Jivamukti Yoga is based on the following five tenets that, when practiced in combination, can help you achieve a state of yoga.
BHAKTI – Cultivation of devotion and humility
Bhakti literally means "devotion to God" but can also be translated as "unconditional love". It does not matter to what form of God your love and devotion is directed; what matters is that the devotion should be directed to something higher than your own self, your own ego.
Bhav is the Sanskrit term used to describe the mood of one who is in love with the Divine. This mood of love is essential to any yoga practice and the reason why all Jivamukti Yoga classes are carried out as an offering to something outside of us.
MEDITATION – Connecting to inner stillness
The second of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali states that "When you stop identifying with your thoughts, the fluctuations of mind, then there is Yoga." Meditation is the practice of watching your mind think and in that way not identifying with your thoughts and, further on, realizing that you are not your thoughts. All Jivamukti Yoga classes include a short, or long, meditation practice.
AHIMSA – Causing the least harm possible to all other beings
Compassion is an essential ingredient of ahimsa. Through compassion you begin to see yourself in other beings helping you to refrain from causing harm to them and thus vegetarianism is a main tenet of ahimsa, as you simply cannot intend to eat another being without harming them first. In addition, a vegetarian diet uses up the least amount of natural resources and so causes the least amount of harm to the whole planet.
NADA YOGA – Deep listening, chanting, elevated music
Nada is a Sanskrit word meaning sound and Nada Yoga is the yoga of deep inner listening. The aim of Hatha Yoga is to hear this soundless sound, which is Om, the dissolution of all sound. To do this the yogi must first perfect the ability to listen. In a Jivamukti Yoga class we practice Nada Yoga as we chant and play inspiring music, and thereby refining our external listening, and tuning our ability to listen inward.
SCRIPTURE – Exploration of the traditional texts of yoga
Jivamukti Yoga method collects its wisdom from tree main philosophical and spiritual scriptures; The Yogas sutras of Patanjali, The Bhagavad Gita and The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, written by Nath Yogi Swatmaram. These three scriptures, as well as other yogic text as well as more contemporary philosophy is the foundation of the discussion held in every Jivamukti Yoga class.