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  • Actors: Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Sharon Gannon, Patricia Walden
  • Directors: Kate McIntyre, Saraswati Clere
  • Producers: Kate McIntyre, Saraswati Clere, Michael S. McIntyre
  • Format: DVD
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006NGGQ9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,545 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a program by some Western women Yoga practitioners/instructors using Yoga as a platform. Through the practice of Yoga asanas, they aim at understanding and coping with women's cycles of life and enhancing every aspect of life. There are sections in the video on applying Yoga to every stage from childhood to advanced age. The therapeutic value of Yoga is highly emphasized. These yoga women expand the program to attempts at managing stress, and coping with and healing serious illnesses of the body. They also reach out to the world, to some of the disadvantaged areas of Africa, improving the self-identity and self-image of the population there. They build self-esteem in the women and introduce community and social services.

It is all about women's unity and applying women's influence and power to better women and children, which will spill into all areas of their lives and make calmer, happier families and world.

This is a very good program with great ideas, but there are some questions. Do the Yoga women work in the slums and disadvantaged areas in the US? If they do, it is not included the video. Are they overlooking the needs in their own country and going all the way across the world to help? The program shows a Yoga woman working in a US detention center for teens, but nothing more on work in the depressed areas in the US.

There is one huge mistake in the video. One of the Yoga women states that women in India were not allowed to practice Yoga. This is not true at all, on two levels. Here are the facts: The old Indian culture did not allow `combined' class of men and women together in a class, especially physical programs, because it was considered immodest. Women, especially privileged women learned Yoga at home or in informal women-only settings.
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"Yogawoman" (2011 release; 84 min.) takes a look at the yoga scene for woman. As the movie opens, we are given some basic facts such as the roots of yoga in India, the role (more non-role) of woman in yoga historically, and how prior to the 1960s and 70s there were no female yoga teachers in the US. That started to change some 40 years ago, with rapid expansion for women. (There is a hilarious archive clip from those early days courtesy of WCET in Cincinnati--where I live--in which Lilias Folan gives a yoga lesson.) l Nowadays, there are 20 million yoga practitioners, of which an astonishing 85% are women. As we hear testimonial after testimonial, it is clear that many believe that yoga is an excellent tool with which to battle the stress of the world we live in today.

Couple of comments: first, I couldn't help but feel that this is not an 'investigative' documentary, but rather that it is an 'educative' one, in fact almost an infomercial for a product called 'yoga'. And I'm not suggesting that this is any different from what this DVD portrays itself to be. Second, please note that the documentary is narrated by none other than Annette Bening. Third, the soundtrack is very much new-age like, in fact reminding me at times of the classic Windham Hill new age albums from the mid/late 80s. I liked the music quite a bit.

"Yogawoman" was first released in 2011. It is now getting renewed exposure with the re-release of the DVD by US distributor Passion River, and it's also available as an Amazon Instant Video. If you are a woman and into yoga, you will definitely want to check this out. For the rest of us, it's more of a curiosity than anything else.
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Not as diverse as I'd hoped for. Would've liked to have seen more American women of different cultures represented. There are so many in yoga across the country: teaching, attending class, etc. Troubling that they weren't sought out to balance out this piece. They are not hard to find, a quick Google search will start you.
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I found the stats intereseting...and one of my favorite yoga teachers Angela Farmer and her remarkable wisdom is included in this program, though not enuf for me...i can listen, and learn, from her inimitable feminine wisdom for hours! Same thoughts for Patricia Walden, who did appear more frequently. Blessings to you dear Teacher after years since studying with you and my condolences for the loss of your dear Teacher BKS Iyengar. If you haven't viewed on YouTube The Feminine Unfolding i highly recommend that if you have an interest in the topic of Yoga. That said i thought this was an interesting overview of what is going on with the "women's movement" called Yoga. I wonder who the new teachers are who will fill the shoes of some of these teachers featured...that said Elena Brower lovely to see you here...
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While I liked seeing the different ways the Western Yoga community is giving back to society through various non-profits the film makers linger too long on certain segments making this film in need of editing. Not all the limbs of yoga are really explored, there is a strong leaning towards Vinyasa and flow while not representing other forms of yoga that are practiced in the West. I got the message that Power Yoga has become popular in the West with women because women in general are looking to re-claim their power. While that is possibly true, women and men are also looking for spirituality and adult growth. The spiritual aspects of yoga are given the briefest of mention in the film. I thought it was interesting that they closed the film credits with a song by Snatam Kaur but did not mention Kundalini yoga in the film, a huge oversight.
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