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Joga i jogini w „Klanie”
Yoga and yogis in „Klan”

Author(s): Małgorzata Rygielska
Subject(s): Cultural history, History of ideas, Culture and social structure , Film / Cinema / Cinematography, History of Religion
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: series; „Klan”; soap opera; yoga as physical exercise; yoga popularization
Summary/Abstract: Klan (The Clan), one of the most famous and popular Polish television series, aired for over twenty years on Channel One of the Polish Television, is considered by film scholars to be a soap opera or a family saga. Characteristics of the series include: the correspondence of film time and real time, continuity, multi-threading, as well as the assumption of reflecting non-film reality and at the same time modeling it by influencing the audience. The theme of yoga and yogis in Klan have appeared relatively recently. This theme has been recurring with varying frequency for several years. It was preceded by the publication of a book by Paulina Holtz (the actress who plays the character Agnieszka Lubicz in Klan) and her trainer Ewelina Godlewska, entitled Po pierwsze joga (First of All Yoga) (2015). Yoga is presented in Klan primarily as a form of physical exercise, positively affecting many aspects of the human psychophysical condition. It takes a skeptical and distanced approach to the forms of “Orientalizing” yoga present in contemporary culture, which is sometimes presented as a complex system of exercises associated with an eclectic mix of selected elements from different cultures, religions, and philosophical systems. The series promotes a healthy lifestyle, which may or may not include yoga, promoted as a recommended exercise for all, regardless of age and physical condition.

  • Page Range: 91-106
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: Polish