Mysore Yoga Traditions West Coast Premiere – August 25
August 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mysore Yoga Traditions is an inquiry into the cultural background of yoga in Mysore, how it has evolved, and the philosophy upon which this global practice rests. The film will be an intimate glimpse into the yoga of Mysore as the elders, scholars, philosophers, yogis and spiritual leaders of the community express their views on what yoga is, its original intention, and how they feel about the way it is being taught and practiced around the world. Much has been said about yoga in Mysore by western scholars. Now it is time for the people who are the keepers of this vibrant yoga tradition to speak about how they see their own legacy.
Please visit http://www.mysoreyogatraditions.com for more information and to view the trailer for the film!
Friday, August 25 | 7:30pm | $5-15 donation
~TO CELEBRATE THIS EVENT, WE WILL BE GIVING AWAY A FREE PASS WORTH 1 YEAR OF UNLIMITED YOGA AT OM SHALA! ALL ATTENDEES WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PRIZE. THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN AT RANDOM AND ANNOUNCED AFTER THE FILM~ *Free pass is non-extendable, non-transferable, and non-shareable.
THE STORY: In spring of 2016 Andrew Eppler and a group of yogi friends including Joey Paz, Kelly O’Roke, Dallos Paz and Bryce Delbridge went to Mysore India to begin filming a documentary about the life and philosophy of their teacher, Sri BNS Iyengar, in honor of his 90th birthday. However, just before the trip was to begin, Sri BNS Iyengar suddenly and unexpectedly changed his mind and stated flatly that he did not want a documentary made about his life and teachings….. A bit confused, we decided to go ahead with a documentary about the cultural history of the yoga that has originated in Mysore….and just see what would happen.
Through a series of unbelievable and unexpected twists and turns, we were able to secure interviews with many of Mysore’s most respected yogis, philosophers, scholars and elders, including the Queen of Mysore, Maharani Pramoda Devi. During our interview sessions, we were invited into the Royal Palace of Mysore, and the archives of Maharaja Sanskrit College, where we interviewed the Principal and some of the top professors about their thoughts on the global explosion of yoga and how it has evolved from their community. We were also able to interview some of Mysore’s most well-respected yogis, the keepers of this ancient system of yoga knowledge. The access we were granted, and the information we were able to capture on film, is unprecedented.
The keepers of Mysore’s vibrant yoga tradition granted us more than we could have ever asked for, and were gracious enough to speak to us on camera not only about yoga philosophy, but also topics such as the role of the royal family of Mysore in the development and preservation of yoga, cultural appropriation and the role the west has played in the practice and propagation of yoga, and the crisis we are facing with a vast body of yoga literature being lost forever as the ancient palm leaf manuscripts these texts are written on decompose. We are now sitting atop an enormous amount of information, anecdotes, and philosophy that has never before been revealed to the world of western yoga. We believe this film will truly add to the richness of the cultural exchange between India and the international yoga community. If you ever wondered where yoga came from, you have to check out this documentary!