Tuesday, November 01, 2016 12:00 AM
Non-Approved Optionals

We strongly encourage you to choose your optional postures from the Approved Optional Posture Guide. Download here.
If you are qualifying via video submission, or change your posture on stage due to a last minute injury, then you must choose from this list.

If you are competing at a live event, then you must choose an approved optional from the dropdown menu upon entry. If you want to perform a non-approved optional, then submit a picture of yourself in the posture, to [email protected], AT LEAST ONE CALENDAR MONTH BEFORE, your scheduled event. That means if your event is held on November 19th, then the last day to submit a non-approved optional is October 19th.

Our New Coach's Page

If we are to grow the Yoga Sports movement, and greatly expand the number of athletes, then we need a lot more coaches across the country and from all styles of yoga.

Our new coaches page is a resource for potential yoga athletes. For yoga teachers, coaching is both another source of income, and an enriching experience. For serious practitioners who don't want to quit their day jobs, coaching is an outlet for sharing your knowledge, expertise, and love of yoga. This is a win/win proposition.

It is easy to be listed on our coaches page, here's how:

Interested in hosting a USA Yoga event in your area?

If you are, email Ainslie at [email protected].

Why host a qualifier or fundraiser for USA Yoga?


  • Builds the yoga community in your area.
  • Educates people on the benefits of yoga.
  • It's fun!
  • It's for a good cause.
  • Generates more traffic and exposure for your studio or space.
  • USA Yoga will help you promote your event!

Joseph Encinia, is hosting an event in Richmond this Sunday:

USA Yoga Fundraiser

Exciting News!


We will be debuting two new categories of Yoga at our first Super Regional, held in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival: Artistic Yoga and Partner Yoga. Inspired by Champion Demonstrations, these exhibitions are open to all USA Yoga Athlete Members,
Video Submissions will be accepted until 12/31/16.

As the Qualifying season ends on Jan. 31, 2017, and the first Super Regional is part of this popular international event, we won't have a lot of time to make travel plans. If you think you might be invited, please go ahead and book your room. We have a special rate listed on the event page and reservations may be cancelled for a full refund up to seven days before.

2016-2017 Artistic Yoga Exhibition Athlete Entry Form

Information and registration for the Partner Yoga division will be coming soon!


We have changed the name of the Judges Clinic to the Rules and Postures Guidelines Clinic, to emphasize that it is not just for judges. This clinic will allow all USA Yoga members (other than friends), to certify to coach. It is also of great use to any athlete who wants to understand the rules better.

We have three scheduled, all held online on Sundays from 1-3 PM PT.

The first is this Sunday, November 6th:

November USA Yoga Rules and Posture Guidelines Clinic

December 4th:

December USA Yoga Rules and Posture Guidelines Clinic

January 8th:

January USA Yoga Rules and Posture Guidelines Clinic

We have many qualifying events listed on our events page including:

2016-2017 USA Yoga Phoenix, AZ Qualifier

2016-2017 USA Yoga San Antonio, TX Qualifier

2016-2017 USA Yoga San Jose, CA Qualifier

2016-2017 USA Yoga MidAtlantic States Qualifier

2016-2017 USA Yoga Richardson, TX Qualifier

2016-2017 USA Yoga New York, NY Qualifier

2016-2017 USA Yoga Southern States Qualifier in Austin, TX

As well as our video submission option:

Video Submission Qualifier

All four of our Super Regionals are now scheduled:

USA Yoga At The Arnold 2017 Central/North Region Super Regional Championship

2016-2017 USA Yoga Southern States Super Regional Championship

2016-2017 USA Yoga MidWest Super Regional Championship

2016-2017 USA Yoga West Coast Super Regional Championship

If you would like to host a live or video submission qualifying event, please contact [email protected].

New Perks for Athletes

As we want you to join USA Yoga now, we are offering some special perks for athletes. Once a week we will be sending out exclusive coaches tips to help improve your performance. Join now and receive your weekly training tips.

18-49: Athlete Membership Application w/single payment option

50 and up: Senior Athlete Membership Application with single payment option

11-17: Youth Athlete Membership Application w/single payment option


Rules Changes

  • You must submit your routine upon entry. You will OK it at check-in for your event and you can change it then. The only other time you can change it is onstage by calling out the new postures. (You can only change optional postures onstage.)
  • You can now do all 6 point compulsory postures without incurring a penalty.
  • Please review the appeals process in our Rules as it has changed.