8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
This short will only appeal to those with a prior interest in either yoga or naturism. Such viewers are likely to find it interesting and inspiring.
tmf from Southampton, England
17 May 2002
In 1986, this film was transmitted by Channel 4 in UK - probably gaining
more viewers in that one showing than in all other screenings. It is
definitely not an instructional film, and the information content is low.
This doesn't matter (unless the viewer is seeking those aspects - which is
possible and the reason why my vote is no higher than 6/10) because the
object seems to have been to inspire.
Yoga and naturism go well together, and there is some overlap of interest
these two minority pursuits. "Naked Yoga" succeeds in encouraging those
have only experienced one of these to try the other. It does this in spite
of an over-emphasis on "psychedelic" visuals of manipulated images from
Eastern art, and a score which is best described as "hippy
The core of the film is the presentation of a range of yoga postures
("asanas" - none of which are named) shown by four supple young ladies.
Three are filmed in the open air of Cyprus, one in a UK studio. All are
clearly experienced in yoga, and some shots illustrate beautifully the
importance of breathing rhythms in the practise of the
It is probable that some will regard this film as aimed at voyeurs - I
such views are misguided and unfair, and I also think a voyeur would be
disappointed! On the other hand, the way the participants are limited to
good-looking young women does invite such criticism, and I regret that a
wider range of humanity was not on show.
Complementing the visuals is a commentary discoursing on Buddhist
and its links with yoga. This is delivered in the wonderful gravel voice
UK blues legend Alexis Korner.
If you are interested in either naturism or yoga, I recommend this film
strongly. Unfortunately, it has never been available on commercial video
DVD, so the best one can hope for is to attempt to track down an off-air
recording of the UK broadcast.
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