Sharon Gannon is a yoga teacher, animal rights advocate, musician, author, dancer/choreographer and painter.
Sharon Gannon is a 21st century Renaissance woman who excels in many spiritual, artistic, and social mediums. She is a yoga master, author, animal activist, and artist with a commitment to yoga as a path for spiritual activism and activation. She is cocreator, with David Life, of the Jivamukti Yoga® method—a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. This method emphasizes vinyasa, scriptural study, devotion, prayer, music, chanting, and meditation, as well as animal rights, veganism, environmentalism, and political activism as paths to enlightenment.
A student of Brahmananda Sarasvati, Swami Nirmalananda, and K. Pattabhi Jois, 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 is a musician and is a featured vocalist on many CDs including SHARANAM, which is her solo album. She has produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and is the author of several books, including Jivamukti Yoga, The Art of Yoga, Cats and Dogs are People Too!, and Yoga and Vegetarianism. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Toward 2012, Arcana V: Music, Magic and Mysticism, What comes after Money, Semiotexte, Yoga Journal and Origin. She writes a monthly essay called the Focus of the Month. She resides in a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in upstate NY, USA