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Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul [Paperback]

Sharon Gannon , David Life
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April 23 2002
The long-awaited, complete guide to the popular, vigorous American method of yoga that is deeply rooted in ancient wisdom and scriptures

“In this day and age of health and fitness trends, it is assuring to know that Sharon and David encourage their students to draw inspiration from the classical texts of Yoga and timeless scriptural sources. What I appreciate so much about David and Sharon is how they help their Yoga students to understand and appreciate the wisdom of all the great saints and jivamuktas who have contributed to raising consciousness. Ultimately, it is Self-Realization, that is the true goal of Yoga.”
–SRI SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA

Creators of the extremely popular Jivamukti Yoga method and cofounders of the New York City studios where it is taught, Sharon Gannon and David Life present their unique style of yoga for the first time in book form. As they explain their intensely physical and spiritual system of flowing postures, they provide inspiring expert instruction to guide you in your practice.

Unlike many books about yoga, Jivamukti Yoga focuses not only on the physical postures but also on how they evolved–the origins of the practices in yoga’s ancient sacred texts and five-thousand-year-old traditions–the psychotherapeutic benefits that accrue with a steady practice, and the spiritual power that is set free when energy flows throughout the mind and body. Jivamukti Yoga, which means “soul liberation,” guides your body and soul into spiritual freedom, physical strength, peace of mind, better health, and Self-realization–the ultimate goal of any practice. Gannon and Life help you understand each of the practices that comprise the yoga path to enlightenment:
AHIMSA–The Way of Compassion: choosing nonviolence, respecting all life, practicing vegetarianism, living free of prejudice
ASANA–The Way of Connection to the Earth: postures and sequences, breathing, transforming energy, understanding the bandhas
KARMA–The Way of Action: creating good karma, giving thanks
NADAM–The Way of Sacred Music: appreciating the sacred sounds of yoga
MEDITATION–The Way of the Witness: how to sit still and move inward
BHAKTI–The Way of Devotion to God: living with love, grace, and peace

Whatever yoga you practice, Jivamukti Yoga will help you to strengthen and deepen that practice and lead you onto a path of spiritual clarity and self-discovery.

“If there is only one book you read about the practice of Yoga, this should be the one. Sharon and David are deeply dedicated students and teachers of Yoga who have the rare capacity to translate their profound understanding to the reader. This book is for anyone who wishes to find transformation through Yoga. I’m grateful for their work and teaching.”
–STEPHAN RECHTSCHAFFEN, MD
Co-founder & CEO, Omega Institute

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“Jivamukti has been a big influence in my life. I’ve read this book twice and expect to read it many more times. It’s the bible of my spiritual practice.”
–RUSSELL SIMMONS

“David and Sharon are great teachers in the fullest sense of the word–as guides and mentors they challenge and inspire. Their book gives readers a glimpse of the power of yoga to transform lives.”
–TRUDIE STYLER
Cofounder of the Rainforest Foundation

“Sharon and David sing the essence of yoga in their new book Jivamukti Yoga. Their book is amazingly accessible without being compromising to the tradition of yoga. In the same breath I applaud them for their courage to be creative and daring in expressing their unique and gifted voices.”
–RODNEY YEE

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“Jivamukti has been a big influence in my life. I’ve read this book twice and expect to read it many more times. It’s the bible of my spiritual practice.”
–RUSSELL SIMMONS

“David and Sharon are great teachers in the fullest sense of the word–as guides and mentors they challenge and inspire. Their book gives readers a glimpse of the power of yoga to transform lives.”
–TRUDIE STYLER
Cofounder of the Rainforest Foundation

“Sharon and David sing the essence of yoga in their new book Jivamukti Yoga. Their book is amazingly accessible without being compromising to the tradition of yoga. In the same breath I applaud them for their courage to be creative and daring in expressing their unique and gifted voices.”
–RODNEY YEE

