As if the yoga community hasn’t been shaken enough by the most recent scandals and publishing ventures of certain science writers, now this:
USA Yoga which is sponsoring the National Yoga Asana Championship in New York (2nd – 4th of March) wants yoga asana competition become an Olympic sport.
Deepti Hajela, interviewing USA Yoga founder (and Bikram Choudhury’s wife) Rajashree Choudhury, rightfully asks: ‘Wait, competitive yoga? Isn’t that counterintuitive to something that’s usually presented as a spiritual, meditative discipline?‘
Choudhury begs to differ – mostly because the focus is on the postures. ‘I’m not trying to measure anybody’s ‘eight states,’ she said, referring the meditative and spiritual aspect of yoga practice. ‘The posture can be competitive.‘
So I assume we’ll be seeing something similar to this (do you think India would be Olympic champion? The US?):
Read the full story here and of course enjoy your practice! 🙂