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Should Yoga Be an Olympic Sport?

Sports 2012/03/04 01:12:25
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Apparently competitive yoga actually exists. (We’d never heard of it. Had you?) And now, some competitors envision a day when the “sport” will be covered by ESPN and included in the Olympic Games.

So, you may be wondering, what does competitive yoga actually entail? At the National Yoga Asana Championship (taking place Friday through Sunday in New York), participants have three minutes to perform five required yoga positions, as well as two of their choice. Competitors are scored on proper alignment, timing, and steadiness of holds, and can lose points for things like labored breathing, trembling, or falling out of a posture.



To become an Olympic sport, competitive yoga (aka yoga asana) must be widely practiced in 75 countries and must be voted in by the International Olympic Committee. Currently only about fifteen countries host yoga competitions, but USA Yoga has made it its mission to form an international yoga federation and to qualify yoga asana as an Olympic sport.

Yet, some yogis feel that the practice, which is meant to promote tranquility and meditation, does not belong in competitions at all. Other practitioners, however, especially those from India where yoga asana has a long history, feel that competitions inspire both participants and audiences to engage in deeper, more disciplined yoga practice.

What do you think SodaHeads? It may not happen any time soon, but should yoga be an Olympic sport?

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/sports/new-york-...

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  • shelly.slader 2014/04/15 16:49:11
  • Shanie The Alesana Panda 2013/01/30 17:17:04
    No
    Shanie The Alesana Panda
    Yoga is something that relaxes you. Sports don't relax you,
  • Ron Burgundy "Gentleman Lover" 2013/01/30 17:15:55
    No
    Ron Burgundy "Gentleman Lover"
    no,what the? that's silly lol
  • Luisito 2012/08/01 08:19:40
    No
    Luisito
    Should stupid questions like this be an Olympic sport?...

    Of course NOT!
  • Gunner 2012/05/07 19:49:52
    No
    Gunner
    I don't care what anyone says, it is not a sport!
  • Talmadge Monroe 2012/03/25 15:39:18
    No
    Talmadge Monroe
    Competitive Yoga is an oxymoron
  • BRYAN002 2012/03/21 05:28:26 (edited)
    No
    BRYAN002
    No. Yoga is not a game like football, cricket etc... It is a healthy and calm exercise.



