THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF SWAMI SATCHITANANDA
⭐Official Selection, Sun Valley Film Festival
The birth of the modern Yoga movement and its impact on the world.
The film features archival footage from around the globe and interviews with Larry King and others who have been deeply touched by Yoga and the teachings of Swami Satchidananda.
Segments with Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Mehmet Oz highlight the positive impact of Yoga practices and vegetarian lifestyle on health and wellness. Pop artist Peter Max, Felix Cavaliere (lead singer, The Rascals), Dr. Bhagavan Antle (founder, The Institute of Greatly Endangered & Rare Species), Sharon Gannon and David Life (Yoga teachers to Sting, Willem Dafoe and Russell Simmons) and Swami Ramananda (president, Integral Yoga Institute of New York) are among others also interviewed.
The role of spirituality in wellness and the link between inner peace and outer peace is explored in the film. Swami Satchidananda was a pioneer in the interfaith movement and promoted world peace by bringing together people of all backgrounds and beliefs so they could learn respect for all the different paths and realize their common spirit and the universality of their spiritual foundation. He built the world’s first interfaith shrine. Rev. James P. Morton (former dean of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine), Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB and Rabbi Joseph Gelberman all leaders in the interfaith movement and close friends of Swami Satchidananda are also interviewed.
An estimated 25 million Americans practice Yoga to manage stress, promote health, and create a more meaningful life. Swami Satchidananda (the “Woodstock Guru”) was one of the first Yoga masters to blend the physical discipline of Yoga, the spiritual philosophy of Vedic literature and the interfaith ideals he pioneered.
“The beauty of this film lies in its apparent simplicity that belies the profound wisdom it contains. This is a film with a deep spiritual resonance.”
“This enjoyable documentary divided into five sections: asanas, nature, balance, wellness, and interfaith takes us on a whirlwind tour of his life and teachings, with video footage and stories from a few of the people whose lives he touched.”
"This movie gives a very thorough understanding of the what and whys of yoga - not just from the perspective of physical practice, but how physical practice fits within the larger context of the Eight Limb Path of Yoga."