Sharon Gannon video interview on Global Mind Body

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In this interview, Sharon Gannon shares her insight into cultivating happiness by creating a better world for those around us. Sharon is the co-founder of the Jivamukti Yoga Method. We caught up with Sharon at The Yoga Sanctuary while she was in Toronto touring her latest book Simple Recipes for Joy.

Kris Carr Newsletter highlights Simple Recipes for Joy, with Recipes!

Kris Carr, New York Times and #1 Amazon best-selling author, wellness activist and cancer thriver, is also neighbors with Sharon Gannon and David Life in Woodstock, NY. She wrote the forward for Simple Recipes for Joy and has been a wonderful friend in promoting the book. In her latest newsletter (you can sign up on she gave a beautiful write-up and shared some recipes from the book on her website.

There’s something I’ve been thoroughly enjoying lately in an “oh, I guess I like pain” sorta way…

Cycling! If you follow my husband Brian on Instagram (@parallaxchillax), you know he’s really into his bike. Well, this year for my birthday he got me some gear (those shorts with built-in cushy diapers and a jersey—Team Sky here I come!) and for the past few weeks we’ve been hitting the road every chance we get. After those long rides, my thighs are barking and I’m ready for some epic chow.

That’s where this wonderful new vegan cookbook comes in. Simple Recipes for Joy by my neighbor and dear friend Sharon Gannon, is packed with 200 delicious dishes. I love this book and I asked Sharon if I could share a bunch of recipes with you all. Of course she said yes!

In case you don’t know Sharon, she’s a 21st-century Renaissance woman if I’ve ever met one—an animal rights activist and world-renowned yogini, best known as the co-founder of the Jivamukti Yoga Method. And speaking of cycling, I often see Sharon peddling around Woodstock, tackling the toughest hills on basically a Huffy! Looks like her recipes keep her both vibrant and fueled like a pro.

I met Sharon over 20 years ago in NYC while taking yoga classes at her studio and our friendship blossomed from there. If you’re ever in New York, check out a class and have lunch at the Jivamuktea Cafe. You’ll love it! Many of the recipes in her new book are staples on the menu.

Check out six sample recipes from the book below. 

Simple Recipes for Joy VIP Book Launch Party

These photos are from the VIP Book Launch Party for Simple Recipes for Joy that was held at the Jivamukti Yoga School NYC on September 16, 2014. Celebrity appearances included Sting, Krishna Das, Crazy Sexy Lifestyle guru Kris Carr, author Daniel Pinchbeck, Mad Magazine editor Joe Raiola, violinist Tim Fain, Origin Magazine editor Maranda Pleasant, photographers Guzman, and more. 

Sharon Gannon, David Life & Tim Fain opened the event with a performance that brought the Mad Hatter Tea Party photograph on the cover of the book to life (see video below). The Jivamuktea Café and the Cookie Devi provided sweet and savory treats made from the cookbook. Sharon signed many books and a lovely evening was enjoyed by all.


Photographs by Derek Pashupa Goodwin and Tracy Ketcher. The full gallery of Derek Pashupa Goodwin's photos can be seen here.