Grace and Gratitude

Sharon Gannon in the trees at Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary - photo by Val Shaff
Sharon Gannon in the trees at Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary – Photo by Val Shaff

One of my earliest yoga teachers – Sharon Gannon – performing a dance (in the video below) at Jivamukti Yoga School on 9th Street and 2nd Avenue.

She writes: “Here I am performing the asana dance “Lily” at the Jivamukti Yoga school at 2nd Ave and 9th street–We would put on a party with a “talent” show twice a year that would include poetry, music, storytelling and dance. I am not sure of the date of this one–I would guess maybe 1991 –If any one knows let me know.”

I had been to some of the parties back then – I sang a few songs with my partner and bandmate Francis Sappho at Jivamukti once or twice. I loved that time – the energy was light and playful and magically creative.

Sharon’s dance:

I am grateful for my teachers, then and now. Yoga helped save my life – if it weren’t for Sharon Gannon and David Life I’m not sure I would have weathered my very tumultuous young life so well.

It’s been a long, slow journey. I’m only beginning to figure out what I am capable of.

Om shanti, shanti, shanti. Om peace, peace, peace.


Holly (VaniDevi)

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I'm a rock-n-roller poet who left the Big Apple for the Big Sky Desert where I've been letting it be and grooving with universal love, singing to the gods, dancing with the muses and bicycling with dreamtime messengers. I like altering my reality through imagination, movement, breath, and makin' stuff.

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