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WHY? yoga competitions: Bikram asana competition, NY regional yoga championships

Posted Oct 29 2009 11:02pm 1 Comment
Ick. This whole thing makes my tummy tense up. First, we've got last weekend's New York Regional Yoga Championships. Then the winners head on to the Yoga World Championships, being held in LA in February. And some crew of "yogis" wants yoga to be entered into the Olympics as a sport, by 2020. Vanity Fair's Anna Kavaliunas reports on it. The pics are at least impressive. Bikram's 7th Annual Asana Competition was also just a few days ago.

Here's what I have to report:
Yoga is NOT about competition. Yoga IS about managing our ego, not letting it run the show. (Among other amazing, life-boosting, personally-challenging aims, bien sur.)

Here's a vid from New York mag at the Bikram competition:


Anyone have some insight into why we would want yoga to be considered a competitive sport?

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Hello Lindsey.

I have two thoughts in reply to your question.

The first is that we have guidance from the Yoga Sutras on how to deal with the four conditions we meet in our living. These are outlined in 1:33 (pada 1 sutra 33). Having that direction I try not to put too much energy into those who've opted for another direction in yoga.

The second thought is a refrence to the Kleshas, five of the 15 obstacles on the path of yoga which prevent us from evolving (mindfully), transforming, becoming, dare I say, enlightened. I believe those five obstacles aptly describe the situation and I encourage others to go off and read up on avidya, asmita, raga, dvesha, and abhinivesha.

 

gordon 

 

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