Awake: The Life of Yogananda

nameAwake: The Life of Yogananda
directorPaola di Florio Lisa Leeman
producerCounterPoint Films - Peter Rader
musicVivek Maddala, Michael Mollura
releasedDVD 2/2016
runtime87 minutes
countryUnited States

Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a 2014 documentary about the Indian yogi) and guru Paramahansa Yogananda who came to the West in the 1920s to teach yoga and meditation. The film is in English with subtitles in seventeen languages.

The film, which was commissioned by Yogananda’s Self-Realization Fellowship, includes interviews with disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda, as well as with Ravi Shankar, George Harrison, Krishna Das), and others. It was filmed over three years with the participation of thirty countries, including on pilgrimages in India, at Harvard Divinity School and its physics labs, the Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California.


  • Winner of the Audience Award for Best Film at the Illuminate Film Festival
  • Winner Maui Film Festival, Spirit in Cinema Award
  • Winner Conscious Life Award, Conscious Life Expo Film Festival
  • Official Selection Seattle International Film Festival
  • Official Selection Tel Aviv Spirit Film Festival
  • Herat International Women’s Film Festival, Afghanistan

See also

  • Autobiography of a Yogi, 1946 book
  • Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached, Vivekananda
  • Awake: The Life of Yogananda, Official Website
  • Awake: The Life of Yogananda, Official Trailer
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