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Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Witness the great yogi’s own journey to enlightenment, and the challenges and victories along the way.

“Compelling…enough to make a modern soul look inwards.”

The New York Times

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

The award-winning documentary film that has introduced Paramahansa Yogananda and his yoga meditation teachings to a new generation of seekers around the globe, Awake: The Life of Yogananda follows Paramahansaji’s monumental achievement in making ancient Indian spirituality accessible to a modern audience. Written and produced by CounterPoint Films with the cooperation of Self-Realization Fellowship, Awake features much  rare archival footage. The film is narrated using Yogananda’s own words and first person accounts by those who knew him, as well as commentary from journalists, scientists, scholars, and yogis.

Directed by Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman.

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Awards & Reviews

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“Compelling...enough to make a modern soul look inwards.”


“Gripping, inspiring...epic...the filmmakers hook you emotionally from the get-go.” 


“Engrossing and informative from start to finish.”


“Dreamy, entrancing...directors Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman are masters of atmospherics.”

“Awake is an absolute treasure and should not only be watched, but experienced.”


“Epic and timeless.”


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