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Yoga Competitions: Cool or Not?

Many people who try yoga give a Bikram yoga class a try. They're drawn to the fact that it's insanely hot and sweaty, and the poses are really challenging. The founder, Bikram Choudhury, has taken this practice to a whole other level. For a while now there have been yoga competitions all over the world, and Choudhury is hoping that it will become an Olympic sport. He says that "yoga competition is an old Indian tradition," since it's had a competitive dimension for over 2,000 years. He believes yoga won't lose any of its spiritual or emotional perks, but he's hoping yoga competitions will raise awareness about the overall benefits of yoga.

Do you think yoga competitions are an oxymoron, since yoga is supposed to be a personal experience that's not competitive? Or do you think it's a great way to encourage more people to do yoga and improve their practice?

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