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In Memoriam - Jnani Chapman

Monday, December 18, 2017   (44 Comments)
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In Memoriam - Jnani Chapman

This is how Jnani would like us to remember her – sailing in one of her fleets of boats.

 

We at IAYT are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our dearest friends, Jnani Chapman.  Jnani was a pioneer in the field of yoga therapy, the first executive director of IAYT, and an inspiration to many of you reading this.  Her work will continue through the gifts she passed on in her teachings and writings.  We will find the right way to honor her legacy as we learn more about any wishes she may have expressed.
 
From Michael Lerner, at Commonweal.

As we understand, Jnani was driving on a highway in Orange County when she hit a car parked by the side of the road.  We are told she tried to swerve but did not make it.  Jnani was just with us last week on our 198th Cancer Help Program.  She was deeply beloved by alumni and staff.  The Cancer Help Program was where she experienced her greatest sense of being at home. We are setting up a scholarship for the Cancer Help Program to honor her memory.

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Shelly A. Prosko says...
Posted Friday, January 12, 2018
Jnani, I will remember your intense presence, groundedness and calmness with each interaction we had over the years at SYTAR. Amidst the "busy-ness” of it all, you were always so fully present in our conversations, even with the whirlwind of distractions surrounding us. Your soft and kind voice was always filled with a confident humility, intelligence and courage. I’m so saddened to hear of this news. An untimely and tragic loss for this world. I send my sincere condolences to Jnani's family and dear beloved friends and colleagues around the world who are grieving. She will not be forgotten and her spirit and service will certainly live on among us.
Margaret E. Welsh says...
Posted Wednesday, January 3, 2018
I am so sad to hear this. She was an inspiring teacher at my LMU Yoga RX training and a clear comfort and inspiration to those confronting cancer. She will deeply missed but her work lives on in those of us who were lucky enough to have sat at her knee, to receive her wisdom. RIP Jnani xo
Martha E. Bond says...
Posted Wednesday, January 3, 2018
What a blessing to the world. Jnani was a nintegral part of my Yoga Therapy Training in 2009. I was fortunate enough to receive extended teachings from her in 2010 & 2011. It's up to us to keep the spirit of her teachings alive.
Nikki Tehel says...
Posted Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Beautiful spirit - we don't have to meet the person in order to feel their goodness, Bless her
Rich Goldstein says...
Posted Tuesday, December 26, 2017
I met Jnani years ago, and we said hi from time to time. She was a wonderful human being, the epitome of service and contribution. I am grateful to have known her. I will carry her love of this work as I move forward. We are all richer from having had her in our lives and our profession.
Marcia A. Conroy says...
Posted Thursday, December 21, 2017
Jnani was such an inspiration to me during my 300 hour yoga therapy training. I could not get enough of her wisdom and heartfelt training. She had an endless energy about her and accomplished so much with grace and enthusiasm. She was always willing to really listen to all that you had to say and shared her knowledge freely. I am grateful to have known her and will carry on her influences in the yoga therapy world and in my own soul. May peace be with you. Marcia
Deborah Sheetz says...
Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017
I only met Jnani once, at the June 2016 SYTAR, and in that short time many of the qualities mentioned in other posts came through clearly. I noticed how enthusiastically everyone greeted her and how she interacted with each person with great warmth, humor, and humbleness. The body of wisdom she has left for us and the path she blazed will enrich my life and so many others for far longer than the span of a human lifetime. May her beautiful light continue to shine!
Marlysa B. Sullivan says...
Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The few times I had the opportunity to talk to Jnani I experienced her inspiration, support and kindness. I appreciate and am grateful for the inspiration we all have from her work
Jayne Robertson says...
Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017
I didn't know Jnani on a personal level, yet I still learned from her teachings. She was a light that has reached into many of our hearts and influenced how we work with people from a space of deep compassion. Thank you, Jnani -Jayne Robertson
Dorothy D. Price says...
Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Oh my goodness,,,I participated in Jnani's course to teach yoga to people with cancer in 2003. She opened my eyes in ways words cannot express.She opened my heart in ways words cannot express...she taught me how to begin to recognize my own red flags!!! Love to you Jnani I know you are out there and will always be in my heart.,,Dottie
Sirin Petch says...
Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Jnani was my dearly beloved mentor. From the beginning last spring when she taught my YCat class, she has embraced me with her love and her belief in me. She has begun to shape the course and direction of my spiritual life and career, and the trust she placed in me with certain projects means the world to me. I still cannot fully grasp that she is gone. During our last conversation together the day before she passed, she shared her dream of moving to a Caribbean Island and living in a natural earth home, continuing to bring YCat to people who would need it in that region and being able to spend lots of time by the ocean which she loved very much. Jnani, I love you dearly and you will be in my heart always. From this day forward, each life in which I may facilitate healing is because of your light and loving guidance, and I am so blessed that I may do it in honor of you, your life's work, and everything you stand for. -Sirin
