Mary Elizabeth wrote in the previous post that she “can’t help but think that the emphasis on asanas has contorted not only many bodies, but also our minds, and has encouraged narcissism on and off the mat.”
A yoga instructor in this article states:
“‘Anybody who doesn’t believe it’s a sport should come take a yoga class,’ said yoga instructor Robyn Riconosciuto, who attended the championships to support some of her students who were competing, ‘There’s balance, grace and athleticism. I think they deserve recognition for the strength they have.’”
You know what type of yoga championship I’d like to see? One where people are sitting in meditation:
without twitching and picking their feet after two minutes..
not looking for a wall to support themselves after one minute;
not picking the lint off their yoga pants…
not picking at their cuticles…
not jumping when someone coughs, a door is slammed, or a lawnmower starts up….
not looking around to see what other people are doing.
THAT would be a true yoga championship!
Do you have any other true tests?