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Program Teachers

The residential Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training at Omega is led by cofounders, Sharon Gannon and David Life, with Emma Henry and Giselle Mari. 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.

Teacher Bios

Sharon GannonDavid LifeSharon 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 and David 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.

Sharon and David have traveled extensively, teaching and presenting at American, European, Canadian, Asian, and South and Central American workshops and conferences. 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 They also have produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and music CDs.

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.

Emma Henry is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher and has served regularly as a mentor for international Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Trainings with Sharon Gannon and David Life. With a background in dance and martial arts, she also leads workshops around the world and is featured online and in various media outlets throughout Europe.

Giselle Mari, E-RYT 500, is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher who studied extensively with Sharon Gannon and David Life and served as a mentor on the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training faculty in 2012 and 2014. She presents at yoga conferences, festivals, and studios around the world, teaching dynamic classes with a spunky, grounded approach to yoga.

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.