Yoga competitors head for Hutt
Some of the country's top yoga practitioners will gather in Hutt City this Sunday for the New Zealand Yoga Asana Championship.
Lower Hutt Hot Bikram Yoga owner Glenda Swan, who will be hosting the event at her studio in Andrews Ave, says the competitors display amazing determination and control demonstrating the asana, or poses.
"Competitors are required to perform five compulsory and two optional postures in three minutes.
"They are judged on skill, control, grace and precision using a points-based system similar to gymnastics," she says.
About 13 competitors and 50 spectators are expected from throughout the country.
"Competitors are regular people who have the courage to get up and display the postures ... it's great to have them in the studio as it offers inspiration for students to see where they can take their practice."
Among the competitors will be new Lower Hutt Yoga practitioner Nadine Warbrick.
She began yoga in July last year, and in the lead-up to the competition is doing nine hours of practice a week.
"I've changed physically, as well as mentally.
"I'm way more relaxed and calm, and I feel overall so much better," she says.
"I'm definitely not the best [competitor], but I feel like it would be good to inspire other people to get involved and just have fun."
The competition is organised by the New Zealand Yoga Federation. Spectators are welcome, entry is $5, and children are free.