the yoga of B.K.S. Iyengar

Sadhaka is a feature documentary film about BKS Iyengar's practice, life and influence from award winning director Jake Clennell. Three years of filming has been completed; we now need the funds to finish the film. By contributing to the funding you will help us finish this important film, which is sure to touch the hearts, affect the lives and enhance the well-being of many people around the world for many years to come.

We can't do this without you. Filming, editing, and subtitling a feature length documentary in many languages is intricate work, time consuming and expensive. The Sadhaka team is small, but highly professional and dedicated to producing a high quality film meeting PBS/BBC standards. By donating you can join us and help to achieve this goal.

In this campaign we hope to raise $75,000.

A documentary of this type — filmed over a period of 3 years, in locations throughout India — normally costs about $1,000,000 to make. Budgets for other documentaries — which are not shot abroad — typically allow for $3000/minute.

We have so far raised $244,000 towards our ultimate goal of $350,000. We expect to have high post-production and distribution costs, because of our intention to distribute subtitled versions in many languages through which we hope to generate a revenue stream to support BKS Iyengar's schools and the hospital in Bellur Village, India.

Support the Film

Clicking the button above will take you to a secure page where you can make donations in any amount, and from any country. To encourage you to participate, we've put together a great selection of premiums to thank you for your generosity.

Please check out the trailer — it's 22 minutes long and gives a good idea of the film — and please donate.

Sadhaka is a not-for-profit production. Proceeds from sales and screenings will go to the Bellur Project, BKS Iyengar's foundation which supports education, medical care and clean drinking water in Iyengar's birthplace, Bellur Village.

If you have any questions about your donation — how it will be used or other options — please send us an email or call us at 212 620 3170.

Supporters
The following people, studios and foundations have contributed to help complete the film.
Thank you so much for your support.

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Aaron Fleming
Adele K Bahl
Ahmie Baum
Aisling Guirke
Alain Drouin
Alex Hansen
Alexandra Avlonitis
Alejandra Trossero
Alexey Bolotov
Alfredo Akira Ohnuma Jr
Alicia Zee
Alton Slater

