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Western yoga and cultural appropriation?




I might get in trouble for posting this, but I was wondering about this while at work today. There’s an article that’s been going around about a white woman being uncomfortable about having a heavier black woman in her yoga class… It’s incredibly problematic, and the author was called out in

Definitely is. I’m sure my followers will have more to say on this issue …

Yup, just talked about this and I’ll repost what I wrote:

Some south asians have different takes on it but I think we can all agree that westernized yoga is not yoga. White people have taken a sacred practice and completely bastardized it. I mean doing a couple of stretches and saying a broken “namaste” doesn’t make it yoga. But of course, calling it “yoga” allows people to make money off of it.

This is blatant cultural appropriation. 

You can find other exercises that can give the same health benefits.

Some more perspective:

Aside from your discomfort at being associated with a “certain kind of white person,” you’d be benefiting from stealing my culture from me.

Yes, yoga is appropriation and I hope more people realize this. You can’t practice yoga and disregard the religious aspects such as Hinduism, Sikhism, etc.

"Yoga actually includes a combination of exercises, which are intended to connect people with the divine. It’s an aspect of Hindu faith with origins that are thousands of years past, and a very lengthy history of practice across Hindu communities in regions like modern-day India.


While many people appear uncomfortable when it comes to talking about cultural appropriation, yoga furnishes a textbook example; westerners lift something from another tradition, brand it as “exotic,” proceed to dilute and twist it to satisfy their own desires, and then call it their own. While claiming to honor the centuries of tradition involved, what they practice is so far from the actual yoga practiced by actual Hindus that it’s really just another form of trendy fitness, covered in New Age trappings. For Indians, particularly Hindus, there’s a definite divide when it comes to the “yoga” practiced by westerners and that practiced in their own communities.” 


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Western yoga and cultural appropriation?



I might get in trouble for posting this, but I was wondering about this while at work today. There’s an article that’s been going around about a white woman being uncomfortable about having a heavier black woman in her yoga class… It’s incredibly problematic, and the author was called out in

What has happened to yoga is the clearest example of complete and total cultural appropriation, i.e. cultural THEFT, cultural cannibalism, cultural annihilation. It has been ripped out of my culture, and there is nothing peaceful, innocent or unproblematic in the way Western people practise it. With NO exceptions. The practice of “Western yoga” is a violent, imperialist, racist act. Yoga is an Indian/Hindu/South Asian practice and it belongs to Indians/Hindus/South Asians. This is the truth, and if you are afraid of getting into trouble for mentioning it, that is something that should bring home to you the violent nature of imperialism.

90% of “yoga” discourse does not mention the South Asian origins of yoga, and in fact actively tries to suppress this information. If it is mentioned at all, it is only mentioned to give an “exotic” flavour to the boring, bastardised, appropriative and meaningless exercise regimen Western people market as yoga.

More than 90% of “yoga” classes/websites/paraphernalia are marketed towards Western people, taught by Western people and feature Western people in their advertising. I can’t remember the last time I saw a South Asian face in yoga advertising (not that that would make it better). Western people are even trying to spread the appropriative practice among other Third World people, as if it’s theirs to disseminate. These are my thoughts on that:

Google won’t help you find out the truth, because as I said, 90% of sources on yoga are non-South Asian (primarily Western) sources. If you want to find the truth, make sure the sources you use are South Asian. I don’t believe any of the sources you linked were written by South Asians. Google can’t teach you about my culture. Only people from a particular culture can speak with validity and expertise about that culture.

Your first tumblr source says in its first line: “This is a complicated question as Yoga, like Buddhism, when practiced as intended, is not culturally bounded.”

This is absolutely wrong. ALL cultural practices are culturally bounded. The bindi is culturally bounded, the sari is culturally bounded, Hinduism is culturally bounded, every single aspect of my culture is culturally bounded. The cultural boundedness is in fact what makes them “cultural” practices, rather than “universal” ones. NONE of my cultural practices are for sale. None of them are up for grabs by the same colonisers who have spent centuries destroying my country, my people and my culture.

There is such a thing as cultural heritage. Western colonisers stole cultural artefacts and manuscripts from the countries that they looted and raped for centuries; these artefacts (many of them sacred idols and precious objects) and manuscripts (many of them historical documents) are STILL in their libraries and museums, ignoring the fact that our governments and people have been demanding their return. What’s happening to yoga is the same thing - pure and simple theft of our cultural heritage. The concept of heritage means that it IS exclusive, and it IS bounded. Yoga and Indian culture, as well as Indian manuscripts and cultural artefacts, belong to our children. Our ancestors created and sustained these beautiful traditions to pass on to their descendants, not so that they could be stolen and commodified by the descendants of people who oppressed them. We have been protesting, and we will continue to protest when our children are robbed of their heritage.

(Yoga is primarily a Hindu practice, but it has grown to become a pan-South Asian practice, so it’s not limited to Hindus. It definitely IS out of bounds for people who have disrespected it, and Western people have shown over and over that they cannot respect it - or us.)

