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No longer an obscure discipline only practiced by mystics, yoga now occupies a central place on the world stage. Few practitioners, however, are aware of yoga's remarkable potential as a vehicle for personal transformation.

YOGA UNVEILED is a breathtaking journey of sight and sound that illuminates the essence of yoga as its creators understood it thousands of years ago. Q&A with film maker GITA DESAI follows the screening.

About the Film


Harnessing the colorful commentary of the most prominent yoga scholars, teachers, and medical experts, Yoga Unveiled reveals how yoga began, tells the story of yoga's passage to the West, describes its numerous branches, recounts the fascinating biographies of the foremost yoga masters, and explores yoga's astonishing medical potential.

Stunning cinematography, ornate visual displays, and stirring music create a truly enchanting viewing experience. The great devotees of yoga grace the screen with their profound wisdom and delightful manner.

Yoga Unveiled also features commentary by Krishna Das, Dr. Herbert Benson, Edwin Bryant, Subhash Kak, Vasant Lad, Dr. Timothy McCall, Larry Payne, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Father Joe Pereira, Swami Sivananda, Dr. Martina Ziska, and Dharma Mittra.

Yoga Unveiled is a unique look at the oldest spiritual practice in the world.

Features of the Documentary


1. What is Yoga?
¨ The experts define yoga in their own words.

2. Origins of Yoga
¨ An overview of the formation of the yogic philosophy in ancient India.
¨ Extensive commentary by Georg Feuerstein, Subhash Kak, and Edwin Bryant, the foremost yoga scholars.
¨ Archival footage of the excavation of the Indus Valley Civilization, the birthplace of yoga.
¨ An exploration of the Vedas and Upanishads, the ancient sacred texts which gave rise to yoga.

3. The Branches of Yoga
¨ Detailed commentary on Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, Jnana yoga, Raja yoga, Tantra yoga, and Hatha yoga.
¨ The great modern masters and scholars share their insights on each branch.
¨ Rare archival footage of the great Swami Sivananda.

4. The Passage from East to West
¨ A biography of Swami Vivekananda, who introduced yoga to America.
¨ Old photos, newspaper reviews, and Swami Vivekananda's speeches at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago.

5. Modern Yoga
¨ The life of Krishnamacharya, who preserved the ancient tradition of yoga and trained the greatest modern yoga masters, including his old footage.
¨ The biographies of Krishnamacharya's great disciples, Indra Devi, B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and Desikachar, including footage of each.
¨ The story of how each Yogi brought Yoga to the West.
¨ Insightful commentary about the place of yoga in the modern world.

6. Yoga and Modern Medicine
¨ Interviews with the pioneers in the field, including Dr. Dean Ornish, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Herbert Benson, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Father Joe Pereira, among others.
¨ An overview of their alternative medicine programs.



We are just delighted by the enthusiastic response to Yoga Unveiled. As they become available we will share reviews here on our website. If you would like to bring a review to our attention, please write to

Natasha Rizopoulos,
Yoga Works, Los Angeles, CA
Yoga Unveiled is an extraordinary documentary that captures the essence of Yoga in all its myriad forms, illuminating the history and evolution of the practice in a way that is sophisticated, revealing and accessible. The collected knowledge and wisdom in the film is astounding, and I would recommend it to anyone who is passionate about Yoga and its applications in modern life.

Swami Yogatmananda,
Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Society, Providence, RI
Yoga Unveiled is a joyous, educational and uplifting experience from beginning to end. All the aspects of Yoga are harmoniously discussed herein. It is, as far as I know, the only comprehensive audio-visual production available. The renowned authorities, Eastern and Western, have given the message in a telling way. The script, production, photography, music, direction, editing - all bear a mark of high-level professional skill. It will be of immense use to students, practitioners, and teachers of this age-old and yet modern science of total development of life. I was very much impressed by the fact that the ultimate goal of Self-Realization was emphasized throughout. Starting from strengthening of the body, we are guided on to reach the finer and finer levels of our being, unfolding the potential of each and organically uniting it to the goal of life.

Yoga International,
Review by Jon Janaka
Yoga Unveiled is a video documentary of the yoga tradition. Early on, the observation is made that yoga is not intended to promote the teacher, but to support the student. This is a fitting and humble orientation-but of course one should not forget the teacher entirely. In this spirit, first-time videographer Gita Desai and her husband, Mukesh, have produced a unique testimony to the countless teachers who brought yoga from the remotest reaches of India to the main streets of America.

Ascent Magazine,
Review by Anurag Dhir
According to yoga historian Dr. Georg Feuerstein, "While there has been a great interest in the discipline of yoga, we don't yet have the proper context for an authentic engagement of yoga in the West. And that is why it's not working." Such insights, calls to action and an attempt to articulate the place of yoga in a Western culture context is the basis of the illuminating documentary Yoga Unveiled: The Evolution and Essence of a Spiritual Tradition.  

Yoga Studies - The Online Journal of IAYT,
Review by Trisha Lamb
Yogins and yoginîs , this is a documentary you must not miss. If I had to summarize this film in one word, it would be, "Wow." Through interviews with a broad spectrum of experts, exquisite art and graphics, rarely seen archival footage, just-right music, and beautiful narration, Gita and Mukesh Desai have created a magnificent gift honoring the great tradition of Yoga.

Review by Amit Gotti
This is everything, it's all here. This is the moving image encyclopedia of yoga. Everything the left side of the brain ever wanted to know about yoga is clearly expressed by the world's leading experts and beautifully illustrated though images of ancient texts and artifacts, archive film footage, the sights and sounds of India and yoga practitioners from both the east and west.



La Paloma Theatre
471 S. Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
United States

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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