There is a long list of interesting topics for the typical sun-saluting yogi. These topics can range from how yoga began, natural medicine, the power of your mind and body, the transformational power of yoga and more. So here we came up with a list of 10 documentaries that every yogi should watch, to keep your mind expanding and heart full. Take a look and check out any of these films when you have some down time.
1. On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace
The film follows the 10-year journey of renowned photographer Michael O’Neill as he discovers the philosophy and spirituality of Yoga. He photographs great Yoga masters through his travels in India, Tibet and New York. A beautiful documentary that guides you through the Art of Yoga.
2. Breath of the Gods – A journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga
A 2012 German documentary about the life and work of ‘the father of modern yoga’ – T. Krishnamacharya. While also including rare footage from Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar. The documentary discusses the origins of modern yoga and can be a great way to deepen your understanding of your yoga practice.
3. The Power of the Heart
A film about the astonishing power and intelligence of your heart. Featuring some of the most inspiring and influential icons of this age like Paulo Coelho, Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle. The film provides evidence that your heart is much more than just a physical organ.
4. Ayurveda: The art of Being
A powerful testament to the power of Ayurvedic Medicine, the “science of life”, which is one of the oldest holistic medical systems in the world. Ayurveda supports diverse forms of treatment based on the belief that human disease is cured by restoring the imbalances of individual life energies. Great for anyone interested in natural healing and wellbeing.
5. Awake: The Life of Yogananda
A documentary about the Indian guru Paramahansa Yogananda, who came to the west to teach yoga and meditation in the 1920’s. He is the author of the spiritual classic ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ which has sold millions of copies worldwide. It is still to this day a book for seekers of truth, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts to help them turn their attention inwards to find answers to life’s questions.
6. Enlighten Up!
Kate Churchill is the film-maker of this documentary, where she is determined to prove that yoga can transform anyone, even skeptics. Nick Rosen, a skeptic, agrees to be her guinea pig. The film follows them on Nick’s journey to discover a transformation brought on by yoga. Great for any person looking to start a yoga practice, believers and non-believers alike.
7. In Pursuit of Silence
A cinematic journey around the world as it explores how silence and sound impact our lives. The film makes you reflect on how noise can affect our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. A rewarding film where you can apply your learnings to everyday life.
8. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
A documentary that shows how you can live a more meaningful life with less things. Follows Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus as they discuss and spread how living a simpler life can give you more freedom. A great documentary for anyone who feels overwhelmed by too much clutter and information.
9. The Story of God
A series about the quest of Morgan Freeman as he discovers how most religions perceive life after death, the act of creation and other worldly questions often asked by mankind. An inspiring and educational documentary that will keep you thinking.
10. Wild Wild Country
A Netflix documentary series about the controversial Indian guru, Osho and the Rajneeshpuram community in Oregon. A compelling true story that keeps you captivated from the very beginning. An unbiased documentary that shows all aspects of the movement, extensive interviews, their controversial beliefs and the story of how it all happened- never told before. This series will keep you hooked until the very end.