Diego Barraza's quest to find connection
31st March 2017
Diego Barraza wanted to tell a story about the ancient Yoga and its new resurgence as part of a shape shifting global narrative. “Part & Parcel, a Yoga Documentary Satsang” is a feature length film that takes us on a multilayer journey.
As I walked the aisles of the Pound shop it hit me. I was browsing along next to the glitter pens and there it was. A one-pound yoga exercise DVD on sale, the type of video that could well be archived next to Jane Fonda’s aerobic workout from the ’80 minus the leg warmers.
It is no secret that Yoga has gone mainstream in a big way. Especially the type of yoga associated with Pilates, aerobics and Zumba. At this point in my life I had already been practicing yoga for 3 years and as I was learning more I started thinking of making a documentary about the more profound aspects of this complex yet accessible 3,000 year old system.
We have all seen the marketing stereotypes associated with yoga, the images of leotards and western yoga studios. As I researched on the subject it became clear that yoga is many things to many people. I was amazed to find how a practice from India had found so many shapes and forms. It has found relevance in its malleability and capacity for personal empowerment. I wanted to tell a story about the ancient Yoga and its new resurgence as part of a shift shaping global narrative.
“Part & Parcel, a Yoga Documentary Satsang” is a feature length film that takes us in a multilayer story. Learning about the background and philosophy of Yoga and meeting some wonderful characters and their views on the subject in our culturally cross-pollinated world. Yoga has always been known as a great tool for healing. This film is a journey from separation to connection; and it is also my personal journey, on how I discovered, that the greatest healing is the healing of the spirit.
“Part & Parcel a Yoga Documentary Satsang” was kindly supported in part by Pukka Herbs and will be released in September 2014.