Yogawoman Movie Reviews
User reviews on Yogawoman
This movie is definitely for those who like yoga, because it is basically a kind of infomercial than a straight movie or even a doc**entary. The makers take the viewers on a whlrlwind tour of yoga in different countries and how it affects the people who practice it on a regular basis. Yoga has more to do with breathing and concentration than it does with physical exercise or postures so this movie is good at explaining what it is. If you aren't into yoga it will be good to see this because it explains the benefits in a concise and easy to understand manner. If you are into yoga, you probably already know everything that the movie says are the benefits but you might enjoy the focus it gives to certain aspects of yoga that maybe you aren't as focused on. I've done yoga for a little while but this movie made me want to get more into it and I think it will likely mean the same for others too.
I've done yoga a few times at school and at the gym so I was kind of interested in finding out more about why yoga is so popular. I have experienced what I would call measurable results from practicing yoga, though i would probably see more if I were more into it. The thing I didn't like about this movie was how it seemed to be so about making everyone think that yoga is just about feeling good and hunky and dory instead of the spiritual exercise I think most serious practitioners would say that it is. Yoga is not about hand holding and hugging, but you would think that it was by watching this movie which makes it seem so cozy and cute. I think the movie could have taken a harder look at the history of yoga instead of just following this one lady around who seems kind of into herself and not helping others. It's tough to get people to take some things too seriously, and yoga would be one of them.
I have to admit that even though I religiously do yoga on an almost daily basis, I know next to nothing about this ancient ritual. This doc**entary was very informative on the origins of yoga and how and why it effects the body the way it does. The thing that I liked best about this movie was how the narrator (Annette Benning) tried to relate the history of yoga to the modern challenges of the human body and especially how it helps us cope with body image issues. A lot of women my age do yoga on a regular basis (for a lot of us, it's the best way to reconnect with our bodies) and how to perform at least a partial spiritual cleanse. This movie will also inspire you to want to learn not only more about the art of yoga, but the very reason why we spend so much time focusing on our bodies when we should be focusing on other facets of our being to help our overall health. An inspiring and informative film.