“Inner peace and spirituality can suck it!”
We heart Tim Murphy! The yogi who looks like he just sashayed out of a pub into class. A salty downdog if you will.
New York Mag sent Tim to bravely venture into the twisted world of competitive yoga at the 7th Annual Yoga Asana Competition in NYC, October 25. He made it out in one piece, all limbs attached (we think). Check out the video featuring Bikram NYC co-founder, Donna Rubin and Mrs. Bikram herself, Rajashree Choudhury. Though it certainly looks like a Bikram yoga competition, we are led to believe it is equal opportunity asana. Also featured, gumby yogis and the less fortunate shots of wobbler pose.
Tim: What are you looking for in competitors?
Rajashree: Total poise, beauty, balance, strength and flexibility.
They promise it is not a beauty competition, and they do not judge yoga, they’re just judging you see? On a points system. So if you wobble, can’t get your head between your legs, burp in the middle of rabbit pose, minus 2 points! Only beautiful pretzels win top prize.
How do YOU feel about competitive yoga? Is it an oxymoron? Is it American? Is it Indian? Don’t forget both Bikram (the ‘Don’) and Rajashree have won pretzel championships in their native country.
Yoga Lily at BikramYogaNYC blog says “The event was a study in the biomechanics of grace. Far from the tumult of winning and losing and egotism…” Hmm, except it’s competition, in which the very definition means rivalry in contest to win. Can you win at yoga?
ps. Bikram et al are still trying to bring it to the Olympics 2016.