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Awake: The Life of Yogananda with post-film discussion

Awake: The Life of Yogananda with post-film discussion
One Night Only! Tuesday, March 19! Co-presented with Princeton Center for Yoga and HealthRama Ramanathan will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion after the film. 

This film is a part of Hopewell Theater's ongoing The Art of Living Well series featuring inspiring films, speakers and interactive discussions exploring ways of cultivating serenity, meaning and a deeper connection to one’s self and the world.

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami 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 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

Directed by Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman.
Runtime: 87 mins.
Rating: PG


About Rama Ramanathan: 
Yoga has been a integral part of Rama Ramanathan’s life since his late teens. He truly lives and breaths yoga and he loves sharing his deep knowledge in his classes. He became passionate about yoga ever since his uncle taught him when he was 16 years of age. After spending a few years practicing yoga, he found it invigorating and he thought by becoming a yoga teacher he would also help others and at the same time understand the deeper aspects of yoga. He received a letter from Swami Sivananda when he was 16 years of age and in it he accepted him as his disciple. He later met his senior disciple and Guru Swami Vishnu Devananda who founded the Sivananda Yoga in North America. He also had the opportunity to study under great masters of yoga who include the late 125 year old Swami Bua and Srivatsa Ramaswami, who spent 33 years studying under Guru T. Krishnamacharya.
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