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25-11-2015, 09:01 AM
Yoga is a cultural appropriation
JBee, you need to check your white privilege and stop stealing the culture of an oppressed people!




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25-11-2015, 09:05 AM
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Yeah I was in a Facebook "debate" the other day about this. I say debate sarcastically because we couldn't find a single person that actually agreed with the idea.

If we were to practice the same concept consistently, the results would be quite amusing. Algebra, for example, is an Arabic word and should probably not be taught by white people. It's not politically correct for us to steal their math and white wash it.

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25-11-2015, 09:06 AM
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Jenny rant,I can see it.

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25-11-2015, 09:15 AM
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Totally agree in keeping with yoga's roots. I read quite a lot about where yoga came from--it's history, what the poses mean, why the poses are done the way they are done. I prefer going to yoga studios that stick to yoga's roots. I had a yoga class the other night and the yoga instructor treated it like a gym class and even used a stop watch to time the poses. He had no creativity in linking the poses together either. And his instruction was "Now do this" instead of using the proper terminology. Hobo Most instructors will give a brief history of various poses once in awhile--but he was like "I guess traditional yogis think this pose means xyz for some reason." I can see why some who use yoga for spiritual purposes may find that insulting.
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25-11-2015, 09:16 AM
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(25-11-2015 09:06 AM)Metazoa Zeke Wrote:  Jenny rant,I can see it.

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25-11-2015, 11:58 AM (This post was last modified: 25-11-2015 12:06 PM by cjlr.)
RE: Yoga is a cultural appropriation
(25-11-2015 09:15 AM)jennybee Wrote:  Totally agree in keeping with yoga's roots. I read quite a lot about where yoga came from--it's history, what the poses mean, why the poses are done the way they are done. I prefer going to yoga studios that stick to yoga's roots. I had a yoga class the other night and the yoga instructor treated it like a gym class and even used a stop watch to time the poses. He had no creativity in linking the poses together either. And his instruction was "Now do this" instead of using the proper terminology. Hobo Most instructors will give a brief history of various poses once in awhile--but he was like "I guess traditional yogis think this pose means xyz for some reason." I can see why some who use yoga for spiritual purposes may find that insulting.

The only level on which I could come close to seeing the point is that there are - presumably? - lots of bad yoga schools out there, with underqualified teachers who don't really know what they're doing. The inevitable counterpart to mcdojos, as it were.

Of course on that hand, is anybody going to go over to the university karate club and tell them to knock off their cultural appropriation?

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25-11-2015, 12:09 PM
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(25-11-2015 11:58 AM)cjlr Wrote:  
(25-11-2015 09:15 AM)jennybee Wrote:  Totally agree in keeping with yoga's roots. I read quite a lot about where yoga came from--it's history, what the poses mean, why the poses are done the way they are done. I prefer going to yoga studios that stick to yoga's roots. I had a yoga class the other night and the yoga instructor treated it like a gym class and even used a stop watch to time the poses. He had no creativity in linking the poses together either. And his instruction was "Now do this" instead of using the proper terminology. Hobo Most instructors will give a brief history of various poses once in awhile--but he was like "I guess traditional yogis think this pose means xyz for some reason." I can see why some who use yoga for spiritual purposes may find that insulting.

The only level on which I could come close to seeing the point is that there are - presumably? - lots of bad yoga schools out there, with underqualified teachers who don't really know what they're doing. The inevitable counterpart to mcdojos, as it were.

Of course on that hand, is anybody going to go over to the university karate club and tell them to knock of their cultural appropriation?

Yoga is used as a spiritual practice, so when something like Christian Yoga comes along and tweaks the names of the poses and uses Christian prayers during the classes, I can see how someone who uses traditional yoga for spiritual purposes could find that offensive. If anyone ever did anything to the cross and used it in a way that was different than what xtians are used to--they would be up in arms over it. Then you also have "americanized yoga" which is basically a gym class. Yoga is sacred to many who practice it as it is used as a spiritual awakening. It is the equivalent of someone fucking around with a cross or prayers to God. That is how they see it.

Since I am an atheist, I don't do the spiritual parts to yoga, but I do like some of the teachings and I do like learning about its history and respecting the practice. Yoga is more than just exercise--it is a mind body connection. People who treat yoga like a gym class miss that.
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25-11-2015, 12:31 PM
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(25-11-2015 12:09 PM)jennybee Wrote:  
(25-11-2015 11:58 AM)cjlr Wrote:  The only level on which I could come close to seeing the point is that there are - presumably? - lots of bad yoga schools out there, with underqualified teachers who don't really know what they're doing. The inevitable counterpart to mcdojos, as it were.

Of course on that hand, is anybody going to go over to the university karate club and tell them to knock of their cultural appropriation?

Yoga is used as a spiritual practice, so when something like Christian Yoga comes along and tweaks the names of the poses and uses Christian prayers during the classes, I can see how someone who uses traditional yoga for spiritual purposes could find that offensive. If anyone ever did anything to the cross and used it in a way that was different than what xtians are used to--they would be up in arms over it. Then you also have "americanized yoga" which is basically a gym class. Yoga is sacred to many who practice it as it is used as a spiritual awakening. It is the equivalent of someone fucking around with a cross or prayers to God. That is how they see it.

Since I am an atheist, I don't do the spiritual parts to yoga, but I do like some of the teachings and I do like learning about its history and respecting the practice. Yoga is more than just exercise--it is a mind body connection. People who treat yoga like a gym class miss that.

A super-traditional shomen stand at the front of a dojo would have symbols of Amaterasu in it. I've heard of people putting a cross in instead (or even both). I have, genuinely, no idea what the religious beliefs of my best karate instructors are, because it's irrelevant. Although I rather doubt our style's headmaster would come all the way from Japan to train with us if he thought we were appropriating his culture.

I haven't watched the video in the OP but it looks a lot more like your two minutes' hate for "kids these days" rather than containing any detail on the actual situation, let alone a real discussion on the nature and existence of cultural appropriation.

To wit - the actual story is glossed here. The Student Union was reviewing some campus programs, and the primary concern was accreditation of instructors, because that's their job when things are done in the University's name, and because it's Ottawa there's naturally a touch of language politicking thrown in too; in any case the local Hindu temple says they don't particularly care, because they don't see any of the practices as tied to any specific religious identity - though they still aren't fans of pop commercialisation and dubious credentialing. Lastly it would seem pertinent to further mention that this isn't even the only yoga class on campus. So there's that.

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25-11-2015, 01:17 PM
RE: Yoga is a cultural appropriation
Yoga is evil. A tool of Satan. Beware. Your salvation is at stake. Yes
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment...e-1.984048

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25-11-2015, 01:18 PM
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(25-11-2015 01:17 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  Yoga is evil. A tool of Satan. Beware. Your salvation is at stake. Yes
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment...e-1.984048

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This is funny. The Christees think it's satanic and the Far Left thinks it's satanic.

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