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“Viviendo El Yoga” Inspires in Barcelona

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

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Kirana Stover, director of the Integral Yoga Centre in Barcelona, Spain reports that the first public screening of Viviendo El Yoga, the Spanish subtitled version of Living Yoga, was held and was beautifully received. Thanks to Kirana for organizing this inspiring gathering.

We’re grateful to the film’s director Shiva Kumar for helping to get the subtitles added, to Sr. Maitreyi, Ram, Pilar & Mercedes for their translation services and the sangha in Argentina, Barcelona, Richmond (VA) and Integral Yoga Magazine supporters for making this possible. OM Shanti.Viviendo El Yoga

“LIVING YOGA” Receives Top Award!

Monday, June 1st, 2009

The 13th Annual Videographer Awards were just announced and we’re very proud to report that Living Yoga received the 2009 Videographer Award of Excellence, the highest honor in the documentary category. Our thanks and congratulations to Shiva Kumar (Silver Arc Productions) for his excellent videography work that was so befittingly acknowledged by The Videography Awards. Thanks also to Joshua Greene (co-producer) and all who contributed to the success of the film.

Boulder Premiere a Grand Success!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

It was as if Swami Satchidananda, himself, were present to a full house at the Boulder Public Library for this showing of Living Yoga.

Some in the audience had met him, others came to see and learn more about this famous Yogi, whose teachings of Integral Yoga have had worldwide impact. Afterwards people greeted each other and connected, as he would have wanted. There was laughter, as well as engrossed silence as the stories unfolded alongside images and words of Swami Satchidananda (loving called “Gurudev” by his students).

For those of us who have been his disciples, it was a reunion of the heart. We felt the delight of being in his presence and met sangha members we had not known before but seemed to recognize by virtue of our connection to our Guru. For us, it brought back the early days with the one who had immeasurable impact on our lives. Others related the impact of their meeting with him, while some were reminded of their own Guru, and still others found a depth of Yoga they had not known.

His smile, his laughter and his humor. Living Yoga brought to life one of India’s greatest Yoga Masters. It was like a dance through years done with the elegance that was his trademark. Gurudev would have been proud of this film as he was a filmmaker and loved the art of film.

Living Yoga has interviews with some of the most prominent disciples of Swami Satchidananda. Legendary artist Peter Max who brought Gurudev to the US in the 1960s. Dr Dean Ornish (the respected doctor who has helped bring Yoga to the mainstream and author of the brilliant book The Spectrum), the wonderful Dr. Mehmet Oz and others.

Swami Satchidananda came to Boulder in the early 1970s and opened the hearts of  Boulderites. Living Yoga has rekindled that Light.

–Reported by Mitra & Dharmavati Shapiro and Padma Wick

(A special thank you from Satchidananda Ashram to Joel Haertling, Boulder Library Film Coordinator for hosting this event. A big thank you to Mitra, Dharmavati, Padma Wick, Padma Habib and others for helping make it such a huge success! Read Mitra & Dharmavati’s inspirational weekly blog on Huffington Post at:

Yoga Day USA: Richmond, Virginia Screening

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
January 23, 2009
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Ashtanga Yoga Richmond will host a special screening of Living Yoga in honor of Yoga Day USA on Friday, January 23 at 7:00 pm. The program will include kirtan, meditation and a viewing of Living Yoga with Integral Yoga teachers Nitya Griffith and Nora Pozzi leading an after-film discussion.

Ashtanga Yoga Richmond
2902 West Cary Street
Second Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23221

Ashtanga Yoga Richmond is located next to the Historic Byrd Theatre in Carytown. There is a free parking lot directly behind on Colonial Street.

“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.

Haverford College (Pennsylvania) Screening a Smashing Success!

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

I am so happy to report that Friday night’s “Living Yoga” event at Haverford College was a smashing success.

There were about 125 people who attended. The auditorium was very comfortable (they recently renovated it) and the picture and sound quality first class. Marianne Sutin started the evening with beautiful flute music. We viewed the film, then Professor Gangadean moderated an audience question/answer discussion with Swami Ramanandaji (president, Integral Yoga Institute of New York who is also featured in the film), Hari Zandler and Rene Ragan who all were wonderful.

Everyone loved the film and it was an awesome networking event for those connected with Haverford, the Philly Yoga and interfaith communities.

Attending were representatives from at least 6 area Yoga centers and from at least 3 interfaith organizations who helped spread the word to their contacts.  Special thanks to the Common Ground Interfaith Fellowship who set up a tea/snack table.

Thank you for your love, support and ideas for this event.

Much love,
Sam (Satyam) Rossitto
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

[Special thanks to Sam Rossitto for organizing this wonderful event! If you'd like to host a screening or suggest one for your local community college, library, Yoga centers, please contact us at: [email protected] ]

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


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.

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.