Jivamukti Yoga

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Jivamukti Yoga Mean?

Jivamukti yoga is a modern hybrid style of yoga that was created and branded by artist David Life and musician/dancer Sharon Gannon.

The name comes from the Sanskrit jiva (individual living soul) and mukti (the freeing from the eternal cycle of death and rebirth). Therefore, the full name implies liberation while still living on Earth.

The five basic principles of Jivamukti yoga are:

  1. Meditation (dhyana)
  2. Music (nada)
  3. Non-violence (ahimsa)
  4. Devotion (bhakti)
  5. Scripture (shastra)

It is a highly physical and vigorous style of yoga that takes its basic moves from traditional Hatha yoga.


Yogapedia Explains Jivamukti Yoga

Jivamukti yoga was devised in 1984 by Life and Gannon. It is founded upon traditional yoga. The creators added elements taken from their time spent with gurus, such as Swami Nirmalanda, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati.

In addition to their main headquarters in New York, they have official studio locations around the U.S., as well as London, Berlin, Sydney and other cities worldwide. Jivamukti yoga is also taught in affiliated studios by certified teachers.

There are currently six different types of Jivamukti yoga classes: open, basic, beginner vinyasa, spiritual warrior, private and meditation. Every class is built around a theme and often involves a fair amount of music, chanting and scripture.

Jivamukti yoga has notably become popular among celebrities. Christy Turlington, Gwyneth Paltrow and Uma Thurman are among the famous practitioners of this style.

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