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Tuesday, February 17, 2021

the competition
Coming soon to an Olympics near you (yes, seriously), it’s yoga as practiced in competition.

The rules have to get around the challenge of achieving mind-body harmony within the competitive arena:

The end goal of all yoga is to get to samadhi, a state of enlightened bliss where the ego separates from the self and the practitioner realizes that he’s powerless to control the vagaries of an endlessly shifting universe. Obviously, this can’t be quantified. Instead, yoga competitions involve various asanas, or poses, within hatha, the physical branch of yoga. As in diving, figure skating, or Platonic philosophy, there’s an ideal form.

The competition involves five compulsory poses: standing-head-to-knee, which goes just as it sounds; standing bow, in which you balance on one leg with one arm extended forward and the other arm drawing back the lifted leg; bow pose, in which, on the floor, you grab both feet with your hands and arch back; “rabbit,” which involves scrunching up into a little ball; and a seated forward stretch. After that, the competitors get to pick two optional poses, where they can really strut. They have three minutes to complete the routine, or else they get penalized.

I’m imagining much chest-bumping after your synchronized yogi-mate nails that rabbit pose.

Two thoughts from me:

1. Suddenly, Wii Fit Yoga — which I had considered antithetical by nature of combining videogaming with a meditative-based regimen — makes a lot of sense.

2. For some reason, I want to see what would happen if the Master of the Flying Guillotine were to bust in on one of these yoga-thons.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 02/17/2009 11:03 AM
Category: Creative, Other Sports, Videogames
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  1. DOGGIE-STYLE YOGA…

    We’ve already seen hockey-training yoga, facial-exercising yoga, and Olympic-level competitive yoga.
    So given that context, doga, or tag-team yoga with your pooch, isn’t really all that far out.
    Appropriate or not, this is how it works: Do……

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