Just as we are susceptible to change during the 90 minutes or so we spend on our mat, the same breakthroughs and epiphanies can awaken your soul while under the influence of art. Yoga, in philosophy and expression, is no doubt artistry in motion. And its lessons and truths are everywhere.
A great teacher, a powerful read, a beautiful song and a compelling film can ignite that same fire within us that says “Wow! What an unbelievable gift it is to be alive. I will not waste one more second taking myself and life for granted.”
1. I Am
A title befitting of yoga with even more meaning than meets the eye. This film is directed by Tom Shadyac, of Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor and other comedy gem fame. While laughter is a gift and an important one, through his reign of success in the 1990’s and 2000’s Tom quickly acquired more and more money and possessions while consistently feeling less and less fulfilled. A near death accident set him on his spiritual quest to find what is right and wrong with the world, the answer being a definitive, I AM. While the film focuses its value on Being rather than Doing, as is often the case in Yoga, it also sheds light on how we each are contributing to the world we live in and how we can redirect ourselves in the right direction. He speaks to brilliant minds, travels the world, showcases the beauty inherent in nature and provokes an internal shift in us all to recognize ourselves as the light and love we are and to be the change we want to see in the world.