Originating in ancient India, yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline accessible to just about everyone. Last year, Yoga Journal estimated that in the U.S., 20.4 million—almost 9 percent of American adults—participated, a whopping 30 percent increase in the past four years. Today, the National Asana Yoga Championship will be here for its 10th annual event. (Asana is defined as “seated in a position that is firm, but relaxed” for extended times, but that’s just the beginning for these yogis.) A total possible 80-point scoring system takes into account, among other factors, technical precision, physical presentation, and timing as competitors complete seven postures in three minutes. This is more than a display of expert skill, it’s a testimony to how much participants from beginners (there are no entry requirements for the finals) to masters love yoga. If you haven’t tried it, you will after watching these fascinating rounds.
Fri., March 1, 10 a.m.; Sat., March 2, 10 a.m.; Sun., March 3, 10 a.m., 2013