Check out how far Battle Asana has come already! The game Y-O-G-A is officially launched and people all over the world are playing and having good time. We are on to Battle Asana 4, Battle Richardson, TX April 23rd at 2pm @BikramYogaRA Tune into Facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/battleasana See you there!
Our last Battle took place Sunday April 23rd at 2pm at Bikram Yoga Richardson. Watch Live below!
John Schoggins/ Legal Hospice of Texas
Pachi Shanaberger/ My Stuff Bags
Henry Winslow/ National Alliance on Mental Illness
Jennifer Mendel/ Those Texas Women
George Diamond/ Shriner’s Hospital for Children
Adriana Fernandez Garza/ Angelitos de Cristal
Gil Perez/ Conviction Yoga
Ainsley Ayres/ For A Reason World Foundation
Check out our Athletes and the charities they are battling to support above. If you choose to donate to any of these foundations, please help us spread awareness for their cause by sharing your contribution on social media and using the hashtag #battleforacause . Our athletes choose to support charities that are reputable, relevant, and impactful, and we hope you will explore and join in supporting some of these wonderful causes as well.
Battle @ One Fire Fest in The D.C. area of Bethesda, MD.
We are thrilled to be joining One Fire this year and hosting a Battle Asana during the festival. One Fire Fest was born out of a desire to create a gathering space for our global and diverse hot yoga community. Within this community we have assembled an incredible group of yogis who will be battling for their cause this spring.
Video 2: First Round Completion
Gloria Suen–NY, NY–The Feed Foundation to support reducing hunger and malnutrition globally.
Zeb Homison– Pittsburgh, PA– Greenpeace to support the cause for a greener, healthier world for our oceans, forests, food, climate, and democracy
Garland Hume– Richmond, VA–Fundraiser for Love for Lelia, a three year old who is bravely fighting a brain tumor.
Laura Cryan– Washington D.C.–Metcalf Institute in honor of her late grandfather’s mission. Their focus is to expand accurate environmental news coverage through innovative training and resources.
JJGarcia– Boulder, CO– For a Reason World Foundation, an organization that supports and spreads therapy through the arts with financial assistance for those who seek to better their lives.
Hargobind Khalsa– Fairfax, VA– Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian non-governmental organization best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries affected by endemic diseases.
Emily Longfellow– Basalt, CO– American Rivers combines national advocacy with field work in key river basins to deliver the greatest impact. They are practical problem solvers with positions informed by science and work to protect and restore our nation’s rivers.
Gabriel Tavera– Austin, TX– More Than Yoga, an organization dedicated to supporting yoga schools, athletes, teachers, and spreading awareness of the many ways yoga can positively impact lives.
If you haven’t heard of Battle Asana yet, get ready because it is going to add an incredible element to your yoga practice whether you participate at an event, watch from the sidelines, or watch from the comfort of home. Inspired by the classic game H.O.R.S.E, Battle Asana is an event where yogis go head to head in a friendly competition showcasing some of their favorite postures. Each participant has an opportunity to win a grand prize and a donation for a charity that is meaningful to them to help raise awareness and motivate others. Through combining athletics and mindfulness, the games create a community of yogis that support and inspire one another to progress yoga as both a sport and lifestyle.
Our First Ever Battle Asana Events came through Bethesda, MD and Austin Texas feat the worlds top yoga asana athletes.
Congrats to our First Battle Asana Winner…International Champion Gianna Purcell!! Her charity www.huntingtonsdiseasefoundation.org raised over $250 and Gianna personally donated some of her $500 grand prize to the runner up Eddie Hall’s charity the www.baldballerina.org …It was a lot of fun battling it out in the Yoga Room to raise awareness for important causes like their charities, the sport, and the lifestyle of yogis. Check out Gianna on instagram at @GiannaYoga and Eddie @EHworkout for more cool pics and information. We’ll see you in Austin, TX Jan 29th at 1pm.
Gianna won her second battle in Austin TX two weeks later defeating world number 3 Brianna Bernal from Merritt Island, FL. Gianna defended her title as battle winner and did not disappoint. All athletes learned and tried new things they have never attempted before and that is the beauty of Battle Asana. The crowd played a big part and everyone was supportive and encouraging of one another. The Yogi Spirit is alive and well in Battle Asana. Gianna’s charity www.huntingtonsdiseasefoundation.org received another $250 donation and the finalists and semi finalists received a $100 donation to their charities. Check out video from Austin and Bethesda Below!
First Round Battles Austin, TX:
Semi-Final Battles Austin, TX:
Final Battle Austin, TX:
First and Second Rounds of the First Battle Asana in Bethesda, MD
RULES- BACK & FOURTH GAME
The rules are basic. The rounds are 12-15 min in length.One yogi (player) sets a pose by doing a particular yoga pose of their choice. If the pose is not landed another player attempts to set a pose. Must hold pose for a solid 3 count. Once a pose has been set (landed), the other player(s) must respond by doing the same pose in their first try in the way it was called. Up to two toe taps are allowed in balancing strength postures but If you fall out of an inversion once your feet are up, there is no forgiveness. If they land it the game continues and attempt to set next posture. If they miss it, they receive a letter, starting with Y. When a player has missed four postures, spelling Y-O-G-A, the battle is over and that players is out. If times runs out, the player with the least amount of letters wins the battle. If the score is tied there will be a sudden life playoff and next letter loses. After 3 Sudden Life Postures, there is a posture hold off voted on by the audience. No pose may be set more than once by the same person and a yogi defending on their last letter may receive two attempts at that pose.
RULES – KNOCKOUT GAME
The rules are similar except you can play with no time limit if you choose… One yogi (player) sets a pose by doing a particular yoga pose of their choice. If the pose is not landed another player attempts to set a pose. Once a pose has been set (landed), the other player(s) must respond by doing the same pose in their first try the way it was called. If they make it the game continues and attempt to set the next pose. If they miss it, they get a letter, starting with Y, and player A continues setting the next posture. When a player has missed four postures, spelling Y-O-G-A, the battle is over and that players is out. If times runs out, the player with the least amount of letters wins the battle. If the score is tied there will be a sudden life playoff and next letter loses. If one player is down YOG-Nothing the turn switches and the game continues. No pose may be set more than once by the same person and a yogi defending on their last letter may receive two attempts at that pose.
*More detailed rules for bracket play
1. Coin flip decides who goes first.
2 20 sec to call out the asana(s),to be acknowledged by referee and opponent, before attempt.
3. Battle’s last 12-15 min rounds, player with least amount of letters wins. If tied, will go to sudden life playoff.
4. If Pose is landed, other player has to land it in the same way called to avoid a letter. First to spell YOGA is out. Must hold for solid 3 count. 2 toe taps allowed in balancing strength postures except inversions once feet are up.
5. Turn swtches after each posture for B&F round. Player continues setting until other player lands.
6. In the knockout rounds if player is up Y-O-G to nothing the turn automatically switches.
7. Can not combine more than two asanas, per attempt.
8. Can not repeat same asana more than once, per bracket round.
9. On last attempt, to prevent elimination, yogi gets two chances to land it.
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