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Part & Parcel a Yoga documentary Satsang

Part & Parcel is an intimate conversation with unorthodox characters who have dedicated their lives to the study and practice of Yoga in different forms.

A personal glimpse into the essence of Yoga through their unique vision and our own journey looking for answers. Is it a religion, a fitness fad, a scientific discipline perhaps?

Along the way, we will take part in the practise of the most traditional Sri Patanjala Yogashala temple in Mysore and venture further down the coast, where Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion is practiced along with surfing, in the world´s first surfing ashram.

From the pioneering academics in Britain to the Indian Swami living in a modern cave, we gain insights beyond the marketing stereotype and into the contrasting aspects of contemporary and millenary practices. Part & Parcel is a colourful collage of philosophy, history and personal paths into Yoga.

  • Diego Barraza
  • Kirsten Germann
  • Richard Norris
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  • Runtime:
    55 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    India, United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
  • Awareness Film Festival
    Santa Monica
  • Enviromental Film Festival
Distribution Information
  • Gaiam
    Country: United States
    Rights: Video on Demand
  • Beyond Words Distribution
    Rights: Video / Disc
    Country: United States
Director Biography - Diego Barraza

Filmmaker and creative thinker at heart, he was awarded the Mole & Richardson Hollywood Lighting Contest in the year 2000. Recent film collaborations include Dutch-Spanish production “Tramontana” and the "Canterbury Tales" documentary.

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Director Statement

Part & Parcel was developed as a film over about three years. This is a highly personal film that sprang up from a mixture of intention and serendipitous encounters. As a budding yogi and filmmaker, I started filming some lectures on the subject matter as part of a yoga workshop in my local village. I have always considered myself an informed person, but I was not very knowledgeable on this subject at all, and I felt very confused by a lot of the current media noise on Yoga.

I was personally aware of the power of yoga just from my initiation and my personal development in a non-dogmatic practice based on the Ashtanga yoga system, but everywhere I looked in western media, Yoga was about superficiality and a cult for everlasting youthful image. I knew there was much more to it that would give me an angle for the film. In this process, my partner and producer Kirsten Germann was paramount in facilitating 20 years of experience and contacts that led me to the main characters of the film.

With the film we managed to get some interviews with fascinating people that hold some of the oldest lineages in some far and remote places we traveled to, but funnily enough, the comment I get most from people who have watched the film is that the scene I filmed in my local yoga studio with my daughter is the one they most enjoyed.