‘Hot’ Yoga Burns Bright

October 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

CNN’s 60 Minutes segments are among the most capturing examples of video journalism that I’ve ever seen. My absolute favorite piece aired in June 2005, and it introduces the public to Bikram Choudhury (reported by Mika Brzezinski). The subtitle reads: “Meet Bikram Choudhury, the Indian yoga guru whose copyrighted postures done in 100-degree heat have been practiced by more than a million students.”

 Tell me that doesn’t sound fascinating.

During the time the piece was made there had already been a few articles written about Choudhury, and he already had quite the following. What Brzezinski did was focus heavily on Choudhury’s personal story as well as his philosophy about his yoga. Rather than just discussing the risk involved she allows Choudhury to tell the world why he created it and got up close and personal with who this ‘yoga man’ really was. She actually forces herself through one of his sessions, and included footage from it in the piece (even though it was a little embarrassing for her) so that her  commentary had validity.  She reports on what Choudhury said, even though it was a little outlandish ex) Ex-President Nixon personally invited him to live in the U.S.  I think if more public figures got the chance to whole-heartedly tell their stories via video journalism (like many 60 Minutes pieces) then the world of news would make more sense to more viewers.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=700556n <<– here is the link until I can upload the video!

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