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The Jivamukti Yoga method is a style of yoga created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984.


What is Jivamukti Yoga?

 Jivamukti Yoga is a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. The Jivamukti Method is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as “seat, connection” – relationship to the Earth. Earth implies all of life. Citing Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, which states that asana should be sthira and sukham, Jivamukti Yoga maintains that one’s relationship to others (asana) should be mutually beneficial and come from a consistent (sthira) place of joy and happiness (sukham). This is a radical idea that, when put into practice, can dismantle our present culture, which is based on the notion that the Earth and all other animals exist for our benefit and to be exploited for our own selfish purposes. So the practice of asana becomes more than mere physical exercise to keep one’s body fit or to increase strength or flexibility; it becomes a way to improve one’s relationship to all others and thus lead to enlightenment – the dissolution of the sense of separateness, the realization of the oneness of being, the discovery of lasting happiness.


5 Tenets of Jivamukti Yoga

 This core philosophy is expressed through 5 tenets, which form the foundation of Jivamukti Yoga.  Jivamukti teachers embody these tenets, so that they color all of his or her teachings whether in Fundamentals classes, Open classes, other classes, workshops, or even just interactions with others in the Jivamukti community. In classes other than Open classes, the teacher does not necessarily teach the five tenets explicitly or even state them out loud. In an Open class, however, the five tenets have a special role, because it is part of the teacher’s job to give the students an experience of all five tenets in each Open class, though again not necessarily by teaching them explicitly or even stating them out loud, but by allowing them to inform the class plan and teaching style. Each of the five tenets should be clearly identifiable in every Open class, even though the names of the tenets may not actually be spoken. By doing this, students learn not to see asana as separate from spiritual study or chanting or meditation, but rather to integrate all of the elements that make up Jivamukti Yoga into one unified practice. This provides for a well-rounded approach to our goal—enlightenment through compassion for all beings.



A nonviolent, compassionate lifestyle extending to other animals, the environment and all living beings, emphasizing ethical vegetarianism (veganism) and animal rights


Acknowledgment that God/Self-realization is the goal of all yoga practices; can be expressed through chanting, the setting of a high intention for the practice or other devotional practices.


Meditation: connecting to that eternal unchanging reality within.


The development of a sound body and mind through deep listening; can be incorporated in a class using recorded music, spoken word, silence or even the teacher’s voice.


Study of the ancient yogic teachings, including Sanskrit chanting, drawn from the Focus of the Month to the extent possible.



For more information on the method, visit jivamuktiyoga.com/the-jivamukti-method/








 Retreats & Events 

2023 Jivamukti Yoga Retreat with Schalk Viljoen & Eva Herbig

Friday 10.11.2023 till Sunday 12.11.2023 in Taunus - click here

2023 Jivamukti 75h Foundation Course in Hrdayam Bern with Schalk Viljoen & Clare Nicholls: September - November

2023.11.25 Healthy Backs Workshop at B.Yoga Basel 

Schalk's Teaching Schedule:




19.08 11:00-12:30 BYoga Basel: Jivamukti 

28.11 18:30-19:30 Jivamukti Digital Live 


September - November 

16.09 11:00-13:00 CommonYoga Wiesbaden - contact stefaniewitting@gmx.de : Charity Class for EarthChild

Jivamukti 75hr Foundation Course @ Hrdayam Bern : Schalk & Clare 

  • 1st September, 18.00 – 21.00. 2nd September, 12.00 – 18.00. 3rd September, 12.00 – 18.00.
  • 22nd September, 18.00 – 21.00. 23rd September, 12.00 – 18.00. 24th September, 12.00 – 18.00.



02.11 18:30-19:30 Jivamukti Digital Live 

Jivamukti 75hr Foundation Course @ Hrdayam Bern : Schalk & Clare 

  • 20th October, 18.00 – 21.00. 21st October, 12.00 – 18.00. 22nd October, 12.00 – 18.00.
  • 27th October, 18.00 – 21.00. 28th October, 12.00 – 18.00. 29th October, 12.00 – 18.00.


Jivamukti 75hr Foundation Course @ Hrdayam Bern : Schalk & Clare 

  • 17th November, 18.00 – 21.00. 18th November, 12.00 – 18.00. 19th November, 12.00 – 18.00.

25.11 13:00-16:00 Healthy Backs Workshop at B.Yoga Basel 

27.11 18:30-19:30 Jivamukti Digital Live 

These Studios offer Online Classes

Darmstadt: Cityoga . Pure Ashtanga Yoga

Basel: B.Yoga

Jivamukti Digital : Schalk's classes on Jivamukti Digital - use discount code DBA25SCHALK 


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