And so it was for Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, John Smrtic. John cosmically stumbled upon Jivamukti Yoga creators, Sharon Gannon and David Life, through the music of Michael Franti. John returned to Omega less than one year later to complete the 300 hour Jivamukti certification program and began teaching in Albany, NY, in spring 2007. Since meeting the Jivamukti founders, John has spent an extremely rare 800+ hours studying directly with Sharon and David. Soaked in this direct transmission, John is passionate to convey their teachings and method as purely as possible. John was the assistant at the 2007-2008 Yoga Teacher Empowerment Training (YTET) in Albany, NY, and the Assistant Director of the YTET in 2008-2009 He also ran a yoga program for at-risk, homeless youths through Safe House in Schenectady, NY.