Previously at the ICA - Films
22 Feb 2013 – 31 Mar 2013
A feature-length documentary including rare historical footage as well as lavish reenactments, featuring yoga legends B. K. S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, T. K. Sribhashyam and T. Krishnamacharya.
Modern yoga, in the form practiced daily by tens of millions of people around the world, goes back directly to the god 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). Krishnamacharya's life and teachings are seen through the eyes of the film's 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'.
Sunday 24 February
Special Q&A with director Jan Schmidt-Garre.
Breath of the Gods – A Journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga, dir. Jan Schmidt-Garre, Germany/India 2011, 105 minutes, cert. TBA