do yogis take themselves too seriously?


Do yogis take themselves too seriously? This was just one of the topics taken on by filmmaker and yogi Kate Churchill in Enlighten Up, a documentary which recently made its East Coast debut at New York City's International Film Center. The film, which Churchill directed and produced, follows yoga newbie Nick Rosen on his quest for enlightenment, first filming him in comic class situations then traipsing around the world in search of a life-changing yoga practice.

Judging from the high concentration of lycra and lack of sodas, the audience at our screening seems to have been made up primarily of yogis. (Though the documentary centers on yoga, the film paints broad enough strokes for even non-yogis to get in a few laughs.) It was inspiring to see B.K.S. Iyengar on the big screen, as well as other notable yoga instructors, from those living in remote tropics to those with star-studded studios. While the film centered on Nick's transformation, my friends and I were left wondering if it was really Kate who was on the journey. Maybe she'll turn the camera on herself next time!

The film will open on the West Coast this week, then travel around the country. For more info visit:

Above: Nick Rosen with Shyamdas on the banks of the sacred Yamuna River in Northern India. Watch the trailer below:

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I can’t wait to see this film!!

Comment by Chloe — April 16, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

i love this! the team at lululemon kingston is planning a staff outing to see this. we’ll let you know what we think!

Comment by tiffany a. — April 16, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

I can’t wait to see this film – I’ll eagerly await the screening in Vancouver.

Comment by Carolyn — April 16, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

It comes to San Diego in a few weeks. I heard from a few in LA it’s stellar.

Comment by Lauren Clapperton — April 17, 2009 @ 7:43 am

The Irvine and Newport Beach store are going to see this tonight – I can’t wait! I’ll let you guys know what I think :)

Comment by Abbie — April 17, 2009 @ 8:22 am

WOW! This looks like an amazing film. The trailer is funny, interesting, and inspirational. I’m going to the site right now!

Comment by Kristina Simmons — April 17, 2009 @ 10:29 am

Wow! I made a short film of this same name!and I’ve been calling my stand-up show this for years! I guess I should have trademarked! Here’s my comedy short called “Enlighten Up!”

Enjoy and Namaste! Vanda

Comment by Vanda — April 17, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

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