John Smrtic - BhaktiFest West
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John Smrtic, JD, E-RYT, is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher based in Albany, New York.  He has spent nearly 1,000 hours studying directly with his teachers and Jivamukti Yoga creators, Sharon Gannon and David Life.  John’s primary path has emerged as bhakti (devotional) yoga, also studying intimately with living masters His Holiness Sadhu Maharaja and His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj, receiving diksha (formal initiation) from the former.  Utilizing these teachings and traditional yogic scripture as a foundation, John blends wit, groovy music and challenging, intelligently sequenced asana from a vinyasa format to make each class a lively opportunity for deep spiritual investigation and transformation.  His approach supports his belief that a single yoga class holds the potential to be more than a workout, but an actual, unique experience, where devotion, compassion, expansion, liberation and (r)evolution can naturally unfold.  Self-realization and devotion to the Most High are always and purely the goal.  He is a mentor at the acclaimed international Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training program and teaches around the globe, including leading annual international yoga retreats and devotional pilgrimages.  Presently, with every fiber of his being, John is assisting in writing the story of New Earth and is actively helping others to Remember.