DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

‘Lower the head and invoke the fire’

Director’s Statement

The idea of making this film evolved over the last ten years as I saw the widespread confusion surrounding the term ‘yoga’ and the slow degeneration of the practices taught in its name due to the pressures of commercialisation. I saw the great potential of a film to open a window on the original traditions and their holistic practices through the words and experience of authentic practitioners.

AGNIYOGANA, the film title refers to the yoking of one’s own fire. This increases the quality of one’s inner light. It is the fire that transmutes, transforms and destroys to create the new.

The title for the film comes from Vedic text, the Satapatha Brahmana:  

‘Early the next morning, when about to speak the morning prayer, he yokes the fire thinking, with it when yoked, I shall obtain and by it when yoked he obtains all wishes.’ (9:4:4:1).

Lowering the head is simply bowing to the fire within.

~ Emma Balnaves

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

‘Lower the head and invoke the fire’

Director’s Statement

The idea of making this film evolved over the last ten years as I saw the widespread confusion surrounding the term ‘yoga’ and the slow degeneration of the practices taught in its name due to the pressures of commercialisation. I saw the great potential of a film to open a window on the original traditions and their holistic practices through the words and experience of authentic practitioners.

AGNIYOGANA, the film title refers to the yoking of one’s own fire. This increases the quality of one’s inner light. It is the fire that transmutes, transforms and destroys to create the new.

The title for the film comes from Vedic text, the Satapatha Brahmana:  

‘Early the next morning, when about to speak the morning prayer, he yokes the fire thinking, with it when yoked, I shall obtain and by it when yoked he obtains all wishes.’ (9:4:4:1).

Lowering the head is simply bowing to the fire within.

~ Emma Balnaves