“In today’s world, we are torn and so we ask ourselves, What should we do? What is our purpose? And we are so bombarded by media and materialism and we are looking to materialism for happiness. But that does not bring us happiness and so we need to find other things within us to connect with that state of happiness.” – Suzanne Bryant
Last night was the Los Angeles premiere of the feature documentary film “Yoga IS” which went down at the Laemmle Theatres in Santa Monica, CA. Yoga enthusiasts and guests lined up outside of the theater out of curiosity and with great anticipation to see Suzanne Bryant’s journey. Bryant’s path to self-realization and discovering and finding her true self through overcoming obstacles of fear and inner demons is what caused her to embark on such an amazing journey in the first place. Losing her beloved mother to cancer was a dark time in Bryant’s life and she turned to yoga to heal but yoga did so much more.
As the theater filled to capacity with a sold out crowd, you knew that something good was going to come from the movie and we were sure to be inspired by it. There wasn’t a single vacant seat in the theater. I must say that I was truly inspired to be better and continue moving forward. With Bryant’s background in journalism, she was able to share a compelling story that was informative, entertaining, and inspiring. Most of all, her story taught me to overcome my deepest fears. It’s amazing how much a person can change for good if they allow themselves to face their fears. Because one thing I learned about yoga is that it’s more than just upright posture and complicated poses; it’s a mental, emotional, and physical exercise of healing and becoming one with your inner soul.
I caught up with Bryant after the film and she shared a little about her experience of working with Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons, saying, “I had the privilege of hanging out with him a few times and talking with him about the film and we’re both on the same mission. As he said, we’re both into healing the masses with his book and with my film, and ultimately what he was saying was yes, you can have your purpose.” One thing I’ve learned after watching the film is that when you want to pursue something you love and are passionate about, there will come a time when you will embark on a journey of self-discovery. By doing this, you are able to be liberated from it and your heart and mind become one. Mastering that oneness allows you to not only achieve your goals and dreams but to do so in peace and love.
Lululemon Athletica hosted the after party where everyone could mingle and catch up on their thoughts of the film. The atmosphere was cool because of the vendors that were there. Being from the islands, I particularly enjoyed Kevita, which is a natural Kefir-cultured superdrink, and I was also a fan of the Amazon Herb Company. Being that “Yoga IS” is a film about the revitalization of the mind, body, and spirit, all the products offered at the after party promoted that same element of wellness, which was refreshing and rejuvenating. The premiere of “Yoga IS” and the after party were a huge success and there is no question that all who attended left with a greater sense of self and a better understanding of the powerful impact of yoga.
If you are looking to channel your driven energies into the hard grind of work, do what it do and pick up your copy of “Yoga IS” on DVD because that’s WhatItDo! For more information on where you can purchase your very own copy of “Yoga IS”, check out their official website.
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-Article Written by: Elizabeth Lavulo