DOCUTAH, Benja’s Thai Garden team up for screening

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A St. George restaurant is teaming up with DOCUTAH to provide a dining experience highlighting the Indian culture.

Benja’s Thai Garden, 35 N. 1680 East, will be showing “Yogawoman,” a documentary film shown at DOCUTAH 2012, in conjunction with a meal on March 27 from 6-8 p.m.

“Yogawoman” premiered in October of 2012 and has since been shown at film festivals around the world. It has won various awards including the 2012 Best Feature Documentary at the Women’s Independent Film Festival, USA.

According to the documentary’s press release: “’Yogawoman’ shows how women have embraced yoga for easing health conditions like breast cancer, infertility, heart disease, anxiety and depression. Yoga was brought to the west from India by a lineage of male teachers. Now there’s a generation of women who are leading the way. From the busy streets of Manhattan to the dusty slums of Kenya, ‘Yogawoman’ uncovers a global phenomenon that has changed the face of yoga forever.”

Aside from being an entertaining film, “Yogawoman” has an educational and emotional purpose.

“It’s films like this that inspire us and help us grow,” said Kristin Hunt, a representative of DOCUTAH and a communication department adjunct instructor. “[Documentaries] really are interesting. They make us more human.”

Caprice Wootton, a freshman dental hygiene major from Heber, said she can relate to what the documentary portrays about the benefits of participating in yoga.

“I have anxiety really bad and yoga helps me focus,” she said. “It makes you appreciate everything around you.”

Benja’s is a popular Thai and sushi restaurant that is a hit among Dixie State University students.

“You can’t get something you aren’t going to like,” Wootton said. “I like how Benja’s food is different from other places. It’s definitely one of my favorite places to eat.”

To reserve a spot, call Community Education at (435) 652-7675. The event costs $17 per person and space is limited.