Bikram Yoga Sierra | Truckee youth athletes to compete in NorCal yoga championships |

Bikram Yoga Sierra | Truckee youth athletes to compete in NorCal yoga championships

Courtesy Jennifer SawyerHailee Reichwald twines into position, practicing for the NorCal yoga competitions to be held this weekend.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; In a town of accomplished youth sports, we are no strangers to reading or hearing about Truckee students’ achievements in their respective sports. This season there is a new team to celebrate. They won’t be tossing a ball, running for miles, donning pounds of technical equipment or facing their challengers on a court. Their hours of training are devoted to the practice of moving, stretching and focusing on their three-minute yoga routines for the Northern California Regional Yoga Asana Championships, Saturday, Jan. 14, in Folsom, Calif.

Hosted by United States Yoga Federation (USA Yoga), the Northern California Regional Yoga Asana Championships are similar to a long standing tradition from India that spans thousands of years. A yoga asana championship is a competition during which individuals perform a series of Hatha (physical) yoga asanas (a Sanskrit word meaning postures). A majority of points are earned for physical ability, however points are also awarded to reflect the emotional, mental and spiritual character of the competitor.

Jenay Bauerlein, Nicole Burson, Jessica Lebedeff, Mackenzie Mori, Maddison Paul and Hailee Reichwald have more than 30 years of combined yoga experience and#8212; and they are 13 years old. They arrive at the Bikram Yoga Sierra studio in Truckee, laughing, texting and talking. Their coach, Studio Director Tanya Rose Bordner, greets each individually. During the next 60-90 minutes they will breathe, train and gain confidence to self-promote their abilities.

Thirteen-year-old twins, Maddison and Cade Paul, have been exposed to yoga since age 3. and#8220;We started yoga because of our mom (Bordner) and have been doing it ever since,and#8221; said Maddison Paul. and#8220;It’s really good for being flexible, balance for skiing and doing better ski grabs,and#8221; added Cade. They shared the idea of yoga with their friends and it quickly snowballed into an unlisted and#8220;Teen Power Hourand#8221; class. After exhibiting strength and determination in classes, it was suggested the group practice to compete in the youth division of the regional yoga championships. Six girls chose to work side-by-side for the competition. They trained with International Yoga Champion Ida Ripley and alongside the studio’s four adult competitors, Elishia Linegar, Ben Coleman, Peggy Martin and Betsy Hansen. Hansen, also a sixth-grade teacher at Alder Creek Middle School, said about the young yogis, and#8220;The youth competitors are amazing! The mental and physical determination they gain from their practice will help guide them successfully through life. I am both proud of our youth competitors and jealous. I wish I found yoga at their age. My current practice is continually teaching me to be better person.and#8221;

Bordner, who has taught Bikram yoga in the Truckee community for nine years also directs the BYS Studio in Reno, Nev. She understands the limitations associated with working with young adults. and#8220;This is not easy. We expect kids to be flexible but they are growing more than ever at this stage.and#8221; They work in a room not as hot as the standard 105 degree Bikram yoga class and complete the 26-posture series once without repeating each posture as does the adult level. A focus is placed on the series’ final posture, Savasana, which is one of the most difficult postures to master and requires each person to lay on their back in total relaxation. and#8220;Giving these students the tools to let go completely is the first step in creating clarity and creates a setting for making good choices. This is the time to instill healthy philosophies into their lives and create the mind-body connection,and#8221; said Bordner.

The group will travel to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College in Folsom Saturday, Jan. 14 to present their postures and inspire the yoga community on the benefits of yoga. The judges will look for the individuals who best represent yoga to the world.

Birkam Yoga Sierra Teen Power Hour is located at the Bikram Yoga Sierra Studio at 11090 Trails End Road, Truckee. For more information, please contact the Truckee studio at 530-530-582-4111or Reno, Nev. 775-827-9642. Schedules are also available at

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