Sharon Gannon poem from CD cover

Jivamukti Yoga is re-releasing my Intermediate/Advanced Yoga Class which we used to sell as a cassette and then a CD back when our NYC school was on Lafayette St. The new release is an audio mp3, available in our online shop. Because it is now in digital format we could not include the booklet that came with the CD. The following poem was in the booklet, and is now available for you here!

Fullness taken from fullness, fullness alone remains
It is this and cannot be changed by the cut of the knife
into the pie or the circle from the square
You can go back
Remember you cannot be there when you do
For you are here now always

Sleep in the dreamless sleep of never coming or going
And you will never come or go
It is when you begin to float
To find that the boat
You are on is adrift on the waters of a dream

Look down at your own bare arms
Can you re-collect
These terms of your esxistence are your own
Assumptions of space of time?

Compromise always but without fear
If fear appears hold steadfast to your own
Let go of all and receive everything

You step from the boat onto a shore of soft mud
Feel cool wetness ooze between your toes
Sink to the ankles root like a tree there
No difference between ground and where you begin as feet

The thought is then a bird then the bird becomes
A thought of flight which pulls the roots from the mud
It is always one thing or another
A continuous stream, a river of events

Birds soar from your head
You also soar from your head
Which appears way way down there on the ground
Next to the river

Magic rubs the lamp of sight, smoke forms
Set your mind on ghosts you will surely come to know one
Then become one too eventually
Set your mind on birds and those too will become you

~Sharon Gannon, 1984


Sharon Gannon is a 21st-century Renaissance woman, an animal rights and vegan activist and a world-renowned yogini, perhaps best known as the founder, along with David Life, of the Jivamukti Yoga Method. She is also an accomplished writer, dancer, painter, musician and chef. Sharon has devoted many years exploring the role of diet in promoting physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as spiritual development. She lives in a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in Woodstock, NY.

A student of Brahmananda Sarasvati, Swami Nirmalananda, K. Pattabhi Jois, and Shyam das, she is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is credited for making yoga cool and hip—relating ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world. Sharon's book Yoga and Vegetarianism has been called the "seminal" work on the subject, exploring the relationship of veganism to the teachings of yoga.

Sharon is a musician and is a featured vocalist on many CDs including Sharanam, which is her 2010 solo album, produced by Frenz Kallos. She has produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and is the author of several books, including Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body & SoulThe Art of Yoga, Cats and Dogs are People Too!, and Yoga Assists. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Toward 2012, Arcana V: Music, Magic and Mysticism, What comes after Money, Semiotexte, Yoga Journal, Mantra, and Origin. She writes a monthly essay called the Focus of the Month.