Yoga Championship – Yoga for fools

Below is an invitation I received from “Western Canadian Hatha Yoga Championship” along with my reply.

To Shakti Mhi
Prana Yoga Teacher College

I wanted to introduce you to the upcoming Western Canadian Hatha Yoga Championship, taking place this January 18th at Sportsplex, Capilano University. This event is being jointly organized by Bikrams Yoga College of Vancouver, Bikrams Metrotown and Simply Eventful Management.

As a supplier to yogis everywhere, we would be excited to welcome Prana Yoga Teacher College to the event. Though this is not the first Western Canadian Hatha Yoga Championship in Vancouver, it is the first with an exhibit portion – adding additional value to the attendees. We are inviting table-top exhibits to yoga-related, sustainable and health-related organizations – in the Sportsplex concourse. See the attached for many other benefits of sponsorship.

This championship will begin with an early morning yoga class, led by Senior Bikram’s yoga master and octogenarian Emmy Cleaves, which will attract hundreds of hatha yogis from the Lower Mainland. The competition has 4 categories – the winners and runners up of each category will be permitted entry to the International Hatha Yoga Championship in L.A. in February.

Overall, we anticipate over 800 attendees! This is the perfect opportunity to begin a partnership with the Western Canadian Hatha Yoga Championship! The goal is to grow the exhibit portion, include educational components and raise global awareness of the health benefits of yoga and clean living.

Please find more information at

I look forward to hearing from you.

Annette McCunn

And my response:

Dear Annette McCunn

When I got your email I had to read it few times to be sure that it is actually not a joke.

How can “hatha yogis” And “championship” be beside each other in one sentence, let alone in one room?

I guess the winner will be the biggest fool that believes the discipline of hatha yoga is for the purpose of showing off.

Hatha yoga competition is the equivalent of organizing a strip show for nuns.

You are asking me to sponsor spreading ignorance to ignorants and leading people astray. That is the easiest thing I ever been asked as a spiritual teacher – but unfortunately that is not my “thing”.

shakti mhi

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