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: I would define spirituality as “living in spirit”. Living in spirit just means that . . . It means that you do not only believe what you can see; that you know that there is a real existence beyond what I can see with my eyes that I feel inside. So you could say that spirituality means feeling more and being less obsessed with the differences that you observe in the world and more concerned about finding common ground – common ground with other countries, with other people, with the animals; common ground with the forest and the water. Recorded on: 10/31/07