SYDNEY, NSW Australia and BERKELEY, Calif., September 15 2011 – The new feature documentary Yogawoman, narrated by Academy award nominee Annette Bening, was recently released on DVD. Yogawoman, the first film to capture the phenomenon of women’s roles in the explosion of yoga throughout the world, explores the impact of yoga on women’s health, fitness, emotional well-being and personal growth. The film shows how yoga has come out of the studio and into the real world, into cancer clinics, African villages, urban streets and prisons, to radically change the lives of women worldwide.
Yogawoman explores a global shift that has changed the face of yoga forever and transformed the lives of millions of over-stimulated, overscheduled multitasking modern women. Although an estimated 17 million women in North America practice yoga today, and have made it a multibillion-dollar industry, it was originally a rigid discipline taught and practiced primarily by men. Led by a new generation of dynamic female teachers, modern yoga has been adapted for a woman’s body and needs, and has evolved into a practice that supports activism on behalf of people and the planet.
In personal interviews, women around the world reveal how yoga has helped them face conditions like breast cancer, infertility, anxiety and depression, given them strength to recover from abuse and eating disorders, and helped them through pregnancy, motherhood and menopause.
The film introduces mainstream audiences to top teachers, many of whom have become worldwide icons with rock-star status in the yoga community, such as Patricia Walden, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Sharon Gannon, Cyndi Lee, Elena Brower, plus forward-thinking medical professionals, such as integrative physician Dr. Sara Gottfried and world-renowned research scientist Dr. Shirley Telles.
“Yoga started in acting school for me, now it serves me in my life,” said Bening, a longtime yoga advocate. “I think you need yoga more as you get older. As well as being just good exercise, you’re dealing with different body issues and the cycles of life.”
“Even though yoga first began thousands of years ago, it still fits seamlessly into modern life,” said filmmaker Kate Clere McIntyre, who produced, wrote and directed the film along with co-producers Michael McIntyre and Saraswati Clere. “Making this film, we met girls, mothers, grandmothers, CEOs, prison inmates, dying women, women living in dire poverty, and each one had found a way to make yoga work for them.”
“Yogawoman is a film every woman should see,” said Tabby Biddle, M.S. Ed., author of The Goddess Diaries. “The women of Yogawoman will inspire you, touch your heart, help you feel your own strength, and make you want to get on the mat. Go see this brilliant film!”
Yogawoman is available now on DVD at www.yogawoman.tv.
About the production
Two production companies, Australia-based Second Nature Films and Berkeley-based YogaKula Productions, joined forces in 2009 to produce Yogawoman. Second Nature Films is an independent film production company based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Its films celebrate and raise awareness about our extraordinary natural environment as well as the lives of extraordinary people with whom we share this planet. Its award-winning documentary films include What to do about Whales?, covering the tragic consequences of whaling; A Year on the Wing, which follows the annual migration of the spiritually and culturally significant Eastern Curlew; A Hard Place, about the personal and familial challenges of working mothers and childcare; and Gaining Ground: In Pursuit of Ecological Sustainability, about preserving biodiversity. YogaKula Productions creates and sells products that support yoga practitioners as well as those interested in studying wisdom teachings and meditation. YogaKula’s educational DVD and CDs provide an accurate and historical perspective of the yoga tradition in a way that is accessible and relevant to today’s practitioners.