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A film exploring the true potential of the ancient yogic path in the modern world
A film exploring the true potential of the ancient yogic path in the modern world
A film exploring the true potential of the ancient yogic path in the modern world
525 backers pledged AU$ 135,989 to help bring this project to life.

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Agniyogana | A Yoga Documentary

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AU$70,000 - ACHIEVED! THANK YOU! This funds our ‘essential’ post-production needs and allows us to complete the film for an online video quality. 

NOW ON TO STRETCH GOALS! Doubling our goal will allow us to take it to the next level of quality for a cinematic release and potential film festival distribution 

By raising a total of AU$85,000 - the additional $15,000 allows us to achieve a higher quality level for cinematic release including higher end colour corrections and grading AND better sound design and mix. - ACHIEVED! THANK YOU!  

By raising a total of AU$140,000 - the additional $55,000 allows us to take care of finishing costs for festival submissions, as well as fees and costs for film festival entry and participation

PLEASE HELP US STRETCH:  Every dollar beyond our initial minimum goal allows us to enhance our post production quality and expand our distribution plans for film festival opportunities to reach the widest possible audience!

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WHY THIS STORY IS IMPORTANT NOW

Paradoxically, the growing popularity of yoga in the modern world is leading to its demise. Corporate packaging has turned yoga into a mere consumer product, reduced to physical practices removed from their roots, delivering a spiritless practice devoid of context and meaning.

AGNIYOGANA takes the viewer on a journey through time and space to rediscover the inner dimensions of yoga that are more relevant than ever in our modern world. 

The film begins a millennium ago in the Pashupatinath temple in Nepal where Gorāknath, the forefather of Hatha Yoga, opened up the practice to people of all backgrounds. The narrative is woven around glimpses into the daily traditional practices carried out at dawn, midday, and sunset. Through a collage of action and stillness, light and darkness, sound and silence the film explores the richness of the yoga tradition and the depth of heart and mind it can lead to. Through the voices of those who have made the journey we learn how the fullness of life this ancient art promises can be realised today in the heart of the urban jungle far away from the deep forests and high mountain caves where it was perfected.

‘Lower the head and invoke the fire’ 

The idea of making this film evolved over the last ten years as I saw the widespread confusion surrounding the term ‘yoga' and the slow degeneration of the practices taught in its name due to the pressures of commercialisation. I saw the great potential of a film to illuminate the original traditions and their holistic practices through the words and experience of authentic practitioners.

AGNIYOGANA, the film’s title, refers to the yoking of one's own fire. This increases the quality of one's inner light. It is the fire that transmutes, transforms and destroys to create the new.

It comes from Vedic text, the Satapatha Brahmana;

‘Early the next morning, when about to speak the morning prayer, he yokes the fire thinking, with it when yoked, I shall obtain and by it when yoked he obtains all wishes.’ (9:4:4:1).

Lowering the head is simply bowing to the fire within.

 

FILMMAKER

Emma Balnaves is the producer and director of AGNIYOGANA. 

Emma has directed a yoga video and produced two publications, ‘Nataraja - the Lord of Multiple Forms’ and’ Yoga for Women’. She is co-founder and director of Shadow Yoga and Nṛtta Sādhanā, and has been teaching yoga for over two decades. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Design, a Diploma in Marma Shastra and studied ayurveda in Kerala, India. Emma has been travelling and teaching yoga internationally since 1998.

You can see more about her teaching at www.shadowyoga.com

Emma Balnaves
Emma Balnaves

TEAM

MUSIC

Our friend, Ryuichi Sakamoto, will create a new piece of music for this film. www.sitesakamoto.com

Marihiko Hara is a composer residing in Kyoto, Japan. His main interest is to compose serene silence in music and to pursue his own texture of sounds, through electric/acoustic sounds and field recordings. www.marihikohara.com

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Umut Gunduz is a UK based filmmaker. He has worked as a director, editor and cameraperson for major broadcasters (CA, BBC) and various international companies and organisations. www.umutgunduz.com 

Chris Herzfeld is a filmmaker and the founder of Camlight Productions, specializing in high quality imagery. He was the cinematographer and co-Producer of the short film "Alistair' and has worked on five feature films. www.camlight.com.au

