For the over-worked and anxiety-ridden, yoga can be a great way to relax. So just in case it becomes too relaxing, why not turn it into a competition we can stress about?
While we’re at it, why not ramp up the pressure and turn it into an Olympic sport? USA Yoga, which is campaigning to get yoga asana, or posture yoga, recognized as just that, will be putting on the National Yoga Asana Championship on March 2-4 in New York.
During the competition, participants will assume yoga poses before a panel of judges. In three minutes, each competitor will perform five mandatory postures — standing head-to-knee pose, standing bow-pulling pose, bow pose, rabbit pose, and stretching pose. After that, they’ll perform two poses of their choosing. The poses are meant to exemplify “how someone can have perfect strength, balance, flexibility in the body,” Rajashree Choudhury, founder of USA Yoga, told…
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