That's a question we never thought we'd have to ask, but apparently people are actually pushing for this.
Rajashree Choudhury, the founder of Yoga USA, is already holding the National Yoga Asana Championship March 2-4, but also wants to see the exercise become an Olympic sport.
If you're wondering as to how the athletes would be judged, Choudhury says, "The posture can be competitive.”
In the upcoming competition, participants are required to do a series of seven yoga poses in three minutes, which will effectively demonstrate "perfect strength, balance, flexibility in the body."
The national championship is expecting 1st and 2nd place finisher from 32 state championships and the winner will then go on to compete in the international competition taking place right here in El Lay this June!
We had no idea yoga had this competitive edge! Choudhury says these types of competitions are not unheard of in other countries like India, where yoga was born, but other instructors like Roseanne Harvey insists, "what we’re trying to do is encourage students not to compete.”
In all honesty, we don't have much of an opinion as to whether or not people should practice yoga competitively.
Just like yoga can be used to relax and release your body's negative energy (and other spiritual stuff like that), people shoot hoops, toss a football and swing clubs at the driving range to unwind in their spare time. Those also happen to be central activities in highly competitive and popular sports such as basketball, football and golf, so why not add yoga to the list?
As far as the hobby becoming an internationally recognized Olympic sport…? We wonder if spectators would even care to watch it, but then again, every sport has to start somewhere.
Do U think we'll be seeing an Olympic yogi gracing a box of Wheaties or telling us to "Eat Fresh" at Subway anytime soon?
[Image via WENN.]
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