Yoga on the Big Screen

Films that celebrate yoga are finding their way to film festivals and cinemas. Erica Rodefer Winters looks at three coming to theaters near you.

Films that celebrate the practice of yoga have found their way onto the film festival circuit in addition to private releases in the past few years. This year, three films explore the spiritual, healing, life-altering benefits of yoga. Grab a healthy snack and a few friends and enjoy learning more about the practice you love by watching these new films.

Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey. After she lost her mother to cancer, filmmaker Suzanne Bryant travels to India to study yoga, Ayurveda, and Bhakti looking for answers. Upon her return, she decides to dig deeper and see how yoga is transforming lives in the United States. She meets with some of the most prominent yoga teachers in the West such as Sharon Gannon and Dharma Mittra as well as celebrity yogis Christy Turlington, Russell Simmons, and musician-yogi Michale Franti, and more. DVD available for purchase on September 25. For more information visit

Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. This film examines the healthcare system in American and attempts to answer questions about the big business of approaching medicine with profit-driven high tech surgeries and medications instead of preventing them. Filmmakers speak with professionals who are well known within the yoga community such as Dean Ornish and Andrew Weil as well as other important voices in American healthcare such as head of Medicare and Medicaid in 2010-2011 Don Berwick and Cigna Director of Communications Wendell Potter. DebutsOctober 5. For more information visit

One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das. What you don't know about Krishna Das might surprise you—chanting helped the popular kirtan artist overcome depression and a cocaine addiction. One Track Heart, a documentary tells how an unlikely teenager named Jeff Kagel became Krishna Das, a spiritual leader and the voice heard in practically every yoga studio in America today. The film recently won "Best Documentary Film" at the Maui film festival and will be a part of the Woodstock Film Festival in October. For more information visit