Yogini Sharon Gannon’s quest for independence began with her birth on July 4th, 1951 in Washington, DC. Her interest in mysticism was nourished by her Catholic upbringing. She is a 21st century Renaissance woman who excels in many artistic, spiritual and social mediums including yoga, music, dance, writing, poetry, painting, cooking and political activism.
In 1984 Sharon Gannon and David Life created the Jivamukti Yoga Method, which is a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. They are pioneers in teaching yoga as spiritual activism/activation. The Jivamukti Yoga Method emphasizes asana, scriptural study, devotion, prayer, music, chanting and meditation, as well as animal rights, veganism, environmentalism and political activism.
Jivamukti’s passionate focus on the original meaning of the Sanskrit word “asana” as seat, connection, relationship to the earth is as practical as it is radical at this time of global crisis and consciousness shift. The Jivamukti Yoga Method is taught worldwide at Jivamukti Yoga Schools and affiliated centers, which are in NYC, Charleston, Washington, DC, Toronto, London, Munich, Berlin and Sydney. The Jivamukti practice is also available on DVDs.
Yoga Journal has recognized Sharon Gannon and David Life as innovators in Yoga, and the NY Times says, “Without Jivamukti, yoga in the US would still be the obscure practice of a few devotees.” Vanity Fair gives Gannon and Life credit for making yoga cool and hip. TIME magazine recognized Jivamukti Yoga as one of the nine methods of Hatha Yoga practiced in the world today.