Tuning the Body, Mind, & Heart
Jivamukti open: Jivamukti is a style of vinyasa yoga. Classes are supported by flowing posture sequences, chanting, music, breath awareness, hands-on assistance, relaxation and meditation. Incorporating yoga asana and spiritual teachings, Jivamukti is a physically and intellectually stimulating method. Exuberant, eclectic music plays an integral role in the class. In the Jivamukti class you work at your own pace, following the teacher's verbal as well as hands-on guidance. Jivamukti is suitable to all levels of practitioner, however beginning level students should know that there will not be much detailed “how to do” instructions; for that a student is advised to attend Foundational Yoga.
JIVAMUKTI BASics: Each Jivamukti Basic class is part of a four-week fundamentals course that explores a different theme each week:
Week one: standing poses
Week two: forward bending poses
Week three: backward bending poses
Week four: inversions, meditation and "putting it all together"
The perfect class for an absolute beginner or anyone interested in reinvigorating their practice! In the Basic Class alignment is the emphasis. Students are taught “how to do” asanas (postures) as well as the use of props. The Basic Class provides the underlying structure to help a student be able to eventually enter into our other classes intelligently and safely. Beginners are encouraged to take all four weeks of the Basic course. Intermediate and advanced students will also benefit from exploring the alignment essentials presented in these classes. It is advisable that a student register for the full 4 week program starting with week one, but a student can also drop into any class at any time during the month rotation. This class is suitable for beginners, but open to all levels of practitioner.
Spiritual Warrior classes are designed for busy people who only have an hour to practice. The class is fast paced and invigorating and is certainly a “get-in-shape” class. The structure is a fixed set sequence instructed in a vinyasa style. It is a fully balanced class which includes asana warm-up, chanting, setting of intention, surya namaskar, standing poses, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, meditation and relaxation. The teacher focuses on keeping the pace moving and does not stop to give spiritual discourses. Since the asana sequence is always the same, a student will pick it up quite quickly after only a couple of classes.
In many Jivamukti Yoga Centers this class is also offered as the International Spiritual Warrior class, which is taught in languages other than the national language of the country while maintaining standard Sanskrit terminology, making it a wonderful language immersion experience. You could actually learn another language by taking this class regularly. Many yoga teachers find that they learn essential key terms in other languages to enable them to teach yoga in foreign countries. Spiritual Warrior and International Spiritual Warrior Classes are best for intermediate and advanced students, although beginners as well as anyone with a sense of adventure are welcome!