"I have committed to Jivamukti yoga practice for over a year, thanks to the blessed guidance of Sofi Dillof. My intention to develop discipline in meditation practice has been guided, enriched and supported through Jivamukti class. Through sacred vibrations and chants, spiritual readings and teachings transmitted by Sofi, the “ground” is richly cultivated to integrate edification mind, body and spirit; embodying inner wisdom. The discipline of meditation/yoga practice integrated into my life process, sparked healing, management and recovery of an anxiety disorder, whereby pharmaceutical interventions are no longer necessary. As a single mother of two teens, full time graduate student, living on education loans and savings (from support service staff positions that paid below livable wage) who continues to provide supportive counseling to people who struggle with mental health issues, I cannot afford NOT to regularly attend Jivamukti yoga class. Too much would be at stake, when the potential output is greater than the input. Given my superfluous “nurturing” agenda, I lead a solitary life. While, surely I sometimes practice asanas at home, it does not substitute for attending a jivamukti class; it would be like telling a developing spiritual practitioner that all he needs to do to catalyze change and growth, is to pray at home alone. In other words, going to jivamukti yoga class for me is like going to a temple; creating and sharing a space alongside fellow beings, led towards a truth that lies deep within, fortifying our connection to life.
The true testimony in how the discipline of meditation/Jivamukti yoga practice strengthens the heart of a warrior, allowing him/her to move with clear intention and sharp precision through life’s uncertain grounds, became powerfully evident to me through a recent/current transformative process. I selflessly and effectively advocated for my mother, while intimately accompanying and assisting in her spiritual renewal process through dying and death. Two years ago, without cultivation of these deep internal processes (meditation/yoga practice) I would have, at least temporarily, experienced great anxiety/depression requiring some medication management, in order to function to the extent that my life requires it, alongside overwhelming grief, pain and loss."
— Jivamukti Practitioner