Breath Of The Gods (2013)




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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 journey leads him from the legendary students and relatives of Krishnamacharya's to the source of modern yoga, at the palace of the Maharaja of Mysore. From Pattabhi Jois Jan learns the "Sun salutation," from Iyengar the "King of Asanas," the headstand, and finally Sribhashyam reveals to him his father's secret "Life Saving Yoga Session."
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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.

Full Review… | July 21, 2013

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.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
Birmingham Mail

An undeniably relaxing sit, though one which also proves meandering on one too many occasions.

Full Review… | February 22, 2013
What Culture

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.

Full Review… | February 22, 2013
Daily Express (UK)

There's plenty of stretching, but not much cinema, in this wearying history of yoga.

Full Review… | February 21, 2013

Your time would be better spent taking a yoga class.

Full Review… | February 20, 2013
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