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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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  • LarryStylinson 2012/03/04 03:34:57
  • melissa 2012/03/04 03:02:04
    No
    melissa
    +2
    How can Yoga be an Olympic Sport. I don't see the difference why anyone in his/her mind would choose Yoga as a competitive sports. To me the way I see it, sports like Tennis,Swimming and Gymnastics etc. Those sports are worthy enough of competing because you're representing your country unlike Yoga, you're just flexing and toning your body movement.
  • Happy 2012/03/04 02:59:35
    No
    Happy
    +3
    Its for relaxation, not competition.
  • lol on B :D 2012/03/04 02:58:09 (edited)
  • Rock 2012/03/04 02:57:17
    No
    Rock
    +2
    It already is except for you have to show more than body control. You tumble, dance, balance on a beam, flip, and so on....it's called gymnastics.
  • rand 2012/03/04 02:53:19
    No
    rand
    +1
    If it were up to me only sports which have concretely measure results would be included. I appreciate the artistic efforts, but politics reigns when judgments are required.
  • srini 2012/03/04 02:51:10
    No
    srini
    It was never considered by Hindus as a sport in the first place!
  • blackrings70 2012/03/04 02:46:53 (edited)
    No
    blackrings70
    Even Picard thinks that is stupid.

    evan picard thinks stupid
  • Catnip 2012/03/04 02:43:07
    No
    Catnip
    This would make curling more exciting.
  • ♫Alex Marie Armstrong Hoppus♫ 2012/03/04 02:36:06
    No
    ♫Alex Marie Armstrong Hoppus♫
    +2
    but you know what should?
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    i'd win the gold medal ;)
  • FantasyAuthor 2012/03/04 02:26:53
    Yes
    FantasyAuthor
    Yes it should(for those of you who haven't noticed this yet. My profile picture on here is of me doing yoga outside in my parent's back yard.)
  • RogerCoppock 2012/03/04 02:19:06
    No
    RogerCoppock
    +1
    Someone has commercialized an ancient atheistic practice. Yoga is a lot more than just assuming positions.

    Are the same people proposing saying the Rosary as an Olympic event? We could count how many Rosaries the contestant says in an hour.
  • Merlin 2012/03/04 02:16:03
    No
    Merlin
    Gah why do people keep trying to make everything a freaking sport?
    Yoga is something you do to relax and stretch your body.
    Gymnastics is something entirely different.
  • santanasmooth 2012/03/04 02:06:51
    No
    santanasmooth
    +1
    but if it was she would win my vote
    Hot Yoga
  • Jiorgia 2012/03/04 02:03:56
    Undecided
    Jiorgia
    sounds a bit like gymnastics... without the flips.
  • c.stuartHardwick 2012/03/04 01:57:10
    Undecided
    c.stuartHardwick
    Yes, right after kite-roller-skate sailing.

    Bad enough they have synchronized swimming and are adding female boxing when all boxing should be banned. When everything is an Olympic sport--NOTHING IS.
  • JoeKnows 2012/03/04 01:56:23
    Yes
    JoeKnows
    +1
    A resounding YES!!!

    ... as long as it's Full Contact- Cage Fight Yoga!

    That's when Yoga turns from a holistic exercise into a recognizable sport.
  • Fashionable60s 2012/03/04 01:55:46
    No
    Fashionable60s
    +1
    Yoga is not a competitive sport. It would be counter to the practice since yoga promotes tranquility and meditation.
  • lol on ... Fashion... 2012/03/04 02:56:18
  • ChocolateThunder 2012/03/04 01:53:50
    No
    ChocolateThunder
    Hell no.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/03/04 01:53:33
  • OneLastWord 2012/03/04 01:50:26
    No
    OneLastWord
    Hell no.
  • ♌βļąƈʞƦơșƐ3033♌ 2012/03/04 01:49:47
  • Subarashi-sa666 2012/03/04 01:47:34
    No
    Subarashi-sa666
    There is absolutely no chance yoga could ACTUALLY ever be considered a sport.
  • Jaz Killjoy Way 2012/03/04 01:38:21
    No
    Jaz Killjoy Way
    its a relaxing not for big things like the olympics
  • KristinnC: 2012/03/04 01:36:12
    Yes
    KristinnC:
    Yes why not!!!!!!?????:D
  • Hey! I like your eyes<3 2012/03/04 01:35:54
    No
    Hey! I like your eyes<3
    I did yoga. It was fun, but difficult.

    I would hate to see it on the Olympics. That would kill me to see them getting into weird positions and all that fun junk.
  • ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/03/04 01:34:31
    No
    ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★
    No

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