Naked Yoga (film)

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Naked Yoga
Directed byPaul Corsden
Produced byRonald S. Kass
Mervyn Lloyd
Written byPaul Corsden
CinematographyMichael Elphick
Edited byRichard White
Release date
Running time
24 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Naked Yoga is a short documentary released in 1974 and illustrates the practice of yoga in a natural setting and in the nude. The plot of this movie includes women practicing yoga in Cyprus and in a studio. These visuals are interspersed with images of Eastern art, processed for "psychedelic" effect. The narrator also relates the practice to Buddhist philosophy. It was shown on television in the UK, however it has not been released to video.

This documentary/short was nominated for an Oscar in 1975, in the category Best Documentary Short Subject.[1] It was written and directed by Paul Corsden. The stars included Elizabeth Taylor-Mead and features the blues singer Alexis Korner as the narrator.

Naked Yoga had been on the list of List of lost films. A search for it began in 2004 by the Academy Archive's Documentary Curator, Ed Carter. After a series of letters and dead ends, Carter received a print from the film's Director of Photography, Michael Elphick, who obtained the print from a television station. The print turned out to be a 35mm Technicolor print in pristine condition. The Academy Film Archive restored the film in 2012.[2]

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  1. ^ "NY Times: Naked Yoga". NY Times. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.

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