Mysore: The cradle of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga
This is a city full of contrast. In Mysore, a modern Indian city with approximately 900,000 inhabitants, the millennia-old tradition of yoga is still alive today. Magnificent temples and colorful statues share an urban landscape with a bustling economy thanks to the strong presence of the IT sector. How was it possible to establish a community in an environment where the traditional values of Ashtanga yoga have been practiced for generations? Furthermore, what does the community look like today and who are its central representatives?
Mysore Yoga Traditions – Perspectives of a fascinating culture
These are precisely the questions that Andrew Eppler and his team have sought to answer in their film. The fruits of their labor, a documentary film titled "Mysore Yoga Traditions" presents us with a unique, behind-the-scenes look at Ashtanga yoga, while at the same time shedding light on the worldview and social background of the yoga community in Mysore. There are captivating interviews with high-ranking government officials, philosophy scholars from the renowned Sanskrit College and even with the Queen of Mysore: each conveying vivid and fascinating insight on how the tradition of yoga has spread across the globe.
Eastern tradition in the modern-day West
At the same time, the film seeks to bridge "Eastern" thought and culture with contemporary "Western" perceptions. How has a practice such as the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga that we know today emerged? What role did teachers like Desikachar, BKS Iyengar and Patthabi Jois play? And just how old are these exercises and series that we practice today? These are just a few of the questions that the film crew asked - and the responses are rather shocking.
Let the film "Mysore Yoga Traditions" carry you away on a journey through the exciting world of Ashtanga yoga as you have never seen it before, and perhaps gain a whole new perspective on this fascinating tradition...