Press Esc to close
Friday 24 February 2017
News updated at 2:07 AM IST
Weather
Max: 35.2°C
Min : 19.2°C
In Bengaluru
clear sky

US holds national yoga championship

New York, Mar 5, 2012, (PTI)
Over 150 competitors from across the US presented their best yoga poses at the national yoga championship held here, seeking to impress the judges and the audience with the flexibility, balance and precision of their postures.

The ninth edition of the National Yoga Asana hampionship, hosted by the United States Yoga Federation, was held over the weekend in Manhattan with participants, including children, coming from 32 US states.

Competitors were judged on their technical precision, physical presentation, ease of movement and balance as they completed seven postures in three minutes.
The audience watched in pin-drop silence as the participants twisted and stretched their limbs, sliding their legs behind their heads and curling into back bends.

The seven postures included standing head to knee pose, standing bow pulling pose, bow pose, rabbit pose and stretching pose.

Rajashree Choudhury, founder of the US Yoga federation, said the competition does not judge the moral discipline or the meditative aspect of yoga but instead aims to judge the execution of the yoga asanas.

"We want more people, especially young children, to take up yoga. Such competitions help spread awareness about the benefits of yoga and inform people that yoga is not just about meditation and spirituality," Choudhury told PTI.

She said she intends to work with schools across the US to get yoga included as a sport for children.

"Apart from being beneficial as a sport, yoga will help children in other aspects of their life too," Choudhury added.

Choudhury is wife of renowned yoga instructor Bikram Choudhury, who established the Bikram Yoga form of hot yoga that is conducted in a room heated to 104 degrees fahrenheit.

She said her organisation's aim is to get the yoga asanas included as an Olympic sport.
At the competition, the audience watched in amazement and gasped as they saw participants perform difficult and varied postures such as the scorpion pose, lotus and tiger pose, peacock pose and guillotine pose.

The participants, dressed in swimwear, did back-bending handstands, deep forward bends where the head and arms slid behind the legs and stood hands to heart, with one leg locked behind their heads.

The competitors were also judged on the ease with which they switched between postures and the calm they displayed as they tried to maintain their balance standing on their fingers, on one leg or with their limbs crossed.

Afton Carraway, a former dancer from Florida won the women's championship while Jared McCann, a yoga teacher from New York, was the men's winner.

They will represent the United States in June at the Bishnu Charan Ghosh Cup, an international championship in Los Angeles.

 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A boy carrying his grand father for casting during the 4th phase of assembly elections...

A boy carrying his grand father for casting during the 4th phase of assembly elections...

NSUI activists participating in peace unity march at Delhi University in New Delhi...

NSUI activists participating in peace unity march at Delhi University in New Delhi...

A man dressed as Hindu Lord Shiva performs during a religious procession ahead of the Hindu...

A man dressed as Hindu Lord Shiva performs during a religious procession ahead of the Hindu...

An elderly woman with her goat at the parched bed of a pond in a village in Hubli district...

An elderly woman with her goat at the parched bed of a pond in a village in Hubli district...

An airplane carrying rejected asylum-seekers taxis to the take-off runway at the airport...

An airplane carrying rejected asylum-seekers taxis to the take-off runway at the airport...

Artist K P Satish Babu and team presentation a Doll Dance at the Nirantharam National Music...

Artist K P Satish Babu and team presentation a Doll Dance at the Nirantharam National Music...

Fake notes of Rs 2000 which were dispensed by an SBI ATM in south Delhi...

Fake notes of Rs 2000 which were dispensed by an SBI ATM in south Delhi...

Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani gives envelop to a newly married couple of Brahmin Community.

Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani gives envelop to a newly married couple of Brahmin Community.

Tigers playing with each other in cage at Sarthana National Park (Surat) in Surat...

Tigers playing with each other in cage at Sarthana National Park (Surat) in Surat...

Akshar Yoga chain members performs stunts during the awareness programme on self defense ...

Akshar Yoga chain members performs stunts during the awareness programme on self defense ...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523