And unlike your first tumblr source maintains, Western people combining the physical and mental aspects of “yoga” does not make it any less appropriative. Yoga has physical, mental and CULTURAL aspects. That means that South Asian ownership of yoga must be respected, and it can only be practised on our terms.

Meanwhile, Western people are trying to PATENT what they call their own forms of yoga. Non-South Asian people are teaching yoga. Like Western chefs teaching Indian cuisine, like Western people performing Indian dances, like Western henna “artists” teaching “their” art, pretending expertise in another cultural tradition (and selling your ‘expert’ services) is the the clearest and most disgusting form of appropriation.

This divorcing of yoga from its cultural context is an attempt at divorcing the beautiful aspects of my culture from the people. Western people won’t stop until they can finally say that it belongs to them, that they invented it.

It’s part of an entire movement of cultural appropriation that includes things like “The Colour Run”, which is an attempt at divorcing the beautiful traditions of Holi from its cultural/religious context and appropriating this festival.

I could go on and on but I don’t have the energy. The bitter truth is that Western people are so incredibly racist that they can’t ever appreciate the beauty of Indian culture in its cultural context, amongst the people who invented it. They know it’s beautiful, but they can’t fathom how those dirty brown people ever came up with it. They have to commodify it and pretend they invented it and never, ever mention that it has any connection to us in order to enjoy it. Well, their “enjoyment” of an aspect of MY culture IS appropriation, and my culture does belong to me. They are consuming the Other in order to destroy it.

What Western people are doing is NOT yoga, and never will be. Yoga is an integral part of my culture and my people and my identity, and my culture is an integral part of yoga. Without one, you can’t have the other.

Edit: If you want to ask “is this appropriation?” in the future, I suggest you ask or

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you know that unexplainable sickish feeling where youre not really sick and you dont really have a headache but you just feel wrong and you cant get comfortable or find something that youre really into but you kinda feel too ill to sleep or eat its like your body saying “i dont know what i want you to do but this isnt it”

Hey friends, this is a symptom of anxiety.

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This is a video of Hanna Strong, a white female collegiate athlete at Syracuse University spewing hateful and derogatory terms, such as “nigger” and “faggot”. Our campus which is heavily geared towards diversity is far from being equal!

She out her wildlin 



"Call me out on saying the n-word, I don’t give a shit!"

"Don’t record me saying that!"

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how do people on tumblr become so interesting that people actually willingly ask them about their life like i’ve been here for 3 years and i’m pretty sure half of you don’t even know my name

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disney x harry potter is very important to me

still not over how perfect the sorting is

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ow shoot

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So I was just wondering why it's not okay for white girls to have Bantu knots or baby bangs, but it's okay for girls of color to have long blonde straight hair? It just seems like double standards to me. Shouldn't fashion be available for whoever wants express themselves in whatever way they choose?


why is it ok for white people to define the standards of beauty, but whenever a black women even begins to love her natural hair it’s considered “exclusive” or “cocky”?

why is it called “ghetto” or “ratchet” whenever i embrace styles natural to my culture but it’s “classy” and “alternative” when a white girl in Vogue does it?

why is “being black” a phase for white people (who then can always go back to being white again and still receive the benefits of their privilege) but it’s something i need to tone down in order to get a job?

why is it that i have/still get denied access into public places because of my natural hair and skin color?

why is it that a black boy with a hoodie is considered “dangerous” when a white boy with a gun is called “emotionally unstable”?

why is it that we must never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust or Pearl Harbor but i’m supposed to get over the effects of slavery?

why is it ok for white people to talk about their 1/3 German, 1/4 French, etc roots, but the rest of us are “immigrants” who need to “go back where we came from”?

why is it that Ebola has been killing brown people for years, but it’s suddenly curable when someone with white skin contracts it?

basically white people will spend so much time worried about stupid shit like why they cant use other cultures as fashion or why they cant say the n word…

So go ahead and rock your box braids..nobody is stopping you..the rest of us will be busy dodging the system of oppression that’s forced upon us every single day…It just seems like double standards to me. 

but i mean shouldn’t basic human rights be available for everyone???

This is gonna sound so stupid but what is a fuckboy? lol




fuckboy symptoms:

  • timothy over here askin’ for nudes when all u did was say hello
  • connor who won’t calm down with his axe spray tryna infect ya lungs
  • colin adding #420 to his bio when he smoked weed one time
  • gregory mad cause u didn’t blow him after the first date

how to spot a fuckboy:

  • white nike tube socks with his adidas sandals
  • he wants to play 20 questions (!!!!!!!!! do not play !!!!!!!!!!! especially if there’s a “;)” involved)
  • relies on his mom but doesn’t respect women
  • looks like he just read one of jaden smith’s tweets in all of his selfies
  • can’t find the clitoris

fuckboys come in all shapes and sizes and results may vary but when he a fuckboy…he a fuckboy…and u will know


Dear god the accuracy of this post is frightening.






Romanticized vs. Realistic

as a member of Scotland I can confirm

Canada Romanticized:

Canada Realistic:








Romanticized vs. Realistic

as a member of Scotland I can confirm

Canada Romanticized:

Canada Realistic:


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