The Concept behind Jivamukti Yoga
Jivamukti yoga is a fairly recent form of yoga which is based on integrating the philosophy of yoga on daily life. This new aspect of yoga was founded loosely based on the teachings of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and some aspects of ashtanga yoga. Actually modern forms of yoga are similar to this one or are really based on this form. Jivamukti yoga emphasizes the use of yoga asanas to improve one's daily life as well as the physical and psychological aspects of a person.
Each session of jivamukti yoga is inspired by a theme and includes music, chanting, scriptures, postures, meditation and pranayama. This form of yoga has caught extreme popularity in both the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Many yoga studios have adapted this form of yoga and many people are following it also.
Popular Poses of Jivamukti Yoga
Some of the more popular or commonly used asanas for jivamukti yoga are surya namaskar (sun salutation) for beginning the day, natarajasana (dancing shiva) for creating peace in oneself but at the same time concentrating on movement focused on Shiva. The dancing Shiva helps us grow stronger in balance and stamina as well as increase our stamina.
The matsyendrasana (half seated spinal twist) help us massage our digestive organs and maintain proper blood circulation to these. Many yogists believe that this pose can cleanse the body because it focuses on the digestion and the internal organs. Other more spectacular and complicated yoga asanas have other benefits for us. These benefits not only focus on our body but also our mental health.
Other jivamukti yoga asanas or postures have many connotations that are linked to the gods and other things in nature. Many of the postures (both modern and traditional) have names that focus on plants and animals common to the region or best describe actions of their deities. The names of these postures or yoga asanas can be very appropriate descriptions.
Jivamukti yoga has been put together by people who have studied yoga intensively along with several masters who wish to bring this practice to many other people. The main point of jivamukti yoga is to meet the needs of the individuals who wish to better their lives through the practice of yoga. Although, traditional yoga is seldom practiced outside of India and its surrounding countries, the revision of some forms of yoga has brought the practice to the attention of many people.