Authorized Bio


Painter Edward Vilga

Edward Vilga is a Playful Provocateur
who creates breakthrough experiences
in Books, Body, Soul,
and Bank Accounts!

  • 7 Published Books
  • 5 Gallery Shows (on 2 coasts)
  • 2 Produced Films
  • 1 Best-Selling Yoga DVD
  • 1 Play that’s Toured Six Continents
  • 1.5 Decades of Sharing Yoga with Millions

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He writes books, film, and theater
and shares some yoga
making a little art on the side.



Edward has had seven books published (many of which involve his yoga practice) and written and directed two feature films.

His novel DOWNWARD DOG –– the adventures of a bad boy yoga instructor –– was released in paperback by Diversion Books in June 2014.

Edward Vilga’s last yoga book and DVD, YOGA IN BED, hit #1 on for all of wellness after he appeared on REGIS & KELLY and CBS’ EARLY SHOW and after his book was featured in PEOPLE Magazine. In addition, YOGA IN BED has been positively reviewed in over 40 publications and translated into more than a dozen languages.



Edward Vilga wrote and directed the feature film DEAD BROKE (Warner Brothers DVD, 2006) that stars Paul Sorvino, John Glover, Tony Roberts, Jill Hennessy, and Justin Theroux. It has won several best direct-to-dvd awards and opened the New York Stories/Anjelica Film Festival.

Currently, he is a producer of the indie feature WITH CHILD, written and directed by Titus Heckel, which was shortlisted for Critics Week at Cannes.  WITH CHILD made its international premiere at Busan, the largest film festival in Asia.  It received this review review in the Hollywood Reporter and was released on Amazon July 2016.



YOGA JOURNAL included Edward Vilga in their cover story on Americaʼs leading yoga teachers.

Bloomingdale’s described him as a “legendary yoga master” in a New York Times half page advertisement.

He has taught yoga classes on the JumboTron in Times Square and for thousands at wellness conventions across America.

His yoga books and DVDs have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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MIRACLE IN RWANDA, the play he directed and co-created with performer Leslie Lewis, is currently touring the world. With more than 150 performances over 6 continents, the show has earned rave reviews and won numerous awards. MIRACLE IN RWANDA will be performed March 18-26th in at the Passages Theatre Company (Trenton, NJ). Info HERE.

Prior to this, Vilga produced the Obie-winning MY LEFT BREAST by Susan Miller at Soho’s Watermark Theater.


Inspired by his writing projects, Edward Vilga also creates visual art.

After a sold out show of his visual art in NYC, an 8 page magazine profile, a short documentary portrait by An Films, and a nomination by GLAAD as Best Emerging Artist, in April 2010 Vilga was honored by the KiptonART Foundation for a studio event.

In October of 2010, the Antebellum Gallery in Los Angeles (“The only fetish gallery in America, perhaps the world”) exhibited his SYMMETRY installation which explored obsession and voyeurism.

In 2011, Vilga’s painting/performance piece was the finale of the Duo Multicultural Art Center’s Holiday Happening where he created a canvas in real time. A video documenting this event can be seen HERE.

In 2012, his artwork was featured in the New York Times’ GREAT HOME section.

From January through March 2013, his art was on display at the Cavallo Point Gallery.

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Edward Vilga lives in New York City but travels extensively.

He is a Yale graduate.

Most significantly, he is rarely seen without his chocolate lab, Belle.