AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda

Currently in Theatrical Release

Directed by Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman
Produced by Peter Rader,
Paola di Florio, and Lisa Leeman

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the East Indian mystic who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience. Known as the "Father of Yoga in the West," he attracted countless followers in his day and became an instrumental figure in launching the multi-billion dollar yoga industry of today. Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the temptations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

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Interview at the Lake Shrine
Interview in the Himalayan foothills
Magic hour at Encinitas
Paola & Lisa Leeman
Paola, Lisa & Peter
Filming on the lake
Cinematographer Arlene Nelson
Lisa directing at Mother Center
Lisa shooting morning prayers
Paola directing at Kolkata Ghat
Yogi prays at the Ganges
Autogiography on Boat
Lisa shoots with Arlene in Varanasi
Shooting at SRF Boys Youth Camp
Anandamoyeema Ashram in Varanasi
Himalayan Foothills
Filming in the Himalayas
Michael & Gloria Schultz
Producer Peter Rader on location
Shooting in a Varanasi alley.
Peter and Lisa Leeman
Filmmakers with Bikram Choudury
Deepak Chopra
George Harrison
Krishna Das
Church of All Religions
Yogananda performs an interracial wedding
The Monkees read the Autobiography
Taking a break from filming
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