Yoga Competition & Carnival 2010
Malaysia's Largest Yoga Carnival
The early of Saturday of 17th July 2010 saw the Bangsar Sports Complex car park and its surroundings filled with cars to the brim. Late comers found themselves making the rounds again and again before eventually finding a car park. People from all walks of life were streaming in. The occasion? The 2010 Yoga Competition and Carnival organized by The Malaysian Yoga Society (MYS) was being held. From the young to the not so young, everyone made a beeline well before the opening time at 9.00 a.m.
The fund raising event, a vision of the society’s founder, Master Mani Sekaran, was organized and run entirely by volunteers of MYS headed by Jamie Spatafore, the organizing Chairman of the 2010 Yoga Competition and Carnival. The objective of the carnival was to raise awareness of yoga, and it can be practiced by everyone from all walks of life regardless of age, gender and background.
Proceeds of the event went to MYS yoga projects for the underprivileged and Pusat Jagaan Sinar Harmoni (a children’s home in Seri Kembangan).
There was something for everyone! Various types of delicacies and drinks to suit the palates of all, games and fun contests for the young. There were puzzles to be solved, sand art, wishing wells, nails to be looped by rings, nail mats , fish-a-fish. Books, incense scents, saris, health drinks and even a security system were on display.
Todate, the competition was the largest in Malaysian history, drawing contestants even from Johor and Perak. All in, there were 348 participants, 230 children (4-18 years) and 118 adults (19 years and above).
Each participant performed 5 asanas (postures) demonstrating exceptional grace and mastery.
3 championship trophies were up for the children’s category, adult’s category male and female.
The Overall Champion in the Children’s Category was Ganesan Thiagu, while Vikrash Kumar was the Overall Champion in the Male Adult’s Category and Leong Vern Chin was the Overall Champion in the Female’s Adult Category.
The overall champions also received hampers sponsored by Nestle and BMW.
At the competition, two contestants took the spotlight in a most unique way when 5 year old Janeve Vidthyah was declared the youngest winner and 79 year old, Kumarasamy Muthu declared the most senior winner.