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.
So much love for everyone, Dear Beloveds as she would say, Jnani was my teacher and my mentor, she embodied the yogic path. I was honored to assist her and Sandra Gilbert and many others at Yogaville, Integral NYC, Commonweal. I learned so much from her and she gave me wonderful experiences like sailing in the San Fransico bay. It was a shock to me to learn that she had pasted today. Jnani was much loved and will be missed by many. She lived well, and she knew so much about death, that when the veil was lifted I do not think it was hard for her to cross into the invisible. Sending so much love to everyone in her realm, family, and friends.
Our dearest Jnani embodied our best: she had a joyful spontaneous humor, wisdom, a wide and deep knowledge of so many important things, compassion and unlimited generosity. We met sometime in 1990, when IAYT was taking its first breaths. We were both serving people facing death and she became a wonderful, supportive friend. Am missing you, dear one, yet feeling your presence this very moment. My life is enriched having known you. May all those who love you feel comfort and peace.
Jnani was a strong, solid, and kind person. I first met her ten years ago at SYTAR in LA... We were pacing up and down, waiting for a cab, and finally resolved to link arms and 'march' to the end of the parking strip to recruit a driver. She had a grand sense of humor, an abundance of empathy, and helped many people, patients and students alike. Having just spoken with her days ago, it is hard to believe that a vibrant life has passed on... Hopefully we will remember her smile and spirit, and the legacy she has left in yoga therapy.
She was a beacon of light in our community and her contributions were countless. I remember her at an early IAYT conference and her ability to explain adaptive yoga for cancer eloquently and clearly. May her work live on.
Meeting and learning from you inspired me as to how Yoga could be shared with the greatest compassion, turning dark moments into a time of connection, honor and celebration. You are a beautiful bright light in the universe and I wish you a great journey ON to the next phase. Wherever it is you awaken, you will grace and soften the terrain and its inhabitants.
In great Appreciation Beloved
Dear Jnani... I'm so sad to hear! I was at Commonweal with Jnani a few years back during her YCAT training. She was a true teacher full of love and compassion. I will always remember her joyful eyes and smile. All my lovexxxx