His investigation led him quickly to Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, the man widely regarded as the 'father of modern yoga'. A picture of this influential teacher and scholar, who lived to the age of one hundred, is gradually painted through the recollections of prominent students and family. Two of his pupils have gone on to become enormously important teachers in their own right, Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar. Both men, who have continued to teach and practice will into their nineties, have been instrumental as yoga has spread to the west.
Discussions of technique and the underlying philosophy can run a little long if viewers are not especially engaged with the subject matter but the is largely avoided through the films deceptively leisurely pace. By breaking from interviews to show the bewitching spectacle of masters at work, the film almost envelopes the viewer in its subject languid and reflective aura.
"When you enter that state there is a deep peace, a deep centered-ness, and I would say that there is an increase of clarity from within - when all the chatter of the mind calms down." This may well have been a description not of Breath of the Gods' subject, but the film itself. Whilst enthusiasts and those with a pre-existing interest will certainly take more away from the film, it provides enough interesting material throughout and in fact proves a strangely soothing and relaxing experience in itself.