Read a review for POSTURE in Yoga Journal.
Short Synopsis: POSTURE explores the controversial
world of competitive yoga. It follows three yogi
athletes as they compete for gold at the 2016 USA
Yoga Federation National Championship. But it's not all
zen for the many critics who consider competitive
yoga offensive to the very nature of this ancient
POSTURE was an official selection of:
POSTURE is a documentary by Daniel A. Nelson and Nathan Bender. This is the story of professed cultural
misappropriation, a founder disgraced by sexual harassment charges and the dream of being recognized as the
best yoga practitioner in America. POSTURE goes behind the scenes with three yogi athletes in the adult women's
division of the 2016 USA Yoga Federation National Championship as they pose their way toward a shot at the
national title. Each athlete has more at stake than just a congratulatory medal. From chronic illnesses to prosthetic
legs, these yogis bring more baggage than just a yoga mat. They also seek victory against those who oppose
legitimizing yoga as a sport. For the skeptical yoga purists, the competition is seen as an insensitive detachment
from the practice's spiritual roots.
Daniel A. Nelson holds a master's from Columbia Journalism School in documentary filmmaking and a bachelor's
from San Francisco State University in journalism with a minor in economics. In addition to POSTURE, Daniel
worked with Oscar-nominated director David France at Public Square Films in New York City on a feature-length
documentary called THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON, which premiered at the Tribeca
Film Festival and will be released on Netflix October 6, 2017. Daniel is currently a video fellow with McClatchy
based in State College, Pa. as the lead videographer for the Centre Daily Times.
Nathan Bender also has a master's from Columbia Journalism School in documentary filmmaking. He is also an
alumni of Hampshire College, graduating with dual-degrees in documentary photography and globalization
studies with an emphasis on Chinese modernization. Nathan received a Fulbright grant to produce a photographic
ethnography that covered religious tourism among China's esteemed Buddhist and Taoist sites. After returning
from China, Nathan interned with Alex Gibney's documentary film team at Jigsaw Productions in New York City. He
worked on several feature-length documentaries including: GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND PRISON OF
Qatar working with Al Jazeera English.
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