Exciting News. We (Mike, myself and lots of the folks at Strala) have been fans of Kumare since we found out about the popular film having an awesome run at IFC, (thanks Adam Gordon), and now I’m so pumped to be participating in a Q&A with Vikram Gandhi, the filmmaker and star of Kumare this Saturday night! I’m going to fan girl out big time! Turns out Vikram came to a yoga class at the old Strala space. Any early adopters out there rember 623 Broadway? The old Crunch Gym with the sketchy bathroom situation? Eek! If we only knew it was Kumare in class! Kumare, we had a blue light in the corner!
I love the message of Vikram’s film so much. You are your own guru and it isn’t sensible to give away your power. At least that was my take-away. At Strala we aim to share yoga, as tour guides, not gurus, based on the truth that you have all the power you’ll ever need right there inside of you. I grew up doing yoga in a super open way, and was pretty weirded out out when I first moved to NYC and began to see how much bs, giant egos, and self-appointed gurus there actually are out there. Wo. During the entire film, Kumare is acutally teaching the message of spiritual independance and personal power, and simultaneously attracting a pretty darn loyal following of folks who want to track him wherever he goes. I’m totally obsessed with the quirky humor. Kumare rides in the back of an orange pick up truck (he had me at pick up truck) and carries a staff topped with an OM symbol. OMG. Priceless. The story line tuggs on the good old heart strings big time as we follow along with the seekers who come across his path.
Please join us this Saturday night for the 8:25pm showing at IFC and stay after the film to meet Vikram and participate in the Q&A with us too!
Hope to see you there!
- Tara Stiles