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But not all yoga practitioners agree.
"The roots of yoga are based in acceptance and nonviolence and compassion toward self and others," said Roseanne Harvey, 35, of Montreal, who's been practicing yoga for 15 years and blogs about it at http://www.itsallyogababy.com/.
She pointed out that in most yoga classes, "what we're trying to do is encourage students not to compete," she said.
While saying that the universe of yoga had "room within it for lots of different approaches," Harvey had some concerns about what yoga pose competitions would be promoting, that people could get hurt if the idea filters down that it's about being able to get into the perfect positions.
She also wondered if that emphasis on the perfect pose would put off people who would look at the competitors as attaining a physical level they can't reach.
"It can deflate people, it can intimidate people from wanting to try it," she said.
Choudhury isn't too concerned about those put off by the idea of competitions.
"Yoga teaches people to be nonjudgmental," she said.
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