Read a review for POSTURE in Yoga Journal.


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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:

Calcutta International Cult Film Festival

Long Island International Film Expo

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

Chain NYC Film Festival


Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Orlando Film Festival



Long Synopsis:

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.


Author bios:

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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