Drew Stansbury is a multidisciplinary digital producer with more than 20 years experience in bringing digital products to life. He is an Executive Producer for ‘I'm Content’. www.imcontent.com.au

Emma and Umut filming Sundernath
Emma and Umut filming Sundernath

CAST

Sundernath (Shandor Remete) was fortunate to be born into a household at the southern eastern tip of the great Hungarian plain where the art of yoga was a daily presence. From this seed his destiny on the path of yoga unfolded. He is an initiate of the Kanpatha Hatha Yogins of Nepal, descendants of Sri Gorāknath and his Guru Sri Matsyendranath. These great Yogins, were the forefathers of Shadanga (six-limbed) Yoga, the heart of which is Hatha Yoga - the science bestowed on humanity by Adinatha (the Lord Shiva).

Sundernath (Shandor Remete)
Sundernath (Shandor Remete)

 

Dr. Robert Svoboda is one of the first Westerners to graduate from a college of ayurveda and be licensed to practice ayurveda in India. He is the author of 12 books and often speaks on ayurveda, jyotish, tantra and allied subjects around the world.

Dr. Robert Svoboda
Dr. Robert Svoboda

 

Dr. Martina Ziskova is a Czech ayurvedic doctor. Besides working with people on almost all continents, she writes extensively and is a former editor-in-chief of Light on Ayurveda Journal (now Ayurveda Journal of Health). Her current work and life journey is bringing her deeper into the psychological and energetic aspects of ayurveda and yoga with a quest to get to the core issues of who we are, how we function and what we need as individuals and society.

Dr. Martina Ziskova
Dr. Martina Ziskova

 

Yogi Narinath is a yogi and hermit from the Nath tradition of Gorāknath. He is the caretaker of the famed Gorāknath shrine in the heart of Nepal at the ancient mirgasthali (deer park) and the mahant of the Pashupatinath Temple.

Yogi Narinath
Yogi Narinath

Dordzin Dondrup Palden Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu scholar and senior yogic retreat master who lives in a semi-permanent mountain retreat in the southern Himalaya. He is a leading instructor for Drikung retreat practitioners, especially at the important Lapchi retreat center in eastern Nepal.

Dordzin Dondrup Palden Rinpoche
Dordzin Dondrup Palden Rinpoche

Nubpa Konchok Tenzin Rinpoche is the 12th Nubpa Rinpoche of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. While still in his mother's womb, he was recognized by H.H. The 34th Drikung Kyabgon Konchok Tenzin Shiwai Lodro as one of the six important reincarnated lamas who looked after the Drikung Thil Monastery.

Nubpa Konchok Tenzin Rinpoche
Nubpa Konchok Tenzin Rinpoche

Dr. Sherab Tenzin is a Bhutanese Doctor and Master of Traditional Tibetan Medicine (Sowa Rigpa). This ancient Himalayan knowledge of healing is based on centuries of experience, a systematic, logical approach which gives the complete understanding of inner body and its relation with the outer environment. His father who was a Dorji Lopon (Vajra Master), was an emanation of a great yogi from PemaKod, Tibet. Dr. Sherab received many teachings and transmissions from many important masters from Kagyu and Nyingma lineages. He has degrees in Tibetan Medicine and Surgery. He is the founder and director of Pure Vision Sorig Healing and Research Center in Nepal.

Dr. Sherab Tenzin
Dr. Sherab Tenzin

 

Ani Chonyi Zangmo is a Tibetan Buddhist nun and teacher at the Ewan Ani Gompa in Pharping, Nepal

Ani Chonyi Zangmo
Ani Chonyi Zangmo

Dr. Govinda Tandon is a leading scholar of Nepali history and culture. He has spent eleven years as the Treasurer and Member-Secretary of Pashupati Area Development Trust, a holy site of the Hindus worldwide. Also a well-known figure of dharma and spirituality in Nepal, he has published various books in Nepali and English, including recently Thoughts for Superb Living (2016) and Masterly Living (2017).

