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Awake: The Life of Yogananda

  • Shirley Burke Theatre 64 Parkers Road Parkdale, VIC, 3195 Australia (map)

5.00pm Yoga class (Premium ticket holders, limited tickets left)
5.45pm Food, drink, exhibitors
6.45pm Film commences, followed by Q&A and prize raffle

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

By evoking the journey of the soul as it pushes its way through the oppression of the human ego and delusion of the material world, the film creates an experiential immersion into the unseen realms. AWAKE is ultimately the story of humanity itself: the universal struggle of all beings to free themselves from suffering and to seek lasting happiness.

Watch the Trailer

Yoga class, 5pm

In partnership with Live Life Well Studio , we invite you to begin your evening with a 45-minute yoga class to connect within, stretch and expand yourself. Limited tickets available.


Dr Sean Kirke, Father, Chiropractor, Yoga Teacher and Founder of Yoga Food, has a firm belief in the wisdom of nature, and the body’s innate ability to be healthy. Sean has been a Doctor of Chiropractic for over 10 years both in Australia and abroad, and owned a successful yoga studio with his wife for 5 years on the Mornington Peninsula, which they recently sold to focus on expanding Yoga Food as a product, company and community. His yoga studies include a year spent at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore India in 2008 and multiple trips to Thailand and Lonavala India to visit his main teacher Sri O.P. Tiwari of the Kaivalyadham Institute for intensive yoga philosophy and pranayama studies. Sean is passionate that correct nutrition along with a life of movement are two common sense but often neglected, critical keys to achieving and maintaining peak health and wellbeing.

Cara Gillespie, Founder, Live Life Well Studio, Yoga and Pilates teacher, lives for what she does. After her promising professional dance career was cut short due to a back injury in 2008, Cara looked to Pilates, and then yoga, to help her heal. What it gave her was so much more – inspiration, awakening, and enormous growth as she navigated her mother’s breast cancer journey, and becoming a mother herself. Committed to her own personal and professional development so that she can guide her students, you’ll find Cara on the mat, day after day, doing what she loves.



SUBURBAN SANDCASTLES Film Nights are an evening at the movies with a difference.
Join us to experience:
– Inspiring, thought-provoking insight into health and wellness, real food, and conscious living
– Nourishing wholefood meals and drinks
– Prize giveaways
– Guest speakers and a Q & A panel to help you ‘unpack’ the film and walk away with action steps to create change in your life
– Local businesses with healthy and sustainable products and services for you to check out (There’s no ATM at the venue, so please bring along some cash if you’d like to buy yourself a meal or something for later)

Earlier Event: November 10
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Later Event: February 24
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