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

So as you guys know, on sunday i went to watch this movie…started at 21.15 and ended at around 23:00 can’t remember exactly what time it was….i just remember it being late.
The movie was quite long – at least it appeared to be long….i must say that it was really nice seeing Sri Krishnamacharya on screen, as well as B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois & Krishnamacharya’s children (who are no longer kids). 
It was incredibly informative, from an Ashtanga & Vinyasa Flow point of view – one must also realize that there are other disciplines other than these ones which are not mentioned in the movie at all – students who are currently doing Hatha Yoga teacher training were totally appalled by the movie…so it doesn’t give a full, 360 degree view of where yoga positions, Asanas, come from – which is the goal/aim of Jan Schmidt-Garre. 
Personally i found it interesting as i’m practicing Ashtanga, and during my teacher training, read and learnt about Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi Jois. 
Here is the summer of the movie i found on Imdb:
“A Journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga. Yoga is known to go back to God Shiva, who perfected 8,4 million postures, according to Indian tradition. Far less known is the fact that yoga is at the same time an early 20th century-creation of Indian savant T. Krishnamacharya, which is what this film is about. Krishnamacharya’s life and teachings are seen through the eyes of the director on his search for authentic yoga. His journey leads him from students and relatives of Krishnamacharya’s such as the legendary teachers Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois to the source of modern yoga: the palace of the Maharaja of Mysore, where Krishnamacharya founded the first ever yoga school. A feature-length documentary including rare historical footage as well as lavish reenactments.”
I would suggest going to see it for yourselves and making your own mind up on this movie – and if you do go and see it – let me know what you thought!!!

About ctyoga

Christiane has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her yogic journey began in 2000 as a student of Swami Nirmal (now at the Satyananda Centre in London) at the Fitness First gym in Kensal Rise, London. She experienced various teachers in different Fitness Firsts in Central London and around Clapham Junction before changing gyms and meeting Alexa Kho at LA FItness in Piccadilly Circus, London. Christiane attended Alexa's Anusara classes as well as her workshops. In January 2011 she enrolls in a 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training course with Rebecca Ffrench at YogaLondon. Vinyasa Flow is a modern form of yoga that comes from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and follows Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She quickly become passionate of this discipline and wants to deepen her knowledge; this brings her to meet and attend many workshops with Stewart Gilchrist, Shiva Rea, John Scott, Danny Paradise...all very famous teachers around the world. Being in the presence of such teachers is a significant experience for Christiane, in terms of her yogic journey, personal transformation and growth as well as understanding of yoga. After 11years in London, she moves to Milan to deepen and continue her journey. In Milan she teaches privately (1:1 and group classes) as well as in various yoga and dance centers. Milan is where her love for Ashtanga Vinyasa deepens and grows, bringing her to attend workshops with Lino Miele, Sharath Jois and most recently Kino MacGregor...all original students of Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. All of this culminates with a long awaited and long overdue trip to India, the birthplace of Yoga. Here Christiane deepens her practice and knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga by doing a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa TTC with Yogi Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh India. After the monthlong course, her travels take her around India practicing with various other world renown teachers, namely with Sri V. Sheshadri in Mysore and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa. In 2013 Christiane decides to embark on yet another yoga adventure, this time in Aerial Yoga! The course was divided into two weekends: level I in April and level II in June, after which she becomes a qualified Aerial Yoga teacher. Teacher and student of yoga, writer, adventurous soul, creative mind, curious world traveler & lover of the outdoors. Current HQ: Milan, Italy.
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2 Responses to Breath of the Gods ~ A Journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga

  1. Sherazad Afrashteh says:

    Please can you let me know where I can buy a copy of the DVD from – I live in the UK

    • ctyoga says:

      Hi Sherazad,
      I will look into it for you, however, i’m not sure the DVD is out yet! I’ll let you know once i find out more info!

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