Yogawoman.

Via on Mar 22, 2011

With thanks for the tip to Kezia Jauron.

“Yoga was bought 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. YOGAWOMAN, a groundbreaking film, uncovering a global phenomenon that has changed the face of yoga forever.”

I can’t wait to see this. I love these women: strong, subversive, deeply loving, leaders, kind, frank. I’ve known Cyndi for years, particularly, and it’s so good to see her. Seane has been there for me personally in a way that makes me cry. Elena I’ve somehow only met once, but she support elephant like no other. Linda is my idol—the kind of editor elephant deserves, in my dreams.

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13 Responses to “Yogawoman.”

  1. Sybil says:

    It looks amazing. Can’t wait to see it.

  2. Yogini5 says:

    Wow!! A film about yoga and women that does not focus on Lululemon, yoga butts, catering to any men around, or victory gardening!

  3. lucid says:

    looks sexy… i mean sexist 0_O

  4. SriDTMc says:

    women inspire me everyday. and not always in a sexy way… but sometimes, and even some of them seem to think that that's okay. hooray!

  5. jaltucher says:

    Its interesting culturally how this came about. Men in the west almost look down on Yoga (although this is slowly changing). Its not considered as manly as weight-lifting or running. And it contains things like touching your toes, which men in the west cant do so well and view as not exercise.

    Whereas yoga in India seems to historically come from a philosophy angle (e.g. yoga is mentioned by patanjali but jogging is not mentioned AT ALL in the Bible).

  6. Ramesh says:

    It annoys me a little to watch the trailer for this clip because its total disrespect for Indian women yoga teachers which are not even acknowledged or mentioned (hopefully they will do it in the full movie). There are enough video of indian women in sarees doing yoga in the not so recent past (came across some youtube clips a while back). And if you really understand the term yoga and what it means, hatha yoga is only a tiny fraction of the whole system. And from that perspective, you will find that Indian women especially are far more represented in this wider arena that yoga is. There are countless of influential Indian female yogis who do not require a confrontational stance to lead others to enlightenment. So Yogawoman while pretending to be promoting womanhood is doing it in a very ungraceful manner. This certainly could not be the product of 'Inner Peace'. I certainly do not think that a gender neutral/non-dual space that we truly are would have generated this product which seems to portray yoga as this new feminist weapon for freedom from many things including men who are projected to be the source of every injustice that women find themselves confronted with. But this film is very accurate about one thing, yes women are the big players behind the transformation of yoga into a profit making industry. This is after all an ecstatic egoic achievement that only a mind simmering in 'Inner Peace' can understand.

    • Yogini5 says:

      Feminist? Not yet proven …

      If the rest of the yoga includes seva surrounding food/gardening/cooking/cleaning/child-caring and other cisgender activities, I certainly would be happy not to see that portrayed in this film … I am afraid it is mostly asana-centered, like you said …

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  10. Mike says:

    My perspective as a yoga guy is that the recent recreation of yoga in the West not only made the practice something applicable to women, but men like myself as well. I don't think I would be able to appreciate yoga as it was practiced years ago in India, but the modern, Western forms of yoga (taught and practiced mainly but not entirely by women) has become a critical part of my life and ability to function on a daily basis. Maybe I'm on the next wave beyond this, as yoga goes from men to women and back to men again.

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