Helen Jacobs says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Jnani was an inspiration to me during my Yoga Therapy training. Her commitment and passion brought the true meaning of yoga to all she touched and taught. Helen Jacobs
Sandra Gilbert says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
RE: YCat, as I said, feel free to contact me anytime. Your support to all of the grieving YCat family is so appreciated. We will update the FB page and website after the holidays. In the meantime, here is one of Jnani's favorite chants: Om Purnamadah Purnamidam, Purnat Purnamudachyate. Purnasya Purnamadaya, Purnamevavasheshyate. Om Shanti shanti shanti. All this is full. All that is full. From fullness, fullness comes. When fullness is taken from fullness, fullness still remains. Jnani--brilliant, true, Yogi--overflowing with Bhakti.
Sandra Gilbert says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
My beloved Jnani-. I am still in shock. My spiritual mother, mentor, best friend and often, partner in crime!! Unconditional love greeted me from day 1 and that door has stayed open for the last fourteen years. I took Level 1 YCat and never left. I am the person I am today because of you. Words are just not enough and I am still not ready to say much more. You now do have your picture on my alter and a candle burning for you. To all the YCat alumni, friends and IAYT, I have been teaching along side Jnani for over 10 years as Senior Faculty/Administrator and with other YCat graduates. We were supposed to teach together on Sunday and her accident happened days before her flight to meet me. Just know, I am in touch with Jnani's family and IYI and we intend to honor her teachings and continue the YCat Professional Trainings that she created. We will set up a scholarship fund in the right time. My contact is sandralii@yahoo.com for Jnani stories and inquiries anytime! Sandra Susheela
uxia ellerby says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Jnani was the most important teacher during my Yoga Therapy Training in Canada. Not only because what she tough us, but the way. Her passion made me focus much more in yoga for cancer. THank you Jnani. I´ll keep you in my heart for ever. Sending you, your family, and everyone who loved you, lots of LOVE.
Yoga4Cancer says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Jnani was the first pioneer. It was shocking to learn of her untimely accident and death. Her contribution to yoga therapy, IAYT, YCAT, and all the institutions she touched to bring yoga to cancer patients and survivors is a living legacy. She was full of wisdom and zest for life. She had many fine qualities. I hold her humility and humor dearest. Now her tender authentic soul is standing beside all of us in the field of yoga for cancer with a smile and a cheer to continue her work and our shared mission. Shine on Jnani.
Cheryl Uphill says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Jnani is the foundation of cancer and yoga therapy. She was the most influential teacher in my yoga therapy training. She inspired me very deeply to work with cancer patients. I use her knowledge, compassion and insight with every client I see. Her legacy will not be forgotten as she truly was and still is the pioneer to cancer research and Yoga Thearpy. Much love to all her friends and family.
Kathleen L. Borgida says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Jnani was a kind soul. My first meeting with her was at the yoga Therapy Program at LMU. I was impressed by her caring nature and work with cancer patients. We spoke a few times on the phone after that. Her spirit will continue, i am grateful to have met her. Blessings, kathy Borgida
Kali Morse says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
I met Jnani just a few short years ago - both of sit who sit at the feet of Swami Satchidananda - when she began offering YCAT at NY IYI. I felt a deep connection with this wonderful soul instantly. Her amazing intelligence on so many levels, her generous spirit, the fullness in which she lived her life was just magnificent. We both were raised in the Boston area and knew about all those wonderful Boston landmarks. We had brunch together in my home just a couple of weeks ago and planned on reuniting as soon as she returned to NY to lead a day long Cancer retreat here at NY IYI. I will miss this beautiful soul with her wild red hair and the fullness of her presence in every moment she was on this earth. She is free now and her spirit soars! The memories and inspiration she leaves behind in the hearts and minds of those who had the privilege to cross paths with her live on! Thank you Jnani from your sister in Yoga, Kali Morse
JJ Gormley says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Sad to miss one of the great women yogini-s. Thank you Jnani for all you did for so many.
Christopher K. Carbone says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
A leader and guide to so many in heart and mind and spirit, Jnani: we are grateful for your gifts to us all.
