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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Jivamukti Yoga by Sharon Gannon. David Life. 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. As they explain their intensely physical and spiritual system of flowing postures, they provide inspiring expert instruction to guide you in your practice. 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Jivamukti Yoga , please sign up. Lists with This Book.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 09, Claire Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. I had everything to do with where I am now. However, if not for efforts of those who have gone before me or for the graces of the Divine, I would not have the actions or words I have.
In physics, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So too, in my life, do my actions have effects. For example, if I have a bad day at work through no fault of my own and go home with a negative attitude, the result, if I choose to maintain the negative attitude, is that I will say hurtful things to those around me. My friends and family around me will remember these hurtful words and it will have a negative impact on my future.
Again, my friends and family will remember this version of me and give me that benefit in the future. You can start paying attention to your own karma, your own actions. You are the agent for your fate. You had everything to do with where you are now. What you did before matters. What you are doing now matters. What you are thinking now matters. Yogis accept difficulties as opportunities to work out bad karma. It is wise to give thanks for everything that happens, knowing that the present situation can change in an instant.
I want to take a second to evaluate the rare moments when I may fill the role of teacher: around my siblings, around the youth group students I volunteer with, around non-lawyers, and when tutoring on high school subjects. With my man, I am always learning form his kindness and generosity to be more patient with people and given them the benefit of the doubt. With lawyers, I am always learning how to do my job better—learning to review briefs and letters more thoroughly; learning to put up with more difficult personalities; and learning to stay strong in adversity.
This is how I like my asana practice. When I go to the gym by myself, after cardio and weights, I clear my mind for the day with my asana practice: mountain, breath in, arms to sky on inhale, arms arched back on exhale, dive into a forward fold, inhale, exhale, adjust legs and knees, inhale, exhale, step feet back to plank, inhale, exhale, inhale, push down on exhale, cobra on inhale, down dog on exhale, hold for inhale, exhale, adjust legs, inhale, exhale, adjust shoulders, inhale, step legs up to arms on exhale, inhale forward bend, exhale, inhale and roll up to mountain.
When in next down dog, drop knees and inhale, exhale, look at sky and arch back on inhale in cat, release all air and look through legs as spine is rounded in cow, repeat. In each vinyasa krama, you experience the flowing river of life as you become cat-cow-ocbra-dog. When we place ourselves in an asana, we express both the vibrational essence of its Sanskrit name and the vibrational essence of the life form that the asana embodies.
Jul 29, carrie beth rated it it was amazing. This is the best overview book on yoga I have ever read. It is descriptive enough that even very beginners can pick it up and get to practicing right off. It doesn't just emphasize what most westerners think of as "yoga"- the asanas, or physical practices, but they give equal weight to, and highlight the importance of, all eight limbs of the yogic path, making clear connections between each limb.
Some folks might find it a bit preachy, but I think there is something here for anyone interested in learning yoga or meditation, or just curious about how to live with more awareness and even-mindedness.
Oct 25, Laura rated it it was amazing. Most of the book is about the ashtanga and yamas, such as ahimsa non-harming , and how these are necessary components of a yoga practice. Jun 10, Justin rated it really liked it Shelves: health , spirituality.
This is a book to change your way of thinking. It is more like Be Here Now than a typical yoga book.
Although there are practices covered in this book, these practices are covered elsewhere. The main benefit of this book, in my opinion, is changing the way you view the world.
This book needs to be read slowly. Jul 16, Joy rated it it was amazing. Very cool people, these two. They studied in India under Pattabi Jois among others. They are very very political in the animal rights and vegan realm.
I got to take some of there classes last year at the SWYC. I am currently reading it. From the very first moment the book arrived, I just could not wait to start it. I left the other books I was reading to have all the time to begin with it. I am absolutelly and totally in love. One of my bests. You can really feel what yoga means getting an special touch.
Jul 06, Irene rated it really liked it Shelves: yoga. Sharon and David combined their Ashtanga background, learning from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, with ancient and modern spiritual teachings: a Jivamukti class will incorporate chanting, affirmation, and meditations in a physically rigorous asana practice.
Jivamukti makes yoga - spiritual yoga- cool. Sting writes the Foreword for Jivamukti Yoga, and the celebrity book blurbs show the spectrum of star power, everyone from Russell Simons to the Beastie Boys has nothing but good things to say. To be honest, this is either a testament to the celebrity fan club or a sign that the marketing team for Jivamukti Yoga needs to get their SEO act together.
Sharon and David are bhakti yogis - they believe in self-liberation, that it is the only internal revolution you can have, and that yoga practice is about devotion and connection to god. God here can be thought of as connecting to the Big Self, to the Universal Consciousness. It's clear Sharon and David know their stuff. Want to know about karma?
Want to know about vinyasa krama - the art of sequencing? Why it is called vinyasa, what are the outer and inner vinyasas? The power of mantras, of chanting? Jivamukti Yoga has got you covered. It is true what other reviewers have noted - their explanations are simple without simplifying complex ideas. It is a good foundation from which to dive deeper if you wish.
Sharon and David are vegans and don't shy away from the topic.
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Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul
It also emphasizes animal rights , veganism , environmentalism,  and social activism. Jivamukti Yoga was co-founded in New York in by dancer and musician Sharon Gannon and her partner, artist and cafe owner David Life. In they traveled together to India and took the Sivananda teacher training program and met Swami Nirmalananda. Thus the Jivamukti method is "liberation while living". Shastra , or scripture, refers to the study and exploration of the four central texts of yoga as well as to the study of the Sanskrit language in which they were first written.