8th Annual Bishnu Charan Ghosh Cup
International Yoga Asana Championship
I. ELIGIBILITY: The 8TH ANNUAL BISHNU CHARAN GHOSH Yoga Championship is comprised of an adult and a youth championship. The adult division is open to all individuals 18 years and older. The youth division is open to all individuals 11 to 17 years old. There are two groups divided by gender for both divisions.
First and Second place winners of each category of the regional championships are eligible to compete at the 8TH ANNUAL BISHNU CHARAN GHOSH Yoga International Championship. The third place winner in all categories will serve as an alternate in case the champion and/or runner up is unable to compete in the next level of competition.
The 8TH ANNUAL BISHNU CHARAN GHOSH Yoga National Championship is an invitational championship. Individuals who place first or second in an affiliated 8TH ANNUAL BISHNU CHARAN GHOSH Yoga Regional Championship are automatically invited to participate in the National Championship. If you reside in a region that holds no regional championship, you may be invited to participate in the 8TH ANNUAL BISHNU CHARAN GHOSH Yoga Interational Championship if you travel to and participate in a championship of another region and are approved by the Head Judge. In that case, the qualified Head Judge will evaluate your posture demonstration and determine whether or not you are qualified to represent your region, where there is no 8TH ANNUAL BISHNU CHARAN GHOSH Yoga Regional Championship.
Similarly, the International Yoga Championship is an invitational event. To qualify you must place first or second in a National Championship, or serve as an alternate, or be evaluated and approved by a qualified Head Judge if you live in a country that holds no National Championship.
II. PROHIBITION: Any stimulating drug or alcoholic beverage must not be used before or during the competition by any competitor and will be treated as violation of the rules. Contestant will immediately be disqualified.
Female contestants must not be pregnant.
No contestant can participate as a judge at any regional championship.
No watches, clocks or timers are allowed on or near the competitor during their asana demonstration.
Competitors are to maintain good conduct and proper discipline during competition. The 7TH ANNUAL BISHNU CHARAN GHOSH Yoga Committee reserves the full right to suspend a competitor at any time.
III. REGISTRATION: To register participants must submit all of the following:
An Entry Form, complete with name, age, and signature of competitor. Parent or legal guardian must sign for all youth division contestants.
An entry fee of $100 for the International Championships, payable by check or credit card.
A photo identification document of the competitor must be attached to the Entry Form. The Identification document must contain proof of age or be accompanied by a birth certificate.
A signed Waiver of Liability form must accompany the Entry Form. Parent or legal guardian must sign for all youth division contestants.
For the National/International Championship: A copy of the award certificate of the Regional Yoga Competition in which the individual participated must be attached to the entry form. Competitors from regions that do not hold Regional Championships must provide a letter from the Head Judge in support of the candidate’s entry.
IV. ATTIRE: Female: One or two-piece swimsuit, leotard, or exercise outfit with open arms and legs (no bikinis). The outfit should be elegant and modest.
Male: Speedo style swimsuit or tight fitting shorts.
Participants should minimize accessories and should not wear headbands or bandanas. Unobtrusive jewelry is permissible. The attire should not be overly revealing.
V. FORMAT When a competitor’s name is called he or she will walk to the middle of the stage, face the judges, bring hands to namaskar (prayer position in the center of the chest), bow to the judges and the audience and then release the hands to the sides.
Instructions will then be given by the words, “Start please,” for the competitor to begin. Each competitor will have three minutes within which to complete seven asanas (postures).
The three minute timing will begin as soon as the competitor makes his or her first move into his or her first posture.
Each posture is to be announced, in English or Sanskrit, by the competitor before beginning the posture.
If a competitor falls out of a posture or fails to complete a posture, he or she is allowed a second chance to attempt the same posture. If the competitor again fails, he or she must move on to the next posture.
All competitors should consult with a coach, judge or someone who is familiar with the 7TH ANNUAL BISHNU CHARAN GHOSH Yoga Asana Championship procedures prior to entering the competition so as to assure a smooth and well-presented demonstration.
VI. ASANAS: For details and photos of the compulsory postures please see the document titled “Adult Division Compulsory Postures” or “Youth Division Compulsory Postures.”
ADULT DIVISION – 18 yrs. and older
Five compulsory asanas and two asanas of the competitor’s choice are to be demonstrated in the following order:
Dandayamana Janusirasana (Standing-Head-to-Knee) (4 parts)
Dandayamana Dhanurasana (Standing Bow Pulling Pose)
Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose)
Pashcimottanasana (Stretching Pose)
YOUTH DIVISION – 11 TO 17 yrs.
Four compulsory asanas and two additional asanas, of the competitor’s choice are to be demonstrated in the following order:
Ardha-Chandrasana with Pada-Hastasana (Half Moon Pose with Hands to Feet Pose) (4 parts)
Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
Pashcimottanasana (Stretching Pose)
Ardha-Matsyendrasana (Spine Twisting Pose)
Optional Choice Asana
Optional Choice Asana
VII. JUDGING: Each posture will be judged on a scale of 0 to 10 points. An additional score of 0 to 10 will be given for the overall grace of the competitor. In the adult division, 80 points maximum can be given to each competitor. In the youth division a maximum of 70 points can be given.
All seven postures must be performed in the given sequence within 3 minutes. If any of the postures has not been completed within the allotted time, zero points will be given for that posture. If a competitor has completed a posture and the time runs out while the competitor is holding stillness in the posture, full points can still be awarded for that posture.
Judges will look for balance, strength, flexibility, well-paced timing and appropriate breathing in postures. Full points will be awarded if the competitor achieves the maximum expression of the posture and is able to demonstrate control of the body and breath while in the posture. Five seconds of stillness with controlled breathing in the maximum expression of the posture is recommended to demonstrate control.
Points can be deducted, in whole or half point increments, for the following: wobbling, or lack of stability, hesitation or reversal of motion once the posture has begun, lack of proper alignment, poor timing and flow of posture, lack of stillness or lack of control once in the posture, falling out of a posture, uneven or forced breathing, etc.
A maximum of 5 points can be given for any posture that was attempted twice.
For the grace score the judges may consider the following aspects: the energy being projected by the competitor, personality, vitality, the competitor’s gait when walking on stage, movements between the postures, the overall grace with which the competitor conducts himself or herself, level of confidence, composure and response to being on stage, charisma, transitions in between the postures, calmness of breath, choice of attire, completion of the seven postures within the allotted three minutes, etc.
Judges may consider body proportion and body type to determine how difficult a posture is for each participant. Judges will also consider the degree of difficulty when giving scores for the choice postures.
VIII. JUDGES: World Yoga Foundation must approve all selected judges. Judges must not be constituents of the same yoga organization as the contestants being judged. Judges should preferably be from outside of the contending region. Relatives of a judge cannot participate in a competition the judge is officiating. Coaches should not officiate at a competition in which one of their students is competing.
IX. DISCLOSURES: The World Yoga Foundation will not be liable for any injury to a competitor sustained during or as a result of the competition. Competitors will not be allowed to participate without submitting a Waiver of Liability
The World Yoga Foundation Committee reserves the right to add, alter, and amend the rules and programs at its sole discretion without prior notice. If a rule is changed, competitors will be fairly informed before their posture demonstration.