PRESS RELEASE: 10th Annual IYSF International Yoga Asana Championship


For:  International Yoga Sports Federation (IYSF)


IYSF to Host the International Yoga Asana Championship in Los Angeles

– 100 competitors from 26 countries will be championing Yoga Asana this weekend-

LOS ANGELES – In what could be called the “grand finale”, the IYSF International Yoga Asana Championships will be held this weekend (June 8 and 9) at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel LAX. In a display of skill, discipline, stillness, and strength, the International Yoga Sports Federation (IYSF) has brought together yoga competitors from all over the world in for a stunning display of their mission – the promotion of Yoga Asana as a sport worldwide.

In the largest international yoga asana competition, 26 countries including Australia, Brazil, Chile, Canada, India, Mexico, Russia, UK, and USA, will be represented. 100 participants – adult and youth – will compete to determine the world’s champions in front of a panel of esteemed judges.  Competitors are judged on the technical execution, the level of difficulty, their poise and composure, and the grace of movement into, and out of, postures. IYSF president and judge Rajashree Choudhury will be in attendance as will be International Yoga Asana Champions including Joseph Encinia, Ky Ha, and Cynthia Wehr. The event is expected to attract an audience of 1,000.

Asked about his pre-championship preparation, Mark Valenton, Yoga Champion from Australia, said, “At this stage, I feel it’s equally as important to have a stable calm mind as a well prepared body.This is my first time competing on an international level and I’m humbled that I am able to represent for my country at this caliber.” 

Emotions amongst other competitors are equally as calm and collected; competitors are supportive of one another. Earlier this week, 2013 US Yoga Asana Champion Jared McCann said, “I’m excited about the international championship! I’m feeling great, excited, nervous, and happy to see all of my yoga friends from around the world. Participation in the competition for me means representing American yoga.”

When asked about why she competes in asana championships, Gianna Purcell, the US Women’s champion explained, “I started to participate in competition as a marker for my practice, which is still a constant in the reason I train and continue the interest in yoga as a sport. Participating in this current competition though, especially with the emotional results of my training, is very personal and a milestone in my journey of self love and acceptance. I am going to allow myself to be completely transparent on stage and exude the joy I feel from these postures.”

Just before arriving in LA, Kabir Samlal, 12 year-old Youth competitor from the Netherlands told a national Dutch newspaper, “… competition (is) not the right word. It’s more (about) showing the world your yoga!”

Rajashree Choudhury, one of today’s most renowned yoga experts and IYSF founder, explains, “The spirit of yoga is rooted deeply in camaraderie and fellowship, which is why it’s so beneficial in today’s world,” explained “We are thrilled to host the IYSF International Yoga Asana Championship in hope that it inspires more people to experience the positive changes that come from the self-acceptance and deep reflection inherent to the practice of yoga.” 

On Saturday, 80 Adult Division competitors will demonstrate in the semi finals; the top 10 scoring Male and Female competitors will participate in Sunday’s Finals, after the Youth competition. The reigning international champions, Juan Manuel Martin-Busutil (Spain) and Gloria Suen (Singapore) will demonstrate after the Finals.


Yoga Sports are athletic competitions demonstrated by the beauty of demanding yoga postures and through the dedication, endurance and unyielding determination of the competitors.  IYSF is working with national member federations across the globe to promote Yoga Sports for the betterment of people’s health.

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. IYSF encourages yoga practitioners of all lineages, all ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds, to participate at a competition level.

IYSF aims to govern this organization with the sole mission of promoting, unifying, and increasing interest in Yoga Asana globally. It is part of the Sports Accord – an umbrella organisation for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations as well as organisers of international sporting events.

DETAILS of IYSF International Yoga Asana Championship

Date: June 8 and 9 2013

Where: Sheraton Gateway LAX

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