ORIGINS OF YOGA: Quest for the Spiritual (PAL format)
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(Aug 10, 2007)
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A visual darshan of the realized beings offering their wisdom and reflection of the yogic path of freedom. A treasure! --Shiva Rea
Gorgeously filmed documentary focusing on members of the large, culturally supported community of wandering ascetics in Northern India and Nepal. --Yoga Journal
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We see various yogis--many of them clad only in ashes rubbed onto their skin--wandering through northern India and Nepal, making pilgrimages to holy sites, praying, meditating, bathing in rivers, offering blessings, and of course performing difficult yoga asanas (postures). Commentary is provided by the yogis themselves and by Dr. Georg Feuerstein, a prolific Western writer on yoga.
The film, though interesting, wanders about with little apparent organization and with virtually no analysis (Are these guys "holy" or just odd? What are their backgrounds? What do their families think? Why aren't there any women?), and I came away feeling that I hadn't learned much about yoga or gotten much new insight into yoga as a spiritual path.
If you want to learn about the origins of yoga--a topic that doesn't actually get much attention in this film--I'd recommend the documentary "Yoga Unveiled." Two other good videos on India are "The Soul of India" (a guided tour of India), and "Ancient India" (a history of India).
very much enjoyed this.
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Deep, informative, and inspirational. Exactly what I was looking for.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great insight into the true practices of yoga. It's not just about trendy yoga clothes and pithy affirmations. Refreshing to see the whole story about the purpose of the practices.Published 3 months ago by C. Leonard
Wanted to see more info....accidentaly bought. Cost way to much for such a short moviePublished 10 months ago by N. Campbell
Excellent film offering a glimpse into the lives of renunciant yogis in India.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this documentary on Yoga it was both education and enlighteningPublished 17 months ago by Richard A. M Smith
Beautiful documentary and interesting narrative about eastern spiritual practicesPublished 18 months ago by D. Martin