Competitive yoga is a concept I’ve only recently become acquainted with, and I feel kinda mixed about it.
Seemed interesting enough at first: flexible yogis from all around the world coming together to show their stuff. They’re certainly athletes: toned, strong bodied folks who’ve spent years devoted to their practice. And yoga is everywhere these days: it seemed like the next natural step I guess.
But as far as a ‘competition’ goes, I still don’t get it. In a practice that encourages self-reflection and personal growth, it seems bizarre for yogis to ‘compete’ with one another. That said, the competitions themselves are pretty awesome to watch (see video below of L.A. yoga winner Joseph hitting a Scorpion pose that’ll make you squirm…. umm, WOW).
But now, some devoted yogis want to take things to the next level.
Bikram Choudhury (the founder of Bikram Yoga) has come out in support of the idea of including competitive yoga in the Olympics. And he’s not alone. Many yogis consider themselves athletes and would love the opportunity to compete against each other. Similar to Olympic sports such as ice skating and gymnastics, the scoring would be subjective with judges scoring each athlete. The poses would be pre-determined I imagine? There’s no scoring for breathing or endurance: just how they look in the pose and how well they can do it.
Now some would say that people who are double jointed or naturally flexible would have an advantage. It’s kinda true. But many athletes have natural advantages: basketball players have height, gymnasts tend to be smaller, pole vaulters tend to have longer legs etc. We all use what we have to make the most of it, and these advantages may be the reason we tend to gravitate towards certain sports or hobbies (basketball was NOT my favorite and because I’m at a vertical disadvantage I probably avoided it more than I would have if I were taller. Which means I never practiced and never got good at it. Sigh. I’ll never be a basketball star, lol). I don’t think natural advantages are necessarily unfair: it’s just human. We all get what we get, and work with what we have.
Personally, I don’t see anything WRONG with including yoga in the Olympics, and while I’m sure not every yogi wants to compete this way, there are MANY practitioners who should be given the opportunity to do so if they wish. Yoga competitions have been held around the world for hundreds of years, afterall. Still… something bugs me about it. I’m worried about possible injuries from people who are suddenly ‘competing’ in their yoga sessions. Plus, I’d be scared it would turn some people away from yoga, intimidating them if you will. Not all poses are possible for everyone, or even safe, no matter how much they practice.
But on the other hand, I kinda love seeing yogi’s do their flexy thing. I can’t look away! It’s mindboggling.
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Thoughts? Should yoga be included in the Olympics?
If you’re watching the Oscars tonight, why not get a little workout time in? This game is designed for you to play along as the winner’s are announced. Simply follow the instructions per category & make a little room to move in front of the TV!
If you’re watching with friends, you can guess the winners and take a break if you’re right or you get to decide the workout ‘punishment’ for those who got it wrong. Have fun with it and feel free to swap any of the exercises for different ones.
Bonus! Commercial Cardio
Alternate between 2 moves during a few of the commercial breaks for a bonus heart rate boost! Choose one of the workout combos below, and do the 2 moves for one commercial each and repeat until the broadcast restarts.
A. High Knees & Squats
B. Jumping Jacks & Alternating Lunges
C. Burpees & Squat Hold
D. Quick Feet & Plank
Oscars Workout Game
Here’s the list of nominees & instructions to play along!
Hold the assigned pose through the entire acceptance speech (starting at the announcement of the winner )
‘The Artist’ - Plank Hold
‘The Descendants’ - Squat Hold
‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’ - Cobra Pose
‘The Help’ - Wide Squat Hold (Plie on toes).
‘Hugo’ - Downward Dog
‘Midnight in Paris’ - Plank Hold
‘Moneyball’- Squat Hold
‘The Tree of Life’- Cobra Pose
‘War Horse’ - Wide Squat Hold (Plie on toes).