Amanda White
Amy Brown
Ana-Mari Hamada
Anant Jalnapurkar
Anderea St Julian
Andrea Remez
Andrei Kuchin
Angela Lee
Angie Woyar
Anita Del Testa
Anita Reilly
Ann Schwab
Anne Avant
Anne-Marie Serre
Annie Melchior & Peter Kettler
Annie Schliffer
Antoine Gautier
Aretha McKinney Blevins
Ariane Hudson
Arte Yoga Mestre
Asha Watson
Ashish Sharma
Ashlea Wilken
Ashwani Padthe
Athana Kontinos
Austin Durant
BD Dworkin
BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of Southern Africa
Barb Potts
Bárbara Ayala Hannig
Barbara Bendaoud
Barbara Fuerst Sgro
Barbara Thomas
Barbara Uechi
Barbara Young
Beaulieu Yoga
Bend Over Backwards
Bertelli Luigia
Beth Nelson
Beverly Goodman
Biche Fabienne
Bill Mosser
Blanka  Klimczak Peters
Bob Passantino
Bobbi Goldin / The Yoga Institute of Miami
Bobby Clennell
Brette Popper
Brian and Lisa Gresham
Brian Ingram
Brigitte Handschin
Birgitte Melbye
Brina Gehry
Brooke Myers
Bronwyn Rust
Cadence Hardenbergh
Cameron Pritchard
Cara Steele
Carina  Ricardo
Carla Ramirez
Carlos Guevara
Carlos Manuel Saraiva
Carmen Viola
Carol Fridolph
Carole Greenfield
Carolyn Belko
Carrie Greenstein
Catherine Caspari
Cheng Wei Lee
Chere Thomas
Cheryl & John Ritter
Chet Thomas
Chi Yun Takaki
Chris O'Brien
Christel Lemmen
Christian Gonzalas
Christian Mathias Toennessen
Christian Serna
Christina Fernando
Christina Shmigel
Christine Havener
Christine Corsa
Christophe Singh
Christopher Briney
Christopher Calarco
Christopher Lewis
Cindy Warner
Cito Lara
Claudia Fregona
Claudia Jungkunst
Claus Drexl
Colleen Guymer
Colleen Herman
Cora Wen
Cristina Ferro Trevisan
Cristina Rueda
Cynthia Bates
Cynthia Kling
Cynthia Neilson
Cynthia Simon
Dalienne Majors
Dan DiGregorio
Dana Ben-Ari
Dana Chamblin
Dana Chandler
Daniel Abalos Garcia
Daniel Morfesis
Daniela Gfeller
Daniela Manente
Daniela Santa Rosa
Danielle Detelich
Danielle Shields
David Ades
David Ames
David and Orit Carpenter
David Dolz
Dayna Brockman
Deb Moore
Debbie Ciraolo, M.A.
Debbie Pedersen
Deborah Peake
Debra Johnson
Debra Keller
Deni Roman
Denise Weeks and Paul Reavley
Desiree Lurf
Devi Bheem
Diana Harris
Diana Martinez
Diana Shayakhmetova
Diane Cordonnier
Diane Gysbers
Didi Hall
Dominik Ketz
Dominique Fornara-Zuni
Donna and Michael Furmanek
Donna Gross Javel
Donna Hood Pointer
Donna Moresco
Doreen Hing
Duarte Soares
Dyussengaliyeva Lyudmila
Edgar Ujhely
Edith Chan
Edo Peled
Efrem Korngold
Elena Laguinia
Elena LaRue-Dreyfus
Elena Matveeva
Elena Zhdanova
Elinor Grabar
Elisa Burns
Elizabeth A Gudrais
Elizabeth Geib
Elizabeth Kerwin
Elizabeth Ryerson
Ellen Huang
Ellen Jacobson
Elvin Laracuente
Eric Workman
Erik Katz
Erin Field
Ermin  Cruz III
Esmeraldo Reis
Espai de Ioga Girona
Ethan & Karen Green
Ethan Klivans
Eva Curth
Evanthia Basilico
Everitt Allen
Faith Russell
Fay Gascho
Flavia Olivares
Florence Scholl
Fran Kuzui
Frances Rhodis
Francesca Pacilio
Francie Ricks
Francis P Fiorenza
Frank Jesse
Frema Bram
Gabriele Dubini
Gabriele Wilde
Galia Kronfeld
Galit Carthy
George Dovas
Germán Berno
Gita Morena
Glenda Lau
Glenn  Brill
Gloria Suen
