Magda M. Cianciara
Born in Nazi ravaged, Russian occupied, post-WW II Warsaw, Magda grew up surrounded by family traditions. Her maternal heritage dates back to 13th century. She married and attended University, studying architecture. At the age of 22, Madga and her 5 year old son nearly jumped the Berlin Wall at the height of the Cold War. She met her husband in Paris on Bastille Day, 1970 and the family left for the United States exactly one year later. Their names are permanently engraved on the American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island.
To quote the author, “When one hasn’t experienced a trauma of uprooting as dramatic as ours was, one can’t understand the sensitivities of some facts… I virtually shed a skin like a snake and died to the past to survive the future.”
She continued her education in the states, earning a Master in Science in Art from the University of Wisconsin. During the next 20 years, Magda built an impressive portfolio creating commercial art for Fortune 500 companies in Chicago and New York. She also worked as a fashion stylist in Manhattan and Los Angeles.
Her birthday in 1985 found her feeling cynical. Realizing there must be more in life to explore, she checked out a yoga center on 24th street and her journey began.
On New Year's Day 1986, Magda began studying at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Neyyar Dam in Sothern India. Graduating in 1988 as a Yoga Siromani, she opened a yoga center in the West Village of New York City. In 1993, she transferred her studio to Hollywood, California, teaching over 1000 students through the years. While in Los Angeles, she also studied film and script writing.
Magda returned to India to shoot the documentary that she wrote, directed and produced. Real Timeless India: a portrait of the land of yoga is a pilgrimage to 65 holy places in an attempt to explain the spiritual, cultural, and ecological heritage of India. The film was well received by the Museum Modern Art in New York and is available in university libraries and listed in the archives of the Library of Congress. On her subsequent journeys through India, Magda found the inspiration for her film script, Dharma Pass and Being of CEI.
Since her early age Magda was fascinated by the mind mysteries portrayed in ancient and modern fables. She cultivated her passion for mental imagery through her studies and work combining both interests in this Fable.
Currently, she shares her time between India and the American East Coast. Her son and two grandchildren live in the New York City area.