At night make me one with the darkness.
In the morning make me one with the light.
(Wendell Berry, from “The Mad Farmer Poems”)
Monday | 7:15pm basic | Jivamukti NYC
Monday | 9pm open | Jivamukti NYC
Wednesday | 9am open | Yoga Agora Astoria
Wednesday | 11am open | Yoga Agora Astoria
Sunday | 12pm advanced | Yoga Agora Astoria
Sunday | 2pm open | Yoga Agora Astoria
Sunday | 6pm open | Jivamukti NYC
Sunday | 8pm spiritual warrior | Jivamukti NYC
Thursday 10/23 | 6:45pm level 2 | YogaWorks Brooklyn Heights
Thursday 10/30 | 6:45pm level 2 | YogaWorks Brooklyn Heights
Playing didgeridoo and harmonium for live music classes at Jivamukti NYC:
Friday, October 31st | 6:45pm (Tamar Samir)
Friday, December 5th | 6:45pm (Tamar Samir)
Earth vibrations and cosmic rides, this is a journey into movement and sound!
“Our perception of time may help. For us it is very alarming and urgent, but for Mother Earth, if she suffers she knows she has the power to heal herself even if it takes 100m years. We think our time on earth is only 100 years, which is why we are impatient. The collective karma and ignorance of our race, the collective anger and violence will lead to our destruction and we have to learn to accept that.
And maybe Mother Earth will produce a great being sometime in the next decade … We don’t know and we cannot predict. Mother Earth is very talented. She has produced Buddhas, bodhisattvas, great beings.
So take refuge in Mother Earth and surrender to her and ask her to heal us, to help us. And we have to accept that the worst can happen; that most of us will die as a species and many other species will die also and Mother Earth will be capable after maybe a few million years to bring us out again and this time wiser.”
- Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
“When we’re mindful, we can see the destruction that has been caused to the animals and the planet in order to produce meat and dairy for our consumption. With this awareness, eating vegan food becomes an act of love towards ourselves, towards our ecosystem and the planet.”
Don’t miss this incredible documentary: COWSPIRACY – The Sustainability Secret. Why nobody talks about animal agriculture being the leading cause of global warming, deforestation, species extinction, Amazon depletion and water pollution.
More screenings in October and November planned (Golden Drum Greenpoint, Prema Yoga Carroll Gardens). Stay in touch for more info.
A Journey into Breath.
Friday, June 27 | 8:30-10pm
Energetic counterbalance: $10
July 11: 20:15 Open Jivamukti class at Thrive Zeeburg
July 20: 11:15 Open Jivamukti class at Thrive Zeeburg
July 25: 20:15 Open Jivamukti class at Thrive Ijburg
July 27: 14:30 “Hot, Hip & Holy” Jivamukti workshop at Thrive Zeeburg
Yes, it’s on again, the ever so cool Jivamukti retreat at Maison Franck in southern France! Good food (vegan delicacies by master chef Jasper), good mood, good company (you will make friends for life and get personalized tarot card readings on a magical carpet), outdoor yoga classes, spirited parties under the night sky and skinny dipping in the pool. Not to be missed.
July 12-19, 2014
Sign up early, space is extremely limited. Lodging, food and yoga all in.
Camping: € 750,- | House: € 850,-
Inversions 3/9 (7-9:30pm)
@ Jivamukti Yoga School Jersey City
Pranayama 3/22 (6-8:30pm)
Inversions 3/23 (6-8:30pm)
@ Jivamukti Yoga School NYC
Reflections on the Jivamukti Focus of the Month (Fed Up).
Let us gather all the reasons for why we are fed up with things as they are. Let us create a pool of our collective fed-up-ness and give voice to it. And let this collectivity gain the momentum of a great force, which has the power to bring about change at large. We need a planetary utopia, not just a human one. We need a utopia for the earth and all her beings. We actually do not need a utopia (no place, imaginary and indefinitely remote place) but a lokopia, a lokah (an actual place or realm of existence).
If we are fed up with capitalism and a world based on money, let us simplify our lives so that others can simply live. Let us dissolve the habit of needing more and more, and rather be content and fulfilled, needing nothing. Let our service to each other be the new currency.
If we are fed up with the inequalities on earth, let us start right now, right here, seeing each other as equals and souls of the same source.
If we are fed up with covering the earth with garbage, let us now, right here let go of our habituated greediness and the confusion that accumulating things will give us more grounding and stability. (How fed up must the animals be with all of our stuff?)
