David Life is a co-founder (with Sharon Gannon) of the Jivamukti School of Yoga and co-director of the Jivamukti Yoga Center in New York. Born in a small town in Michigan, Life – who worked for many years as an artist; moved to New York with his then-wife Kathy in 1980. The couple quickly launched Life Cafe in Manhattan's East Village, which became one of the epicenters of the East Village's thriving artistic scene (the cafe was later immortalized in Jonathan Larson's play "Rent"). Life left his partnership in the cafe in 1984 to establish the Jivamukti School with Gannon. He has since taught yoga to celebrities such as Sting, Madonna, Russell Simmons, Christy Turlington, and Donna Karan. Life is a longstanding member of PETA; along with Gannon, he set up a 76-acre wildlife forest sanctuary in upstate New York.
David Life: Diet. Diet is . . . diet . . . The physical body is made out of the food that we eat. Literally what you put into your mouth becomes your body. So if you eat death; if you eat decaying meat; if you eat dying corpses, that’s what you become. It’s that simple. If you eat live food; if you eat low on the food chain so as to cause the least amount of harm; if you eat foods that have a vitality and a ___________; if you grow those foods yourself – if they’re organic – then you become that pure essence, and it shows. It shows in the skin and the eyes, and in the way . . . the appearance of the body, the stature of the body. Also why you eat is very important, because we find that many people in America and in the world are overweight. This shows that the motivation for their eating is basically a selfish motivation – that they’re trying to horde within the body a storehouse for some future deprivation I guess. So why you eat and what you eat are probably the two most important factors in how you look and how you age. I think exercise is important too. But compared to diet, it’s much less important.
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