Yesterday was International Women's Day, and that means celebrating and appreciating the strength and grace of ladies everywhere. To that end, you can read one of the most inspirational stories for women to come out this month: Just five days ago, holistic expert Afton Carraway defended her title as the New York Regional and National Yoga Asana Champion.
After three days of competitive stretching and posing at the Hudson Theater, the former professional dancer from Florida won her second national championship, beating out hundreds of other advanced yoga practitioners.
The competition is simple: Entrants have three minutes in which to perform seven yoga postures, five of them pre-determined and two left up to the contestant.
These aren't your yoga basics poses, either. Many finalists did standing splits or hyperextended their knees. In Carraway's case, she stood on her hands while curling her feet all the way down to touch the top of her head.
According to the Albany Times Union, competitors were judged based on poise, composure, grace and level of difficulty.
Congrats to Carraway and to all the men and women who competed this year!