What is Jivamukti yoga?

Question: What is Jivamukti yoga?

 

Sharon Gannon: Well the method is based on asana practice which I’ve just delved into, what that means, and how that is about your relationships with everyone else in the world, including animals and the environment. And then these five tenets are ways that we as teachers explore that enhancing, that relationship. Ahimsa. And these are not in any particular order. But ahimsa is one of the tenets. Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word. It means nonviolence. In the ___________ yoga sutra; he puts it in the category of yamas. Yamas; the word “yama” means “restriction.” There are five yamas. And the restrictions refer to how we should restrict our behavior towards others. Let’s get this straight first. In the enlightened state, there are no others. There’s only one. So in order to get there, to where you don’t see anyone else as other than you.

So if we’re not seeing the oneness of being, if we’re still seeing others, than ____________ says be careful.

Number one, don’t harm them.

Number two, don’t lie to them.

Number three, don’t steal from them.

Number four, don’t use your sexuality to humiliate them or manipulate them.

And number five, don’t be greedy. Don’t hoard from them.

Anyway, those are the yamas of ___________. So the Jivamukti method has embraced ahimsa as a very important part of our practice, because we feel that if this practice of nonviolence was really embraced and lived – not just embraced intellectually but actually lived – then this could be a way that we could dismantle our present culture. And that is why vegetarianism is a big part of Jivamukti method.

 

Recorded on: October 31, 2007

 

The five precepts of Jivamukti.

5 facts you should know about the world’s refugees

Many governments do not report, or misreport, the numbers of refugees who enter their country.

David McNew/Getty Images
Politics & Current Affairs

Conflict, violence, persecution and human rights violations led to a record high of 70.8 million people being displaced by the end of 2018.

Keep reading Show less

Are these 100 people killing the planet?

Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

Image: Jordan Engel, reused via Decolonial Media License 0.1
Strange Maps
  • Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
  • This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
  • The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start.
Keep reading Show less

Bernie Sanders' student debt plan bails out the rich

Bernie Sanders reveals an even bigger plan than Elizabeth Warren, but does it go too far?

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Bernie Sanders has released a plan to forgive all the student debt in the country.
  • It is even larger than the plan Elizabeth Warren put forward two months ago.
  • The plan has drawn criticism for forgiving the debt of both the poor and those well off enough to pay their own debt.
Keep reading Show less