I recently came across an article about the Yoga Championship held in Washington DC. Immediately, I had a negative feeling towards it and questioned why?
The idea of Yoga becoming a “sport” is concerning. In my personal life yoga is a practice and way of living. When you see others who can do certain poses to their full potential you have great admiration but, never a sense of envy. In labeling Yoga as a sport and placing it in a competitive arena you lose the essence of yoga, it is actually no longer yoga. It disturbs me that many individuals will be introduced to yoga in this fashion losing the beauty and true essence of it. I hope other true yoga practitioners will also speak up towards this issue.
What a contradiction a competition is to yoga… when your students sit or lay down at the beginning the class one of the first things a true teacher is taught to say is, “yoga is not a competition, listen to your body be aware of your strengths and weaknesses.”
Read more about the Yoga Championship here.