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: We use yoga asana primarily as our teaching tool; but within the context of a yoga asana class, we chant and study scripture. We . . . we listen to music. We experience music on the level of inspiration. And the yogic idea of nada yoga, which is the yoga of sound is yet again one of these paths that we have to an enlightenment. Let’s see. What have I said – scripture, nada yoga, chanting. We’ve included these . . . integrated all of these into a yoga asana class so that when you have a room of many different people, they can each find something that . . . that they can identify with and use as a tool. And then we can all celebrate together our various paths to enlightenment. Recorded on: 10/31/07