Are they practicing breath control? No. Are they practicing postures? No. Are they desperately seeking meaning and a connection with divinity? Yes. Are they pulled in one direction by the wants of the body, and in another direction by the wants of the spirit? Yes. Do they cope day to day with grim realities of suffering and loss in a place where, “gravity is stronger and you can feel it pulling you closer into the earth everyday”. Yes.
These are the very themes of yoga. Beautifully captured in picture and sound in the 2003 film “Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus“.