Cinema Sutras: Yogawoman the movie

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Have you heard about Yogawoman the movie? Billed as “a groundbreaking film that captures this fascinating time of awakening female power of a new generation of dynamic female teachers, this “new” yoga replaces the male-centered, rigid style with a distinctly feminine practice that honors intuition, family, flow, connection, community, activism, and the cyclical nature of women’s lives.” The website notes: 

Through intimate interviews with the world’s leading experts, many who have become worldwide icons with rock-star status,YOGAWOMAN captures these teachers [who] have blazed a new trail for women. These world-renowned teachers include Patricia Walden, Seane Corn,Sharon Gannon, Shiva Rea, Angela Farmer, Cyndi Lee 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 so we can all benefit.


I have not seen the documentary yet, so this is not a review, but it has my attention. Yogawoman is popping up in studio screenings in many cities, has Facebook presence, and is available on DVD. Check out the trailer:

I’d love to hear from both those of you who have seen Yogawoman, as well as any of you who are asking, While it is great that women are now “accepted” (good gracious, they are predominant) in yoga, does the very thesis create yet another Us or Them situation? I’m not just trying to rustle up the journalist’s imperative to write something salacious just so you will RSVP to our posts, what I’m really wondering is, with feminism now a century or more old, and yoga in America being mostly a “women’s sport,” is there really a need to herald women over men in yoga in terms of social activism?  

Are most of the major players in yoga activistism women, and if so, why?



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Barbra Brady is the Art Editor at Yoga Modern. She holds an MA in Museum Exhibition Theory & Cultural Studies, which she has exercised as a museum curator of contemporary art, nationally published writer, leader of a venerated nonprofit yoga retreat foundation, and now, yoga with a slant on channeling creative energy. When not practicing or teaching yoga in the tradition of her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker (as a Certified Level IParaYoga teacher) or as an iRest Yoga Nidra practitioner, Barbra practices the yoga of “curiosity.” The curiosity that fuels her imagination may be through writing, curating, a turn of leaf or phrase, cinema, a century ride on her road bike… She’ll be sharing her curatorial picks and original musings, as she whispers in the ear of the Yoga Modern community: “Hey, look at this!” She lives in Sonoma, California, an Eden which naturally prompts her reflections on nature, food, and yes, wine (in meaningful moderation).

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