MAKING MOVIES. TEACHING YOGA. CREATING ART.
Vandana Sood-Giddings is a media maker, writer and yogi from India. She is currently based in Bozeman Montana where she teaches yoga and works as a freelance artist and writer.
Vandana has an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College in New York City. In 2003 Vandana completed a 2 year graduate film program, an MA in Mass Communication from MCRC, Jamia in New Delhi, India.
Vandana started her career as a camerawoman on a WHO film My Sister My Self' about maternal mortality. She was the media consultant to an Indo-Japanese Non Profit - India Center Foundation where she created short films, coordinated media projects and traveled to the Cannes Film Festival in 2005. Vandana won the 'Commonwealth Vision Award' in 2004 for her short film on education. As an educator she has taught in various settings extensively around the world. She was part of a six member international team that conducted workshops in collaboration with a UNDP program throughout Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot in Poland in 2005.
In 2008 her proposal to teach yoga in conflict countries won the Davis Peace Project. This allowed her to travel to Sombor, Serbia where she implemented 'Stretching Towards Peace' a two week yoga and media program for Serbian youth.
In New York City Vandana worked with several corporations and Non Profits. She worked on SEO and online content at Fox's website Beliefnet and worked on PBS's program, 'In the Mix'. In the Mix also picked up one of her proposals about yoga being taught in inner city schools in NYC, and she developed and then shot and edited that program. At MTV she worked in the post production department for the reality show 'Teen Moms' and at Alwan for the Arts she worked on their online presence and social media outreach. Vandana independently created 'The Taxi Takes', a web documentary about candid talks inside taxis around the World.
Vandana wears several hats and is also a certified yoga teacher from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in India. In 2006 she completed a 10 day silent Vipassana meditation from Dharamkot in India. She has completed trainings in Reiki and EFT and uses a holistic approach to yoga teaching and her art.