Breath of the Gods: A Journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga

Breath of the Gods: A Journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga
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”.

A feature-length documentary and over 3hrs of bonus features including rare historical footage as well as lavish reenactments. Featuring yoga legends B. K. S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, T. K. Sribhashyam, and T. Krishnamacharya.



Author: Jan Schmidt-Garre
Number of disks: 2
Length: 100 minutes & 180 minutes of bonus features
DVD region: All
DVD format: PAL & NTSC
Subtitles: English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portugese, Spanish DVSCHMBREA

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DVD Breath of the Gods

Excellent DVD which includes an amazing old footage of Krishnamacharya. Everyone who practice yoga or have any interest in the subject has to see this DVD!
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Mirka

Breath of Gods, DVD

I am currently studying to be an Iyengar teacher and this film brought the history of modern yoga to life for me with clear explanations, interviews and carefully edited archive material. For people like myself who have not yet had the opportunity to study with any of the living teachers mentioned (Iyengar included), it was most helpful to see them teaching, and also to compare the different methods of teaching, all eminating from the same T Krishnamacharya.
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Wendy

shallow

Suprisingly shallow docu. Much time is spent on silly details like a 2 minute shot of a sunset with piano music... The 2 hosts are hardly introduced, one disappears completely halfway through. Who are these people? All guests lack a simple name line when they come on screen. Iyengar is showing off his 'teaching skills' on a student in verbal attacks, 3 instructions per second. Jois is filmed boasting to old friends: I brought Krishnamacharya to the west, that was me! Extremely sad product, like failing to bake the perfect cake with the perfect ingredients available.
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Rainier

breath of the gods dvd

Excellent dvd. Thoroughly enjoyed.
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Mary

Breath of the Gods

Wonderful DVD giving much info about the development of modern yoga. Fantastic to see film of Krisnamacharya. In places some of the interviews were a little unintelligble and could have done with some translation, but overall I was thrilled with it!
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yvonne



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