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Breath Of The Gods review

A discovery into the history and origins of yoga

Like Jiro Dreams Of Sushi for the bendy-bodied, Jan Schmidt-Garre’s documentary mounts an investigation into a demanding discipline.

Visiting India to explore the roots of modern yoga, Schmidt-Garre discovers how one T Krishnamacharya helped turn a misunderstood practice into a popular “fusion of body and mind”.

Assembled from archive footage, interviews with practitioners and extraordinary feats of agility, it lacks narrative momentum but not warm humour or extreme headstands: you won’t need telling twice that certain moves are “definitely not for beginners”.

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