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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.
Nadine Richardson

Nadine Richardson is a mother, qualified childbirth educator, senior doula and yoga teacher of over 13 years. Nadine began fulltime yoga teaching in 1998 after completing a 3-year apprenticeship. She has thoroughly enjoyed teaching to thousands of students around the world. She has facilitated women’s retreats, conferences, sharing circles and workshops for women and teenagers. Nadine also runs She Births a short highly effective course that prepares women and couples for birth and early p..

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Nikki Costello

Nikki has been teaching yoga for 18 years in various methods. In 1999 she became one of the first teachers to be certified in Anusara yoga. She has studied with extraordinary teachers such as Sharon Gannon, David Life, John Friend, Kevin Gardiner and Mary Dunn. Nikki conducts retreats and events through North America, Europe, India and China...

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Nikki Myers

Nikki is the founder of CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health, and cofounded the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery program, featured in the New York Times and Yoga Journal. She is a certified Viniyoga teacher and yoga therapist, and has completed teacher trainings with Tias Little, received cardiac and cancer certification with Nischala Devi, studies with Peter Levine. Nikki co-teaches with Seane Corn at workshops and conferences across the US and abroad. She is a regional leadership "Diva" for Off The Mat, ..

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Nischala Joy Devi

Nischala Joy Devi has studied with Yoga masters in US, India and worldwide. She has spent 25 years as a monastic disciple of the world renowned Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidananda. During her time in the monastery she began to blend western medicine with yoga and meditation. She offered her expertise in developing the yoga portion of ‘The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease’. She was the Director of Stress Management for the program for seven years...

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Nora Isaac

Nora Isaacs, formerly a senior editor at Yoga Journal, is a freelance health journalist, writing coach, and the author of Women in Overdrive: find balance and overcome burnout at any age. Her work has appeared in Alternative Medicine, Yoga Journal, Body & Soul, Fit Yoga, Salon, Natural Health, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and many other national and regional publications. Isaacs earned her MA from Columbia Journalism School. She writes and teaches yoga in San Fra..

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Paige Elenson

Paige is a native New Yorker and has been practicing yoga since the 90s. As well as being a Thai Bodywork practitioner, she has Baptiste Power Yoga, Jivamukti, and AcroYoga certifications. For the last 7 years, Paige has studied and taught Baptiste Power Yoga, as well as assisted Baron Baptiste at his workshops. In 2007 Paige moved to Africa and co-founded the Africa Yoga Project, an extraordinary movement that empowers the youth and women of Kenya, creates opportunities to learn and contribute,..

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Patricia Walden

Patricia Walden is a Iyengar yoga teacher she studied under B.K.S. Iyengar for over 25 years. Patricia Walden takes special interest in yoga for women and yoga for depression. Yoga Journal named her one of “25 American Yoga Originals who are shaping yoga today”. She has also featured in Time magazine. She is the co-founding The BKS Iyengar Yoga Studio in Somerville, MA. Patricia opened the B.K.S. Iyengar Yogamala of Cambridge, her yoga center without walls dedicated to the work and t..

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Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton is one of today’s most experienced and authentic teachers of meditation and inner evolution. Known for her ability to transmit deep inner experience through transformative practices and contemplation, she teaches students how to live from the space of an awakened heart in work, relationships and challenging situations. Sally spent 20 years as a teaching swami in the Saraswati order of Indian monks, and her work integrates the wisdom of traditional yoga tantra with the insight..

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Sally Pugh

Sally is an Ananda Yoga teacher who has been sharing her knowledge with people of all sizes for the last 20 years. She has been working with and learning from large women since 2001 and has recently released her DVD, "Expanding into Fullness, Yoga for Large Women." In her practice and teaching, she is guided by the wisdom of the body, the power of the heart and the joy of discovery...

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Sarah Powers

Sarah Powers has been involved in yoga for two decades. Her teaching has evolved into what she calls Insight Yoga- an inter-disciplinary approach to yoga blending the insights and practices of yoga with Buddhist mindfulness and meditation. As a result, her classes and retreats interweave many disciplines into a single integral practice...

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