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: Yoga is the discovery of who I am – really who I am, and the firm rooting in that . . . in that identity. Not who I am on a personality level, but who I am on a more essential level; who I am that is the same as you rather than different than you. It’s a way of looking for sameness. The word yoga means “to yoke”. It means “to bring things together”; things that . . . In a rational approach to living, you take things apart to find out about them. In the yogic approach, you put things back together and you find their essential sameness. Recorded on: 10/31/07