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On Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 at 1:00pm, competitors from all over New England will convene at the Burlington Mall to participate in the annual New England Regional Yoga Asana Championships (NERYAC). Winners from each state in youth, men’s, and women’s division will compete to go on to the 2012 USA Yoga National Competition in Los Angeles, California. Over 30 competitors from all over New England will be in attendance.

Anyone is welcome to watch the competition. There will be demonstrations by 2011 International Yoga Champions, Joseph Encinia of the United States, and Yukari Miwa of Japan.

Ann Marie Paul, director of Bikram Yoga Brewster (MA) and Massachusetts current women’s regional champion, will be competing again this year: “Participating in the Yoga Asana Championships has transformed and taken my yoga practice to a level beyond my wildest dreams.”

Teri Almquist, director of Bikram Yoga Merrimack Valley (MA) says of the competitors “I’m always fascinated to watch the beauty and grace of people who have worked to push the limits of the human body. They are an inspiration to anyone who practices yoga.”

“The Burlington Mall is excited to host this competition for our guest to watch.” says Linnea Kelliher, Director of Marketing for the Burlington Mall.

NERYAC and USA Yoga’s goal is to join with similar organizations in other countries to form an international yoga federation and to qualify Yoga Asana as an Olympic sport.

To find out more information about the Regional Competition, visit

To find out more information about the National Competition, visit