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Yogawoman (2011)

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Yoga was brought to the west from India by a lineage of male teachers. Now there’s a generation of women who are leading the way. They’re strong, they’re inspiring, and they’re radically changing people’s lives.

From the busy streets of Manhattan to the dusty slums of Kenya, from the golden beaches of Australia to the serene piazzas of Italy, Yogawoman (narrated by Annette Bening) uncovers a global phenomenon that has changed the face of yoga forever.

Annette Bening, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Sharron Gannon, Patricia Walden, Cyndi Lee, Angela Framer, Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi, Elena Brower, Colleen Saidman Yee
Kate McIntyre, Saraswati Clere

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robinmuller_insightyoga, posted on May 29, 2016

I came to yoga as I was lost - no direction for myself and had forgotten who I was - Today I am a Yoga teacher hoping to help others find what they are looking for in life and giving them the "tools" to do so.
What a great message this documentary gives viewers
Thank you

caitlinmcconnell, posted on March 21, 2016

Absolutely incredible. I'm not one for documentaries, but this was so uplifting and inspiring.

clbaumbechtel, posted on March 18, 2016

I am sick today and staying home from work. I woke up early feeling guilty about staying home from work even though I am sick. I happened onto this video and am so glad I did. I appreciate and feel inspired by the many stories of yoga. Particularly, the story of the practice of the yoga in the juvenile facility in California and the story of "Off the Mat , Into the World." I teach in a poor urban neighborhood and feel that the experience of yoga could really make a difference for the many "at risk" children and their families. I think I will pass along some information to our building principal. And personally, I feel encouraged to keep moving forward in making yoga a daily practice in my own life. I Thank you!

Travlingypsy, posted on March 12, 2016

This is a beautiful video and I am thrilled that so many women (and men) are getting so much out of it. BUT in the westernization of yoga you have left out it's main precept what the word itself means: Union with G-D, not inner peace. Again, the westerns take something so profoundly beautify and watered it down for the masses. Mostly what you are showing here is physical fitness. You also omitted the lineage of yoga and made it strictly modern. One of the speakers mentioned something about girls loosing their identities because of the media. When, in this patriarchal system, has it been otherwise. This is nothing new. To see so many women using it for such good in their lives is wonderful. It would be nice if someone was being taught what yoga is really about; not physical fitness and relaxation. But a way to be spiritually connected to the wellspring of LOVE of NOW. Perhaps if modern day yoga was taught in this way there would be more studios in silence as people breathed, went inside, did Asana's, listened to their bodies without so much instruction and touching.

bereshbp, posted on March 27, 2016

Oh, amen to that. I did watch the video on DVD a little while ago; and let me tell you, it should have been about EMPOWERING women (of all socioeconomic classes, not just the studio attendee market), about women's role in maintaining community gardens and, in general, practicing the other 7 limbs of yoga; which I'd learned about from a brief era with the live classes. No, this did not quite go as far as glorifying (external) selfie culture (not to be confused with a meditation article elsewhere on here about "internal 'selfies' ") but it certainly has a long way to go.

jbrand1997, posted on March 11, 2016

Again, a great example of how just a few people thinking and acting in a different way can bring change to the world.

JMSMITH1, posted on March 5, 2016

There is a lot to be admired in this film. There's more good going on around the world due to yoga and these leaders and teachers than I could ever have imagined. Time well spent!

naturalworldphotos, posted on March 5, 2016

Kali Ray who created Tri Yoga, is a yoga approach specially designed for the female body. Also, when mention was given to the individuals who introduced yoga to the west, I was surprised that Yogananda, Satchidananda, Vishnu Devananda or a few others were omitted. I would have enjoyed a broader representation of the subject matter, and respect given , even if brief, to these valuable figures too. Apart from this, the editing, presentation and sensitivity to the lifestyles/awareness of femaleness was beautiful. Namaste

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