Yoga as Sport. “Spirituality and Inner Peace can Suck it!” ~ New York Magazine.

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on Nov 23, 2009
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“Spirituality and Inner Peace can Suck it!” ~ New York Magazine.

Bikram and friends have been pushing yoga as a competitive sport for the past few years, irking traditionalists (like yours truly) to no end. Strangely, however, this is one thing that doesn’t bother me about yoga’s manifestation in America. Historically, yoga was full of competition—and I fully buy Bikram’s wish that yoga, if it reaches the Olympics, will succeed in inspiring millions of youngsters who wouldn’t otherwise cross this otherwise esoteric, difficult path.

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3 Responses to “Yoga as Sport. “Spirituality and Inner Peace can Suck it!” ~ New York Magazine.”

  1. Nikki Chau says:

    The merits of competition are in the eyes of the beholder. And while we're at it, I'm calling a Sit-off!

  2. I don't know – I just think how many students get injured and blame yoga. In a competition, these injuries would only increase in number and yoga would be to blame. I don't mind yoga demos or otherwise appreciating the beauty of poses, but competition strikes me as a sad road for yoga to go down.

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