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University of Ottawa bans yoga classes over ‘cultural genocide’ concerns

By Michael Koziol, Sydney Morning Herald

Are yoga classes culturally insensitive?

The University of Sydney has been debating whether to ban yoga unless the spiritual side of the practice is also included in the classes.

Students at a leading Sydney university say they would have to carefully consider the running of any yoga classes after the practice was cancelled at a Canadian college because it might be culturally insensitive.

The University of Ottawa Student Federation raised international eyebrows when it cancelled yoga classes because of concerns about “cultural genocide”, colonialism and “Western supremacy”.

In an email from a student representative, yoga instructor Jennifer Scharf was told her seven-year-old program would be discontinued due to “cultural issues of implication” involved in the practice.

“Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced and what practices from what cultures (which are often sacred spiritual practices) they are being taken,” the student wrote in an email exchange that was published by the Washington Post.

“Many of these cultures are cultures that have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy, and we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves and while practicing yoga.”

Ms Scharf taught an inclusive yoga program for the Centre for Students with Disabilities. According to reports, the decision to halt the program was taken by the Student Federation, which describes itself in its charter as “the instrument of political action of the undergraduate student population”.

Student leaders at Australian universities appear less inclined to wield the axe of political correctness, at least on this occasion. At the University of Sydney, free yoga classes were until recently run by the Health and Wellness Society, a club financed through the student-run University of Sydney Union (USU). The club lost its registration earlier in the year after failing to follow correct administrative procedure.

USU president Alisha Aitken-Radburn said that to the best of her knowledge, the organisation had not received any complaints about yoga and cultural appropriation.

How’s this for pc doublespeak?  These kids actually speak this way?  Apparently so.  Anyone know WTF they are talking about?
Yeah.  They know, but they’re the only ones who do. 

But Adam Ursino, one of four ethnic affairs officers on the Students’ Representative Council, said students would have concerns about the return of yoga if it was stripped of its cultural context.

“It’s really difficult to distinguish between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation,” he said, speaking on behalf of the four. “Because yoga is considered in the Hindu equivalent of the Bible ... we decided that it was inherently a Hindu ritual practice.

“And so because of that, taking it away from its spiritual significance – taking the ‘yoganess’ out of yoga – is problematic and it does render it culturally appropriative because it becomes colonial and secularised.”

This thing goes on and you might enjoy the lunacy. Or,,, pull out your hair cos some of these total wastes of space idiots, are learning nothing of value at university but will some day (ya never really know) they will be making decisions of a more serious nature for you.  Or your descendants.
There’s a video here also of dubious audio quality but you’ll get to hear a bit of if you want your brain rattled.

writer Reni Eddo-Lodge said she sympathised with the Ottawa students, because yoga had become associated almost exclusively with people who were thin, white and blonde.

“Yoga really does have to become decolonised, wrenched away from the perception that it’s only for a hyper-flexible, super-thin and very white elite few,” she wrote.


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