Jivamukti Yoga

David Life and Shannon Gannon burst onto the yoga scene in New York City in 1984 with a style of yoga they called Jivamukti. Jivamukti, which comes from the Sanskrit “jivamuktih”, can be translated as the liberation of the individual soul. These two teachers had their own solid practice of Ashtanga Yoga before coming up with Jivamukti yoga, so there are elements of this practice within their style.

Jivamukti is a Vinyasa-style class that incorporates chanting and intellectual discussions on yogic scriptures. Jivamukti Yoga classes can be physically demanding and each class focuses on a specific theme that is then explored through readings, chanting and asana.

Practitioners of Jivamukti Yoga are encouraged to see the correlation between their physical limitations and their psychological limitations, and push through the boundaries of both with their practice. It is a great style of yoga for those wanting a more physically challenging class with chanting and yogic theory thrown into the mix.