White people doing Yoga? RAAAAACIST!

Good Freaking Grief

Yoga is just yoga, unless you are white. Then it is cultural appropriation:

To truly honor yoga, writes Michigan State University professor Shreena Gandhi, white Americans should understand its history, acknowledge the cultural appropriation they engage in, and possibly reduce the cost of yoga classes for poor people, a group that often includes people of color and “recent immigrants, such as Indian women to whom this practice rightfully belongs.”

BTW, those with Indian ancestry are the wealthiest ethnic group in the USA. They bring in 70% more than whites per household. But I’m forgetting; statistics are racist. The narrative requires viewing Indians as put-upon victims deserving of special consideration.

Gandhi coauthored a piece entitled “Yoga and the Roots of Cultural Appropriation” with Lillie Wolff. Wolff describes herself as an “antiracist white Jewish organizer, facilitator and healer” who is “passionate about decolonizing and politicizing yoga.” “Decolonizing” means purging it of unclean whiteness.

One thought on “White people doing Yoga? RAAAAACIST!”

  1. Ask anyone wearing a leotard and staring off into the middle distance how long yoga has been practiced, and chances are they’ll tell you that it’s around five thousand years old. In other words, people were stretching and posing serenely several hundred years before aliens secretly built the Egyptian pyramids. Yoga as we know it today — a set of postures (asanas) combined with breathing techniques — dates back to around the grand old year of 1960.

    “But how can that be?” you scream, rending your organic exercise mat in two. Well, that “five thousand years old” claim rests entirely on some 5,000-year-old pictures found in the Indus Valley of a man sitting cross-legged. Though this is one of the main yoga positions, it so happens that it’s also the position most people take when, you know, they sit on any flat surface.

    Yoga is first mentioned by name in some 2,500-year-old Hindu religious texts called the Upanishads, but this is actually a term relating to a method of strapping horses together — literally the origin for our word “yoke.” The Upanishads use it as a metaphor for a mental prayer technique, but as far as all those weird stretches are concerned, the texts mention exactly one physical posture, and that posture is pretty much “sit in a way that makes meditation comfortable.” So the word “yoga” might describe an old Hindu teaching, but then so does the word “avatar,” and nobody’s claiming that the James Cameron movie reflects an unbroken line of ancient sacred tradition.

    It wasn’t until the 19th century that an Indian prince named Krishnaraja Wodeyar III produced something resembling what we call yoga: a manual called the Sritattvanidhi, which listed 122 poses mostly taken from Indian gymnastics. What really kicked-started modern yoga, though, was the influence of the Imperial British, who introduced Indians to the new exercise craze that was sweeping Europe at the time.

    Later a guy named B.K.S. Iyengar came up with the idea of combining these exercise techniques with some of the teachings described in old Hindu texts like the Yoga Sutras and let the result loose on America in the 1960s. Since then, yoga fans have grown by the millions, with few realizing that they are practicing a chanted-up version of early 20th-century gym class.

    It’s all BS and actual Indians are laughing at you…..

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