Yoga & Cultural Appropriation

View image | gettyimages.com Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto. -Terence In the fall of 2015, a free yoga class at the University of Ottawa was suspended out of concern that it might be
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View image | gettyimages.com Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto. -Terence In the fall of 2015, a free yoga class at the University of Ottawa was suspended out of concern that it might be an act of cultural appropriation. Staff at the Centre for Students with Disabilities, where the class was offered, made this decision on the basis of a complaint.  A Centre official noted that many cultures, including the culture from which yoga originated, “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy … we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga.”  In response, there was an attempt to “rebrand” the class as “mindful stretching.” Due to issues regarding a French translation of the phrase, the rebranding failed and the class was suspended. When I first heard about his story, I inferred it was satire on the part of the Onion because it seemed to be an absurd lampooning of political. . .

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