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Narrated by
academy award
nominee
annette
bening

Cast

I find with yoga, kids come and they can just be themselves, they don’t have to be anything other than what they are....

Abby Wills

Shanti Generation, Los Angeles

What are the benefits of yoga practice, personally? I feel more comfortable just
being myself. I see what an amazing miracle life is.

Angela Farmer

The Feminine Unfolding, Greece

Women find that they bring strength and the empowerment from their yoga studies or practice, into their daily family and community lives.

Anne Obrien

Yoga teacher & Author

If I allowed myself to start my day in a grounded practice that allowed me to touch in with that
quiet, still place inside myself....

Anne Ornish

Meditation and Yoga Teacher

I think that's a balance we look for, all through our lives, what is the right action? How do you find the right action? It comes from skillful means. It comes from our practice....

Beryl Bender Birch

The Hard + The Soft Yoga Institute , New York

Yoga as we know, is transformational, it’s life changing. But what I think I really love about yoga is it does that in very, very subtle ways...

Caroline Shola Arewa

Founder - Energy 4 Life & Author - London

Yoga is like coming home. So that searching that you’re doing, to make yourself happy, to find a thing that will make you happy, is already within you....

Claire Missingham

Vinyasa Flow Yoga, London

My main inspiration for myself and for women is to be kind and to not have to push and deplete but to use the yoga practice as restoration....

Colleen Saidman Yee

Yoga Shanti – New York

I can pretty much guarantee that anybody that comes to a good yoga class and sticks with it, it’s going to bring confidence and joy to your life....

Cyndi Lee

Om Yoga – New York

When you get into a practice like yoga, it helps you to find what’s the healthy body weight, and condition for your body type.....

Deborah Saliby

Yoga teacher + Hynobirthing instructor, Oakland, California

It’s sneaky this yoga, it’s so sneaky, it goes in and it transforms every part of your life, it changes your desires, it changes the friends you want to hang out with...

Desirée Rumbaugh

Anusara Yoga - Arizona

When you practice, you don’t practice for an effect. You don’t practice for the onlooker. You don’t practice to get some wonderful enlightenment or whatever...

Dona Holleman

Equi Yoga – Italy

I think to live in harmony and balance in nature you have to find the harmony and balance within your own nature.

Donna Farhi

Yoga teacher + Author, New Zealand

The yogic teachings about diet are so beautiful and they’re so in keeping with what our modern science is telling us...

Dr Cathy Stallworth

Nashville Integrated Medical Centre

Yoga teaches a person to live in harmony, where there is a balance within themselves, and in their emotions and their intellect....

Dr Shirley Telles

Director of Medical Research - Patanjali Yoga Peeth .India

Increasingly I have been turning to yoga as a way to help women make connection between what we know about empowerment...

Dr. Beth Berila

Director, Women's Studies Program, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota

Yoga is a method to follow to help your body and your breath and your mind move into, that peaceful state...

Dr. Constantina Rhodes

Prof. Religion, Hunter College . New York

I just think that yoga gets you into a place of hormonal balance, emotional fulfillment, it prevents depression, and it prevents anxiety...

Dr. Sara Gottfried

Gottfried Integrative Medical Center - Oakland

We have proven that the yoga pilot program has led to wonderful satisfaction in women who feel in control of their labor and delivery experience....

Dr. Tina Navarez

Chief of Obstetrics – Kaiser Hospital – Los Angeles

I think that acceptance of myself has to come not only with practicing yoga but with physical strength that I can now perceive and experience in my own body....

Elena Brower

ViraYoga, New York City

In order to give to other people you have to give to yourself. You have to be able to support your own strengths to be able to give....

Ellen Saltonstall

Anusara Yoga – New York

So yoga can help us to relax into this beauty of being a woman. It can give us trust back into our femininity, a sense of intuition....

Gabriela Bozic

Jivamukti Yoga, Germany

Yoga is not all about bending, stretching and becoming supple. What yoga is more about is becoming more intelligent...

Gabriella Guibilaro

Iyengar Yoga, Italy

There are several benefits of yoga. One of them of course is the health. The physical health. To maintain our health....

Indra Mohan

Svastha Yoga, India

In this practice what we get to do is we get to move our bodies, connect with our breath and somewhere in that journey find a still point...

