Growing up in Dallas and Hawaii, fitness and meditation was the last thing on Jared McCann’s mind. He was a party boy and indulged in far too many illegal drugs. He got a degree from UT, and moved to New York City. At the age of 26 he got on a yoga mat and his life was never the same.
Now, seven years later, he’s a two-time national champion and international champion of USA Yoga’s National Asana Championships. He will showcase some of his favorite asanas at the 11th annual competition, March 14-16, 2014 at the Aztec Theatre in San Antonio.
“Currently, more than 20 million people in the U.S. practice some form of hatha yoga, and the national competitions allow us to share some of the most beautiful poses with the world,” adds Rajashree Choudhury, founder of USA Yoga. “But along with the stunning asana practices are heart warming stories that chronicle the transformation many experience as dedicated yoga practitioners.
McCann has given up the drugs and the alcohol, as his body and mind have different cravings now. Mainly his asanas, meditation and healthy food. Jared doesn’t believe in one-size-fits-all yoga, but believes in listening to your inner self and spirit.
“Yoga is a tool to assist in our human evolution,” says McCann who took the international championship title in London just a few years after he began his yoga journey. “Through yoga I have strengthened my mind body connection to create a peaceful and joyous life.”
Watch McCann, live, on his sticky mat at the Aztec Theatre on the River Walk in San Antonio, or via streaming media at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/usa-yoga.
Yoga Asana competitions originated in India hundreds of years ago and are still being conducted there today. USA Yoga Founder, Choudhury, won multiple yoga awards as a child in India, and yoga has been the compass for her life just as it has been for McCann and others in the national competition.