Written by Ainslie Faust   
Monday, November 20, 2017 12:00 AM
 
The new season begins! Time to Renew your membership.


Our membership year ends August 31st. You can help us reach our 2017 goal of $40,000 by renewing your membership. Please renew now!

Just click through when you receive your personal membership renewal link by email before the end of August. Check your spam folder if you do not see it. You will be set for competition season, starting soon!

Next year's Nationals, following Regionals starting January 27th in Orlando, FL, will be held in Madison, WI on June 30-July 1, 2018. The following year we will once again be with the State Games of America in Lynchburg, VA on August 2-4, 2019. Save the dates!

You can help USA Yoga by getting involved:

 

Eddie Hall, our Adult Male Champion has been competing since 2009 and coaching since 2013.

*Encourage fellow practitioners to compete and experience the tremendous learning that happens with a dedicated, coached practice.

*Join our coaches’ network and help develop competitors.

*Become an Associate Board member by giving a gift of $200 or more and be available, when asked, to offer your thoughts and advice on setting and achieving the goals of USA Yoga.

*We are greatly in need of people with PR contacts and expertise and members with grant finding and grant writing experience!

You may have a skill that will help advance the organization on the national or regional level. Our goals are bold and include communications, marketing, fundraising, program development and education, to name several. Reach out to Ainslie Faust if you would like to help.

Email: [email protected]


 

Giving is essential to our organization:

*In 2016, our board members personally donated $5,000; this year they doubled their gifts.

*The members of our newly formed associate board donated $850.

*For the first year, we received individual gifts. They included a single major gift of $4,000 and many gifts from athletes totaling $750.

*These gifts funded two athlete scholarships, and partially funded travel expenses for our all-volunteer judges.

*Our sponsors cumulatively gave more than $20,000.


If you are committed to our mission, and able to donate, then consider a gift. Gifts of any amount have a big impact at USA Yoga:

*$500 helps pay for a professional photographer

*$250 helps provide travel funds for our judges

*$75 pays for one yogi with financial need to join and compete

*$50 helps promote yoga internationally via live streaming

Donate Here.
 

Changes in Divisions

 



Emily Avery, our Adult Female Champion, was our Youth Champion in 2013.

We are dropping “senior” from the 50+ division. It will simply be called “Adult 50+” Yoga is ageless and we encourage practitioners of all ages to compete.

The Youth Division is now expanded to include practitioners as young as 7. There will be two youth divisions: "Youth 7-11" and "Youth 12-17". However, IYSF does not have a Youth 7-11 Division, so they cannot advance to International.



Our Youth Yoga Program provides support and coaching to youth yoga athletes (age 7-17) through a variety of year- round training options. The program's goal is to proactively recruit and motivate youth to participate in yoga asana competition and inspire many children to take up the practice of yoga and/or the sport of yoga asana. The program is committed to cooperate with yoga studios to achieve this goal.

Fill out our Youth Yoga Form here. And see what's happening on the Youth Yoga Event Page.


The 2017 Winners are:

Adult Male
Gold: Eddie Hall
Silver: Glenn Brown
Bronze: Julian Garcia


Adult Female
Gold: Emily Avery
Silver: Ainsley Ayres
Bronze: Michelle Parks


Senior Male
Gold: Wayne Campbell
Silver: Mitch Watkins
Bronze: Thomas Forbang


Senior Female
Gold: Catherine McCauley
Silver: Michele Vennard
Bronze: Roxanne Armstrong


Youth Male
Gold:
Charlie Houck


Youth Female
Gold: Jamie Greene
Silver: Faith Adams
Bronze: Avalon Jade Theisen

Our New Board President Garland Hume

Garland Hume USA Yoga Board President

Dear USA Yoga Athletes, Friends, and Supporters,

Thank you so much for the honor to serve you as president of the Board of The United States Yoga Federation. I am excited to carry out two of my greatest passions in life: yoga and being of service to others. Following in the footsteps of Rajashree Choudhury and Joseph Encinia, I know I have big shoes to fill.

