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YOGA – THE ART OF LIVING

A journey into the heart of yoga.

People of every cultural and religious background, age and ability practice yoga. Modern “lifestyle yoga” which is very popular in the West is generally limited to the physical asanas, while the original yoga teachings, which are more than 4,000 years old, combine physical and spiritual exercises into one holistic concept. This is the focus of our documentary: the source of yoga, far removed from modern commercial excesses. We accompany a group of Western pilgrims who are undertaking a pilgrimage to Rishikesh, the yoga capital. From there they continue to Uttarkarshi, an ashram deep in the Himalayas. Far from the stresses of everyday life, the pilgrims experience the true meaning of yoga, allowing the viewer deep insights into this philosophy. With warm-hearted protagonists and colourful imagery, the film penetrates the very heart of yoga. In a visually appealing way, it shows that yoga not only brings us closer to the important values such as dedication, mindfulness and detachment from material things, but that it is also very much a practical way of life, full of joy and humour, in both the West and its country of origin, India.

Length: 52’ HD
Film by Solveig Klaßen
Production TAG/TRAUM for ZDF/ARTE, 2013
Original title: Yoga – Die Kunst des Lebens / Yoga, l’art de vivre

online screening – German version

online screening – French version

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