Two weeks ago we posed the precarious question: Competitive Yoga: Vicious or Vindicated? and more essentially “can you win at yoga?” And not surprisingly lots of YD readers piped up with a range of steamed and thoughtful opinions. But what we didn’t expect was a personal response from the blog at Bikram NYC! Yoga Lily stepped on the stage to defend it bending like Bikram:
Yoga Lily would like to go on record as saying that every person who does yoga is a winner. And that “yoga competition” might be a misnomer, more accurately called a posture competition. Yoga is much more than physical skill, to say the least, but the competition is only about physical skill, only about one limb of the magnificent, munificent body of yoga.
The next bit launches into a comparison of yoga and skiiing, how leisure is fun but the competition is joyless (or something like that, we didn’t quite get it).
Likewise, a yoga competition, which Bikram is campaigning for to be included in the international Olympics, is about perfection of the physical aspects of yoga. Enlightenment has nothing to do with it.
OK then, there you go! Questions? Comments? Concerns?
We give Yoga Lily props, because she’s a Bikrammy and doesn’t have any! harr No really, we appreciate her coming out in defense of what she, and fellow competitors believe in. Surely there are plenty who agree with her, including one Asana Champion hopeful, Dana Ostermiller who was disqualified at last week’s regional Montana Asana Championships in Missoula.
“Well I got disqualified because I went over three minutes, you need to keep your routine within three minutes, but that doesn’t matter to me. I wasn’t intending to do anything other than to participate so it went great. I feel like I got up there which was courageous it was a good thing to be apart of” she said.
Better luck next year! If Bikram gets his way you only have 6 years to cut it down for the Olympics! The Asana Championship involves 7 postures, the first 5 are compulsory, and the last 2 are yogi’s choice. What we wanna know is who’s got the mega ton atomic balls to compete next year and throw in a down dog!? chaturanga? hehe