Update: The producers of this documentary successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to turn the 50-minute documentary into a feature film due out in early 2016.
An interesting new Al Jazeera Correspondent Series documentary tackles current questions about trends in the yoga community and intellectual property rights. Who owns yoga? How is yoga changing now that it is being practiced by millions of people worldwide? Is it a religion? How is yoga becoming more commercialized?
Our own Executive Director/CEO is interviewed in the middle of the film discussing the recent YogaGlo patent issue (section begins at timecode 30:15).
Let us know what you think. Is yoga headed in a positive direction? How do we protect the authenticity of yoga in a modern context?
A number of experts in the yoga field are interviewed including:
Kajza Ekberg, Co-Founder of Boxing Yoga
Juliet Murrell, Founder of Voga
Stewart Gilchrist, Ashtanga Teacher
Tara Stiles, Strala Yoga
Sheetal Shah, Senior Director of the Hindu American Foundation
Leslie Marshall, Instructor of Praise Moves, a Christian "Yoga" Group
Mary Eady, activist against yoga in schools
Dean Broyles, lawyer against yoga in schools
Diamond Dallas Page, Founder DDP Yoga
Mark Drost, Evolation Yoga
Derrick Mills, Yogaglo Founder and CEO
Todd Wolfenberg, Yoga International Executive Director/CEO
Sharon Gannon and David Life, founders of Jivamukti Yoga
Swami Ramdev, Founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Founder of Isha Foundation in India