Breath of the Gods

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Breath of the Gods – A Journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga
Directed byJan Schmidt-Garre
Written byJan Schmidt-Garre
Produced byMarieke Schroeder
CinematographyDiethard Prengel
Edited byGaby Kull-Neujahr
Music bySorabji, Rachmaninov, Medtner, Feuchtwanger, Borodin, Zeckwer, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakoff
PARS Media
Release date
  • 5 January 2012 (2012-01-05) (Germany)
Running time
105 minutes

Breath of the Gods – A Journey to the Origins of Modern Yoga (German: Der atmende Gott – Reise zum Ursprung des modernen Yoga) is a 2012 German documentary about the origins of modern yoga as exercise in the life and work of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya.


Jan Schmidt-Garre depicts the life and work of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya by interviewing people who knew him. He is told how and why this pioneer started to run a public Hatha yoga school and shares the information with the audience. Contemporary shots are intercut with historical footage. Thus he explores questions which are crucial for Western adepts, such as whether Hatha Yoga really is of ancient origin and whether it is free from religion or interwoven with hinduistic beliefs. Finally he reveals that Krishnamacharya regularly attended a temple where was inspired by ancient pictures of an ancient demonstrating asanas.

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Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 44% of nine surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 5.2/10.[1] Siobhan Synnot of The Scotsman wrote, "True believers may be riveted by this earnest salute to the sun, but for others this enthusiastic showcase of impressively bendy people stretches the patience at 105 minutes."[2] Mike McCahill of The Guardian rated it 2/5 stars and called it "wearyingly attenuated".[3] Patrick Peters of Empire rated it 3/5 stars and called it a "lyrical, thoughtful, moving pilgrimage".[4] Kevin Harley of Total Film rated it 3/5 stars and wrote that "it lacks narrative momentum but not warm humour or extreme headstands".[5] Umut Gunduz of Little White Lies wrote that the film is ruined by the host's lack of knowledge about the topic.[6] Allan Hunter of the Daily Express called it "a surprisingly engaging documentary".[7]


  1. ^ "Breath Of The Gods (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  2. ^ Synnot, Siobhan (21 July 2013). "Film reviews: The Wolverine | Blackfish". The Scotsman. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  3. ^ McCahill, Mike (21 February 2013). "Breath of the Gods – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  4. ^ Peters, Patrick. "Breath Of The Gods". Empire. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  5. ^ Harley, Kevin (15 February 2013). "Breath Of The Gods". Total Film. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  6. ^ Gunduz, Umut (22 February 2013). "Breath Of The Gods Review". Little White Lies. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  7. ^ Hunter, Allan (22 February 2013). "Breath of The Gods: Film Review and Trailer". Daily Express. Retrieved 21 August 2014.

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