Jivamukti Yoga Spiritual Warrior

Jonni-Lyn Friel
Instructor Jonni-Lyn Friel
Average: 4.5 (37 votes)
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This spirited and dynamic Jivamukti yoga class offers a well-rounded practice for your busy life. It incorporates a setting of intention, warm up, standing poses, basic twists, seated poses, deep backbends, inversions, and seated meditation. Modifications are offered to accommodate a range of intermediate to advanced skill levels.

Equipment: Block
Style: Jivamukti


Wendywhich 4 months ago

Thank you for only saying what is essential and for allowing so much quiet in the class. As our mind, body and spirit connect, it allows us to have our own experience. Bless you for knowing this!!!

jmitton 4 months ago

Really enjoyed this practice and hope to see more from Jonni-Lyn Friel.

LizzieLiz 5 months ago

First time with this style of yoga and loved it - thank you so much for creating this video and giving more people the chance to experience this wonderful style.

maisophie 5 months ago

This class was great fun and offered a lot of variety. I've never tried the feet up the wall before and I loved it! I will definitely take inspiration from this class and build some of the things I have learned here into my personal practice. I also appreciated the contrast of the moments when we could pause and meditate. Thank you for this interesting and much-appreciated class.

keanne.boily 5 months ago

Also my first time with this style of yoga and I love it ! You guide us throught a lot of poses and you offer perfect guidance and some alternative. Really enjoy it and I will do it again shortly for sure! I feel that this class is an intermediate class as well (just to follow somes comments below) ! Hope you will record other classes soon!

dcastil 6 months ago

One of my absolute favorites. Love the combination of yoga with meditation. Thank you.

MysteryLady 6 months ago

I have mixed feelings about this practice. I didn't like that the practice started with down dog with no warm up time meaning I struggled to get into the practice for the first 5-10 minutes. I also felt the transitions between the poses was quite fast meaning I was generally a step behind although this didn't overly bother me. There was no detailed instruction once in a pose as to how to correct and make better the pose, although the class is rated as intermediate so anyone doing the class should be familiar with poses such as the warrior poses, down dog etc. I feel that poses such as shoulder stand and head stand should not be attempted without a professional in the room to guide you unless you are very familiar with and practice these poses regularly and that it should be mentioned in the description that these poses are part of the practice. Overall I give this practice 3 stars, I enjoyed it but I have my concerns about some of the poses.

Jonni-Lyn Friel 5 months ago

Thank you for your comment. I appreciate you taking the time to articulate your experience. In the Jivamukti tradition, there are a few set sequences. This is one of the sequences that is set and taught around the world exactly the same, every time. It is a set sequence, meant to be a full practice within one hour. Containing all of the aspects of yoga, to make it a well rounded practice. All the shapes that your body can do as well as intention, spirit, breath work and meditation combined to be a full practice. Each breath is accounted for, as it is a Vinyasa class.

Not alot of alignment or instructions are given, for two reasons. 1) it is an intermediate class and the students are expected to have understanding of the poses. 2) it allows the student to drop into the practice quicker and have the experience, rather than following alot of instructions which can take us out of the moment.

This also pertains to inversions. I do not suggest learning inversions without a teacher. Some people, simply should not have weight on their necks. Ever. It takes the eyes of an experienced teacher to help students build strength and find the correct alignment for inversions. However, once you have a safe and knowledgeable inversion practice, you may absolutely practice on your own. You are correct to be cautious and I suggest you seek out an experienced teacher in person if you are interested in learning more about inversions. On the other hand, there are many wonderful inversions that can be done that are not weight bearing and safe for most people.

Different bodies require different things. This is the truly wonderful thing about yoga . It can be adapted ( it must be adapted!) to different bodies and abilities. The practice should serve you, you should not serve the practice. The difficulty with an online platform, is that I cannot see you and give you the right practice for you at this time. However, I do get the honor of showing up in people's living rooms and sharing a bit of what I have learned. So we all do the best that we can, with what we have.

karinxum 6 months ago

It does say it is for intermediate practicers. I have been doing yoga for 5 years, and I thought the warm up was too slow meaning I did not think it was not even intermediate. So might be best to look at the label. You should try beginner's yoga.
Also the description says "inversions" that usually means shoulder stand, head stand, and potentially harder inversions. Hopefully that helps you navigate.

kapkap 6 months ago

Also my first time with Jivamukti. Thank you for a wonderful and precise introduction!