Janet Stone

Vinyasa Teacher – San Francisco

The whole point of yoga really is what you do on your mat or in your field of practice and how does that affect your daily life...

Jenny Sauer Klein

If you want to change your life or heal your life, you need to bring yoga into your daily life....

Jnani Chapman

Yoga Therapist, San Francisco

Our yoga practice and I’m using that in the widest sense, can evoke from ourselves a certain compassion for the process of life itself...

Judith Lasater

Yoga teacher + Author. San Francisco

I think one of the most impressive things with women senior teachers in the States is just what incredible role models they are...

Kaitlin Quistgaard

Editor-in-Chief Yoga Journal

As a teacher I love providing the space for a woman to come in and take all this incredible energy that she is lavishing on everything, and put it all on herself....

Katchie Ananda

Anusara Yoga, Berkeley

One of the wonderful things about yoga is it is designed to meet you where you are....

Kate Holcombe

Healing Yoga Foundation – San Francisco

Yoga gives woman space. Mentally, emotionally and physically. Women have many hats, that of a career person....

Katy Appleton

AppleYoga & Author , London

You need to know what’s there, you know, you need to know how to move it. You need to know how to stretch it and strengthen it...

Leslie Howard

Yoga Therapist,Oakland

Yoga isn’t about trying to be 22 years old again, it really is something much more fun....

Lilias Folan

Yoga Teacher + Author, Ohio

Yoga helps women become friends with ourselves. We learn through yoga that we are perfect just the way we are....

Linda Sparrowe

Editor-in-chief of Natural Solutions magazine

Japanese women are very much interested in yoga. Because today's modern woman is not merely interested in physical beauty....

Mae Yoshikawa

Astanga Yoga teacher + author , Tokyo

I think the yoga practice helps us to accept the beauty of our cycles and our changes and that there is beauty in ageing....

Marla Apt

Iyengar Yoga, Los Angeles

The Art of Yoga Project, yoga is really an alignment with your best self. Analignment with the best person that you can be...

Mary Lynn Fitton

Art of Yoga Project, San Francisco

Yoga changed my life. I couldn’t teach anybody. Now I can teach, I can stand in front of a million people and teach them yoga....

Mary Wanjiru

Africa Yoga Project – Kenya

Menaka Desikachar

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, India

Pregnant women come to yoga and try it out and they get a sense of peace and calm. They get a little taste of their true self...

Nadine Richardson

Prenatal Yoga. Sydney

My physical yoga practice has always given me the ability to settle.....

Nikki Costello

Iyengar yoga, New York City.

Because of my yoga practice, I recognize that I don’t have to react. There’s a conscious awareness that kicks in.

Nikki Myers

Viniyoga Teacher, Indianapolis, IN

The expansiveness of yoga grows when we allow the heart and the head to work together. If we go into our own heart and feel the intuitive process...

Nischala Joy Devi

Author, Secret Power of Yoga – San Francisco

It’s fascinating because yoga in the west was brought by this lineage of male teachers and
these women have kind of taken it to their own....

Nora Isaac

Author. ‘Women in Overdrive’ – San Francisco

So we’re raising the money to be able to empower the teacher to become a leader in their community and make change happen...

Paige Elenson

Africa Yoga Project, Nairobi

I think many women feel fragmented in their lives because they are so busy and they’re pulled in so many different directions....

Patricia Walden

Iyengar Yoga - Boston

To be a woman yogi in the olden days was to take your, put yourself completely outside the bounds of normal society...

Sally Kempton

Author, ‘The Heart of Meditation’ - California

Within the yoga practices, the postures, the breathing, the living practices - it contains everything that we need....

Sally Pugh

Yoga teacher Berkeley, California

I think one of the main benefits is being more at home in our own skin. This body is our particular garden to take care of....

Sarah Powers

Insight Yoga Institute – San Francisco

Yoga meets you where you're at. But stay open to the understanding that the more you do Yoga, doors open, and the invitation is to simply explore...

Seane Corn

Yoga teacher + Co-Founder ‘Off The Mat, Into the World’ Los Angeles

I want them to understand that it’s the flexibility of their minds that’s so much more important than the flexibility of their bodies....

Shana Meyerson

Mini Yogis – Los Angeles

According to the Hatha yoga text or the ancient scriptures, listening is very, very important. Through listening, we can begin to hear....