Göteborgs Yoga Centrum / Leela Grethe Hansen
Graham Williams
Gray Hudkins
Greg Albertson
Greville Henwood
Gudrun Von Wimmersperg
Guilherme Cavalcanti
Guy Bryan
Gwendolyn Rose Derk
H S Percival-Prescott
Hannah Lovegrove
Harriet Moll
Harriet Reilly
Helen Liggett
Helena Lee
Helene Necroto
Hiroko Kazama
Holger Krause
Holly Walck & Jamie Kostura
Horst Binski
Hsin Yu Wu
Ian Batten
Ines Forjaz
Isabel Cali
Ivan Rheder
Ivana Siriski
Iyengar Yoga Association of Minnesota
Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California
Iyengar Yoga Association of the Midwest
Iyengar Yoga Association of the South Central United States (IYASCUS)
Iyengar Yoga Center North County,
Encinitas, CA
Iyengar Yoga Hamburg
Iyengar Yoga Source and students
Iyengar Yoga South Bay
Iyengar Yoga Telemark Stefanie & Ståle
Iyengar Yoga Zug (Switzerland)
JB Herndon
JSR Moran
Jack Eppler
Jakartadoyoga
James David Lieberson
Jami Mooney
Jamie Lugo
Jan Hauser
Jan J R Toussaint
Jan Levin
Jane Kruse
Jane Mills
Jane Treffry-Goatley
Janet Hinzman
Janet Langley
Janice and Frank Lipman
Janice Irwin
Janice Kosta
Janice Morris
Janis Nelson
Jarvis Chen
Jason Callery
Jay Averell
Jay Jones
Jaya Chakravarty
Jayne Orton / Iyengar Yoga Institute of Birmingham, UK
Jean Durel
Jeff and Sarah Harris
Jeffrey Baker
Jeffrey Squire
Jeffrey Wilkerson
Jemima Kronfeld
Jennie Williford
Jennieke Janaki
Jennifer Chaffin
Jennifer Edwards / Yoga Magic Studio
Jennifer Morris
Jennifer Roy
Jenny Taylor
Jerrilyn Crowley
Jessica Becker
Jiing Ching Yang
Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz
Jill  Ganassi
Jill Jones
Jim David
Jito Yumibe
Jo Tasic
Jo-wen Chou
Joan Bragin
Joan Davis
Joan Pan
Joan Snyder
Joan White
JoAnn Edwards
Joanne Boccassini
Joanne Miller
Joe Abalos
Joe Roesch
Johanna Paddick
John Chadderton
John Mabey
John Michael Lucey
Johnson  Lo
Jon Rutyna
Jonathan Dickstein
Josephine Lazarus
Josh Sakofsky
Joshua Schklar
Jozo Novak
Juan Martin Teselman
Judi Friedman
Judith Hanson Lasater
Judy Proctor
Judy Waldman
Julia Benkofsky-Webb
Julia DeHoff
Julia Sterling
Julia Zabrodina
Juliana Fair
Julianne Rowland
Julie D Tamarkin
Julie Hodges
Julie Lawrence
Jun Hasegawa
Justine Fisher
K McKinney
Kamal Raghavendra
Karen Allgire
Karen  Chandler
Karen Gibbons
Karen Husby-Coupland
Karen Newby
Karin Rensfelt
Kate Harris
Kate Rabinowitz
Katherine Karet
Katherine Soll
Kathleen E Digby
Kathleen Goodman
Kathleen Pringle
Kathleen Rush
Kathy Griffin
Kathy Rangus
Kathy Simon
Kay Parry
Kazumi Fujimura
Kendra Jackson
Ketil Hviding
Kevin Mason
Kevin Ventrudo
Khairoun Abji
Khaled Kendsi
Kila Lau
Kim Peralta
Kimberly Anderson
Kitty McMahon
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Krista Scrivner
Kristen Sanders
Kristine Bell
Lakshmi Gopalan
Lara Sala
Laura Ann Murphy
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Laura McKinnon
Laura  Shapiro Kramer
Laura Sprowls
Laura Stone
Lauren Baxter
Lauren Schumacher
Lauren Toolin
Leanne Cusumano Roque
Leigh Secord
Lena Ghannam
Lianne Raymond
Lien Ho
Lien Pham
Lilah Holywell
Linda Clark
