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The Magic Ten is a series of ten simple exercises, designed by Sharon Gannon, that can be done in about ten minutes. It is a good way to warm up for an asana class or to get your body moving first thing in the morning or at any time you need a “pep up.”
This sequence of poses, specifically designed by Sharon Gannon, is a fantastic full-body warm-up which gets your spine moving in every direction.
"It is an effective, physically therapeutic daily exercise program that keeps the spine limber and the joints mobile as well as toning muscles and internal organs.
The practice will also stimulate the endocrine system, instigating a release of natural, feel-good chemicals such as dopamine.
Undertaken with intention, the asana practice can also act as a powerful psychotherapeutic transformational tool with the potential to integrate body, mind and spirit. The tightness, weakness and pain that we encounter when doing asanas are physical symptoms hinting at possible deeper emotional causes such as anger, resentment and blame.
I call it the MAGIC Ten because I think of magic as a shift in perception. After completing the series you will experience your perception of yourself and others in a more optimistic light. You may even begin to see that through connecting to yourself and others in a more positive way there is nothing standing in the way of your achieving happiness - indeed, everything and everyone in your life will provide you with the way."
Sharon Gannon - The Magic Ten and Beyond.
These specific 10 poses work the spine in every possible direction and plane. They warm you up and increase your heart rate. They help to keep the joints fluid and mobile, tone the muscles of the body and manipulate the internal organs to get them working at an optimal level. After doing these 10 poses you’ll feel energised but calm at the same time. You’ll feel ready to tackle your day and whatever you find on your path with enthusiasm and joy.
“Jiva” is the individual soul and “Mukti” is liberation so the name Jivamukti was inspired by a Sanskrit word that means “liberation while living.” It is using the practices of Yoga to become enlightened, happy and free in this lifetime. Jivamukti Yoga is a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. The Jivamukti Method is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as “seat, connection” – relationship to the Earth. Earth implies all of life. Citing Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, which states that asana should be sthira and sukham, Jivamukti Yoga maintains that one’s relationship to others (asana) should be mutually beneficial and come from a consistent (sthira) place of joy and happiness (sukham).
Who are David Life and Sharon Gannon?
David Life and Sharon Gannon are the co-founders of Jivamukti Yoga. Sharon and David studied with their gurus for many years and received their blessings to incorporate their teachings into the Jivamukti Yoga method. Sharon and David have illuminated the deeper, esoteric truths of yoga, linked them to present-day culture and lifestyle, and encouraged students to let go of what they think they know and embrace the path to liberation in this lifetime. They are peace warriors and spiritual activists, using the teachings of Yoga to change the world. They have taught me that kindness, compassion and unconditional love are not only a necessity in this day and age, they are, in fact, who you truly are. I am so grateful to these teachers for sharing their wisdom and knowledge with me so that I can share it with you.