Last fall, Al Jeezera quietly launched a short documentary, Who Owns Yoga? Produced by Bhanu Bhatnagar, a yoga teacher and journalist, with filmmakers Micah Garen and Marie-Hélène Carleton, the 48-minute film explored the modern obsession with yoga and asked difficult questions about ownership, cultural appropriation and commercialization.… Read more
Unless you’ve been living under some kind of rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of James Cameron’s latest blockbuster, Avatar. I’ll spare you the plot details (see IMDB for the full story). After several failed attempts (it was constantly sold out), I finally saw the film, and I was a little shocked at the overt spirituality within it.… Read more
Okay, there’s this yoga movie that has recently been released, Enlighten Up!, and it’s really quite good. Definitely recommended viewing for anyone interested in the bigger picture of what yoga is, and why we do it.
So the “star” of the film, Nick Rosen, just wrote an interesting piece for the Huffington Post, in which he discusses the yoga we practice in North America as a purely Western invention emphasizing physical prowess, rather than an ancient set of spiritual teachings.… Read more