Why the film:
The unique technique of keeping good health - YOGA was originated and evolved in India. Unfortunately there is no comprehensive audiovisual documentation available on it, either with the Government, any Institution or with any individual.
In the present times Yoga has established itself as an effective alternative therapy across the world. Modern Masters are improvising and selling it with different brand names and even patenting them. It has become increasingly difficult to find authentic knowledge about Yoga; therefore it was decided to document the History and Philosophy of Yoga on film media. This is the first ever film in the world on History of Yoga.
The film HOY starts with Yoga of Patanjali as a unique technique for experiencing the mastery over senses and modifications of the mind. Patanjali is not the inventor of Yoga. Where did it originate from ?
History is traced from the times of Harappa civilization. The story moves to explore the elements of Yoga in the times of Vedic, Jain, Buddhist periods and other doctrines. It takes you through the delightful journey of 3000 years of developmental history of Yoga up to the medieval ages.
Here the HathYogic practitioners show an intense human desire to conquer disease, aging and death through the Hathyogic practices. The film ends in 19th century where modern science acknowledges the potential of yoga in a new light.
The film crew traveled 35000 km across India, Nepal, selected Library of Europe & North America to record evidences from 134 locations including 84 Archaeological sites, 37 Museums, Libraries and Temples & Shrines.
Around 18 eminent scholars of India and Nepal from the field of Archaeology, History, Philosophy, Medicine, Literature and Yoga have been consulted and 18 have spoken on the subject to elucidate and authenticate it. Widely and rationally accepted interpretations of evidences are included here. The documentary is beautifully woven with breath taking photography, meditative songs and music.