WSU hosting Regional USA Yoga Asana Championship

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 9:55 AM

Becky Wright

Fans of the Olympics are used to noticing an extra bounce that takes points off a gymnast’s score, or a less-than-vertical entry that makes the difference between a first- or second-place dive.

If one group has its way, Olympic spectators will someday be looking for deductions caused by a twitch during the Om posture, or a wobbly ankle while performing the Full Standing Bow.

Yep, that’s right, there’s a movement to make yoga an Olympic sport.

“It’s a process that takes a very long time — a decade or more of work to try to make this happen and, of course, the results are never guaranteed,” said Jon Gans, a member of the board of directors for USA Yoga, based in Los Angeles. “In the meanwhile, the effort is to gain more acceptance for yoga asana as a competitive sport.”

Competitions are already happening on the international level, with divisions for men, women and youth who quality at regional and national events.

The 2013 Utah & Wyoming Regional USA Yoga Asana Championship starts at noon Saturday, Jan. 12, in Weber State University’s Wildcat Theater. The competition continues until 3 p.m. in the theater, which is in the Shepherd Union building on the Ogden campus.

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