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

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:02pm
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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