New documentary on Ashtanga up for a download

A new, 60-minute documentary on Ashtanga, appropriately titled “Breathing Ashtanga Yoga”, is now available for download to your very own computer.

Link is here, and it includes a five-minute preview. Here’s the quick description:

Enter into the world of yoga and find out about a practice that has become famous worldwide: its history, tradition, series, benefits… how useful and necessary this practice can be for our hectic lifestyles in this modern world. Be inspired by the life-changing experiences described by students as well as authorized and certified teachers.

The cost is $9.99. The director, Josu Ozkarita, is from Spain, so there are Spanish subtitles (or English subtitles when there is a Spanish voice over).

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Filmmakers crowdfunding for documentary on Vivekananda

A week ago, we pointed out that a new film is debuting in fairly wide release this month on Yogananda.

Turns out, the SRF founder isn’t the only one getting the Hollywood treatment, if you will. (Or should it be Bollywood?)

Turns out there is an Indiegogo campaign happening now for a film to explore the life of Vivekananda. There are about 11 days left.

Here’s a link to the film’s website and its Facebook page. And here is the fundraising page.

The folks behind the project do have a long way to go: They are just above $3,100 now and have targeted $90,000. (If I am right, Indiegogo still funds you even if you miss your goal, unlike Kickstarter.) Here is a little about the project from the Indiegogo page:

On 11 September 1893, exactly 121 years before the start of this campaign, an unknown 30 year old Indian monk stood up at the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago and single-handedly brought about a spiritual revolution in America and around the World. Swami Vivekananda brought Yoga and the universal truths of Vedanta and Hinduism to America. This film, Vivekananda, is the untold story of this remarkable and yet almost forgotten man, and the impact he had on American history and culture.

Vivekananda: America’s First Guru is a new film by Raja Choudhury andUniversal Quest. Our mission is to create films that inspire, enlighten and motivate us to change our lives. Our research is done, the script is almost ready, we have already started filming, our team is assembled and  some amazing people have agreed to appear in our film.

And here’s the trailer:

It looks like they were hoping for a January 2015 release — not sure how that timing would work. I guess it would be quick movie magic.

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This may be the yoga documentary we’ve been waiting for

Back in March, we highlighted a yoga documentary being shot in India by a high-profile director. (Post link is here.) There wasn’t a lot of detail yet, and I ended with a cautious-sounding “we’ll see where it goes.”

Well, it’s gone pretty far. And here’s a trailer to prove it:

(BKS Iyengar appears at about 1:28. And is it the Mysore shala at about 1:50?) It’s actually trailer no. 2. And the film now is titled, “Yoga — An Ancient Vision of Life.” Here’s the quick description accompanying the trailer:

This epic documentary is made for CountryWide Projects by the famous culture historian Benoy K Behl. It is shot across India, as well as across Germany and USA. It includes interviews with the leading teachers of Yoga and practitioners, as well as doctors and scientists. The film conveys the true and deep meaning of yoga.

And they’ve just gone on Facebook.

I’m told the film will be released in India in December, with the international release to follow.

We’ll keep an eye out.

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