Yoga, the Controversial Sport

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Yoga is hard. The game itself seems simple, easy and “something for girls”. That is nowhere close to the situation. Meditation is hard work and takes a whole lot. It stretches your entire body and compels it to bend to your will. It compels someone to work out their will and decision in addition to self-motivation. Meditation makes the individual work not just independently but also mentally. It is a game, even without contests or its Olympics.

“Yoga is as mentally straining and physically exhausting. It is as hard as any game and takes just as much of a toll. Saying yoga isn’t a game because it doesn’t involve nationally competitions is absurd.” Edwin Cedieno, current Liberal Arts student at the Grant campus and also avid yoga practitioner said.

Lots of individuals do not refer to yoga as a game despite the physical strain that is equal to soccer minus the emotional trauma and dangers. While, yes, to many people yoga isn’t regarded as a game, Yoga competitions have another opinion.

“Yoga is largely for psychological stability andpeople who understand a serene game where there isn’t really supposed to be any pressure to do the up dog perfectly- but for real yoga practitioners or, really no- for all those people in yoga that really like the delight of a contest- you will find real nationwide, but not very well known, contests done. And the U.S. is not the only nation to do it. It’s not the even the very first. India’s been doing this for years.” Said Hasnaa Elkhouly, graduate of SCCC and part time yoga teacher at the Planet Fitness Gym in Brentwood and Patchogue throughout the evenings. Elkhouly is an Egyptian born, American citizen that has had family practice in the comfort of the house in addition to watch the contests live streamed on Arab Television via the net.

India has repeatedly held yoga contests under various names for thousands of years. Meditation studies have actually shown yoga to have been present long before any contests were erected. They also show that the Southeast Asians (Indians) haven’t been the first to really practice yoga but were those to “perfect the art”.

“Although they’re competitions, no one wants another to collapse. They just need them to do their finest. It is a contest, where ironically, everyone wins.” Elkholy states.

Some do not agree with this sentiment, but many would agree that yoga really is an amazing and very real game- for both men and women.

“One of those stigmas of yoga is the fact that it’s a ‘women’s activity’ or some other nonsense and that guys can not be part of it. That if any man did yoga they’d be ‘sissies’ or gay and ‘twinks’. That isn’t true- many professional athletes on the market, especially in soccer, choose yoga throughout their off seasons to maintain themselves limber and loose in addition to in form for the upcoming seasons. It helps them stay in their game and there’s no nothing ‘sissy-like’ about yoga. It’s a game free of gender just like every game ought to be.” Anthony Cada, future SCCC freshman, Engineering important with a music small, equally around the Grant and Ammerman campus. Cada is also a U.S. Marine on temporary clinical discharge.

That Yoga is that the women’s game is as prevalent a misconception as the stigma that cheer top is a girls only game. That misconception could be cleared away when you step into the 11-12:30 Intramural class every Wednesday at the Brookhaven construction during ordinary hour. It’s absolutely free and everyone can join. To finish a stigma, you much fight it.