Yoga, the new olympic sport?
“Competitive yoga” isn’t a phrase you hear everyday, but it’s fast becoming a popular arena of the sports world. Although it’s not your typical sport with balls, baskets, or goals, it does involve scores and rules.
The focus stems on the precision of the yoga poses and posture, informs Rajashree Choudhury, founder of USA Yoga. It is this organization that will host the upcoming National Yoga Asana Championship. NBC Sports reports that participants are required to do a set of seven yoga poses in three minutes. There are five mandatory: standing head-to-knee pose, standing bow-pulling pose, bow pose, rabbit pose, and stretching pose. The last two are entirely up to the contender.
Enthusiasts of yoga, United States Yoga Federation, are vying to introduce it as a sport in the Olympic Games, specifically, the art of yoga asana, or posture. This idea has not been particularly favorably among regular crowds however. According to an ongoing Seattle Times poll, an overwhelming majority are against introducing yoga as a competitive sport.
While some say yoga would not be fun without competition, there is opposition among yoga participants. Leigh Evans, a senior yoga instrcutor of Brooklyn’s Greenhouse Holistic yoga studio stated, “Aren’t there enough things in our world that feed the competitive mind? Bending yoga to fit this already twisted mind state, instead of allowing it to expand our consciousness, is a misuse of the great gifts that are the potential of the practice.”
What do you think? Competitive yoga, yay or nay?