Linda Di  Carlo
Linda Madani Grondin
Linda Nishio
Linda Shevloff
Linda Smalley
Linda Walker
Lisa Landsberg
Lisa Longton
Lisa Lourie
Lisa Stott
Lisa Waas
Lisa Walford
Live Yoga - Iyengar Yoga Shala Amsterdam
Liz Kavanagh
Liz Owen
Lois Steinberg
Lorena Simonetto
Lori Gholson
Lori McIntosh
Lorissa Byely
Lorna Sirota
Louis Cortese
Lutz Grimm
Lynne Bowsher
MC Majo
Mahen Sanghrajka
Maidstone Yoga Centre
Manish Shah
Manoj Hanchate
Marcia Neves Pinto
Marco Aguilar
Marcus Leaver
Maree Jenner
Margaret Carr
Margaret J Schmidt
Margaret Seeger
Margaret Westley
Maria Veytsel
Marie Hertzler
Marielle Sanders
Marion Eberhard
Marjorie Erway
Mark Boast
Mark Harelik
Marla Apt
Martha McDonald
Martha Staff
Martin Feldmann
Martine White
Mary Ann Mangini
Mary Churchill-DaSilva
Mary Beth McAree
Mary Matichak
Mary Meares
Mary Scott
Mary Spadaro
Mary Wixted
Mary Yee
Marysia Batty
Massimiliano D'Amico
Mathilda Tzu Yu Hsu
Matthew Dreyfus
Megan Bowles
Meike Bölts
Mel Gould
Melissa Loddo
Melissa S Meighan
Men Chin Lin
Mette Olesen
Michael & Liz Juarez
Michael Blackman
Michael Forbes and Margareta Eckl
Michael Lucey
Michael Penny
Michele Parlabean
Michele Weis
Michelle Gindele
Michelle Kronenberg
Michelle LaRue
Mickey & Scott Sperlich
Mikkel Kristiansen
Milwaukee Yoga Center
Mimi Visser
Mind & Body Kula, LLC
Momi Jhung
Monica L. Henderson
Monica Peon
Monique Cannell
Monique van Leeuwen / Yoganesh Yoga NL
Moran Raich-Paz
Myra M Grand
Nadia Zilper
Nadine Pileggi
Nancy Gardosh
Nancy Roberts
Nancy Watson
Nancy Witters
Naomi Rabinowitz
Natalie Barbir
Natasha Sankovitch
Natlia Montilova
Nazli P Weiss
Nicky Marshall
Nico Jurran
Nicole Kau
Nicole M de Jesús
Nicole Nussbaum
Nikola Duravcevic
Norma Colon
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Octavia Morgan and Tamarie Spielman
Olga Kosacheva
Olga Medvedva
Othene Munson
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Pasun Arrenu
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Patricia Lavelle
Patricia Lynch
Patrick W Heck
Patrina Dobish
Patti Carnago
Paul Breitling
Paul Greenberg
Paula Sam
Paulien Holtegaard
Pearl Bhasin
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Peggy Berg
Peggy Kwisuk Hong
Peter Shull
Petra Stinglhammer
Phyllis D Schreiber
Pi Wei Lim
Pine Tree Yoga Props
Portland Yoga Studio
Prakash
Priscilla Gilmore
R Boone
Rachel Darah
Rachel Feinberg
Rachel Lovegrove
Rachel Mathenia
Rachelle Goldsmith
Ralf Schuett
Rajesh Khatter
Ramit Kreitner
Randy Dean
Rashmi Sundareswara and Sam Peterson
Raymond Madigan
Regine Detremmerie-Carr
Rena Kay
Renee Razzano
Rhonda Geraci
Richard Delaney
Richard Schachtel / The Center For
Yoga of Seattle
Rick Birrell
Rike Weiger
Risa Watanabe
Rishi Joseph
Rita Kwai Fong Lee
Rita Lascaro
Riverwest  Yogashala
Rob V Walker
Robert Cory
Robert Gautier
Robert J Askren
Robert Kaleta
Robert Pysiak
Roberta DellAnno
Roberto & Grazia / yoga in forest hill
Robin Eschenbruecher
Robyn Harrison
Robyn Walton
Rodmell Press
Romina Boggio
Romina Sesto
Rosamund Bell
Rose Alexander
Roslyn Ashbolt-James
