The Jivamukti Focus of the Month is what makes up the theme of a Jivamukti Open Class. The essays are usually written by Sharon Gannon, and occasionally by David Life and other yoga teachers. What is beautiful about the focus of the month is that it allows us to reflect on a specific topic. If you have the opportunity to take classes within the same month with different Jivamukti teachers, you will see how each has a different voice and perspective while keeping to the same focus of the month.
"I often reflect on how strange it is that I became a yoga teacher, after so many years of disliking sport, exercise, and anything related to fitness. But then I remember random moments from childhood, like how much fun I had as a kid lying down on the sofa, imagining what it would be like to walk on the ceiling (an idea I probably got from this book, which was my favorite growing up). Yoga has taught me how to be a kid whilst simultaneously being an adult, and gosh, yoga is so much more than physical activity. Learning how to invert your body is one thing, but learning to invert your mindset is a whole other can of tofu." - Sandy King, Advance Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher
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"Surrendering to the divine with faith and sthira sukham asanam: Do you remember how it felt riding a roller coaster for the first time? Your parents, older brother, sister or friends might have pushed you to go on that thing. But you were so afraid of bringing your head upside down that you completely forgot that this was supposed to be fun. I remember checking out the people who had finished the ride. By looking in their faces I wanted to see whether I could make it or not. But in fact the only chance to see how it is for yourself is to try it out. So I went on that roller coaster. Once it was done, I was so proud of myself that I had overcome this fear and moved a little closer towards trust. A yoga class (life) can be like a trip on a roller coaster. You never know what's coming up. You might have to be upside down for longer than you wish to. But in the end, you feel great, don't you? What is this "thing" that you trust? What used to be your parents' hands could now be you telling yourself: It is ok. I'm there for you. It's going to be a alright. Focus on your connection to yourself and the earth and keep it steady and joyful." - Julia Nusshart, 800-Hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher
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