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  • Actors: B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Cyndi Lee, Alan Finger, Rodney Yee
  • Directors: Kate Churchill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MFTZY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,194 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Enlighten Up! DVD" on IMDb

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Filmmaker Kate Churchill is determined to prove that yoga can transform anyone. Nick Rosen is skeptical but agrees to be her guinea pig. Kate immerses Nick in the practice and follows him around the world as he examines the good, the bad and the ugly of yoga. The two encounter celebrity yogis, true believers, kooks and world-renowned gurus. Tensions run high as Nick s transformational progress lags and Kate s plan crumbles. Ultimately, what they find is not what they are looking for.
FEATURING: B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Norman Allen, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Gurmukh, Dharma Mitra, Cyndi Lee, Alan Finger, Rodney Yee, Beryl Bender Birch, Shyamdas, Diamond Dallas Page and many more!

DVD Features: Audio Commentary with Director Kate Churchill; Deleted Scenes; Extended Interviews with Yoga Luminaries; Photo Gallery

Customer Reviews

For yoga people, it's really fascinating.
Lucas Rockwood
I'm not sure if he ever really knows exactly what he's looking for, but somehow I think he'd know it when he finds it.
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How sad; this was obviously not the intent that the film-maker began with.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 13, 2009
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For some reason, I feel like I should start with the conclusions:

He does not achieve enlightenment. He does not experience any great philosophical realizations. He does not become a great yogi. He does not become a lifelong yoga practitioner. I do think Yoga changed his life, but I am not sure if he would agree with me.

Kate is a documentary filmmaker. She picks Nick, an out of work journalist as her subject. The purpose is to follow Nick as he explores the world of Yoga. Nick starts out visiting several yoga studios in NYC. He spends time with Gannon and Life of Jivamukti. He travels to Santa Monica, where he works out with DDP (Diamond Dallas Page), the former professional wrestler who created YRG (Yoga for Regular Guys). He goes to India where he meets BKS Iyengar and the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. He goes on to meet several Indian Yogis & Guruswho are NOT into the physical yoga, but more into the spiritual(such as devotion - Bhakti) aspects of the practice.

He asks a lot of questions and listens to the answers. I do not think he's always satisfied with the answers he gets.

He returns home.

I must admit that I was prepared to like this film before I saw it. I liked the interviews with Iyengar, Jois, Page, and all of the other Yogis in the film. I would have been very happy just to have seen that.

I enjoyed the film very much. One of the things that made it interesting was the interplay between Kate and Nick. There are some serious differences between them. Nick is looking for proof. Kate's standards are different. I think she's looking for something more 'serious,' more overtly spiritual.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By G. Bell on March 26, 2011
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I enjoyed the film. Now he claims not to have changed his life. But take a look at him at the beginning of the film and at the end - he's a bit mellower and more sure of himself at the end. Not night and day but it is there.

Part of the fun of the film is the director trying to work out her own life through the guy. Her "Are you there yet, are you there yet, are you there yet"? Well, that makes anyone tense. And it is good to know that by streching, twisting, wrenching you are probably not going to become Enlightened. Most Hindus I know find a one year journey to Enlightenment laughable. Especially if you expect to get there by standing on your head.

Pros: Nick seems like a great guy. He's handsome, honest and willing. The director is interesting and she realizes in the course of the film how much she is bringing her own life to bear on him. You get to meet some great teachers. And the conclusion is honest.

Cons: Most Hindus view the hatha yoga crowd as on the wrong path. Hatha is largely a Western thing, where Westerners are trying to make something spiritual physical. See the problem? When I go to a hatha yoga class I'm often annoyed by the ignorance of the teacher with the philosophy. Some 26 or 36 year old stuck on how their body looks, trying to tell me that standing on my head will save my soul! They will misquote Patanjali who really doesn't talk about Hatha at all and can't quote the Gita at all, at least in what I've experienced.

If you read, just say the Bhagava Gita, there are four yogas and hatha is not one of them. "Yoga" means union in sanskrit. No one mentions this in the film. Yes, the film gives many definitions, most of them just off the mark. It's suppose to mean union with God. What is God?
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mark Shepperson on April 16, 2010
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I have been waiting to see Enlighten up! for a while. It was sadly not worth the wait. The movie promises us to show the benefits and spiritual growth of a newbie to Yoga on a half year intensive yoga trek.

What we get is Nick who seems to have been picked for looks rather than personality walking around in a confused state (but looking good). We are then whizzed around the New York and then the globe looking for said enlightenment via yoga. Nick's mumbling and increasingly tightlippedness seems to lead to tensions as the filmmaker tries to salvage things. Time lines get lost and there is no indication as to how much yoga is being done or where Nick is at apart from the odd 'dunno' here and there.

The real problem here is the film maker, she asks shallow questions that are answered in a 'yes' or 'no' has no real structure to the movie or the yoga practices. She parades a few old friends that have a limited grasp on reality. My favourite was in Hawaii where Nick was given a massage so rough that the point 'a little knowledge is a dangerous thing' sprang to mind.

A wonderful idea of a movie is shallow and grossly flawed, in short, a watch once experience of a few interesting and colourful characters from the world of yoga but raises more question than it answers.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Feen on June 30, 2010
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This movie seemed pretty interesting at the start of the film, but the plot never really goes anywhere. Without going into extreme detail, this movie never takes off because the subject of the film is just too clueless to be given the mission he is in this documentary. This movie could have been really good and useful if the subject of the film was educated enough to at least ask the right questions when given the oppritunity. Imagine a film about relativity with Einstein being interviewed by a 6th grader. The coverage of the topic wouldn't do the subject of science or the man Einstein justice,obviously not because they are not worthy.
With that said, you get a peek at how out of touch average folk like the subject is with these subjects. Which I myself find interesting, that is why people can't understand certain subjects.
This DVD's better than a network television show, but you won't watch more than once.
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