A group called USA Yoga thinks that rabbit pose and standing bow-pulling pose should be part of an Olympic event, and we're seriously curious if the Olympic committee is even half listening. A gaggle of over-achieving, ultra-competitive yogis are going to be participating this week in the National Yoga Asana Championship, March 2 to March 4, organized by USA Yoga in New York, with an international competition scheduled in Los Angeles in June.
Participants compete to perform seven poses in three minutes, with two being poses of their choice, and the other five being mandatory: standing head-to-knee pose, standing bow-pulling pose, bow pose, rabbit pose, and stretching pose. As USA Yoga founder Rajashree Choudhury says, such competitive posing exhibits "how someone can have perfect strength, balance, flexibility in the body."
But really? Competitive yoga? Isn't that kind of comically beside the point?