Eliminate Force and Bring Finesse Into Your Yoga
Day 21 – Yoga with Adriene is all about finesse.
The focus of this practice is on finesse rather than force.
Life can toss and turn us leaving us to feel a tad bit jerked around.
And then we hop on the yoga mat and often we see folks jerk and toss their bodies all the same. So this practice emphasizes purposely slower movements between poses.
Today’s session invites you to focus on the quality of movement…and grace.
Here is another type of yoga that you may not know about.
This style of yoga emerged in the 1980s from one of New York City’s best-known yoga studios.
Jivamukti founders David Life and Sharon Gannon were influenced by the rigor of Ashtanga yoga in combination with chanting, meditation, and spiritual teachings. They have trained many teachers who have brought this style of yoga to studios and gyms, predominantly in the U.S. and Europe. Jivamukti classes are physically intense and often include an inspirational theme selected by the teacher.
The name Jivamukti was inspired by a Sanskrit word that means “liberation while living.” For many years, Jivamukti stayed close to its East Village roots, first on 2nd Avenue and 10th street and later on Lafayette Street. In 2006, Jivamukti moved to Union Square, opening a flagship studio with a cafe and boutique. Early devotees included such Hollywood and music industry celebrities as Gwyneth Paltrow, Christy Turlington, Uma Thurman, Russell Simmons, and Sting.
What to Expect from a Jivamukti Class
Jivamukti is a vinyasa style practice where the asana is usually quite vigorous, though classes can also be lighthearted and fun.
Each class has a theme, which is explored through yoga scripture, chanting, meditation, asana, pranayama, and music, which is why Jivamukti appeals to people who want more than a good workout. Teachers are encouraged to make yoga principles relatable by drawing examples from modern life and contemporary music, so there is usually a presentation of the theme at the beginning of class and a reemphasis of it throughout.
One of the strongest currents in Jivamukti’s philosophy is a strict interpretation of the yama ahimsa, which means non-violence. Accordingly, Jivamukti teachers advocate, sometimes strongly, for a vegan diet.
Discover more about this type of yoga in the source article.
The list of different yoga styles came from this article.
The featured image came from pixabay.com
Have you missed some of the other yoga trainings – not to worry.
Your next yoga practice will be the dance of release.