Written by Ainslie Faust   
Monday, May 01, 2017 12:00 AM
 

 

Southern Super Regional Winners!


 

 

And the winners are:

Florida

Adult:
Female  Emily Sabo
Male      Ben Shanaberger
Senior:  
Male        Mitch Watkins
Youth:  
Female    Avalon Jade Theisen
Male        Charlie Houck

North Carolina

Adult:    
Female    Christi Hooten
Male        David Jennings

Texas

Adult:
Female    Ainsley Ayres
Male        Jeffrey Chen
Senior:  
Female    Catherine McCauley
Male        Scott Marin
Youth:   
Female    Allie    Johnson



 

2017-2018 Competition Schedule

Next season we are going to make the Qualifier Round all via Video Submission. We are switching to 5 Regions for the next level. These are:

 

Northeast:
(CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)


Midwest:
(CO, DC, IL, IN, KY, KS, MD, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, OH, SD, VA, WI, WY)


Southeast:
(AL, GA, FL, MS, SC, NC, TN)


Southwest:
(AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)


West Coast:
(AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, UT, WA)

 

The time line is:


Qualifiers
9/1/17 - 12/31/17 
Regionals 3/1/18 – 4/30/18
Nationals 6/30/18 – 7/1/18

The Qualifers will have staggered dates for submission in line with their respective Region. These dates will be announced as soon as the dates for the Qualifiers are set. We hope to have this done by this year's Nationals.



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 Super Regionals

The Southern Super Regional was an awesome success. Texans really know how to put on a great event. Almost 50 athletes from five states competed in the Adult, Senior, and Youth categories.

 

We still have two more Super Regionals to go this season. The Midwest and the West Coast. Both will be held in May. Invitations for Nationals have already gone out for first place winners, and the first round of Running Results winners have been invited as well.



 Support the 2017 National Championship!


You can help make the 2017 National Championship happen. Your support can make the difference in USA Yoga's efforts to promote Yoga Asana.  This season, over 352 yogis from age 11 to 68 have presented their practices before USA Yoga-certified judges from across the country.

Will you help us invest in making our 2017 Nationals a great day for champions, judges, volunteers, and friends and family watching from home?

$500 helps pay for a professional photographer
$250 helps provide meals for our all-volunteer judges panel
$120 pays for one yogi with financial need to attend nationals
$50 helps promote yoga internationally via live streaming

Donate Here

Won't you join every member of USA Yoga's volunteer board in making a gift?

Gifts are tax deductible and will be immediately acknowledged and put to use to advance Yoga Asana.

Sponsorships for individuals, businesses, and vendors are also available. A list of sponsor levels and benefits is available here.

Thank you for your consideration of support!

Sincerely,

Joseph Encinia, President
USA Yoga Board of Trustees

My Senior Moment: A Yoga Competition Journey (Part 1)

In 2014, I had been practicing Bikram yoga regularly for a few years. At age 54, I was seeing progress. My asanas were improving slowly and surely, and I was really feeling the benefits of a regular practice. The benefits were not just physical, but mental and spiritual as well. Plus, I was truly enjoying the yoga community I found at my studio, Pure Om Fairfax.

 

The Mid-Atlantic Regional competition was coming up in January 2015. I saw some signs up in the studio for USA Yoga competition training, but gave them little notice. After all, wasn’t I well past the age of sport competition?

 

One evening I was chatting with a fellow “senior” yogi, and she said she was competing. I wanted to learn more. I did not know that age 50 plus had a separate competition division. I decided to attend the regional competition…just to observe.

I ended up spending the entire afternoon enjoying the competition. I was inspired! I thought, “I can do this!” I wanted to participate and resolved to join the competition training for the following year.  Fall 2015, I joined our competition team, one of two seniors.

 

Did I feel a bit overwhelmed, a bit intimidated? At first, yes, but as we practiced together, and sweated, and refined our routines, and encouraged each other, I forged new friendships, new confidence, new calm. I started to realize that competition is not about ego. Rather, it is about trusting yourself.

 

Would my competition routine be perfect? No, but it would be perfect for me. At age 55, I was preparing to show the world what I could do, with the body and mind and spirit of a senior yogi. As I readied my routine for the regional competition in February 2016, I found a new sense of calm and acceptance (along with a few pre-event jitters). I couldn’t wait to take the stage!