- They have to complete a set of seven poses (five standard and two optional) in under three minutes.
- They are judged on a scale of 0-10 per posture.
- They can't fall out of the posture or they get marked down.
- They must try to get as close as possible to the standard posture.
In response to many queries about why one would even have a competition for an activity that is considered spiritual and internal, a woman talked about the fact that this competition was more of a challenge to the self. They are all not "really" competing against one another (though there is a winner). Really, they are competing against their limits. Testing how far they can go.
Below are the photos of the coolest frickin' postures I have ever seen in my life! These are the poses I practice when I go to Yoga class but I never look this good doing them.
Hands to Feet Pose
Toe Stand Pose (incidentally, i actually did this pose in class--I know, I find it hard to believe as well)
Standing Head to Knee Pose
Half Moon Pose
Standing Bow Pulling Pose
Spine Twisting Pose
I believe this is a variation on the standing bow pulling pose.
So there you have it! People contorting their bodies in an effort to...contort their bodies. Simply fascinating. I stayed for three hours but eventually even this got boring and left before they announced the winners. But these were my favorite of the contestants. I hope one of them won.
Maybe in a few years I'll compete too.
Que te vaya bien!
C in C