Each week, more than 2,000 people visit the Jivamukti Yoga Center in New York City. Its popularity lies in the teaching approach of co-founders David Life and Sharon Gannon, who opened their first studio in 1986, combining an Ashtanga background with a variety of ancient and modern spiritual teachings. In addition to Vinyasa-style asanas, classes include chanting, meditation, readings, music and affirmations. This spiritual resource center also offers specialized courses in Sanskrit and the sacred yoga texts.
“Over the course of time, students will get a broad yoga education,” Life promises. “One week, a class may focus on a particular asana, while the next week’s theme may discuss more metaphysical issues.”
Beginner classes start by emphasizing standing poses, followed by instruction on forward bends, back bends and inversions. These classes also introduce chants. For more information on class schedules or to find a certified instructor in your area, visit http://www.jivamuktiyoga.com/fms/index.html.