Jivamukti yoga is the physical, ethical and spiritual practice that was created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984. It has five central tenets attached to it- shastra(scripture), bhakti(devotion), ahimsa(non-violence), nada(music) and dhyana(meditation). This style of yoga has been used as a chosen practice of staying fit because of it teaches not only to stay fit but also to improve one’s relation with others, discovery of eternal happiness and the path to enlightenment.
Here Are Some Of The Poses That Are Practiced In Jivamukti Yoga
The Crow Pose
Squat down as much as you can. Now put your palms on the ground and bend the arms along with squeezing of the knees. Lift your body up as you lift yourself up from the ground. Balance yourself in this posture with the help of your hands. This yoga pose strengthens the arms, thighs and the abdomen.
Stand straight. Now bend the left knee and place it on your right leg. Hook the left foot and bring it around your shin. Bring your arms together by crossing the left elbow over the right. Press both your palms together and stay in this pose for some seconds. This yoga pose helps to stimulate the mind and the pituitary gland.
Start this pose by placing your knees a bit apart. Place your right foot forward in front of the left knee and turn the right thigh outward. You can do this pose by lifting the inner sole away from the floor so that the foot rests on the outer heel. Breathe out and bend your torso forward, press the finger to=ips on the floor. Now, move the left knee backwards. Straighten the knee and lower the right thigh towards the floor. When you feel that you have reached the limit of your stretch, do not straighten your left knee anymore.
Now, push your right heel away from the torso. Slowly turn your leg inward and bring the knee cap towards the ceiling. When the front leg becomes straight, start pressing the left knee backwards. Very carefully, drop the front of the left thigh along with the back of the right thigh towards the ground. The center of the right knee should point directly towards the ceiling. Extend the heel of your front leg and lift the ball of the foot towards the ceiling. Here you can stretch your hands straight up or bring them to a seal. Hold this pose for a few seconds. Repeat the same steps for the other leg. This yoga pose opens up the hips and the groin area, stimulates organs of the abdominal region and keeps the legs supple and flexible.
Lord Of The Dance Pose
Stand in the mountain pose. Inhale slowly and shift the weight on to your right foot. Lift your left heel toward the left buttock as you bend the knee. Press the head of the right thigh bone back and pull the knee cap up to make the standing leg straight and strong. Here you have two variations:
The first is to reach back with the left hand and touch the outside of the left foot or ankle. To avoid hurting your lower back, lift your pubis toward the navel and press your tail bone towards the floor. Lift the left foot away from the floor and the back from your torso. Extend the left thigh, bring the right arm forward and bring both parallel to the floor. The second variation is to bring the right hand behind your back and catch hold of the inner left foot. Sweep the left hand back and hold the inner left foot. This variation will increase the lift of the chest and increase the stretch of the shoulders. Stay in this pose for 20 to 30 seconds . This yoga pose strengthens the balance, legs, ankles, thighs, groin and abdomen.
Lie on your stomach with the feet at hip width apart and arms by your side. Fold the knees and hold your ankles. Breathe in, lift the chest off the ground and pull your legs up and back. Look straight ahead and try to curve the lips as per the curve of your body. Stay in this pose for a few seconds and pay attention to your breath. Do not overdo the stretch but stay in this pose for 15-20 seconds. This yoga pose relieves the body from stress, exhaustion, strengthens the back and abdominal muscles, relieves menstrual disorders and constipation.
Sit on the mat in a crossed leg position with the back straight. Place the right foot on the left thigh and the left foot on the right thigh. Breathe in and out. Keep the knees flexed to avoid yourself from facing any injury. This yoga pose opens up the hips and strengthens the spine.
Stand straight on your yoga mat. Bend your left knee and bring it on the right. Now shift your weight gently on the right leg. Raise the left foot. Place the sole of the left foot on the right thigh. Take the left hand to draw the knee back to open up the hips. Lengthen your spine and pull your bell y button in. bring your hands to your chest with palms pressed together. Open up the chest and raise the bent knee backwards. Stay in this pose for a few seconds and then repeat. This yoga pose helps to attain a perfect balance between mind and body.
So these are jivamukti yoga poses that help to strengthen the mind and body and makes you beautiful within.