Why We Breathe is a documentary about Yoga that was filmed over a period of six months as the crew traveled across the US to discover what drives yoga practictioners to practice. WHY WE BREATHE was born out of the desire to understand what drives people to get involved in and become passionate about this system of techniques that has been defined as “a spontaneous state of wonder.”
A lot of people are originally drawn to yoga for the health benefits. People are interested in getting in shape and looking fit. But once they discover the spiritual benefits, and all that it entails, they begin to see yoga as more than just a fitness routine.
Yoga is an ancient Indian body of knowledge that dates back more than 500 years. The word “Yoga” came from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means “to unite or integrate.” Yoga is about the union of a person’s own consciousness with universal consciousness.
Ancient Yogis believed that in order for man to be in harmony with himself and his environment, he had to integrate the body, the mind, and the spirit. These three become integrated when emotion, action, and intelligence are in balance. There is a way to achieve and maintain this balance. The ancient Yogis taught that this is done through exercise, breathing, and meditation. These are the three main Yoga structures.
Yoga offers a huge potential for growth and heightened awareness. When you start to practice it, you soon realize that the more you go to yoga classes, the better you feel. It helps you focus on your own thoughts and empowers you to break patterns and tendencies that no longer serve you. It helps you discover your purpose and feel better. And when you feel better, you behave better.
For this documentary, experienced Yogis are asked why do you do yoga? Why keep doing it? Why do you love it? Their answers to these questions give us insight into the possibilities that yoga can offer. So let go of your judgment, step into the moment, and breathe.