Enlighten Up! The documentary

July 8, 2010 at 1:53 am Leave a comment

The ultimate goal of yoga is enlightenment. I just watched the documentary Enlighten Up! The goal of the this documentary or experiment is to see if the practice of yoga can transform (in 6  months) Nick Rosen, a 29 year old male journalist from New York. Transform or lead Nick into a happy and possibly enlightened being.

As a yoga student I thought it was pretty cool to follow Nick on his yogic journey. He gets to meet and practice with Cyndi Lee in New York, David Life and Sharon Gannon at their home in Woodstock, Norman Allen in Hawaii, Pattahbi Jois and Shyamdas in India.

The Indian teacher tells Nick that yoga can heighten one’s conscience and makes one more aware of God. Throughout the film Nick describes himself as not spiritual. And he does not believe in God or Krishna. After several weeks, Nick becomes frustrated that he hasn’t come to understand the purpose or meaning of yoga or God when it takes some lifetimes to understand.  His goal is to be happy.

At the end of the film he is asked, “What is yoga to you (now)?” He goes on to say that he has learned that yoga has many different meanings. To him, yoga is something he wakes up and does every morning to become more limber and flexible. But also it is a tool for gaining a second (or outside) perspective on himself. It makes one more compassionate, patient and understanding. And Nick says that after 6 months and many miles(traveling from New York to Woodstock to Hawaii to India) it did have an impact on him. He is happy.

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