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THE FOUNDERS OF THE JIVAMUKTI YOGA METHOD ARE SHARON GANNON AND DAVID LIFE. THEY MET IN 1983 IN NEW YORK CITY AND IN 1984 CREATED JIVAMUKTI YOGA.
In 1986 they traveled to India and met their first guru, Swami Nirmalananda. On subsequent trips, they met their guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and later in upstate New York, they met their guru Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati. Each of their gurus guided them further on their individual spiritual paths, and the teachings of their gurus helped shape the development of Jivamukti Yoga. Sharon and David studied with their gurus for many years and received their blessings to incorporate their teachings into the Jivamukti Yoga method. They have also studied with many other prominent yoga teachers.
BOOKS BY SHARON GANNON & DAVID LIFESharon and David have co-authored three books on yoga: Jivamukti Yoga, Practices for Liberating Body & Soul(2002), which includes a foreword by Sting and has been translated into Italian, German and Russian languages, and The Art of Yoga (2002), which includes a foreword by Ravi and Anoushka Shankar. Their newest collaboration, Yoga Assists, is available in both ebook and print editions.
BOOKS BY SHARON GANNON
Sharon has also written several best-selling books especially inspired by her passionate and pioneering ideas about Veganism as a key component of spiritual practice. Simple Recipes for Joy contains more than 200 delicious vegan recipes. The bestselling Yoga and Vegetarianism was revised in 2020 and published as Yoga and Veganism, a groundbreaking work that cleverly and convincingly demonstrates how these five guiding yogic principles, are tied to an ethical vegan lifestyle. The Magic Ten and Beyond is a guide to simple daily spiritual practice to transform your life.