The sport of yoga asana has been celebrated in the United States for over a decade. Inspired by a long-standing tradition of holding yoga competitions in India, the United States Yoga Federation (USA Yoga) has run regional and national championships for 11 years. Top placements are sent to compete at the global level.
On May 31, 2014, the best of the best will compete onstage when London hosts the World Yoga Sports Championship, run by the International Yoga Sports Federation. Yoga competitors from over 25 countries will gather and cheer one another on. After all, the event inspires a spirit of camaraderie and support.
As with any new sport, the rules are continually being refined to promote a level playing field and encourage healthy competition. 2014 marks two firsts: Competitions now include a seniors division, and it is the first time ever that former international champions will be able to defend their titles. In previous years international champions proudly wore their badges of honor but weren’t able to participate in future competitions. All that’s changed.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Nationals are impending — they’ll be held in San Antonio, Texas, March 14 through March 16, 2014. Former international champions — Joseph Encinia, Jared McCann, and Gloria Suen, among others — will grace the stage alongside those up-and-coming to compete for a spot in the Worlds.