Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul Paperback – Apr 23 2002
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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.”
“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.”
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.”
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"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 toenlightenment:
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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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.Read more ›
Jivamukti Yoga is more of an overview of the more spiritual aspects of yoga and puts the asana practice in the context of this more complete picture. It truly treats asana as just one limb of yoga practice.
While I enjoyed it on many levels, I must also say that there are many times where I felt the authors got very preachy and sometimes seemed a bit off base to me.
For example, Gannon and Life's view of "Ahimsa" compared to other authors on the subject. Most writing on this concept of non-harming that I've read also stresses not harming oneself, Gannon and Life don't give very much importance to this aspect of it which has a bit of a "martyr-like" attitude to it.
In Desikachar's book "The Heart Of Yoga" he says (I'm paraphrasing) that "Ahimsa also means acting in kindness toward ourselves". and goes on to say for example that " if one is a vegetarian but are in a situation where one must eat meat in order to survive then one must do what they need to do so they can continue to take care of their family and other responsibilities" and goes on to say that "it would show a lack of consideration and arrogance to become stuck on one's principles".
Gannon and Life often seem to be stuck on their principles which I found to be a bit of a turn off.Read more ›
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This book has changed my life! A must have in any yogis library, it will open your eyes and your heart to the true path of enlightenment. Jai!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you love yoga and have never tried Jivamukti, this is the book for you !! Postures are unique and flows are the true Jivamukti flows - slightly different that the usual sun... Read morePublished on June 2 2014 by BohoYogaGirl
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. Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by Diana
I cannot praise this book enough! I have never written a review on Amazon before but this time I had to. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2003 by Tony
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 morePublished on March 26 2003 by Eta
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2003
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 morePublished on Nov. 22 2002 by Donna Lethal
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 morePublished on Nov. 14 2002