An Open Jivamukti 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 is part of the play list from classical to rock or spoken words .
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.The word vinyasa means “a joining or linking mechanism. This class is based on this concept.
Practiced as a Vinyasa, a method of practicing asanas (physical poses), that are presented in sequence, flowing one to the next. The practice focuses on trying to align one’s breath and spiritual intention with that movement.
Some yoga methods may associate vinyasa with the word “flow” or a certain level. This Yoga class give students the opportunity to develop an understanding of vinyasa and refine their skills through deep exploration.