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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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Kevin Harley is a freelance journalist with bylines at Total Film, Radio Times, The List, and others, specializing in film and music coverage. He can most commonly be found writing movie reviews and previews at GamesRadar+.