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: In the news? I try not to focus too much on the news. You know one interesting thing that everyone can try with news is they can not read the newspaper, listen to the radio, or watch television or Internet news for some period of time – as long as you can take it – let’s say a couple of days. The interesting thing is that when you go back to it the news is all the same. If it’s not a war in one country, it’s a war in another country. If it’s not a catastrophe in one place, it’s catastrophe somewhere else. I think that . . . that that’s . . . that there’s a focusing on that, and that it’s not productive for us. It’s not helpful to us to live a life that way. And so when I look at the news the same thing stands out every time. Now I don’t know if that’s because the same things that going on, or because the news people are picking up the same things to sensationalize. So every time you have the same common elements. There is some economic tragedy. There is some natural catastrophe. There is a little bit of bomb throwing, and there’s a lot of rhetoric. And usually it’s about the same things.
Recorded on: 10/31/07