything. Enjoy letting the energy flow!
Chant: Om Purnam
A beautiful chant which is from Yajur Veda. It means: That is whole. This is whole. From the whole becomes manifest. From the whole when the whole is negated, what remains is again the whole. Call and response the words are: Om Purnam Adah Purnam Idam Purnat Purnam Udachyate Purnasya Purnam Adaya Purnam Evavashishyate.
Morning Magic Six
Teacher Student Chant
Chant to Ganesh
Feel The Fear & Do It Anyway: Jivamukti Inversions
A full, well-rounded Jivamukti yoga class, with a focus on inversions. Inversions are a super opportunity to change our perspecitve on life, and even take a look at the ways that we approach different things in life. This class will strengthen your core and shoulders to prepare your upper body for taking inversions. It doesn't matter what shape you make in the inversion and if you go upside down or not, it's all about how we look at situations. A great class for warming and strengthening, whether you're ready to go upside down or not. Remember to handle inversions with care, our egos can get in the way, so only work carefully and within your capabilities here! You will need a strap.
Jivamukti Backbend Express
A well-rounded, soulful and shorter Jivamukti practive with a focus on lengthening and strengthening the spine through backbends. Backbends not only lead to a strong spine but also open the front of the body and the heart centre. This is a practice to cultivate love and giving to others. You will need a block.
Protect and Strength for Wrist and Shoulders