Photos: Texas yoga competition

Photos: Texas yoga competition

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Competitors twisted, contorted, stretched and flexed in front of an intensely quiet crowd at the Pearl Stable on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.

Yogis of all ages came from all corners of Texas to compete in the eighth annual Texas Yoga Asana Championship. The youth competed first, followed by the men and finally the women.

Although yoga is usually practiced in a crowded room, it is very personal. Each participant focuses on their own practice, not on the person next to them. On Sunday, the experience was much different. Each yogi showcased their skills one at a time. The lights were bright. All eyes were on the stage.

The series consisted of at least five postures: standing head to knee, standing bow, bow, rabbit and stretching. After completing the compulsory postures, the competitors were able to show off their skills with two more postures of their choice, usually more challenging and entertaining than the first five.

Three judges scored the contestants based on grace, charisma, confidence and execution. While the stage was often tense, the goal of Asana yoga is to heal and strengthen the physical body while learning to control the mind and breath.

The champion and runner up from each division will go on to represent Texas in the International Yoga Asana Championship. They include: Youth male champion Raleigh Johnson, of Houston; Youth female champion Monica Rao, of Austin, and runner up Sara Hajiebrahimi, of Austin; Men's champion James Gosset, of Austin, and runner up Jeff Chen, of Austin; Women's champion Kathryn Durham, of Austin, and runner up Ashli Marshall, of Dallas.

The competition was sponsored by Bikram Yoga San Antonio; Pure Bikram Yoga of Austin; Bikram Yoga Yogagroove of Austin; Shakti Activewear; and Bikram Yoga Dallas, Grapevine and Richardson.

Edward Lee Jones was master of ceremonies.

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Posted on December 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 2:59 PM

Competitors twisted, contorted, stretched and flexed in front of an intensely quiet crowd at the Pearl Stable in San Antonio on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.

Yogis of all ages came from all over to compete in the eighth annual Texas Yoga Asana Championship.

The series consisted of at least five poses: standing head to knee, standing bow, bow, rabbit and stretching. After completing the compulsory poses, the competitors were able to show off their skills with two more poses of their choice, usually more challenging and entertaining than the first five.

The champion and runner up from each division will go on to represent Texas in the International Yoga Asana Championship. They included Youth Male Champion Raleigh Johnson, of Houston.

 

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