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3.0 out of 5 stars Brand Name Spiritual Yoga?! Jan. 15 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In an era when yoga has become trendy and commercialized it is refreshing that a mainstream publisher offers a book that advocates a return to spiritually oriented yoga practice. Ironically, the authors have created yet another "brand name" yoga while delivering a book that has more style than substance.
I was disappointed with most of the contents of this book. For example, the section on pranayama and bandhas has enough detail to get someone into trouble, but not enough detail to provide real guidance. The section on asana has some useful comments on sequencing, but the descriptions and the tiny, grainy, badly cropped photos are useless.
The text on various aspects of yoga philosophy and practice is uninspired and rather muddled. The section on ahimsa is particularly annoying, with a rather hectoring and judgmental attitude towards non-vegans.
I was especially disappointed with the recommended readings found in Appendix II. A book that is intended to inspire people towards a spiritual path should have a well organized reading list that describes the recommended books in some detail. The provided list has no organization at all, it isn't even properly alphabetized! Nor is there any description of the included books.
Surf on over to the Jivamukti website, there you can purchase some pricey yoga togs so that you can look very stylish on the road to spiritual liberation. The authors may have intended to promote a spiritual approach to yoga, but they've created yet another "brand name" yoga with themselves as "yoga celebrities". If this sort of thing appeals to you, I suggest you check out their other book, The Art of Yoga, which is all style and no substance--but it sure is way cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is worth BUYING because . . . March 9 2004
By Diana
Format:Paperback
I refer to it all the time. Whenever I want to engage my practice off the mat, but am not sure which direction to turn in, their book provides plenty of inspiration. I'm grateful that they have presented traditional aspects of yogic philosophy in a way that makes sense for the modern yogi :) They state from the beginning that their intention with Jivamukti is to INTEGRATE the old with the new and your practice with your life. It will not collect dust on your bookshelf. It will become worn from use as a reference and as an inspiration! My first yoga teacher recommended this book to me and described Sharon and David as "yogis gone bad!" It is the first book I recommend to my friends who are interested in starting to practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem!!! Sept. 25 2003
Format:Paperback
I cannot praise this book enough! I have never written a review on Amazon before but this time I had to. This book is one of a kind, integrating traditional Yoga - with all its colour, sounds, and mystique - with a modern day approach that far from detracting from the essence, truly brings Yoga up to date. So many other books skim over the other limbs and don't indicate how they can be integrated into every day life. In Jivamukti Yoga however, we are given differing methods to do just this! One of the real inspirations for me was that you don't have to live in perfect surroundings, you don't need to have serene, silent, idyllic conditions in which to practice; you can practice in the middle of a busy urban background and become an 'Urban Yogi'!
I can heartily recommend this book for anyone who wants to practice Yoga how it was meant to be practiced! Buy the book, put some tunes on and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the book June 27 2003
By Jody
Format:Paperback
This has been a very interesting read for me. I attempted to read the book without thinking about things that I have heard about the authors. Sharon and David are much discussed in yoga circles - they are considered fairly radical - and I have heard many good and bad things about them. I also tried not to let the views of the authors that I don't entirely agree with influence my view of the book. In the end, I was quite please with this book.
First of all, I think the overview of yoga philosophy, is good. This is the main focus of this book. As an introductory book on the philosophy aspect of yoga, it does not go into great depth. The authors believe that this aspect has not been being spread as much as the physical practice of yoga. However, be forewarned, the authors practice veganism as a part of their ahimsa (non-harming) practice and they are strong advocates for animal rights. This stance is presented throughout the book. While I don't entirely agree with them on this, if you read the entire book, they do explain where they are coming from on this issue.
As far as hatha yoga / asana practice / the physical postures of yoga, there is some of that in this book. The authors assume you have studied asana previously. They point out there are many books and teachers availible regarding hatha yoga, and they don't feel compelled to repeat this. What they do is dedecate a few chapters to demonstrate their style of vinyasa krama (linking the postures together with breath in a dance/tai chi like flow series). They give 5 sample 'lessons', three for beginners and two for intermediate/advanced. They also give numerous flow sequences you can put together yourself in various ways or incorporate as a segment into your own practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really different book about Yoga!
This book Jivamukti Yoga is very different than most yoga books in that it is about Yoga in a more holistic sense. Read more
Published on April 8 2003 by CPTScott
5.0 out of 5 stars Find Happiness in Yoga
Sharon and David have done an amazing job with this book! They have compiled years of Yoga teachings to offer us the simplest method to practice Yoga in our modern world. Read more
Published on March 26 2003 by Eta
5.0 out of 5 stars YOGA IS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE .....
I think I have read many of the books on yoga today, some of them are really good about telling me where I should be putting my left toe, during my practice, where I should be... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Should be called, "Name droppers Unite"- try Bikram instead!
Read the thank-you list in the back of the book and you'll get the general idea. While Jivamukti Yoga is indeed a great style to practice, the hipper-than-thou tone and quotes... Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2002 by Donna Lethal
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, too bad they are addicted to cult of celebrity
A good informative and sometimes inspired book. It is hard to reconcile the lofty philosophy of Sharon and David with their belief that celebrity is so important. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Work
David and Sharon have shared their life long learning and passion for yoga with us in this wonderful book. I particularly love the part where they tell us about their gurus. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The wild child of yoga strikes back
Wow, here it is: the embodiment of the wisdom of two of the greatest Yoga teachers alive! Sharon Gannon and David Life have rocked (and shocked) the American Yoga community for the... Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2002 by Patrick Broome
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I recently attended David's workshop and prior to the workshop, read Jivamukti Yoga in a matter of two or three days. Read more
Published on July 4 2002 by "donnah-y"
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, readable, thoughtful book--
The book incorporates the authors' journey of spiritual discovery.
It doesn't exclude asanas (smaller photographs of asanas are presenting in sequence along the page... Read more
Published on July 3 2002 by crumbcake
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