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About the USA Yoga Federation

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Published on Sep 18, 2016

USA YOGA FEDERATION
A Yoga Sport Movement

1. USA YOGA FEDERATION
// Is a non-profit organization formed with the purpose of developing and promoting Yoga as an official sport.
Now, with over 36 million people practicing yoga, USA Yoga is bringing the spirit of healthy competition to the United States. Requiring the same commitment, discipline, skill, and dedication needed to succeed in any traditional athletic event, each year, USA Yoga sponsors annual regional Yoga Asana competitions across the country, as well as the National USA Yoga Asana Championship, which will celebrate its 14th anniversary in the summer of 2017.

2.YOGA SPORT
// What is a yoga asana championship?
- Asana is a Sanskrit word which means posture or pose. Hatha yoga is physical yoga in which an individual performs asanas (postures).
- A yoga asana championship is a competition in which individuals perform a series of yoga asanas and, using standardized judging criteria, are given scores to determine who amongst the participants is the champion.
It is structured much like a gymnastics competition with regards to the performance of the asanas.
- Yoga Asana competitions originated in India hundreds of years ago and are still being conducted there today.

3.USA YOGA EVENTS
// USA Yoga sponsors annual regional Yoga Asana competitions across the country, as well as a national competition.

YOGA IN THE USA
// WHO DOES YOGA?
According to the latest report from Yoga Alliance, more than 36.7 million or 15% of US Adults practice yoga in the U.S. today.

Annual Events
// REGIONAL AND NATIONAL EVENTS
The National Championship has drawn a crowd of approximately 1,000 people, with a total viewing audience of approximately 30,000 watching via live streaming.
USA Yoga sponsors and promotes annual Regionals and a National Yoga asana Championship

ECONOMICS OF YOGA
// ANNUAL REVENUE
According to a recent “Yoga in America” market study, Americans spend $16.8 billion per year on yoga products, an increase since 6.1 billion since 2012.

4. SPORTING RULES
// HOW TO COMPETE
- The routine consists of 6 postures to be performed in 3 minutes.
- There are 4 postures covering 4 compulsory categories to demonstrate the basic range of motion of the spine.
- Furthermore, there are 2 postures, covering the combination of characteristics of skills of Strength, Balance and Flexibility.

SPORTING RULES
// DEGREES OF DIFFICULTY
- The 1st difficulty level are all floor postures that demonstrate primarily flexibility
- The 2nd difficulty level demonstrates primarily balance
- The 3rd difficulty level demonstrates a combination of skills.

5. THE ORGANIZATION
// USA YOGA OVERSEES THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF YOGA SPORT
- Administration, regulation, structure, organization, hosting and award of fair competition.
- Education for coaches and judges, including development and interpretation of a uniform set of rules.
- Coordination, marketing, and promotion of the annual USA Yoga Asana Championships

6. MISSION
// Today, USA Yoga sponsors annual regional Yoga Asana competitions as well as a national competition held in late winter of each year.
- These competitions are open to competitors from any yoga school or style and all are encouraged to participate. To borrow an ancient phrase, ‘the paths are many, the sport is one.

7.BACKGROUND
// WHO WE ARE
- Founded by one of the world’s foremost yoga experts, Rajashree Choudhury, and Headquartered in Los Angeles, California
- These competitions are open to competitors from any yoga school or style and all are encouraged to participate. To borrow an ancient phrase, ‘the paths are many, the sport is one.
- The organization also offers educational programs, as well as workshops on rules and regulations of the practice, intended to aid competitors, coaches, judges, administrators and yoga studio operators in mastering them.
- USA Yoga sponsors annual regional Yoga Asana competitions across the country, as well as a national competition.

INTERNATIONAL
// THE WORLD OF YOGA SPORT
IYSF aims to govern this organization with the sole mission of promoting, unifying, and increasing interest in Yoga Asana globally.

USA YOGA FEDERATION
USA Yoga believes that the practice of yoga and Yoga Asana 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 to begin a practice which leads to a healthier and happier life.

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