Awake: The Life of Yogananda — Digital Rental

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Also available: DVD $24.95

English with subtitles in: Spanish – Portuguese – German – Italian – French – Dutch – Japanese – Danish – Finnish – Norwegian – Polish – Swedish – Bengali – Hindi – Tamil – Telugu

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Awake: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about Paramahansa Yogananda, who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers, and yoga enthusiasts today. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

Filmed over three years with the participation of thirty countries around the world, the documentary explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards in pursuit of Self-realization. Featuring interviews with direct disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda as well as with Ravi Shankar, George Harrison, Krishna Das, and many others. A visual feast taking us from holy pilgrimages in India to Harvard’s Divinity School and its cutting-edge physics labs, from the Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California.


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“Compelling...enough to make a modern soul look inwards.” — The New York Times

“Gripping, inspiring...epic...the filmmakers hook you emotionally from the get-go.” — Yoga Journal

"Engrossing and informative from start to finish" — The Village Voice

"Epic and timeless" — LA Yoga

"Dreamy, entrancing... directors Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman are masters of atmospherics" — The Washington Post

"...a mesmerizing film about a very special being" — Alice Walker