Breath of the Gods
Breath of the Gods - A Journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga is a DVD that features yoga legends including B. K. S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, T. K. Sribhashyam, and T. Krishnamacharya.
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 Breath of the Gods - A Journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga film is all about.
REVIEW BY BEN NICHOLSON
Published on CineVue
Discussions of technique and the underlying philosophy can run a little long if viewers are not especially engaged with the subject matter but the is largely avoided through the films deceptively leisurely pace. By breaking from interviews to show the bewitching spectacle of masters at work, the film almost envelopes the viewer in its subject languid and reflective aura.
"When you enter that state there is a deep peace, a deep centered-ness, and I would say that there is an increase of clarity from within - when all the chatter of the mind calms down." This may well have been a description not of Breath of the Gods subject, but the film itself. Whilst enthusiasts and those with a pre-existing interest will certainly take more away from the film, it provides enough interesting material throughout and in fact proves a strangely soothing and relaxing experience in itself.