The residential Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training at Omega is led by cofounders, Sharon Gannon and David Life, along with Petros Haffenrichter. They are joined by Sanskrit expert Manorama, anatomy expert Lori Zucker, production coordinator Gabriel Heymann, and Jivamukti Mentors Moritz Ulrich, Jai Sugrim, and Giselle Mari, as well as the kirtan masters of Spring Ecstatic Chant.
To ensure that every student receives the personal attention they need, students will be mentored in small groups by a dynamic team of advanced certified Jivamukti Yoga teachers and mentors from around the world.
Sharon Gannon and David Life, founders of Jivamukti Yoga, have been teaching yoga around the world for more than 25 years. They have been featured on the Today Show and PBS, and have been recognized as “innovators in yoga” by Yoga Journal. Vanity Fair credits Gannon and Life as “making yoga cool and hip” and Time magazine names Jivamukti Yoga as one of the important forms of hatha yoga taught in the world today. Pioneers in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and activation, Sharon Gannon and David Life are accomplished yogis, scholars, activists, authors, poets, and musicians, who teach the ancient methods of yoga in a modern context, making the ultimate spiritual goal of enlightenment accessible to all. They have been blessed by their teachers, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, Swami Nirmalananda, and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, to create the internationally influential Jivamukti Yoga Method, which is a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. Pioneers in teaching yoga as spiritual activism/activation, they travel extensively teaching and presenting at American, European, Canadian, Asian, South and Central American and Conferences. They have produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and music CDs, They are prolific writers and have authored several books, including Jivamukti Yoga (also translated into German, Russian, and Italian), The Art of Yoga, The Jivamukti Chant Book, Yoga and Vegetarianism (also translated into Italian, German, and Japanese), Cats and Dogs Are People, Too!, and Yoga Assists. Their essays and poetry have appeared in numerous publications, including Yoga Journal and the books Toward 2012 and Arcana V. Sharon writes a monthly essay called The Focus of the Month, which can be read at jivamuktyoga.com. Sharon and David work to change the way people view spirituality, life, themselves, each other, animals, and the environment. They reside in a wild forest sanctuary in upstate New York.
Petros Haffenrichter is an advanced certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher who has studied with many known and unknown teachers over the years. While he lives and teaches in Munich, Germany, he also leads workshops, kirtans, and retreats at Kretashala in Crete and throughout the world. kretashala.de
Manorama tours internationally to train students in the Path of Luminous Shabda, which brings meditation, Sanskrit, and yoga philosophy together to bridge sacred teachings into everyday life. Her style is one of earthy charm supported by deep scholarship and humor. She has released numerous CDs, including the acclaimed Learn to Pronounce Yoga Poses and Namo Namah Invoke Reverence. sanskritstudies.org
Physical therapist Lori Zucker has been a clinician for the past 25 years and an adjunct professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for more than 15 years. A yoga practitioner since 2001, she integrates yoga into her physical therapy practice and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has been teaching anatomy to yoga instructors for more than six years, including instruction at Jivamukti Yoga® Teacher Trainings.
Please note that this course will be taught in English. All students who attend must arrive with a good understanding of English, even though it may not be their first language. More details about this teacher training are available in the Information Packet.