If we are fed up with the amount of noise in our lives, let us simply be silent together. (Meditate with your cat, dog or goldfish.)
Let us dream of a new earth family that includes the animals as our brothers and sisters, as our teachers and guides. That means first, we have to stop eating them. We have to stop stealing their babies, milk, eggs, honey and freedom to be wild. We have to dare to be naked ourselves, instead of covering up our skins with their fur, wool and leather. (How fed up do you think the fish are with what we are doing to the oceans?)
Let us be silent, meditate and listen deeply, so that we shall regain the ability to understand all languages and speak with all species.
Let us break our habitual attachment to electronic screens and go outside, touch the grass, trees and soil, and take refuge in mother nature. She has been waiting patiently for us to return for a very long time, and she never gives up. She is never fed up. She is wise, radiant and forgiving. She sees beyond.
Let us come together as a collectivity, as satsang, and celebrate the ancient wisdom tools that teach us how to become strong anarchists. Let us listen deeply to the way of the peaceful warrior, the one who acts from the highest Self, compassion and love. Let us turn our collective fed-up-ness into a great force of creativity and let us act so that lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu becomes a reality.
Join a week of seated and walking meditation, asana, pranayama, sutra study, mantra chanting, inspiring music and inspiring people. Located at Triopetra, one of Crete’s most beautiful beaches, we will spend a magical week amongst yoga friends, enjoying nature, vegan food and good mood!
A Hanuman workshop intermingling vivid story telling with deep hip and heart opening. With Jivamukti Yoga teachers Nora Heilmann and Tamar Samir.
Saturday 24.8. from 14:00-16:30 at Jivamukti Yoga School Berlin Mitte.
Divine Birds of Grace and Beauty. A workshop on Mayurasana, Pincha Mayurasana and Hamsasana. With Jivamukti Yoga teacher Nora Heilmann.
Sunday 18.8. from 14:00-16:30 at Jivamukti Yoga School Berlin Mitte.
Towards an effortless yoga practice. A Jivamukti Yoga workshop with Nora Heilmann, assisted by Tamar Samir.
Sunday 28.7. from 14:00-16:30 at Jivamukti Yoga School Berlin Mitte.
“One of the signs of God-realization is joy. There is absolutely no hesitancy in such a person, who is like an ocean in joyous waves. But deep beneath the surface, there is profound silence and peace.” –Lex Hixon, Great Swan
Jivamukti comes from the Sanskrit word Jivanmukti: ‘living liberated’ or Jivanmukta: ‘one who has attained Self-realization’.
The Jivamukti Yoga method was founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1984 (NYC) as a path towards enlightenment through compassion for all other beings. It is an integrated yoga method which combines a vigorous and challenging physical practice with Ahimsa (principle of non-harming), Bhakti (devotion, chanting), Dhyana (meditation), Nada (deep listening, use of music) and Shastra (study of ancient yogic scriptures).
Jivamukti Yoga is an experience of the art of yoga at its fullest potential. Asana means not only posture, but in a wider sense it is the yogi’s seat and connection to the earth. Jivamukti Yoga spiritually activates the practitioner to create a mutually beneficial relationship with the earth and all other beings. A vegan diet is one of the primary expressions of the Jivamukti Yoga practice.
sunyanam gunanam prati-prasavah kaivalyam
sva-rupa-pratistha va citi-sakter iti
When Self-realization comes, what seems like a great achievement from an individual’s perspective is a non-event from the perspective of the impersonal Self. All the ups and downs, struggles and joys of countless lifetimes exist on a finite level only. To the Eternal, ever present impersonal Self (the one who is forever free), enlightenment is a non-event, as there was never ever any un-enlightenment. It is all light!
YOGA SUTRA OF PATAÑJALI, chapter 4: kaivalya pada / on absolute freedom, sutra 34 (source: Jivamukti Yoga chant book)
Live simply so that others may simply live.
Yoga (=union) is the actual experience of the oneness of being, the interconnection and co-dependence of all things. But not everybody perceives life as such, rather most of us navigate as separate entities encountering a ‘world out there’.
Yoga is not only that state of union, it is also a process and practice. As long as we still see others as others, and as long as we experience suffering or sadness on some level, we might as well engage with these practices that have been brought to us by all the many amazing teachers of this ancient tradition.
