A group of students travel to a
monastery in India to discover the
nature of reality, self-identity, and
In this docu-drama, an investigative
journalist discovers her spiritual path while
on assignment to visit the Ananda Village
in Northern California.
One Track Heart:
The Story of Krishna Das
The behind-the-scene story of Krishna
Das, world-renowned spiritual teacher
and Grammy-nominated chant master.
May I Be Frank
An obese ex-addict embarks on a lifestyle
change journey with the help of some
friends from Cafe Gratitude.
Women of Bhakti
An extraordinary journey into the lives of
historical and modern devotees of Bhakti
Yoga—the path of devotion.
When the Iron Bird Flies
Traces the astounding journey of the
Buddhist teachings from the caves of Tibet
to mainstream modern Western culture.
Filmed over nearly five years, Samsara
transports us to the varied worlds of
sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial
complexes, and natural wonders.
Filmmaker Suzanne Bryant travels the
world searching for answers within the
deeper practices of yoga.
Filmmaker Vikram Gandhi grows a beard,
imparts teachings, and builds a following
of students. The test comes when he asks
them to believe that the only guru is within.
The story of Chogyam Trungpa, the “bad
boy of Buddhism,” who was pivotal in
bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West.
Yoga shifted from being a practice by
men to a modern-day revolution led by
women; this doc follows groups of
women practitioners around the world.
Shortcut to Nirvana
A documentary about the Kumbh Mela
festival which takes place near Allahabad,
India every 12 years.
The Highest Pass
A motorcycle trip with a group of students
and a spiritual teacher up the highest
paved road in India is a metaphor of the
A journey from the yoga studio to India
through the eyes of a skeptic.
Titans of Yoga
Twenty-five prominent yoga teachers
share stories of how they discovered
the practice as well as their ongoing
challenges and inspiration.
>>ACTION A CINEMATIC GUIDE TO FILMS INVESTIGATING THE PRACTICE, PHILOSOPHY, AND HISTORY OF YOGA.
BY NADINE TRUONG
The prominent rise of yoga is reflected more and more
in Western cinema. We have compiled a list of films that
feature the practice, lend theoretical knowledge and data,
explore the validity of yoga, and present the filmmakers’
own subjective perspectives and experience with yoga.
We invite you to watch with the same mindset you bring
to the mat: with an open heart, present and observant.