Who says yoga can’t be competitive? Although for some a yoga competition might defeat the purpose of yoga, there’s in fact an international champion (based upon this case on Bikram Yoga) but there are whisperings too that they want to be identified as an Olympic sport.

For the last seven years individuals of all cultures and all strolls have actually life have actually taken a trip from across the globe to take part in the International Yoga Asana Championship (Bishnu Charan Ghosh cup). There are 2 divisions to the champion – adult and youth. Adult applies to any individual over 18, and youth to people between the ages of 11 and 17.

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There’s a male and female winner for each division. In order to compete candidates should put initially or second in a Championship game. In order to compete in a National Championship they’ve to place initially or second in a regional champion. The Toronto Regional Champion was held last Saturday at the Revue Movie theater with guest judge Esak Garcia. He’s a background both in Capoeira and Bikram yoga. He won the Bishnu Charan Ghosh cup in 2005.

Participants had three minutes to demonstrate 7 postures. Five were mandatory from the beginner Bikram Yoga series, and two were optional. The mandatory asanas were standing go to knee position, standing bow pulling, bow posture, bunny present, and stretching pose. We attempted to go, but were running late (from yoga class) and were really declined at the door due to the fact that they were at complete capability. It appears that competitive yoga has ended up being rather popular. This represents a huge change from the year before, and reveals the growing awareness of yoga and yoga competitors.

Competitive yoga, although still an oxymoron in North America has been practiced in India for over 2000 years. They take place all over the country. There are numerous companies out there such as the International Federation of Yoga Sports that sponsor these champions. Often historically, the competitors have gone additionally than simply pure physical form, they commonly are mental and spiritual competitions too. Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Expert Maharaj launched the Pondicherry Yoga Asana Association in 1975, therefore pioneering the yoga asana champion.

In spite of the apparent taboo around connecting the words yoga and competition, lots of have actually stated that the competition really occurs within the individual, as they look for to press their own restrictions. As in gymnastics, participants are individually ranked, not compared to each other. Which is much like the practice of yoga – you’re regularly pressing your own limits to see exactly what you and your body are capable of.

Is it right or wrong to compete in yoga? Personally I don’t believe it affects anybody’s specific practice. Those who compete decide to contend, and those who choose not to do not need to. Now that yoga belongs to the mainstream in North American life taking it that one step further is inevitable. The concern continues to be about whether the more spiritual side of yoga will ever enter a North American competitors.