11 Yoga Documentaries Worth Watching
Note: This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but these are some of the best out there and most of these we will watch together at our training. My personal favorites are the first 3 listed.
1) Y Yoga This is my personal favorite, I highly recommend seeing this one first. Probably have to buy it, although it might be free online somewhere.
2) Enlighten Up! Also very well done. Raises more questions than it answers. Can watch some on Youtube, and it’s on Netflix.
3) Yoga Unveiled This is a great introduction to the deeper dimensions of yoga, especially the history and philosophy of yoga that often gets neglected. Perfect to watch at the outset of a yoga teacher training program. Probably have to pay for this one, though some is probably on Youtube.
4) Yoga Woman I saw this when it premiered on Maui in early 2012. It’s not my favorite, but definitely worth your time. Probably have to pay for this one.
5) Shortcut to Nirvana It’s now been almost 12 years since this film came out, and the 2013 Kumbha Mela is fast coming upon us (the K.M. is the largest religious festival in the world that happens every year in India). So if you want to get some sense of what it’s all about before it happens, this is a good place to start. Can probably get on Netflix, and watch many parts on Youtube.
6) Sita Sings the Blues This is a brilliant and funny modern re-telling of the ancient Hindu epic, The Ramayana, which relates the possibly tragic story of Rama & Sita (depending how you look at it). You can watch this for free online.
7) Titans of YogaWhile I don’t much care for the title of this one, it is a good introduction to some of the major figures on the contemporary yoga scene, and it’s helpful to hear what they have to share with us about the yoga journey.
8) Yoga IsThis is a very sweet introduction to the world of yoga, one woman’s journey while coming to terms with her mother’s death from cancer.
9) The Soul of IndiaThis is not a yoga documentary per se, and yoga really is touched upon only briefly in it, yet it gives some very good insight into Mother India, the birthplace of yoga. (Rick Ray also has another great documentary for yoga people called “10 Questions for the Dalai Lama,” we just recently saw and thought it was very well done.)
10) Ayurveda: The Art of BeingExplore Ayurveda as it is traditionally practiced in India, and has been for centuries, if not millennia.
11) Fierce GraceThis is a touching, insightful film about the life and work of Ram Dass, recently featured by Oprah on her online network. Both Oprah and Ram Dass currently live on Maui. Maybe we’ll get to see them this time around, who knows?
As far as Yoga Practice and Theory DVDs, Pranamaya has some of the best quality.