Rushing Water Yoga / Paul Cheek
Ruth  Bradley
S McKenzie
Sadie Sandquist
Salli Mickelberg
Sam Cress
Sambasivam Hariharan
Sandra Carothers
Sandra Hill
Sandra Roberts
Sandy  McClurg
Sarah Clark
Sarah Eberst
Schuyler Bareham
Scott August
Scott Radin
Scott Schroeder
Septina Nocom
Seth Fishman
Shaila Khaladkar
Shanna Tani
Sharon Cushing
Sharon Warren
Sharon Whytal
Shaw-Jiun Wang
Shelley Schanfield
Sherri Mills
Shira Segal
Shuli Hirsch
Sidd and Kara Lyon
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Silvia Damiano
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Sophie Boller
Sophie Dembo
Stacy Hemingway
Stan Williams
Stephen Hall
Stephen Puerini
Stephane Lacroix Wasov
Stephanie Dodge
Stephanie Hansen
Stephanie Quirk
Stephanie Tencer
Stuart Yankell
Sue Abiad
Sue Garfield
Sue Salaniuk
Susan and Glenn Brill
Susan Blessey
Susan Borton
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Susan Dory
Susan Elsen
Susan Friedman
Susan Jasper
Susan M Johnson
Susan McCormick
Susan Touset
Susan and John Turis
Susanne Bulington
Susanne Dinneen
Susanne Schueli
Susanne Sturton
Suzanne Barr
Suzanne Brown
Suzanne Fraser
Suzanne Simon / Iyengar Yoga of
Huntington Beach
Suzie Muchnick
Svetlana Musaeva
Sylvia Kier
Sylvie Lapointe
T Young
Tabea McCrea
Tamara Whatley
Tammy Gingerella
Tara Jarvis
Tatiana Newton
Teresa Lewis
Teresa Pinilla
Terry Petersen
Tessa Manning
Tessa Meek
Tetsuro Eda
The Iyengar Yoga Centre of Hong Kong
Theodora Ching
Theresa McDiarmid
Thomas A Bartlett
Thomas Stillitano
Tite Togni
Tristan Binns
Tree House Iyengar Yoga
Ulrike Meissner
Upper West Side Yoga and Wellness
Utkarsh Varshney
Valerie and James Zimber - Waldroop
Valerie Hovland
Vesna Eringer
Vickie Aldridge
Victor Tsai
Victoria Seff
Vikram H
Vindra Maharaj-Roy
Viren Mehta
Virginie Dreyer
Waldemar Krzeminski
Waraporn Cayeiro
Warwick Yoga Center
Wen-Jie Lin
Wendy Schneider
Wendy Zerin
Wido Wirsam
William F  Fritsch
Winnie Wai-yu Au
Ximena Neder Barzelatto
Xinzhen Wang
Yi Chun Chen
Yng Shiang Tan (Mdm)
Yoga Coop of Madison
Yoga Magic, L.A.,CA
Yoga Malente / Birgit Cornelia Braun
Yoga Studio Nuweiba, Egypt
Yoga Vidya North (Michigan)
Yogacentralen / Jack Davis & Peter Huber
Yogacentralen Students, Copenhagen
Yogacentralen Teachers, Copenhagen
Yogavejen.dk Students
Yoko Cahill
Yos Kamo Production
Yves Warlop

 

Special Thanks

Arabic Translation

Raya Salman Heibein

 

Chinese Translation

Mie Ou

 

Farsi Translation

Elber Translations

 

French Translation

Alain Drouin

Lise-Anne Piette

Lise Roy

Louise Beaudoin

Renée Bourbonnais

Robert Cory

 

German Translation

Cathrine Caspari

 

Hebrew Translation

Leat Klingman

 

Italian Translation

Anastasia Bizzarri

 

Japanese Translation

Hiroko  Kazama

Hisayo Kushida

Keiko Okuno
Toyoko Okawa

 

Portuguese Translation

Antonio Santos

Katia DaCosta

Marcia Monroe
Pedro Monfort

 

Russian Translation

Maria Veytsel

Olga Rozovskaya

 

Spanish Translation

Elisabeth Pintos

Rafael Gabriel Costa

Ysabel Pinyol

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