Jivamukti Yoga Poses For Soul And Body
Yoga- an inseparable and ancient part of our culture, is practiced all over the world today and it is indeed a matter of immense pride for us. Yoga is not just a workout but a way of life that has been practiced by Yogis since time immemorial.
Let me introduce you to Jivamukti yoga. Sharon Gannon and David Life are the gurus and founders of the Jivamukti Yoga method. Jivamukti yoga aims at combining Vedic teachings and chanting with the fluid movement of smoothly shifting from one pose to another. The poses in jivamukti yoga are ordered according to their level of difficulty. You will begin with simple breathing exercises and then will move on to Surya Namaskar and other poses. The poses of Jivamukti yoga are named after animals, plants and elements of nature.
Let me brief you about a few poses of Jivamukti yoga:
Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose)
This pose is named after Hanuman ji, the Hindu deity. To do this pose you require a higher level of flexibility because during the end you need to do a split and your arms have to be raised to the ceiling. You can follow steps to avoid the strain on your muscles and work within your limits.
Natrajasana (Dancing Shiva Pose)
The dancing shiva pose is yoga’s pose that tests your balance, concentration and your focus. In this pose you need to balance and shift weight on one leg while bending slightly forward from your hips and holding one leg behind with the hand. You can hold your ankle or try to reach your toes by stretching your arm backwards. Raise the other arm in front so that you are able to balance.
Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
The bow pose can be done in many different ways as it is effective in simultaneously working various muscle groups and body parts like core, legs, arms and glutes. One has to lie face down on the mat and lift the chest and legs off the yoga mat, with the arms outstretched behind and the hands holding the ankles to keep the legs up.
Mayurasana (Peacock Pose )
The Mayurasana (Peacock Pose) is considered to be an advanced Jivamukti Yoga pose. It involves lifting the body off the ground and supporting it only with the hands. To do it properly, one needs to keep the body in a straight line while it is in the air and keeping the elbows bent and close to one’s body. The pose calls for upper body strength and balance. You would need time to learn this particular pose.
Virasana (Hero Pose)
The hero pose is a simpler Jivamukti Yoga pose that is a starting point for meditation and pranayama. It is known to relieve tired legs. To do this pose one simply needs to sit on the floor with folded legs. There is also a reclining hero pose where the upper body is lowered backwards to the floor and the legs are kept folded underneath.
This was just a glimpse of Jivamukti Yoga poses. There is a lot more to Jivamukti yoga. When you enroll yourself for Jivamukti Yoga classes, don’t worry if you are not able to do the poses properly. You won’t be able to get the splits right or won’t be able to balance your entire body on your hands. The complex poses will need extra time and of course practice to be mastered. The aim of practicing Jivamukti Yoga poses is to allow yourself to open up to the world.
Want to give a try to Jivamukti yoga poses?
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