Are you seeking a demanding physical workout, combined with a profound spiritual connection? Then Jivamukti Yoga is the class for you.

In New York City in 1984, Sharon Gannon and David Life established the Jivamukti method, a socially responsible yoga system, favoured by Kate Moss, Sting and Christy Turlington. More than just a celebrity trend, The Jivamukti method applies dynamic flow sequencing, with yogic scriptures, mantras, and meditation, to promote the idea of universal understanding and compassion for all. Based on five tenets, it centres on the expansion of consciousness to unify humanity in the principles of spiritual activism.

In the current, social and political climate, applying these principles can evolve our perception towards a place of growth. In the Jivamukti tradition, the yoga mat is an equalizer, holding space for contemplation, as we flow together as one.

Ahimsa – non-violence 

Ahimsa is one of the Yamas (yogic guidelines) cited by Patanjali to govern interactions with the outside world. Jivamukti embodies the principles of ethical vegetarianism (veganism) animal rights, and ecological preservation, to cultivate living from a space of compassion. By viewing the world as an extension of Self, there is a higher capacity for acceptance, relinquishing our habitual judgemental, and negative thought patterns. Practice non-violence in the mind, actions, and speech to expand the consciousness towards a feeling of universal love for all.

Shastra – Scriptures or the holy teachings

The Jivamukti method is rooted in the original Sanskrit meaning for the word asana (which translates to seat) and a connection with the earth and the life-forms that inhabit it. Shastra refers to the consistent study of the four central texts of yoga, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Upanishads. Through the modern application of these lessons, yoga unfolds as more than just a complete physical workout. It is a means to improve all of your relationships and interactions.     

Dhyana – Meditation

A consistent daily meditational practice manifests as a connection to the ‘unchanging reality within.’ By watching the mind, you identify the difference between the Self and the thought process. You will understand reactive behaviour from the standpoint of greater clarity, deepening your connection to others around you.    

Nada – Sound

Nada centres on developing a deep inner listening to connect to the soundless sound, Om, or the nadam, as everything on earth (including the human body) exists as a form of sound vibrations. In class, your teacher integrates chanting, inspirational music, spoken word and their voice.

Bhakti – Devotion to God

The recognition that God or Self realisation is the ultimate goal of yoga. The aim is to go beyond one’s ego to view a higher state of Self. This realisation of oneness evokes a lasting sense of joy, happiness and peace.

Aleksei Zukov demonstrating Eka Pada Sirsasana

Join BYL Jivamukti teacher Aleksei Zukov, for a class on our Livestream every Sunday evening from 16.00 -17.30 BST.