Breath Of The Gods (2012)
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Modern yoga, that is, the form practiced daily by tens of millions of people around the world, goes back directly to Lord Shiva according to Indian tradition. At the same time, however, modern yoga originated in the early 20th century, a creation of Indian savant T. Krishnamacharya (1888-1989). That story is far less known and is what this film is all about. Krishnamacharya's life and teachings are seen through the eyes of the director Jan Schmidt-Garre on his search for authentic yoga. His
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True believers may be riveted by this earnest salute to the sun, but for others this enthusiastic showcase of impressively bendy people stretches the patience at 105 minutes.
This story of modern yoga and its ancient influences is cinema's nearest thing to watching paint dry in years ( ... ) the perfect antidote to Fast & Furious 6. And it's guaranteed to make your eyes water.
An undeniably relaxing sit, though one which also proves meandering on one too many occasions.
The most compelling aspect of an ambling film is lovely archive footage of Krishnamacharya and others performing seemingly impossible manipulations of the human body with a suppleness and ease that are mightily impressive.
There's plenty of stretching, but not much cinema, in this wearying history of yoga.
A draining, but detailed documentary, Breath of the Gods presents an insightful look at the origins of Yoga, but its slow narrative and low entertainment value can make it a little difficult to watch.
It lacks narrative momentum but not warm humour or extreme headstands: you won't need telling twice that certain moves are "definitely not for beginners".
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