    Trampolines | Bar stools | Bean bags
  • Teresa 2012/03/20 03:15:58
    No
    Teresa
    I thought yoga was supposed to be peaceful...wouldn't competing just stress you out??
  • Steve Boston 2012/03/18 22:00:10
    Yes
    Steve Boston
    +1
    Yes. Right after parallel parking and belching at the dinner table.
  • Ron Bur... Steve B... 2013/01/30 17:16:21
    Ron Burgundy "Gentleman Lover"
    lol
  • I AM A TROUBLEMAKER 2012/03/18 05:21:50
    Yes
    I AM A TROUBLEMAKER
    IT WOULD BE GOOD IF YOGA IS ENCOURAGED
  • landsiscool 2012/03/14 08:05:29
    Undecided
    landsiscool
    No but yes because doing yoga to show your fexibility but if yoga is about being calm and finding you inner peace.
  • SJG 2012/03/13 23:49:56
    Yes
    SJG
    +1
    But only if they perform naked.
  • Ron Bur... SJG 2013/01/30 17:16:41
    Ron Burgundy "Gentleman Lover"
    yeah! lol
  • Harry 2012/03/13 06:05:30
    No
    Harry
    +1
    I am almost of the mind that if you can't keep score, it isn't a sport at all.
  • MaryBoBerry 2012/03/12 17:23:38
    No
    MaryBoBerry
    Haaha,
    "And now (insertNameHere) is taking the floor.....
    Crowd do you see that breathing?!
    Magnificent!"
  • Aksana 2012/03/12 12:44:08
    Yes
    Aksana
    Yes
  • Rocko 2012/03/11 11:39:45
    No
    Rocko
    hahahhahahhahah.....breat breath ..hahhahahhaahahh
    thats so rich thank you i needed a good laugh
    man i though curling was boring
  • cupcakes 2012/03/09 02:37:16
    No
    cupcakes
    +3
    THATS STUPID YOU MIGHT AS WELLL MAKE FARTING AN OLYMPIC SPORT TO
  • SJG cupcakes 2012/03/13 23:50:37
    SJG
    +1
    Where do I sign up??
  • topgundy7 2012/03/08 05:47:43
    No
    topgundy7
    +1
    How is this competitive?
  • Markie 2012/03/06 22:07:59
    No
    Markie
    +1
    Bowling no, checkers no, go fish No and No to Yoga!
  • Wayne TH G 333 2012/03/06 19:30:34
    No
    Wayne TH G 333
    +1
    No but i don't have anything against it, it's just not a sport. Whereas Tug of War on the other hand is and should definately be re-instated in time for the London2012 games. See my poll and vote for tug of war!
    http://www.sodahead.com/enter...
    tugowar
  • SEAL76 2012/03/06 16:45:52
    No
    SEAL76
    +1
    Not unless they bring back rope climbing
  • Wayne T... SEAL76 2012/03/06 19:37:44
    Wayne TH G 333
    Yeah, rope climbing, tug o war and the old favourite swimming obstacle course.
    Vote tug o war comeback at
    http://www.sodahead.com/enter...
  • Billyk75 2012/03/06 16:14:01 (edited)
    Undecided
    Billyk75
    +1
    Why not make masturbating an olympic sport. See who cums in first.
  • Ron Bur... Billyk75 2013/01/30 17:17:19
  • Willski 2012/03/06 15:06:56
    No
    Willski
    i don't like any "sport" that's judged. To much opinion and bias.
    i prefer something that produces quantifialbe statistics, which a pre-determined parameter for best, e.g. the fastest, or the furthest.
    The qualitative nature of this all but negates any fairness. people will be marked down, because one of the judges doesn't like brunettes, or thinks Yoga's not for men. it doesn't work.
  • Ron Bur... Willski 2013/01/30 17:17:46
    Ron Burgundy "Gentleman Lover"
    huh? plain mega-speak please
  • Willski Ron Bur... 2013/01/30 18:03:28
    Willski
    Did it take all 330 of the days since I said that for you to come up with a response, or do you just like to revive dead questions?
  • Ron Bur... Willski 2013/01/30 18:04:51
    Ron Burgundy "Gentleman Lover"
    this is the first time i saw this post
  • Willski Ron Bur... 2013/01/30 18:07:37
    Willski
    Seeing as you've reached level 18 on this site, I assume you've noticed the inovative date feature, and could maybe figure out as it's been the best part of a year since the question was asked, the people in the comments might not jump at the oppurtunity to be mocked.
  • Ron Bur... Willski 2013/01/30 18:16:13
    Ron Burgundy "Gentleman Lover"
    never noticed a date feature
  • Willski Ron Bur... 2013/01/30 18:25:40
    Willski
    The date the wuestion was asked is printed next to it. Put your cursor over a comment to click "reply", and it tells you when the comment appeared. When we're in January, and it says "Mar. 6" it probably seems like a good idea to not respond to them.
  • Ron Bur... Willski 2013/01/30 18:31:23
    Ron Burgundy "Gentleman Lover"
    idc about dates,i respond to whatever
  • sundance 2012/03/06 14:51:03
    No
    sundance
    Right along with Curling and Synchronized swimming eh? And badminton ? Who thought badminton belonged in the Olympics? The ancient Greeks are rolling over in their graves....Just a thought...
  • DavyCasas 2012/03/06 14:25:02
    No
    DavyCasas
    Converting Yoga into a sport is completely stepping away of its essence... You could not do a yoga competition because it simply would not be YOGA... it would be an Asana competition... A stretching-positions competition...

    Namaste...
  • LaurenGirl594 2012/03/06 14:15:12
    No
    LaurenGirl594
    Yoga Position
    Really, a gold metal in stretching.
  • Jewellery Gal 2012/03/06 11:40:10
    No
    Jewellery Gal
    LOL this is absurdity. Where is the action? It would probably very boring.
  • janet 2012/03/06 10:39:54
    No
    janet
    Yoga is wonderful but as an Olympic event, I do not think so : )
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