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Subjects: Documentary, Fitness, Health and Wellness, Gender Studies, Sociology
How did the ancient practice of yoga, designed in India thousands of years ago 6 for men, become so relevant and increasingly popular in the lives of millions of American women?
Yoga was brought to the west from India by a lineage of male teachers. Now there’s a generation of women who are leading the way. They’re strong, they’re inspiring, and they’re radically changing people’s lives. From the busy streets of Manhattan to the dusty slums of Kenya, Yogawoman (narrated by award winning actress Annette Bening) uncovers a global phenomenon that has changed the face of yoga forever.
A revolution brews in yoga studios, hospitals, prison cells and living rooms around the globe. In record numbers women are discovering their own strength, vitality, peace and power through yoga. Claiming this ancient spiritual path from its traditionally male form, the result is a radical transformation of yoga into an international multi billion dollar industry.
Led by a new generation of dynamic female teachers, this “new” yoga replaces the male-centered, more rigid style with a distinctly feminine practice that honors intuition, family, strength, flow, connection, community, activism and the cyclical nature of women’s lives.
Multi award winning documentary Yogawoman, 50 women filmed over 2 years in 9 countries, is a groundbreaking film that captures this fascinating time of awakening female power.
Through rich personal stories, Yogawoman reveals how yoga has utterly transformed the lives of millions of over-stimulated, overscheduled multitasking modern women. With vivid detail and poignancy, Yogawoman shows how women have embraced yoga for easing health conditions like breast cancer, infertility, heart disease, anxiety and depression, and given a lifeline to women in prison, abuse survivors and those struggling with body image or eating disorders.
Yogawoman bears witness to millions of women who have integrated yoga into their daily lives so they are happier, healthier 6 allowing them to ‘give back’ in life changing and innovative ways.
In intimate interviews with the world’s leading experts, many who have become worldwide icons with rock-star status, Yogawoman captures how these teachers have blazed a new trail for women. World-renowned teachers appearing in Yogawoman include Patricia Walden, Sharon Gannon, Shiva Rea, Angela Farmer, Cyndi Lee, Seane Corn, Donna Farhi and forward-thinking medical professionals such as integrative physician Dr. Sara Gottfried and world-renowned research scientist Dr. Shirley Telles. Yogawoman is the first film of its kind to bring together these luminaries, distilling their wisdom and spreading their message of peace and empowerment for the benefit of women everywhere.