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John Smrtic

Advanced Certified

Albany, New York

United States

About John

John has spent an extremely rare 800+ hours studying directly with Jivamukti Yoga founders Sharon Gannon and David Life since meeting them in 2006. Through his teachers' blessings and grace, he received his Jivamukti Yoga Advanced Certification by passing the board exam in January 2014. John continues to study with Sharon and David at every possible opportunity and has been teaching regularly at their home since 2010. Soaked in this direct transmission, John is passionate to convey their teachings and method as purely as possible. John also receives siksha (spiritual instruction) in the bhakti yoga tradition from two living masters: His Holiness Sripad Bhaktivedanta Sadhu Maharaja (Vrindavan) and His Holiness Radahnath Swami Maharaj (Mumbai/US). Using these teachings and traditional yogic scripture as a foundation, John blends wit, music and challenging, intelligently sequenced asana from a vinyasa format to make each class a unique experience. John graduated magna cum laude from the Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University with a dual BA in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School in 2004 and practices law part time around the Capital Region, in addition to teaching Jivamukti Yoga around the Northeast and leading an annual international yoga retreat.