As an athlete for USA Yoga for nine years, I have tremendous respect and admiration for the athletes, board members, donors and volunteers who help this organization thrive. The work we are doing together is inspiring and changes peoples lives.

This was nowhere more apparent than at the State Games of America in Grand Rapids, MI the first weekend of August during our National Championship. For the first time we were part of a multi-sport event with an Olympic Style opening ceremony. I was so proud to carry the flag for my new home state of Hawaii in the parade of athletes.

Four of our other yoga athletes carried the flag for their states as well, including Avalon Jade Theisen from Florida, who was also an MVP, (most viral player), Jaylon Curry from Maine, and Emily Avery, our adult women's champion, from New Hampshire.

This year, with your help, I want to see yoga sport grow! If each athlete or coach registers one new athlete for video submission at the state level we can double our athlete membership in one year. Join us in our dream to grow the sport of Hatha yoga!

Congratulations to our Winners!


2017 National Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal Finalists

See results, pictures, and videos here.

Board Elections and More

Executive Director, Ainslie Faust, giving Joseph Encinia a commemorative plaque for his years of service as President of The United States Yoga Federation.

USA Yoga has a national reach, and operates on almost all-volunteer power. Our volunteer board and committees, associate donor board and judges could not have the broad impact we do without YOU. Thank you.

Before Nationals, USA Yoga held its annual board elections. We would like to welcome new board members Dr. Jean Agress and Sarah Gnerre. Jean is from Virginia and has been our star-coach this season. She earned a doctorate in Economics from George Washington University, and has boundless enthusiasm for USA Yoga.  Sarah Gnerre, from New Hampshire, is a non-profit professional specializing in fundraising. She has been exceptionally generous with her time and expertise, and is also one of our athletes. We are honored and excited to have them join our board.

Joseph Encinia has completed a five-year term as President, having led our organization with great commitment. Joseph has been an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your service to the board and to yoga in America.

I would like to share some of the accomplishments of USA Yoga this year and how you can help us bring yoga to more people in the year ahead.

We had an amazing year with a new competition structure that incorporates video submission, and a new coaches network that encourages broader participation across the nation, as well as, expanding our focus on yoga as a sport by holding our National Championship this year in conjunction with the State Games of America.  USA Yoga is proud to be on the forefront of recognizing committed yogis as elite athletes.

Thank you for your dedication to the sport of yoga. I look forward to working with you to change people’s lives for the better through yoga.


 

 I. Qualifier Level:
The first level of competition, the Qualifier level is via individual video submission. The deadline for video submissions varies with the Regional for your state, and is announced below. The highest scorers from each state will be invited to the Regional for that state. If there is only one entry for a particular division and state, then they have to option to skip the Regional level and head directly to National Level.


II. Regional Level:
The next level is the Regional level, five of which will be held across the country beginning on January 1, 2018.
Northeast (CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT) March 10, 2018 South Burlington, VT
(Qualifier deadline 1/10/18)
Midwest (CO, DC, IL, IN, KY, KS, MD, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, OH, SD,
VA, WI, WY) March 3, 2018 Vienna, VA
(Qualifier deadline 1/3/18)
Southeast (AL, GA, FL, MS, SC, NC, TN) January 27 -28, 2018 Orlando, FL
(Qualifier deadline 11//27/17)
Southwest (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX) March 2, 2018 Austin, TX
(Qualifier deadline 1/2/18)
West Coast (AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, UT, WA) San Jose, CA TBA
First place winners will be chosen from each state at the Regional level and automatically qualify for the National level. The top scorers from all states from all five Regionals will also be invited to participate in the National Championship. USA Yoga will determine the number invited to the National Championship.


III. National Level:
The National Championship will consist of Semifinals and Finals. The first and second place winners in each division are then invited to the International Championship held by IYSF every other year. Only US citizens may participate at the National level, as only US citizens may compete at the International level.