Note: This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but these are some of the best out there.
My personal favorites are the first 3 listed— we’ll watch most of these together at our teacher training.
1) Y Yoga This is my personal favorite, I highly recommend seeing this one first.
2) Enlighten Up! Also very well done. Raises more questions than it answers.
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.
4) Yoga Woman I saw this when it premiered on Maui in early 2012. It’s not my favorite, but definitely worth your time.
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.
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).
7) Titans of Yoga While 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 Is This 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 India This 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 Being Explore Ayurveda as it is traditionally practiced in India, and has been for centuries, if not millennia.
11) Fierce Grace This 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.