The art of yoga covers 4 main fields of study:
jñana yoga (study of scriptures=shastra, meditation, philosopical contemplation), bhakti yoga (devotional path, chanting, performing rituals), karma yoga (selfless service to others, offering one’s actions without expecting anything in return) and hatha yoga (practice of physical postures in connection with conscious breathing). Those 4 branches have been integrated into what is called integral yoga or raja yoga (yoga of being, royal yoga).
At Svaha and Jivamukti Yoga studios we practice the integral path, which combines all aspects of the tradition.
8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga:
According to the Yoga Sutra (196 verses on the practice and philosophy of raja yoga) written by the sage Patañjali, there are 8 steps towards the attainment of yoga, complete realization and absolute freedom.
1. Yama – 5 ethical guidelines how to interact with others, the first and most important one is ahimsa = not harming any other being
2. Niyama – 5 observances for one’s own life
3. Asana - seat, connection to the earth, physical posture (establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with the earth and all other beings)
4. Pranayama - restraining and releasing the prana=life force, techniques of yogic breathing
5. Pratyahara - withdrawing of the senses
6. Dharana – concentration, one-pointed focus
7. Dhyana – meditation
8. Samadhi - same as the highest, dissolving of a self, true perception
In the western world, yoga practice mostly focuses on step 3, asana (physical postures), but as you can see, it is only a small fraction of the entire system.
krama=uninterrupted sequence of events or movements in time
vinyasa krama=the very specific practice and technique of joining intention, breath and movement in a flowing and uninterrupted sequence of movements in order to experience the continuity/oneness of being, yoga.
The vinyasa krama practice can be experienced especially during sun salutations (surya namaskar), which is a prayer to the sun. We are tuning into the cycles of nature by honoring the continuity of the sun’s movement as a life sustaining principle for all living beings on earth.
Vinyasa Krama is the conscious placing of an ordered sequence in time. The yogi wants to master time(ing) in order to become time itself, merge with time and transcend it. This practice helps us to observe change in every moment of life and learn to be at ease with the impermanence of things.
Yoga = union (sanskrit root yuj = to joke, connect), the joking of the individual sense of self to the cosmic eternal Self
Yogi = one who practices techniques to bring about Self-realization, also one who has attained Self-realization
Hatha Yoga = yoga of physical postures and breathing techniques, preparing the body for seated meditation. (ha=sun, tha=moon) Hatha Yoga is the joining of opposite forces such as sun and moon, pingala and ida nadi, body and mind through breath, individual sense of self with the oneness of being.
Sadhana = conscious spiritual practice
Dhyana = meditation, absorption, uninterrupted focus of attention
Sakshi = witness, non-judgmental observation
Samadhi = ‘same as the highest’, enlightenment, Self-realization, cosmic consciousness, bliss, ecstasy
Brahman = the expansive one, changeless reality of all things, no name no form, pure love (Sanskrit root bri = ever expanding)
OM = the primal sound/vibration, most powerful mantra
Guru = remover of darkness, teacher, enlightenment principle
Sangha = community
Satsang = attachment to the truth, association with like-minded people who remind you of your true potential
Jivanmukta = one who is enlightened to the true nature of being while still living (jiva=individual soul, mukta=liberated being)
Jivamukti = yoga style founded by Sharon Gannon and David Life, path to enlightenment through compassion for all other beings, integrated method of yoga combining physical practices with ahimsa (non-harming), bhakti (devotion), dhynana (meditation), nada (deep listening, music) and shastra (study of scripture). Living liberated.
Moksha = liberation
Samsara = the wheel of birth and death, suffering
Karma = action (Sanskrit root kr=to act). The law of karma is the law of cause and effect, action and reaction, interrelation.
Anarchy = Self-rule. True Self-rule means to be guided by the inner divine Self, not motivated by the desires of ego. The philosophy of Self-rule is called anarchism.
Ahimsa = non-harming, reducing the harm we cause to others in as many ways as possible (first of the 5 Yamas from Patañjali’s Ashtanga Yoga)
Vegetarianism = the practice of not eating meat (according to the yamas/yogic ethical guidelines in the Yoga Sutra of Patañjali, a vegetarian diet is key to the yoga practice)
Veganism = the practice of not eating or using any products derived from animal sources
Nada Yoga = deep listening (for the unstruck sound), the yoga that is attained by hearing the nadam/OM, creating a sound body/mind by listening from the external (music) towards the internal (nadam)
Sanskrit = the perfect language (put together, constructed, highly refined), ancient language of India, a potent vibrational language with the inherent power to invoke what is spoken
Chakra = wheel, energy center within sushumna nadi, the central energy channel along the spine. There are 7 chakras: muladhara (root place), swadhisthana (her favorite standing place), manipura (jewel in the city), anahata (unstruck), vishuddha (poison-free place), ajna (command center), sahasrara (thousand-petaled lotus).
