Updated Alive Forever press release

June 17, 2016

Wai Lana
“Alive Forever”

It’s very likely that you recognize Wai Lana as an author, a spiritual guide, a TV star, an inspirational leader, a nutritionist, or a spokesperson for cultural exchange and the wisdom of healthy lifestyles. But Wai Lana — one of the world’s most famous yoga teachers and the creator of the longest-running fitness series in the history of public television — is also an accomplished singer, songwriter, and filmmaker.  Last year, she released a video for “Namaste,” an original song, in time to entertain and enlighten listeners on International Yoga Day. Since July 21, 2015, the “Namaste” clip has been viewed millions of times on YouTube. Encouraged by this warm reception, Wai Lana has done it again. “Alive Forever,” her latest composition and short film, is a meditation on the inevitability of aging and the immortality of the soul. This relaxing, uplifting, and beautifully-shot clip is more than just a cinematic expression of the power of yoga — it’s a winning, compulsively watchable music video than could fit in on any eclectic playlist.

Fans of the Wai Lana Yoga television program are well aware of the host’s unerring talent for location scouting: no matter what she’s doing, the camera always catches her in spectacular surroundings. She’s applied that vision to the “Alive Forever” film, which opens with an amazing aerial beachfront shot and begins touring the world from there. Mountain scenery, an explosion of pink cherry blossoms, dazzling footage of breaking waves on a tropical beach, a smart cityscape in the rain — it’s all breathtaking, and it all underscores Wai Lana’s profound faith in the goodness of the world and the possibility of spiritual transcendence. The star herself appears atop a rock jetty and, backlit by the sun’s radiance, smiles as she delivers her comforting message. Dressed, as always, in clothes and floral wreaths that she’s designed herself, Wai Lana moves with the quality of a free-floating, falling leaf — resigned to the passage of time and determined to enjoy the richness of life.

Once again, it’s meaningful that Wai Lana has made the “Alive Forever” video available in time for International Yoga Day. She’s built her reputation and worldwide following by demystifying yoga and making its benefits accessible to everybody.  In the eighteen years she’s been a public television fixture, she’s proven that yoga need not be intimidating to the uninitiated. This clip, then, is a natural continuation of her work — just like her show, it embraces the viewer with open arms. To watch “Alive Forever” is to step into Wai Lana’s world: one suffused by calmness, balance, and bliss.

About Wai Lana
Wai Lana is not only a beautiful and charming yoga teacher, she is a mother of three, grandmother of six, song writer, author, and genuine advocate for helping people from all walks of life attain inner peace and well-being. Wai Lana has produced several yoga DVDs for people of all levels, published books, designed kids’ yoga products, recorded music albums, released a meditation kit, developed a complete line of yoga gear, and even has her own line of all-natural snacks. For more information, visit Wailana.com.

Link to Alive Forever short film

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Fiona Fitzgerald
Source: World Hindu News (WHN)