Dr. Govinda Tandon
Dr. Govinda Tandon

Dr. Manmath Gharote is the Director of The Lonavla Yoga Institute in India. He was born and brought up in the Kaivalyadhama in an atmosphere and conditions devoted to yoga and was inspired to specialize in yoga through his tremendous respect for Swami Kuvalayanandaji. He is fully devoted to the field of yoga and committed to fulfill the mission of The Lonavla Yoga Institute, continuing to further the task which was left as a legacy to him by his beloved father Dr. M. L. Gharote.

Dr. Manmath Gharote
Dr. Manmath Gharote

OUR PROGRESS

We completed filming in January and have started our post-production work. 

In the last couple of months, more than thirty yoga schools across North America, Japan, Israel, Europe and Australia generously hosted fundraising workshops in support of Agniyogana and donated all proceeds to the film production. With their support, we've raised nearly a third of what we need to complete post-production. 

WHAT WE NEED

Our initial goal is to raise AU$70,000, the bare minimum needed to complete the film.

So far, Emma has self-funded all pre-production and production costs.

The global studio fundraising events raised the funds needed to start post-production.

What's needed now are the remaining funds to complete post-production. The initial AU$70,000 goal funds this at the most essential level. And with stretch goals, we hope to raise additional funds to enable the highest quality of post-production as well as have funds for distribution.

STRETCH GOALS:

By raising a total of AU$85,000 - the additional $15,000 allows us to achieve a higher quality level for cinematic release including higher end colour corrections and grading AND better sound design and mix

By raising a total of AU$140,000 - the additional $55,000 allows us to take care of finishing costs for festival submissions, as well as fees and costs for film festival entry and participation

Every dollar beyond our initial minimum goal allows us to enhance our post production quality and expand our distribution plans for film festival opportunities to reach the widest possible audience!

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

DONATE! 

Any amount will help us complete the film and spread the knowledge of the true potential of the yogic path. 

SHARE! 

If you are enthusiastic about the project—please spread the word

Tell your friends and ask them to tell their friends! Direct your friends to this website through email, blog posts, Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media you use. 

Share our project among those you think might benefit from a film like this. Lending your voice to our cause is greatly appreciated.

REWARDS

We value your support and have various rewards for our contributors, including access to the film for a pledge of AU$60.  

There are many rewards for each pledge level.  Here's a preview of a few of them:

Agniyogana Film Poster
Agniyogana Film Poster

 

Digital Print Pack - Yoga Art by Caterina Hadjilias (3 prints)
Digital Print Pack - Yoga Art by Caterina Hadjilias (3 prints)

 

Digital Print Pack - Yoga Art by Alexandra Gilbert (3 prints)
Digital Print Pack - Yoga Art by Alexandra Gilbert (3 prints)

 

Agniyogana Film T-shirt
Agniyogana Film T-shirt

 

5YINA Beauty Ritual Gift Set
5YINA Beauty Ritual Gift Set

 

27 bead mala made with rudraksha beads and sterling silver from Varanasi, India
27 bead mala made with rudraksha beads and sterling silver from Varanasi, India



Please contact us if you have any questions about the rewards!

Official Website   www.agniyogana.com 

Email   info@agniyogana.com 

Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/agniyoganafilm/ 

Instagram   https://www.instagram.com/agniyoganafilm/  

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 

 

Risks and challenges

The film is in post-production and we need a successful crowdfunding campaign in order to complete the film to a high level cinematic quality.

September 2019 is our estimated date to have the finished film. There is some risk of delay if we run into unforeseen issues with post-production.

We have 20 days to meet our funding goal. Kickstarter is ALL or nothing, and if we don't meet our goal, we don't get to keep any contributions. So please lend your support!

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    A natal transit chart and 1-hour personal consultation with Stephen Heywood-Smith, an accomplished astrologer practicing for over 30 years. The natal chart interpretation describes your personality, characteristics and qualities of being. The consultation will help you understand the cycles in your life and guide you in uncovering your personal talents, potentials and skills that are uniquely yours. The knowledge you gain will leave you equipped to make more informed choices. www.heywood-smith.com
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    1-week Individual Practice Course with Shandor and Emma. You'll receive a tuition credit to join the Individual Practice course of your choice in 2019. Travel & accommodations not included. You'll also have your name in the Film Credits (Gold Circle).

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