The ancient art of meditation has seen a resurgence in the last two decades as the pace of modern life, the overwhelm of information overload and the hyperstimulation of screens has led people to search for new ways to relax, recharge and reconnect.

Scientific research into the health benefits of meditation, yoga and mindfulness practices has also exploded in recent years. In fact, since 2000.

If you would like to learn more about art, philosophy, science and practice of meditation then watching documentaries is a powerful way to learn and inspire you to practice.

Here are my picks for some of the best documentaries about meditation, yoga and mindfulness.

 

1. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds

Of the thousands of documentaries that I’ve watched over the years, Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds is in my top 10. This film explores the one vibratory field that connects all things in 4 parts: Akasha, The Spiral, The Serpent and the Lotus, and Beyond Thinking.

2. Samadhi

The sequel to Inner Worlds, Outer WorldsSamadhi is a 3-part documentary series goes deeper into nonduality and experiencing higher states of consciousness. This is kind of documentary film that you may need to watch a few times to really let everything sink in.

3. Eckhart Tolle: Enjoying Every Moment

This documentary starts with 5 of the most profound words I’ve ever heard… Q: So, you’re able to enjoy every moment? A: Yes, I accept what is. And it just gets better from there! Eckhart Tolle is not only profound but also funny and he really gets to the root of how to break free from the modern prison of egotism and overthinking.

4. Awake: The Life of Yogananda (Trailer)

Unique biopic about Yogananda, author of The Autobiography of a Yogi. In the 1920s, he brought Hindu spirituality to the West. This tells the story of his life and influence on yoga, religion and science, combining re-enactment, interviews, and verité.

5. A Joyful Mind

A Joyful Mind pulls back the curtain on what it means to meditate, on what modern science reveals about its benefits, and on how meditation and mindfulness can be used in workplaces and schools. This groundbreaking film serves to clear up the confusion around meditation perpetuated by the media. 

6. A Cloud Never Dies

A new biographical documentary of the late Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh narrated by actor Peter Coyote, A Cloud Never Dies weaves together original film and photographic archives, telling the story of a humble young Vietnamese monk and poet whose wisdom and compassion were forged in the suffering of war.

7. David Lynch: Meditation, Creativity, Peace

Acclaimed Filmmaker David Lynch is a huge proponent of Transcendental Meditation. In this documentary, a team of filmmakers followed David Lynch on a sixteen-country tour and documented a series of lectures and intimate interviews on Lynch’s creative process and his relationship to Transcendental Meditation.

8. The Power of Meditation BBC Documentary

This awesome documentary about meditation explores a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness.

9. Enlightenment

How can we overcome our fears? How do we reconnect with our intuition? What is the power and magic of using your intention? To what extent can we use it to reach the life we truly want? Enlightenment explores how to transform our negative subconscious beliefs and resistance through meditation.

10. All Is Self

This documentary unpacks the two stories that dominate the modern world: that we exist as separate selves in unintelligent world of dead matter and that we were created by God in his image who rules over us.

Other Meditation Related Documentaries

Here are some of documentaries about meditation, yoga and mindfulness that are worth watching:

1. Float Nation

The story of resurging trend of floating and the power of sensory deprivation for meditators.

2. Vipassana Documentary – How I Switched Off The Pain?

A prominent YouTuber tell the story of his 10 days of complete silence in a Vipassana meditation retreat was a life changing experience.

3. Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation

The story of the cruelty and injustice of the America’s massive prison system and how meditation is helping prisoners.

4. Alan Watts: The Art of Meditation

A rare documentary about meditation made by spiritual entertainer and scholar of eastern philosophy Alan Watts.

5. Guru and Disciple

A documentary about the Vedatic Path of Self-Realization and the Hindu traditional vision of the universal and divine self.

6. The Superhuman World of Wim Hof: The Iceman

The fascinating story of Dutch breathwork pioneer Wim Hof who climbed Mount Everest in his shorts and how his teachings have led to a renaissance in interest in meditation and breathing practices.

7. The Mindfulness Documentary

This documentary explores the mindfulness revolution ins 4 parts: What is mindfulness? The formal practice of mindfulness meditation, the informal practice of mindfulness through mindful living and mindfulness at work.

8. The Life of Buddha

A PBS documentary that tells the story of young Prince Siddhartha Gautama who abandoned his royal life for a spiritual journey to discover enlightenment.

9. Room To Breathe

Faced with behavioral and learning challenges, a San Francisco middle school decided to try something new: mindfulness meditation. This is their story.

10. The Yoga of Life

This documentary unravels ever evolving perspectives of several yoga students on a yoga teacher training held in the vibrant soul of South India.