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Watch Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey

(160) 8.1 107 min 2018

Feature documentary on the life, struggle, and teaching of world-renowned yogi BKS Iyengar.

Genres
Documentary
Director
Jake Clennell

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Monday, 25 May 2020 15:49

I would not say that this is a very accurate film. The whole concept of an underground yoga community is a bit exaggerated. It's the traditional practice of Yogis and a few other traditions that are somewhat suppressed in India. Yoga is not as "authentic" as the people who practice it, but it's still a part of the fabric of the culture. This film did a very good job of highlighting the problems of the cult, and also making it seem as if there are other ways to pursue a spiritual path in India. For those who don't know, India is very religious and very patriarchal. Women are discouraged from practicing yoga or any other kind of spirituality. So the cult's followers are very isolated and extreme, and are forced to remain celibate. In the film, the people who practice yoga are portrayed as very traditional and conservative, and are considered "non-rejecting". They believe that sex outside of marriage is bad and they are very careful about what they do with their bodies. I don't think that's the case, but the group is portrayed as being very strict. This is something that is very strange for a culture that has had many generations of experimentation with sexuality and body image. They believe that sex is bad and that they are "sinners". I was very impressed with this film. It showed that the women are not like the men who practice yoga. They are very much like women in general, and this was a good representation of the women of India. The documentary was very informative and I really enjoyed it.


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