Limber up, folks. The Yoga Olympics are inevitable.
We’ll just leave this right here:
Think you can do a perfect surya namaskar? You could be up for a medal later this year. International Yoga Day promises to be bigger and better, with “Olympic-type” competition likely to be on the cards.
That’s from Friday’s Economic Times.
“We are thinking about having an Olympic-type yoga competition in Delhi this year for two days before June 21 (Yoga Day),” said Yoga Minister Shripad Yesso Naik.
International Yoga Day became an official global event last year to the excitement of many and the trepidation of others. Politics are too intertwined with the motivation behind India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push for the day, some say, and that may very well be true. India’s government has been pushing hard in general to reclaim the practice that originated in their homeland, which is pretty fair enough, since for the past few decades the West has pretty much done what they wanted with it. But maybe the curious part is how Modi’s government is set on riding that trendy wave to “take yoga “to the masses” rather than dialing it back to its roots.
The reason for this new Olympic-like competition is to make yoga even bigger and more popular. The idea is to “create a new generation (of yoga practioners) [sic],”said Naik. “When it becomes a competition, the new generation becomes interested.”
Though yoga competitions have been around in India for a while now – the Bikram duo are famous champions – an organized event this big and “Olympic”-esque and sponsored by the Indian government is something new.