So the other day I received an invite to the premier of ‘Yogawoman’ At first I just thought it would be some commercial movie about women practising yoga and how much it changed their lives, blah blah blah. I was half right, it did demonstrate how women of yoga have been transforming lives and so much more. The movie was INSPIRING and uplifting. I did think that the name of the movie was a bit naff but it lives up to its name. There are a lot of issues that are being addressed very well.
They did mention at the beginning of the movie that Yoga was designed for men that was brought to the west. Now there is a movement of women revolutionising Yoga making accessible then ever before all around the world ! I appreciated what all the women had to express and especially the women that they followed: Sean Corn, Vinyasa Yoga teacher taking Yoga off the mat and into the world to Nairobi. As well as other world renowned teachers, Shiva Rae, Sharon Gannon, Sianna Sherman and many more.
I stayed for the panel at the end and the producer said that ”…Men have been speaking about women for generations and it was now time for women to speak about women.” Which is fair enough. The movie isn’t just “yoga for the western women” but Yoga off the mat and into the world. The charity work that this organisation, ran by Sean Corn has taken off over to Nairobi is just heart bursting! Its very moving to see the joy and hard work put into it. The movie presented many different teachers, from all ages, sizes and races touching peoples lives in all communities every day. From Pregnancies, Rehab, children, teens, young women and older women. You can see how universal it is and to believe it was only designed for men seems outrageous! They even mentioned that back in the old days that women in India were not allowed to practice yoga and the ones that did were wild!
A lot of people are intimidated by Yoga because they have this idea that you have to be bendy to do it. We need to be able to reach as well as stretch. Reach to the places we need to get to and yoga is a tool in helping us get there.
Just go watch it! I did hear through the grapevine that there will be another one focusing on men.. Take this movie in first, its really pushed some buttons to get up and inspire, empower, deliver and transform!