Awake: The Life of Yogananda

( USA / 2015 )
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AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami 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. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 87 min.
Theme: American History, Arts and Culture, Biography, Health, History, Philosophy, Religion and Spirituality
Language(s): English
Director(s): Paola di Florio see all »
Producer(s): Paola di Florio
Available regions: United States, United see all »
Awake: The Life of Yogananda


  • Press Kit
  • “Compelling… enough to make a modern soul look inwards.“
    The New York Times
  • “dreamy, entrancing…and while such material can be hard to pull off, directors Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman are masters of atmospherics.“
    The Washington Post
  • “Awake is an absolute treasure and should not only be watched, but experienced."
    The Movie Network
  • "Enlightening! Fascinating! Profound! It will nourish your heart, mind and soul!"
    NYC Movie Guru

Academic Notes

    "Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a stunning vision, statement, and experience all at once. ...You might see scientists and musicians, yoga teachers and professors, and the guru Yogananda himself on the screen, but what you really feel is the world shaking you out of thought, stupor, fear and pride and saying, simply, be as you are."
    "It's the best movie I've ever seen."

Quotes & Tweets

  • “A beautifully crafted film and a powerful story about a spiritual genius.“
  • “…a mesmerizing film about a very special being.“
  • "Yogananda was truly one of the great spiritual masters. He shone a light that continues to bless millions of us living on earth today."

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