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11/23/2015

University Cancels Yoga Class Because of the Oppression

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:51 am



Washington Post (not the Onion): University yoga class canceled because of ‘oppression, cultural genocide’:

In studios across the nation, as many as 20 million Americans practice yoga every day. Few worry that their downward dogs or warrior poses disrespect other cultures.

But yoga comes from India, once a British colony. And now, at one Canadian university, a yoga class designed to include disabled students has been canceled after concerns the practice was taken from a culture that “experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy,” according to the group that once sponsored it.

In a telephone interview with The Washington Post, Jennifer Scharf, who taught the class for up to 60 people at the University of Ottawa, said she was unhappy about the decision, but accepted it.

“This particular class was intro to beginners’ yoga because I’m very sensitive to this issue,” she said. “I would never want anyone to think I was making some sort of spiritual claim other than the pure joy of being human that belongs to everyone free of religion.”

Those crazy Canadians. Nothing like that could ever happen at the bastions of sanity that are universities in the United States.

26 Responses to “University Cancels Yoga Class Because of the Oppression”

  1. this is not good enough

    this filthy Jennifer Scharf should resign in shame for how she defiled and appropriated the Yoga culture and if she does not resign she should be fired and blacklisted so she never works at an university again

    this is not the sort of person who should be around small children!

    happyfeet (831175)

  2. I am going to stop using the zero right this minute. That came from India too. And I have already thrown out my curry powder.

    nk (dbc370)

  3. Looks like it’s time to close the kendo and iaido club. Karateka the world over will be depressed as well.

    Gordon Pasha (827167)

  4. Greetings:

    I could use some help on my “cultural appropriation” analysis for the following:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5ekB4l-6wg

    11B40 (0f96be)

  5. The English were also guilty of imposing the Western white man’s values, suppressing the practice of suttee. I wonder if the SJW’s in our midst think they want that back.

    Bill H (2a858c)

  6. I know yoga has some extreme positions, but I didn’t know they could actually put their heads up their asses!

    Bruce (baf98b)

  7. “Canada? I don’t even know what street that’s on.” -Al Capone

    CrustyB (69f730)

  8. The British brought modern sanitation to India. I wonder if that too is considered colonial oppression and if Indian students who are so sensitive about this have gone back to urinating and defecating in the streets.

    Actually I have never met an Indian who serves as a foot solder in the Crybully Wars, let alone one who is a commanding officer. In my experience they are generally too busy excelling at academics. From the WaPo article in the link it sounds like this beastly cultural appropriation was uncovered by some committee of namby-pambies during a general review of extracurricular offerings.

    Jennifer Scharf is cute and she seems to be taking this in stride.

    JVW (d60453)

  9. So where does this leave tai chi?

    Gramps (bc022b)

  10. or chai tea

    happyfeet (831175)

  11. Merely another illustration of the theory that, yes, liberalism is a form of mental illness.

    Mark (74fce8)

  12. Some chakras are more equal than others.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  13. Forget it, Jake. It’s Canada. This is the place where telling restaurant employees to wash their is employment discrimination.

    nk (dbc370)

  14. wash their *hands*

    nk (dbc370)

  15. It’s because India’s official state animal is the elephant.
    Although my favorite is the gibbon.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  16. Jennifer, how hard was it to bite your nose?

    seeRpea (71d373)

  17. re %5: people have no idea what “suttee” was nor do they know who (Sir) General Napier was.

    seeRpea (71d373)

  18. Q. How do we know Adam was a Canadian?
    A. Who else would stand beside a naked woman and be tempted by an apple?

    nk (dbc370)

  19. obama?

    happyfeet (831175)

  20. Don’t anybody tell them that English and French are Indo-European languages.

    nk (dbc370)

  21. what language does obama use to talk to his jew-slaughtering terrorist friends?

    i think it’s english

    some sort of weirdo of-the-islands pothead food stamp dialect

    but for sure english

    i watched a documentary about linguistics once

    happyfeet (831175)

  22. at least the beginning

    happyfeet (831175)

  23. The common language of Kenya, also the official one, is Bantu Swahili. Additional languages are Kalenjin, Kamba, Kikuyu, Kisii, Luhya, Luo, Meru, and Kenyan Sign Language.

    nk (dbc370)

  24. Jonestown.ottawa.ca cannot be far behind.

    DNF (ffe548)

  25. I wonder if the student federation rep drives a Volkswagen.

    JP (a11fdb)

  26. I read this comment at a newssite and am taking the liberty of posting it.
    Due credit to the original poster.. (please ignore the spelling I did not change anything)

    Oy vey! I remember going to a big party years ago where the friends of a woman in a wheelchair were trying to get everyone to stop dancing because it upset her. I tried my best to encourage them to let people have fun, and help her find a way to have fun, but she wouldn’t budge and they wouldn’t stop, so I left the party.
    No one is mocking yoga, and I seriously doubt if their is one single yoga master in India upset that yoga is being done around the world, probably quite the opposite. Up til now, the people most upset about yoga were Krazy Kristians fearful of its demonic influence. But now the PC crowd has to get into the act. I hope this idea falls flatter than a good corpse pose.

    sa (776186)


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