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 think that in these times, technology is generally decreasing communication. I mean real communication. Cell phones, Internet – there’s a superficiality involved; and also again a separation from the content and from the person delivering the content. People ask . . . I don’t have a cell phone myself. People ask me, “Well don’t you feel that it makes communication easier and better?” Well frankly no I don’t. I think that most often a cell phone is used for superfluous conversation. “Where are you?” is the most asked question on a cell phone. So who cares? Does that make my life better if I know that you’re standing on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 18th Street? Is that communication? Are we . . . are we really communicating? Are we connecting, or is there something in between us? And is that technology that’s standing in between us rather than connecting us? Recorded on: 10/31/07