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Seattle Times: Yoga and Race

Filed under: Race — DRJ @ 11:30 pm

[Headline from DRJ]

The Seattle TimesSeattle yoga teacher’s ‘Undoing Whiteness’ class: Founded on deep purpose, it’s triggered outrage:

A certified yoga teacher since 2004, Humpf resolved to directly combat racism following high-profile cases of police officers killing or brutalizing black people. As a white woman, she says she recognized the distinct role the white community has in discussing how to destroy racism. For her, that meant consulting with mentors of color on the best course of action rather than going it alone. The result: the monthly, 90-minute workshops.

“I do stand behind white people needing to talk to other white people on how to undo whiteness. Can I keep refining it and doing it differently and better? Yeah, and I will forever and ever. But I believe in this space as one tool,” she says of her class of about a dozen that incorporates meditation, yoga postures, and readings from “Witnessing Whiteness,” a book meant to help white people deal with discomfort around race-based conversations.

Humpf, 39, sees her class as going beyond yoga’s elegant poses. It seeks, she says, to arrive at yoga’s literal meaning: union. White supremacy thwarts achieving that union within the individual and with others, says Humpf.


4 Responses to “Seattle Times: Yoga and Race”

  1. She seems to sincerely believe in what she is doing and has persisted for years despite being mocked. Is mocking deserved or is it retooled social conservatism?

    DRJ (15874d)

  2. Her mocking is deserved, especially when she says something bone-stupid like, “I was seeing white people show up in yoga spaces in racist ways.”
    Her studio is in Rainier Beach, one of the least white parts of Seattle. A cynical person could say she’s doing big pander to the community to drum up business.

    Paul Montagu (a61762)

  3. #1 With respect, this soubnds like a very sincere businesswoman out to tell people exactly what they want to hear, while at the same time pretending to tell them uncomfortable truths. Everyone feels swell when its all done, and can go home with a renewed sense of moral superiority.

    Appalled (d07ae6)

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