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

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

Jake Clennell

All Systems Operational

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Sunday, 06 Sep 2020 15:26

I am a graduate student in Yoga at the University of British Columbia and have always been fascinated by the story of a young man named Gurdjieff, one of the founders of yoga in Russia and who is one of the most prolific teachers in North America. I'm a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to yoga and I can think of no better representation of yoga in the modern world than the story of Gurdjieff. Most people seem to know nothing about the man or his teachings, and the majority of the documentary focuses on his guru, Isha Jalaal, a character that is even more fascinating than Gurdjieff himself. The film is divided into three distinct sections that discuss Gurdjieff's philosophy of life, a little bit of his history, and his interaction with other great teachers. The first part of the film is an introduction of the man, who gives us an overview of his life and experiences. I was surprised to find out that Gurdjieff lived alone and never had a girlfriend. I also found out that he was not very religious, preferring to use his yoga to heal the soul rather than to change things in his life. The second section of the film is about his relationship with his mentor, Isha Jalaal, who taught Gurdjieff that yoga could help people in all types of situations. At first he seems to be completely in love with Isha Jalaal, but eventually he realizes that Isha has some bad things in his past that aren't going to change. After some discussions with Isha, Gurdjieff realizes that he needs to make changes in his life to become more like Isha Jalaal. The third part of the film, which is devoted to the other great teachers in yoga, is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. They're a group of teachers who teach yoga in a way that is based on the scriptures, as opposed to modern yoga classes that use books and props to convey the teachings. They teach yoga in a way that you need to be in yoga practice before you can even begin to understand the content of the class. The lessons in the classes are sometimes very difficult to understand and even painful, but they teach the teachings in a way that is far more practical and makes you realize that yoga is a way to connect with the earth and the planet. This is the part of the film that I found the most interesting. I'd recommend this film to anyone who is interested in learning more about the life of a great teacher. I highly recommend this film because it is a documentary that is very personal and well-made.

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