Founded in 2003 by Jennifer Maagendans & Jason Kent, Luna Yoga is an environmentally-conscious, community-based yoga studio nestled in the heart of Old Montreal. Offering active and dynamic Yoga Flo and Jivamukti classes, the studio houses a calm and welcoming atmosphere in which students are encouraged to explore and discover their yoga path.
Open 7 days a week, we aim to offer a unique approach to yoga that incorporates peace and joy into the invigorating and challenging Vinyasa-style (flow) practice. With an emphasis on breath awareness, alignment, and spiritual studies, our goal is to leave students with an overall sense of bliss and peace, partnered with a deep connection to the earth and to each other.
Yoga = union. Yoga is a spiritual practice that reminds us of the oneness of all beings. Practices include asanas (postures that enable the practitioner to gain greater flexibility, strength and coordination), pranayama (controlled breathing exercises) and meditation (focusing the mind's attention). The body and mind are challenged and used to come back to our natural state of peace and happiness.
Luna Yoga's unique approach to yoga incorporates peace and joy into a dynamic and active Vinyasa-style practice. The practice is a blend of different elements rooted in various yoga styles, such as Ashtanga, Hatha and Jivamukti. Through years of practice, and continuous studies, the Luna YogaFlo style has emerged as a challenging, fresh, and invigorating approach to the ancient tradition that is yoga.
The Jivamukti Yoga method is a style of Yoga created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984. It is a vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating practice leading to spiritual awareness.
jiva ~ individual soul / mukti ~ liberation
The name Jivamukti (pronounced Jee-va-mook-tee) means liberation while still living in the body. A Jivamukti Yoga class involves an ever changing flow of postures (vinyasa) that is intended to challenge you on many levels. Each class revolves around a theme based on ancient wisdom and emphasizes the importance of practicing with an elevated intention. Chanting, meditation, and inspiring music are a part of every class.
The five tenets of Jivamukti Yoga are:
- Scripture ~ source teachings from the ancient Sanskrit scriptures
- Bhakti ~ devotion; finding a greater purpose for our lives
- Ahimsa ~ non-harming; understanding how our actions affect other beings
- Music ~ Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound), chanting and listening to good music
- Meditation ~ turning inwards and reconnecting to our true selves
The Jivamukti method is one of nine internationally recognized styles of Hatha Yoga. The others are: Ashtanga, Bikram, Integral, Iyengar, Kripalu, Kundalini, Sivananda, and Viniyoga.