Flying to South Korea For Asian Championship
Yoga is well known as Indian’s heritage. Indians has been practising yoga for centuries. However, lately this self realization and simple meditation has no longer being their favourite anymore same as all other Indian traditions which soon might be forgotten. The westerners started learning yoga and brought back to their countries. They understood the benefit of yoga and started running yoga classes as successful business. While many Indians think Yoga has been completely owned by the westerners now, Yogacharya Yogiraaj DS.Lingham Pillai being the founder president of Malaysian Yoga Sports Association has determine to revive the Yoga practice in Malaysia.
Malaysian Yoga Sports Association was formed in 2013 and it is a non-profit tax-exempt organisation. It celebrates the authentic yoga teachings of all traditions, the diversity, harmony and integrity of yoga practices throughout the country and the world. Malaysian Yoga Sports Association is open to all yogis and yoga organisations in Malaysia. MYSA supports the international standards for yoga teachers from 1987. “Yoga is known as a science and means union of body, breath and mind. It increases the inner strength and uplifts their lives. Knowing this, the society was formed to promote yoga among Malaysians especially Indians. Though yoga was a form of ancient practise of exercise, now it has evolved to be a sports. We call it ‘Yoga Sports’ now.” Said Lingham.
“In line with this aim MYSA has obtained the rights to host the 27th World Yoga Sports Championship in 2015 in Kuala Lumpur somewhere in November. I’ve been practising yoga for more than 40 years now. The society and my goal are very simple. We want to bring yoga sports to SUKMA Games Malaysia. Once this is accomplished we will look into bring the sports into SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth games and ultimately to Olympic Games. That’s everybody’s dream in the association” he explained further.
The preliminary works to achieve this goal has been started. National level competitions are being held every year. This year’s competition was held on 20th September 2014 at The Temple of Fine Arts in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. A wide range of category has been contested and won by the best performers. The winners of the competition formed the Elite Yoga Sports Squad to represent Malaysia for the 4th Asian Yoga Sports Championship in Seoul Korea. This squad has been trained rigorously in person by Yogacharya Yogiraaj DS.Lingham Pillai.
“I’ve won in that competition held in September. There is several other winners too. Since the victory I’ve been given many trainings systematically. These training are to prepare us to participate in the Asian Yoga Championship in Seoul, South Korea. I love yoga very much. I’m very happy that I got the opportunity to participate in this competition” said 9 year old Yelil happily which has been practising yoga since she was 4 years old.
The 4th Asian Yoga Sports Championship will be held from 14 to 16th November 2014. Yelil will be participating in ‘Yogasana 8-12 years, Artistic Pair 8-17 years, Artistic Solo 8-17 years and Rhythmic Pair 8-17 years categories. She is the only Malaysian contestant taking part in 4 different categories.
Beside Yelil there are 14 other Malaysian candidates who will be representing the nation for the 4th Asian Yoga Sports Championship competition. Lingham has very high hope on the elite team as he is hoping to bag Gold Medal, even though it is their 1st attempt in the Asian Championship. iTimes would like to wish Good Luck to all the 15 participants to make Malaysians proud and to return home safely.