Featuring Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharath Rangaswamy, Willem Dafoe and Gwyneth
Ashtanga, NY was originally intended as a concert film celebrating
the Ashtanga style of yoga, now wildly popular in the United States and around
the world. It follows the aging yoga guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois as he gives his
final North American workshop in New York City in September 2001. Devotees were
arriving from all over the world to partake in a rare opportunity to practice
with the 86 year-old Jois.
The 9/11 terrorist attacks took place in the midst of this celebration, and
dramatically changed the meaning and purpose of this yoga gathering. In the
difficult weeks that followed, Jois used the Ashtanga practice to help heal
and fortify his diverse followers.
This is no instructional video, and these are not your garden-variety contortionists.
Ashtanga, NY is a real look into the intersection of ancient
practice and modern life, New York-style.
WINNER! - Indiefest Chicago 2003
OFFICIAL SELECTION- Tribeca Film Festival 2003
OFFICIAL SELECTIONn - San Francisco World Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Rocky mountain Women's Film Festival