Archive for June, 2008

New York IYI to Screen Film July 26

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
July 26, 2008
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Living Yoga will be shown on Saturday July 26th at Integral Yoga Institute of New York.

Information: 212-929-0586

Honolulu, HI, Screening at UH

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
August 24, 2008
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Living Yoga will be shown as part of the   UH Summer Cinema Series
University of Hawaii
Spalding Auditorium
Sunday, August 24 at 5 PM
Information: 223-0130

San Francisco Screening and Kirtan – July 31

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
July 31, 2008
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco will sponsor a screening on Thurs., July 31st at 6:00 pm at the Roxy Cinema (16th St. at Valencia). It will feature an opening kirtan and after-film discussion. For more information, please contact the IYI, 415-821-1117

New York Premiere was a Successful Fundraiser

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

The New York premiere of Living Yoga, hosted by the Jivamukti Yoga School, raised a large sum of money for The Farm Sanctuary. In honor of Sri Gurudev, the New York Integral Yoga Institute donated the proceeds, $4,500, to the organization that rescues and advocates on behalf of farm animal, with sanctuaries in New York and California.

Comment from John Leporati, co-producer/host of Martial Arts View

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

I was privileged to attend the premiere of Living Yoga at Jivamukti Yoga Center in NYC last night and I must say the film was deeply moving, exceptionally well-paced and edited and well-written. (As someone who has worked on documentary projects before, I know how difficult that combination can be to achieve.) Thank you so much for this remarkable and inspirational film which we will continue to promote in every way we can on our cable TV show and website.
Om Shanti,
John Leporati
New York

NEW YORK PREMIERE at Jivamukti Yoga School

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Report from Living Yoga writer/co-producer Joshua M. Greene

On June 20, some six hundred people filled the Jivamukti Yoga School for the New York premiere of Living Yoga! Guests included Conrad Rooks, Peter Max, Dean Morton, Rabbi Gelberman and a full coterie of IYI notables, teachers, and friends. We had three elevated 8-foot-wide screens with six speakers of surround-sound—that was in addition to the equipment brought by Krishna Das, who opened the program with kirtan.

Krishna Das sure knows how to get ‘em worked up. He’s always a hit, but last night he got the beat going until an unusually expressive entourage of arm-flailing, head bobbing, eyelash-fluttering fans who rose up like cobras to Om Namo Shivaya and Hare Krishna. Jivamukti yoginis were walking around prompting victims “INNNhaaaaaale, EXXXhaaaaale…,” so nobody got hurt.

After the kirtan, Swami Ramananda, the head of the New York Integral Yoga Institute, introduced the film. He was so calm he makes calm look nervous, which was great at Jivamukti, a place where you find yourself peeking out of the corner of your eye and wondering “Is HE famous? Is SHE famous?” And saffron is this year’s black, so he was completely en vogue.

The screening was more of a screaming. This group was primed. You would have thought it was a taping of The Improv, judging by audience response. They even laughed where nothing was funny at all, like when Richard Cripe says he suffered his second heart attack at age fifty, and then a third heart attack the next year, and a fourth heart attack after that–by the time he had his fifth heart attack the room was in stitches. Whatever, everyone loved it.

After the screening the entire audience stayed for a group discussion that included Sharon and David (Jivamukti co-founders), Dr. Amrita McLanahan, Peter Max, Arjuna Zurbel, Ramanandaji, Shiva Kumar (the film’s director) and myself. Most of the 45 minutes or so were taken up with stories about Sri Gurudev from the panel and from IYI folk in the audience.

Shiva had his family there, and my wife and daughter came. This was special for me because at home the message is, “Dad, don’t bother trying to boil water, you’re not going to get it right,” and here are all these people walking up to us after the film bowing and giving us r-e-s-p-e-c-t. Of course, it will not make much difference once we’re back on Long Island and I try to boil water again. The 15 minutes of fame are up. Ah, well.

We are grateful to have had this opportunity to play a small part in telling Gurudev’s great story. When I think of how much I miss myspiritual master, I get a little taste of what it must be like for Gurudev’s many dedicated disciples. Transcendental knowledge is apauruseya: it descends from a higher realm through the intermediary of realized masters. How can anyone with even the slightest sensitivity to the mystery of life not be moved by Gurudev’s mission?

Anyway, a fun time was had by all. But I have to sign off now. I’m late for water-boiling class.

Yogesvara (Joshua Greene)

Living Yoga Chosen as Official Entry: Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival

Saturday, June 21st, 2008
August 8, 2008
12:50 pm to 1:52 pm

Living Yoga received the following news and we are so pleased and honored to share this with you!

“We are pleased to inform you that your submission has been selected to screen at the 2008 Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival, August 7-9, 2008, Houston, Texas. We are excited about your project and commend you once again on your outstanding efforts.”

Our film will screen on Friday, August 8th at 12:50 p.m. at the Sheraton North (near the airport). Register now to attend.

Living Yoga Screened on Opening Night of the Maui Film

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

On June 11th, Living Yoga screened on opening night of the Maui Film
Festival. Meenakshi Angel Honig was invited by the Festival to
introduce the film and to lead an after-film discussion. Meenakshi
reported that the film was shown at the beautiful Castle Theater and
there was a large turnout for the film. Many in the audience came up
to her afterward to express their appreciation for the film. Some
shared stories and remembrances about Sri Gurudev being on Maui over
the years and others who had never met him expressed how seeing him
on film really brought him to life.

Meenakshi said that she felt the film will help build a bridge for
many who don’t know Gurudev or much about Yoga but who know Dr.
Ornish and Dr. Oz (who appear in Living Yoga) through their exposure
on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

She remarked, “It will nourish their cells and souls on a deeper level.”

Joe Sugarman attended the screening and commented, “I was very
impressed with the documentary, the people who volunteered to be in
the movie, the benefits of Yoga and what a great leader Gurudev was.
The lessons taught throughout the film were many. It’s the type of
film you can see over and over and get a lot out of it each time you
see it. I know how hard it is to produce a film of this quality and
with all the effects used so I congratulate you on a job well done.”

Blacksburg, Virginia to host Living Yoga at the Lyric Opera

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Saturday, August 23rd, 3 p.m.
The Lyric Theater
Downtown Blacksburg, VA
More information contact: Akke’s Yoga Place    (540) 953-2553

Marietta, Georgia to Show Living Yoga at Stillness Yoga

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Stillness Yoga (1522 Roswell Road Marietta, Georgia 30062 – located
inside Marietta Health Foods) will host  a screening on Saturday,
July 12 at 7:20 p.m. Please contact Stephanie Clement at 770-337-9335
for more information and  to reserve a seat.