Jivamukti yoga is an exercise system that combines yoga poses with meditation, chanting, scripture and music. This form of yoga is a vigorous type of hatha yoga that incorporates the physical practice of a vinyasa style into its teaching, in which each movement is coordinated with breathing to continuously flow from one asana to the next. There are five basic principles that Jivamukti yoga teachers incorporate into their classes: non-violence ("ahimsa"), devotion ("bhakti"), meditation ("dhyana"), music ("nada") and scripture ("shastra"). Each jivamukti class is dictated by a theme, which is explored through the use of asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, yoga scripture and music. There are six different types of jivamukti yoga classes. "Beginner" classes follow a set sequence of asanas to familiarize newcomers with this style of yoga. "Basic" classes run for four weeks to teach the fundamentals of jivamukti yoga. "Open" classes include asana, pranayama, meditation, music and scripture based on a monthly theme. "Spiritual warrior" classes focus on sustaining the pace of the set vinyasa sequence during a one hour class, rather than on spiritual guidance. "Private" classes enable an individual to be guided individually by an instructor while attneding a group Jivamukti class. And "meditation" classes teach students to silently repeat the mantra “let-go” while inhaling and exhaling to help them connect with their supreme self. Like other forms of yoga that have grown in global popularity, jivamukti yoga has become increasingly available as a commercialized form of exercise and now carries diverse meanings, both spiritual and secular, in various communities - although, jivamukti yoga retains an explicit spiritual emphasis.
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Ahimsa yoga; Yogatree
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Roots Yoga Studio1073 Yonge StreetToronto, ON M4W 2L2
Ahimsa Yoga Whitby100 Dundas St. W., 3rd floorWhitby, ON L1N 2L9
Ahimsa Yoga Toronto440 Bloor St. W., 2nd floorToronto, ON M5S 1X5
Yogatree123 Dundas St. W.Toronto, ON M5G 1C4
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