Jan 11, 2012

Guru Movie Screening

Join us for a screening of the movie "Guru" about 9:30 am after Sunday's led class...
Albuquerque Ashtanga Yoga Shala
206 Dartmouth Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 

GURU, 28 minutes, offers never before seen insights into the life of celebrated 90-year-old ashtanga yoga guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Jois, whose students include Madonna, and who is featured in the next issue of 'Vanity Fair' magazine is certainly a hip guru...But having devoted himself selflessly to yoga throughout his life, is he happy with the accolades of the past few years? What does he actually think of his 'foreign' students with their yoga dreams? What do his Western devotees get out of traveling all the way to India to see him? Some would go as far as to say he is an enlightened being…

This film's narrative is structured around preparations and celebration of Sri Pattabhi Jois's 90th birthday in India last year, attended by a cavalcade of international guests. Jois provides philosophical insights along the way...We meet his students; Hamish Hendry who runs a yoga school in London; Rolf Naujokat who has been coming to Jois since the 70's; and Saskia Maria Vidler who for the past 3 years has been living in Mysore. Pattabhi Jois's family themselves reveal how hard it was to grow up with such a focused father…

For the uninitiated, this film also offers a unique opportunity to experience traditional Mysore style ashtanga practice, as taught in Mysore by Jois himself and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy.

GURU is an insightful, humorous and touching look into the guru/ student relationship...

GURU is filmed entirely on location in Mysore India, on high definition DVCAM. It is voiced by popular UK narrator Zam Baring ('Going to Extremes' Channel 4), and includes the music of Indian flautist Teymour Housego who has recorded with Nithin Sawnhey and Michael Jackson.

Director Robert Wilkins has been making documentaries for over 10 years covering subjects as diverse as Al Jazeera London for BBC 4's 'The Desk', forensic science for The Discovery Channel, 'Mummy Autopsy', and the award winning 'Calling Young Hong Kong' about the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China as told from a young person's perspective.

5% of all sales of Guru DVD will go to the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois charitable trust. 

screening with permission Mr. Wilkins. 

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