Saturday, March 5, 2011

Yoga in the Olympics?

"USA Yoga is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of developing and promoting Yoga Asana (yoga postures) as a sport."

"USA Yoga's goal is to join with similar organizations in other countries to form an international yoga federation and to qualify Yoga Asana as an Olympic sport."

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I love competitive sports and I love watching the Olympics but I probably won't join this organization. Competitive yoga somehow seems an oxymoron. I agree that the competition will encourage yogis to improve their practice and entice more newcomers to yoga. But does it mean that someone who can twist herself into a pretzel is a better practitioner than one who cannot? I don't think so.

What do you think?


  1. Yoga is all about "your" mind, "your" body, and "your" soul whereas a competition has winners and loosers. In yoga you can never be a looser and you do not compete against others you practice simply to feel better with your own self and pass that calmness of you into others.
    For us, we feel the same, that yoga is not a competitive sport and if it will feature in the Olympics we fear that people might start to think about it that way.
    Namaste for the post x

  2. Thanks for your thoughts, thepoweryogaco. Namaskaram


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