David Life
Yoga Master; Co-Founder, Jivamukti Yoga

David Life : What is a guru?

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A guru is one who brings light.

David Life

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: A guru means the one that . . . that brings the light; the one that takes away the darkness. Darkness in this case means ignorance. And the primary . . . the principle ignorance is thinking that you are the name and form; thinking you are your personality. When that is removed by the goo remover, which is the guru; when the crustiness is taken away or broken down, then this enlightenment that was always there is allowed to come out. And the guru is the one that facilitates this. The guru is also the connection to these lineage teachings which extend back in time we don’t know how far, but have been passed to us from teacher to student over time. And the guru or the __________ is the Sanskrit word . . . the lineage of teachers is that unbroken chain of transference of the knowledge