Archive for the ‘Film Festivals’ Category

“Living Yoga” in its first online film festival!

Friday, January 15th, 2010

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Living Yoga was selected to be among the films to be part of Culture Unplugged’s Spirit Enlightened Online Film Festival that opened this week (January 13, 2010). Within a day, Living Yoga became one of top viewed films in the festival and is now featured on the festival’s home page. You can view the film here:

This is also the perfect opportunity to let your family and friends know that they can watch the film in its entirety online. And, the DVD is available from in English and also as Viviendo El Yoga (with Spanish subtitles) for purchase.

Please spread the word about the Festival to keep Living Yoga in the top viewed films and about the DVD. Thanks for all your support in spreading the love and light of Yoga around the globe! OM Shanti.

Spirit Enlightened Festival

“LIVING YOGA” Honored!

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Living Yoga was selected to receive an “Honorable Mention” Jury Award from the 2008 Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival. This is a beautiful honor and recognition for which we are so grateful! We thank Shanda Davis and  BCIFF and were honored to participate in the film festival.

Special thanks to Karuna Kreps for representing Living Yoga at its screening during BCIFF.

Great Lakes Independent Film Festival 2008 Selects Living Yoga as Official Entry

Saturday, September 6th, 2008
September 25, 2008 to September 28, 2008

LIVING YOGA was just selected as an official entry in the 2008 Great Lakes Independent Film Festival.
This makes our 7th film festival selection! The Festival runs from September 25 – September 28 at:

 Theatre 145
145 West 11th. St.
Erie PA
(814) 873-5069


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.”

2008 Maui Film Festival at Wailea

Monday, May 5th, 2008
June 11, 2008

LIVING YOGA: The life and teachings of Swami Satchidananda has been chosen (from over 1,000 submissions) to be screened at the 2008 Maui Film Festival at Wailea, which is being held June 11th-15th. Living Yoga will be screening at the Castle Theater on Wednesday, June 11th at 8:00pm. For more information please visit: <>

2008 Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival

Monday, May 5th, 2008
September 19, 2008 to September 21, 2008

LIVING YOGA is an official selection in the 2008 Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho from September 19-21.

More details about the screening will be available soon.

For more info about the festival, please visit: Watch the trailer.

Living Yoga in Hollywood

Sunday, April 13th, 2008


On April 5, LIVING YOGA premiered in Hollywood during the Brilliant Light International Film Festival of Los Angeles. Deepa McNulty (who with her husband, Peter Param McNulty, a Hollywood film editor) was a consultant on LIVING YOGA, represented the film at the festival, along with the film’s director Siva Kumar. Deepa sent us this report from the screening:

The Raleigh Studios was really nice. Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin had offices there in the early 20′s. It just reeked “Old Hollywood.. Very professional studio lot. Had everything you might expect: sound stages, offices, etc. even parking with the names of people who appear in certain TV shows that they film there [including “Ugly Betty” which was in production at the time of the festival].

They showed the films in the Chaplin theater, which is made up of smaller screening rooms. Some smaller than others. LIVING YOGA was shown in the largest one they had. There was a cafe set up, outside, as you entered the theater and there was food and beverages offered before the show and afterwards they offered food and drinks. They had free food for us all.

It felt like visiting a real studio, which it was and we were treated like special people, all of us. Before the film started there was a film crew in the cafe part, with food for their members. It was definitely a “real” in action, place. I have been on most of the major studio lots and I know. This was just a scaled down version. The decor was old California hacienda style, soft orangey colors, wood beams, cast iron chairs, wood tables—very clean and nicely done.

The weather was great, not too hot. Many people in the audience were from Swami Turiyasangitananda’s Sai Anantam Ashram. Shiva thanked them at the Q&A. [Swami Turiyasangitanandaji funded a large part of the film prior to her leaving the body in January 2007). There were compliments about the movie and questions, which we answered.

I did mention Nirmala Heriza as a local devotee and important person in the medical field if anyone wanted more info and she could be found at Cedars Sinai Hospital [where is a Yoga therapist working with cardiac patients].

Jennifer Corinna, the director of the festival is an angel sent directly by the higher ups.
Face like an angel and very sincere and kind. Maybe she could be interviewed for Integral Yoga Magazine about this festival. She went out of her way to accommodate
both Shiva and myself and Shiva’s relatives, who also attended the screening.

I sat way in the back and totally cried, luckily, more toward the end of the movie. I felt so blessed, all over again and loved seeing Gurudev, again. Afterwards, many people told me they loved the movie.

Another devotee, Alan Kumar Briese, emailed us after the screening with this message:

“The synergy between an education on the roots of Yoga, the benefits (physical, mental and spiritual) through personal stories, introducing the history and essence of Gurudev and his teachings were blended together like perfect facets of a brilliant diamond. It was a example of perfection in action.”

A big thanks to Jennifer Corinna, Deepa McNulty, Shiva Kumar, Tara Lynda Guber and Diane Ladd for their help with the screening. Special thanks to Shankari and the other devotees of Swami Turiyasangitanandaji and all who attended the screening.

LIVING YOGA–in the ReelHeART International Film Festival (RHIFF) in Toronto

Sunday, March 9th, 2008
June 19, 2008
1:45 pm to 2:47 pm

LIVING YOGA is an official selection in the 2008 ReelHeART International Film Festival (RHIFF) in Toronto being held June 16-21. It will be shown on Thursday, June 19, 1:45 pm. For more info on the festival:

The RHIFF is dedicated to supporting the need for exposure for ALL LEVELS of independent filmmakers around the world. We put emerging and student artists alongside established and master filmmakers in an effort that all filmmakers can be recognized for their art, rather than their credits. We also have a goal to satisfy and challenge the interests of filmgoers and film supporters; to encourage, reward and celebrate the “Real HeART” of film and new media.

See for details of the Living Yoga showing at the festival.

LIVING YOGA–at the Brilliant Light International Film Festival

Friday, March 7th, 2008
April 5, 2008
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Brilliant Light International Film Festival of Los Angeles is committed to exhibiting projects which expand consciousness, develop awareness, shift paradigms, challenge the mind, inspire the imagination, awaken the spirit,
and illuminate the soul. The festival gives voice to independent filmmakers whose projects embody such intentions regardless of gender, race, geographic location, religion or sexual identity.

Living Yoga Film Showing Saturday April 05, 2008 at 4:00 PM at Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: (818) 602-5462

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