USA Yoga

February 22, 2011 19:06 ET

2011 USA Yoga Asana Championship

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - February 22, 2011) -  The U.S. Yoga Federation ( announces more than 105 participants representing 31 states who advanced from 19 U.S. regional competitions will compete to determine the U.S. champion for male, female and youth divisions at the 2011 Yoga Asana Championship. 

This Championship exemplifies the beauty of athletic competition with tremendous dedication and endurance and demands unyielding personal strength. In a few weeks, competitors will descend on Los Angeles with legitimate aspirations for a gold medal.

Yoga sport competitions are now seen across the globe, and have been occurring in India for more than 100 years. The focus of the 2011 Yoga Asana Championship is physically demanding -- similar to a gymnastics floor exercise -- and competitors are judged on the perfection of the pose, its difficulty, their poise and composure, and the grace of movement both into and out of the position. 

"As yoga continues to increase in popularity in the United States, we are very excited to bring the 2011 Yoga Asana Championship to new people who haven't been introduced to the practice yet," said Rajashree Choudhury, founder and president of USA Yoga Federation. 

The USA Yoga championship welcomes all styles of yoga. USA Yoga is a non-profit [501(c)3] organization formed for the purpose of developing and promoting Yoga Asana (yoga postures) as a sport. USA Yoga believes that the practice of yoga is beneficial for the physical and mental health of all practitioners -- children, teens, adults and seniors. Increased awareness of the sport of Yoga Asana will encourage existing practitioners to sharpen their skills through training, dedication, and devotion to the sport, and will inspire new practitioners, especially children, to begin a practice which leads to a healthier and happier life.

Over the past decade, yoga has grown from a niche market into the hottest sector of America's health and fitness industry. According to Yoga Journal, 7.5% of U.S. adults, or 16.5 million people, practice yoga, and Americans spend $2.95 billion a year on yoga classes and products. The 2011 USA Yoga Asana Championship is from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on March 5th and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on March 6th at the Westin LAX. Cost is $10 for one day, $15 for both days. Admission is free to USA Yoga members.

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