History of Yoga - the path of my Ancestors

The documentary Film 'History of Yoga - the Path of my Ancestors" is the first ever film documentation of this kind in the world on History & Philosophy of Yoga. It traces a 6000-year journey into origin, evolution & development of yoga in the Indian subcontinent. Yoga is India’s signature in the modern times. Indians want its protection from digestion by other cultures and alienation from Indian origin. This film is a humble attempt to authentically preserve, protect and disseminate the knowledge & History of Yoga for generations to come.

Highly researched and well interpreted this documentary is a delight to watch, 6000 years in just 98 minutes!! It is available and both Hindi and English.

Over centuries in India, Yoga has been the core technique in the development of darsanas, socio-political reforms, arts and sciences. To trace its journey we had to search all the major philosophies and living traditions of India within which this highly evolved methods was found to be intertwined.

The project took six years of extensive research and hundreds of permissions for filming. We travelled 35,000 kms through India, Nepal including museums in Europe and the US. Travel covered 137 locations to record from 84 Archaeological sites, 35 Museums, Libraries, Temples and Shrines to collect evidence. We spoke to thirty eminent scholars from the field of Art History, Archaeology, History, Philosophy, Medicine, Literature and Yoga whose insights contributed to elucidate the subject.

The story explores Yoga in Harappa Civilization, Vedas, Jainism, Buddhism. Hath-Yogic practices of medieval times & other peripheral doctrines. The film ends in 19th century where modern science acknowledges the potential of yoga in a new light. India's magnificent Iconography, Temple Art, Diverse Culture & Ancient Relics, Wall paintings, Manuscripts unfold with wisdom of yoga in this path-defining Documentary.

The film is a priced possession for all.

About Film Makers:

Ramji OM, Writer& Co-Director of the film, is an MSc in Mathematics and an ardent practitioner of Yoga. He has studied Indian Philosophy & History. He is currently working as a senior civil servant (IRAS) with Indian Railways.

Deepika Kothari, Producer & Co-director of the film, is a Ph. D in Physics. She has to her credit several scientific papers published in International & National Journals. Presently she is involved in making research based films on Indian Thought with Modern understanding.   

She is the granddaughter of Padma Vibhushan Dr D S Kothari, first Scientific Adviser and Chairman, Kothari Commission on Education, who organized the first ever  Conference on "Yoga, Science & Man" at New Delhi in 1975. Her father, Dr L K Kothari, a medical Doctor conducted a unique experiment on underground Samadhi state of a Yogi at R N T Medical College, Udaipur in 1970. The results were published in American Heart Journal and created lot of excitement in international Newspapers. This uniquely brought together the historical tradition of Yoga and modern science.

These two incidences inspired us to research the origin & evolution of Yoga over the ages.  And film being the best medium to communicate.

To see videos
2.Yoga : Historical Evidences (50 seconds)
3. Rajiv Malhotra on 'History of Yoga'

To Buy DVD
1. USA Click Here
2. In India where it is available in Hindi & English at www.vishuddhifilms.com

Testimonials --
"I appreciate their work which was missing for centuries… I want that it should be seen by each & every Indian so that they know what the essence of Indian religion is."
Yogacharya BKS Iyenger – Padma Vibhushan

"The work on the film … is to my knowledge one ofits kind in the world. The scholars who have spoken in the film are authority in their fields and it is my firm belief that this work will find accolades in India and around the world."
TN Chaturvedi – Padma Vibhushan

"I’ve never seen something so comprehensive. Something which is so far reaching, sweeping, deeply researched, extremely well-produced.
… Typically the archaeologists only talk about the outer and the so-called religious people will talk about the inner… but this is a remarkable contribution, I congratulate the people who put in many many years of tapas, they’ve really worked hard, I can tell from this video."
Rajiv Malhotra – Indian American Scholar

"It's a great effort, both as a film and as a story. Very well written script, superb visuals, very credible interviews and expert anchoring and commentary… The only analogy of  the creation of this film is that of Bhagirath."
Satyanand Mishra –  Ex CIC, GOI

It is such a precious film! So rich and marvelous with regard to the historical and spiritual background of yoga and also so beautifully made. I shall see it again and again to go deeper and deeper. It is almost impossible to understand it immediately as it is so intense and encompassing. I feel so very grateful that your precious documentary has found its way from India to my home and to my heart. Thank you!

Michaela Boesenberg, Cologne Germany

For other articles on Yoga
1.Swami Tattwamayananda talk titled 'Yoga is a Way of Life'.
2.Origin of Yoga by Brahmachari Dayaghanachaitanya
3.A Note on The Concept of Yoga in Patanjali Yoga Sutras by T N Sethumadhavnji
4.Patanjali's Yoga Sutras by T N Sethumadhavanji
5.Yoga Asanas Photos by Prof Gyan Sahay