“Enlighten Up!” Yoga does cynical cigarette-smokin’ New Yorker Nick Rosen.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 23, 2008
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Update: “Hi Waylon, I hope you are well and your latest issues hit the stands! Next week I am heading to the west coast to present “Enlighten Up!” at the San Francisco International Documentary Festival. We are only there for two showings: Saturday, October 25, 5:00pm; Tuesday, October 28, 7:15pm…”


Yogaing to a theater near you!

Nick Rosen’s a longtime pal who we’d be honored to count among our best elephriends—only he’s always jetsetting around the world working on climbing films, so we only ever very rarely see his scruffy wiseguy self. A new movie—in which he’s the star—is all about yoga in today’s world, and the effect it can have even on a smokin’ drinkin’ cussin’ cy-nick.

I caught this film—along with 800 other yoginis (heaven, yes) at The Boulder Theater, where I joined 10 buddies and devoured organic tamari popcorn and Sunshine Wheat with lemon…and was blown away by the movie, which is equally rug-pulling for those who think yoga is new agey materialistic yuppie bullshit and those who say Namaste with a straight face.

Watch the movie trailer:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to ““Enlighten Up!” Yoga does cynical cigarette-smokin’ New Yorker Nick Rosen.”

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  2. Andy says:

    When/where in Boulder/Denver is this playing?

  3. We don’t have any dates set for Boulder, but if the demand is there we’ll do a screening. For more information check out the film’s website:

  4. […] a cigarette. The Western medical system says booze and smokes are bad for me—what do you say? ~ Nick Rosen, […]

  5. […] Yoga is watered down enough in its modern, Western approach. The spirituality can’t be completely extracted and sold because truth is truth, right? […]

  6. […] Yoga may be watered down in its modern, Western approach—but the spirituality can’t be completely extracted and sold because…truth is inviolable, right? […]

  7. […] and filmmaker and writer and smoker and bike commuter…and now reluctant yogi and star of Enlighten Up, which we’ve previously loved the hell out of. And yogi, sort […]

  8. […] think…after holding off for months…I can officially say…I knew Nick Rosen when. Of course, he has been in the Times a […]

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