Sharon Gannon

Jivamukti Yoga + Author, New York

I think when you go through a storm, you experience really what is your compass, your inner compass. What do you really rely on?

Shiva Rae

Prana Flow Yoga – Los Angeles

Inside a pose. Within a minute. Within one practice your entire state can transform itself. From fear to love...

Sianna Sherman

Anusara Yoga – San Francisco

What yoga has done for me is to slow down the aging process and maybe it’s one of the secrets of yoga that it is really the fountain of youth....

Tari Prinster

Yoga for Cancer - New York

My emphasis has always been on the energetics, the awakening, the release, the ecstasy and the joy that can be got through yoga...

Vicki Noble

Author. ‘Motherpeace’ – Santa Cruz, California
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We are delighted to introduce the Cast of YOGAWOMAN. Each of these yoga experts added wisdom and vision to the making of this film.Although some of the experts we filmed are not included in the final cut, their journeys continue to inspire Yogawoman.
Kate Holcombe

Kate Holcombe is a Yoga Teacher, and Founder and President of Healing Yoga Foundation (HYF) in San Francisco, California. Kate began her Yoga education in 1991 with TKV Desikachar and the staff of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India. Since then, she has returned to India many times for extended periods of intensive one on one study with her teacher, Sri TKV Desikachar, and to teach students and international groups at the KYM...

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Katy Appleton

Katy enjoyed a 10-year career as a dancer before devoting herself completely to yoga. Katy qualified to teach yoga in 1998 and draws on her own experiences to teach her own form of yoga known as ‘appleyoga’. appleyoga brand has published several yoga books and five bestselling DVD’s...

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Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard, a San Francisco-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. Her own struggles with healing her pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place. Her teaching is informed by over 3000 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar teachers, notably Manouso Manos. She considers Ramanand Patel as her most important influence and mentor. She leads workshops and trainings nationally and is co-writing a ..

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Lilias Folan

Lilias Folan is regarded as one of America’s Master Yoga teachers. She first became involved with yoga when her doctor suggested yoga to help relieve a variety of ailments including back pain, sleeping problems. She continued her yoga practice in New York City where she studied and taught with some of the finest teachers from Europe, India and America. In 1968, Lilias began teaching classes in her Ohio community. Four years later, her television series ‘Lilias! Yoga and You’ ai..

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Linda Sparrowe

Linda Sparrowe is a writer, yoga teacher, mentor with deep roots in yoga, the Vedas, Sanskrit and women's health. Former managing editor of and long-time contributor to Yoga Journal, she is also the author of several books, including The Woman's Book of Yoga and Health and Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book...

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Mae Yoshikawa

Mae began her practice of Ashtanga Yoga in '01. Since '04, she has been learning directly from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois in India. In '06, she became the first Japanese woman to be Authorized by KPJAYI. She has been the cover model for Japanese YOGINI magazine since '04. A mother, as well as a yoga teacher and author, Mae opened her studio 'veda' in Tokyo in '11 to offer various health and lifestyle improvement programs...

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Marla Apt

Marla Apt is a Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher based in Los Angeles. Marla leads workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad. Marla was highlighted in Yoga Journal as one of the ‘21 under 40 shaping the future of yoga’. She has been involved with medical research at UCLA on yoga for depression, anxiety and IBS. Marla is also a writer contributor to Yoga Journal Magazine...

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Mary Lynn Fitton

Mary Lynn began teaching yoga in 1998 after completing the ‘White Lotus Yoga Instructor Certification Program’ in Santa Barbara. She began instructing young girls in East Palo Alto, CA and Ashland. She experienced first-hand the power of yoga in helping girls identify and address their physical and emotional issues...

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Mary Wanjiru

Everybody should practice yoga because it is a medicine for our mind and body. I feel connected to everyone in the world who practices yoga.I feel we are the leaders of the world. My best class is in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, at a center where I teach acrobatics, yoga and dance. Baron visited this center and I was very proud of the work I was doing and so was he. Normally now I see everything is easy; although no one is perfect. I normally focus on what I am giving to my commun..

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Menaka Desikachar

Menaka has been practicing yoga under the tutelage of her husband, TKV Desikachar. She has been practicing yoga over three decades. Menaka has travelled the world teaching yoga, she specializing in yoga for women’s issues. Menaka has been actively involved in various social projects where she has taught yoga to special needs and homeless children, prisoners, and the socially underprivileged...

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