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Yoga, Ballet, Climate Change - Rachael Smith Yoga

Yoga, Ballet & Climate Change – Doc Reviews

What I love most about the arrival of snow in Sheffield is its ability to make most of us press pause on our daily routines. And when we do, we tend to have more fun!

So far I’ve enjoyed walking every day with Pearl, watching her face of wonder trying to work out why the world has suddenly gone white. Can you imagine seeing snow for the first time?

Then when we get home it’s time to get cosy while she takes a Pearly powernap, providing the perfect opportunity for me to catch up on some documentaries.

I have three brilliant documentary recommendations for you. Not all about yoga, but they definitely all inform my practice, philosophy and lifestyle.

So get yourself a pot of tea and a big pile of homemade chocolate chip cookies and enjoy! If you watch them check back in and let me know what you think.

Rachael x


I first watched this documentary shortly before I went to India three years ago and it’s still one of my favorite films on modern yoga. And after watching it I’d love to know if you think yoga is all an illusion?

I really think this one is a must watch for any western practitioner being particularly relevant at the moment in light of the recent revelations of physical and emotional abuse by many teachers given guru status. If needed, it will hopefully make you question some of your yogic beliefs.


Stunning! A fascinating insight into the world of professional ballet, the dedication required and the pressure put upon those considered truly gifted. Follow the story of Sergei Polunin, his rise to stardom and what he lost on the way. You don’t need to be a fan of ballet to appreciate this film, seeing Sergei dance is unbelievable and inspirational. But is it a gift or a curse? Everyone wants success until they see what it takes.

Before The Flood

I believe we all need a regular reminder about climate change, to see the evidence that it is happening and learn what needs to be done in order to halt the destruction and heel our beautiful planet.

It’s by Leonardo Dicaprio, who has a carbon footprint larger than most, but at least he admits it. And goes on to do a brilliant job of interviewing world leaders and scientists which kept me enthralled from beginning to end.

Watch it and be inspired to make changes to your lifestyle. Like us, we’re now saving up for solar panels and a wind turbine!

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