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Jivamukti Yoga

Jivamukti Yoga School is one of the largest and oldest yoga centers in the U.S. and is also the birthplace of Jivamukti Yoga.

 
 

Address: 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212) 353-0214

How to get there

Jivamukti Yoga School is located at 841 Broadway, between 13th and 14th Street, in Union Square, Manhattan.

It is accessible from the the Union Square MTA (N/R/W/Q/4/5/6/L subway) station or M14 Bus Lines.

 
 
 

Class Types

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Jivamukti Open

Whether you’re a beginner, deciphering the difference between vrksasana (tree) and sirshasana (headstand) or an advanced yogi who can put both feet behind their head, the Jivamukti Open class welcomes you, as it is open to practitioners of all levels.

You work at your own pace, following the teacher’s verbal as well as hands-on guidance. Asana options will be provided for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.

A typical Open class incorporates the five tenets of Jivamukti Yoga:A typical Open class incorporates the five tenets of Jivamukti Yoga:

shastra (scripture)
bhakti (devotion)
ahimsa (kindness)
nada (music)
dhyana (meditation)

An Open class presents classical yoga teachings as relevant to one’s life on and off the mat, drawn from the Focus of the Month essay, supported by chanting, breath awareness, flowing vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation and meditation. All Open classes include 14 points—asanas, meditation and spiritual teachings—in a sequence creatively designed by the teacher. Exuberant, eclectic music plays an integral role: you might practice to a shifting soundtrack of ragas, global trance, hip-hop, spoken word, George Harrison, Sting, Krishna Das, Donna de Lory, Michael Franti, Bill Laswell, Alice Coltrane and Mozart.

The class is called “Open” because it is open and suitable to all levels of practitioner. Even so, beginning level students should know that there will not be much detailed “how to do” descriptions; for that a student is advised to attend a Basic or Beginner Vinyasa Class. The length of an Open class may differ at different centers, so please check the schedule for the center you are attending.

Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior

Jivamukti Spiritual Warrior classes are designed for busy people who only have an hour to practice. The class is fast paced and invigorating and is certainly a “get-in-shape” class. The structure is a fixed set sequence instructed in a vinyasa style. It is a fully balanced class which includes asana warm-up, chanting, setting of intention, surya namaskar, standing poses, backbends, forward bends, twists, inversions, meditation and relaxation. The teacher focuses on keeping the pace moving and does not stop to give spiritual discourses. Since the asana sequence is always the same, a student will pick it up quite quickly after only a couple of classes.

Jivamukti Yoga Fundamentals

Whereas in the Open and Spiritual Warrior classes vinyasa is emphasized, in the Fundamentals class alignment is the emphasis. Students are taught “how to do” asanas as well as the use of props. The Fundamentals class provides the underlying structure to help a student be able to eventually enter into an Open class intelligently and safely. Beginners are encouraged to take all four weeks of the Fundamentals course. Intermediate and advanced students will also benefit from exploring the alignment essentials presented in these classes. It is advisable that a student register for the full 4 week program starting with week one, but a student can also drop into any class at any time during the month and can also take as many classes as they want each week. This class is suitable for beginners, but open to all levels of practitioner. The length of a Fundamentals class may vary at different centers, so please check the schedule for the location you are attending.

Each Jivamukti Fundamentals class is part of a four-week course that explores a different theme each week:

Week One: Standing Asanas
Week Two: Forward Bending Asanas
Week Three: Backward Bending Asanas
Week Four: Turning It Upside Down and Putting it All Together

Jivamukti Yoga Beginners

This class is for absolute beginners and perfect if you are brand new to yoga and want to try it out!

No prior experience is required. This is a 75-minute long class. You are taught by well-trained, experienced, certified Jivamukti Yoga teachers who will provide easy-to-understand instructions and help you experience Yoga!

You will learn proper breathing techniques, basic yoga postures. You will learn to move safely from one pose to another using breath and intention.

Restorative

We spend much of our week getting things done. Restorative yoga is designed to give you an opportunity to relax, settle into your own body and shift into “being” mode.

 
 

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