Steffany Haaz Moonaz says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Jnani Chapman has been a bright light in my life for the fullness of my journey through yoga. She has held me with huge long hugs, talked straight to me when I needed it most, and provided professional, personal and spiritual guidance. It seems yesterday that we were drinking tea, sharing a fashion show, and looking over old textbooks together. I cannot fathom that she has transitioned from her physical body. I was not finished with her yet. She will live on through my memory of her wisdom and through the gently hand I am sure she will extend from beyond. I would wish for her to rest in peace, but she was in peace on Earth and I know she is in peace now. And so, it is to the rest of the community that I offer wishes of peace as we share in collective mourning but also in celebration of this dear and wonderful being. Jnani, we love you.
Lynn Weinberger says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Jnani, your clear light of knowing and loving kindness are here for all of us to follow. Your inspiration your compassion are our guide. Thank you . You live on in our teachings, and our lives. Jnani you live on! Lynn Weinberger
Leigh Blashki says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
A matriarch, mentor, inspiration and authentic, committed yogini and human being. It was a privilege and pleasure to meet Jani in 2007 and to see her each year since at SYTAR as she quietly carried the 'light'. She has lit the flame of any other beacons, ensuring her wisdom, work and essence will be carried forward. PRANAM blessed Jnani.
Devon Beninga says...
Posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Shocking, crushing, so very sad. Hosted Jnani in 2012 for training. Was to help staff one of her CAYT's when back from India. We sailed from FL to the Keys in 2014. She was such a joy & inspiring. I was lucky to experience her in many & varied ways, loved her for so many reasons. Can't believe she is gone. Love u Jnani, miss you already!
Lara Benusis says...
Posted Monday, December 18, 2017
Our yoga community lost an esteemed teacher, magical soul and wise yogini, one whom I looked up to tremendously and whom I owe a vast amount of gratitude to because she paved the way for yoga to come into hospitals. I can't help but feel that she left us way too soon but maybe that is the lesson on this day: that we can't wait until next year or the next time. We make our imprint upon each other and the earth now, right now. Live your light, dear ones and shine it upon humanity. I encourage any of the students who were mentored by Jnani (in anyway: trainings, conversations or mentorship) to assemble the lessons she provided. Let us know how we can best support the preservation of her work. Perhaps IAYT can be instrumental in providing a forum for sharing this information in some format or through a collective dialogue.
Jean Grant-Sutton says...
Posted Monday, December 18, 2017
What a sweet, wonderful soul Jnani was. She was warm, welcoming and humble while sharing her vast knowledge with so many of us. I feel much gratitude for her teachings and will always feel appreciative to have been touched by her bright light.
Nancy S. Deckard says...
Posted Monday, December 18, 2017
I met Jnani at SYTAR and found her to be bright shining light. Her twinkling eyes, warmth, humor and spirit were unforgettable. I am happy to have spent a little time with her during her journey on earth. She las left quite a legacy! Prayers that her family and friends find peace and joy in their memories.
Genevieve Yellin says...
Posted Monday, December 18, 2017
This is incredibly sad news! Jnani was truly a pioneer in Yoga Therapy and a great teacher. May her family, close friends and students find solace in knowing that Jnani’s teachings that she shared so brilliantly with the world will live on through all of us- she touched many lives.
Denise S. Woods says...
Posted Monday, December 18, 2017
Jnani taught me so much about what it means to be a genuine person in such a short amount of time. I am forever grateful for her presence in my life. What a bright being she was and a brilliant teacher. Her gracious spirit lives on in us all.
Mary E. St Onge says...
Posted Monday, December 18, 2017
Jnani's memory and teachings will live on. She was my favorite teacher in my yoga therapy training. She emanated a pure and loving heart and I am sad that she is no longer here but also happy for her to be returning to the light. Thank you Jnani for showing the way. Mary St Onge
Yoga Therapy Rx at Loyola Marymount University says...
Posted Monday, December 18, 2017
Jnani and I were friends for over 30 years. We pioneered many things together. The first meeting that led to of the Yoga Alliance was held in my hotel room at a Yoga Journal conference with Jnani and I, Nischala Devi and Judith Lasater. In my last year as president of IAYT Jnani became the first executive director. For the last 9 years she led the Yoga Therapy Rx cancer program at Loyola Marymount University. She would stay at my house or studio when she taught. We had many late night discussions about Yoga politics and whatever else was on our mind. She was a wonderful, giving and loving being and will be missed very much. Larry Payne Ph.D., C-IAYT, ERYT-500, YTRX
Manjula Spears says...
Posted Monday, December 18, 2017
Beloved teacher, compassionate friend, devoted servant, divine carrier of Sri Gurudev's purpose, committed healer, sweetest heart, freest spirit, wild trail blazer, fearless feminine heart! I love you for what you gave to me and for what we shared. You are imprinted on me forever. With deepest pranams.
Wanda M. Conrad says...
Posted Monday, December 18, 2017
May her light shine brightly among the stars in heaven and forever in our hearts. May we all find peace and comfort honoring an incredible woman.
Carol E. Klammer says...
Posted Monday, December 18, 2017
I am so sorry for her loss. Condolences, Peace and Blessings to her beloved circle of friends and family.
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