Nadi = river, current, subtle energy channel through which prana flows, similar to meridians. There are said to be ca. 72 000 nadis in the body, the 3 main ones being ida (moon channel/left), pingala (sun channel/right) and sushumna (central channel, ray of light).
Prana = vital energy, life force
Pranayama = yogic breathing techniques, restraining and freeing the prana/vital force in the body
Shakti = feminine power of the divine, force of nature (prakriti)
Kundalini = consciousness, ‘serpent power’, potential energy said to lie dormant at the base of the spine as a coiled up snake, moving upwards through the central channel (sushumna) once being awakened
Bandha = energetic lock, the 3 main bandhas are mulabandha (root lock), uddiyana bandha (flying up lock) and jalandhara bandha (chin lock, net lock, cloud catching lock)
Ujjayi = upward victorious breath, particular way of deepening and lengthening the breath in asana and pranayama practice by slightly closing the vocal cords to create a smooth subtle sound in the throat
Kapalabhati = skull shining (kriya, cleansing breath)
*source: mostly based on glossary from “Jivamukti Yoga, practices for liberating body and soul” by Sharon Gannon and David Life
Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher.
Nora loves to share the magical art of yoga. She sees yoga as a transformational practice that extends into all aspects of life. Nora’s classes invite students to experiment with the full range of yogic tools stretching from vigorous asana practice to breathing techniques, meditation, deep listening, scriptural study, Sanskrit chanting, and a vegan life style as an expression of non-violence. Her wish is that by means of play and creativity we can re-awaken our connection to other human and non-human animals, mother nature and life itself, revealing yoga as an art of peaceful coexistence. Nora is currently exploring nada yoga (the yoga of sound) by studying the didgeridoo, an exciting journey into pure vibration!
Before moving to NYC in 2013, Nora worked as a yoga teacher, performance artist and choreographer in Germany and The Netherlands. She teaches the Jivamukti Yoga method internationally through classes, workshops and retreats.
Nora bows down to the wisdom and loving guidance of her teachers: Sharon Gannon, David Life, her mentor Jessica Stickler, Tamar Samir, Clive Sheridan, Richard Freeman, Adyashanti, Thich Nhat Hanh, Patrick & Gösta from Svaha Yoga, cat Emme, and all the students who dedicate their time and energy to the practice of yoga, keeping this ancient tradition alive in the here and now. May all beings without exception be happy and free from suffering!
tasmai shri gurave namah
I humbly make my offering to the guru, the beautiful remover of ignorance, the enlightenment principle that is within me and surrounds me at all times.
Sharon Gannon and David Life: “Jivamukti Yoga, Practices for Liberating Body and Soul”
Sharon Gannon: “Yoga and Vegetarianism – The Diet of Enlightenment”
Thich Nhat Hanh: “Love Letter to the Earth” | “How to Sit” | “How to Eat” | “The World We Have” | “Being Peace” | “Good Citizens, Creating Enlightened Society” | “A Pebble for your Pocket” | “The Long Road Turns To Joy – A Guide to Walking Meditation”
Richard Freeman: “The Mirror of Yoga”
Adyashanti: “The Way Of Liberation” | “Emptiness Dancing”
Adyashakti: “Awakening to the Obvious”
Mukunda Stiles: “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”
Chip Hartranft: “The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali”
Stephen Mitchell: “Bhagavad Gita”
Winthrop Sergeant: “The Bhagavad Gita”
B.K.S. Iyengar: “Light On Yoga” | “Light On Life” | “Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patañali”
“Hatha Yoga Pradipika” (Bihar publication)
Daniel Quinn: “Ishmael” | “The Book of the Damned” | “Beyond Civilization”
Lex Hixon: “Coming Home”
Sakyong Mipham: “Turning the Mind into an Ally” (buddhism/meditation)
Swami Nirmalananda: “A Garland of Forest Flowers”
Rumi: many great books of poetry