VIDEO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS - Please Review Prior to Submitting Your Video

IMPORTANT - The Online Virtual Competition is exclusively for members of USA Yoga. Please renew your membership or become a member.  NON-MEMBER SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

VIDEO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS It is recommended that you fill out this form on the same device your video file is stored on

  1. In order to verify the timing of your submission, you must hold up, immediately prior to beginning your routine, a piece of paper stating the deadline for the video submission for your group. Without this, your routine will not be judged. For instance, if you are in the Women's 18-49 group, you must hold up a piece of paper that says March 15, 2021 immediately before performing your routine.
  2. The video must be filmed against a light-colored, plain, unadorned background.   
  3. The yoga mat should be placed parallel to the wall.
  4. The video must be taken from a position at approximately waist-height.  The camera should not be angled up or down.
  5. The video must be taken from a point approximately 7-8 feet away from the athlete.   All of the athlete’s limbs must in the video frame at all times.  
  6. The video must be of a sufficiently good quality to see the details of the athlete’s posture.   Any videos that are not clear will not be scored (i.e., if the athlete is backlit so that just a shadow is visible).
  7. No apps are allowed, and the speed of the video cannot be tampered with.  
  8. Athletes must wear competitive attire (leotards or yoga shorts/briefs) as stipulated in the guidelines.  No pants or long sleeves of any kind are allowed.
  9. No music is allowed.
  10. Routine must follow the USA posture guidelines and routine format rules. (review posture guidelines │review additional approved posture guidelines │review competition format rules). 

        10.1  No more than 3 minutes (any posture that has not been held in stillness for at least 3 seconds at the end of the 3 minutes will be given a score of 0).

          10.2  Six postures each from a different posture group: backbends, forward compressions, tractions, twists, lifts and inversions. Each group that is missing will result in a one-point deduction from the final score.  Note: Not applicable for Youth 7-8, 9-11.

          10.3  Each characteristic (strength, flexibility, and balance) must appear at least twice in the routine.  Each characteristic that is missing will result in a one-point deduction from the final score).  Note: Not applicable for Youth 7-8, 9-11. 

          10.4  See the guidelines for all of the rules and posture deductions.

Once completed, your video must be saved and uploaded in the appropriate area in the form below, and the athlete must register officially to the event by completing this form in full.  Please note: be prepared with all of the information BEFORE you complete the online form, you must upload your valid legal ID and competition video directly in this form when registering.  

Judging and Finals

Each entry will be scored by a panel of 3 judges and the scores will be released no later than May 24.

Eligible 1st-place winners of Adult and Youth categories (7-8, 9-11 and 12-14, 15-17) for each state from the regional competition are automatically invited to compete at the USA Yoga National Championship. 2nd-place winners may act as an alternate if the 1st-place winner is unable to attend the National Championship or may be invited to the National Championship based on overall score. All other competitors in all categories may be invited to compete in the next level of competition based on the overall score a competitor receives.

The finals for each division will be held the weekend of August 6-8, 2021 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

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