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It’s Official: Yoga Is Now ‘Racist’ – No, This Isn’t Satire

Uh-oh. Somebody had better tell Hillary so she can delete more yoga videos from her email.

You know Hillary, she’s all about the identity politics.

Of course, it might upset her so much she’ll have to do the Alternate Nostril Breathing…

Oh, dear… that’s ‘cultural appropriation’, too.

Practicing yoga by white people is now considered an act of ‘white supremacy’.

It’s all part of the white ‘yoga industrial complex’ — whatever the hell that is…

White people who do a downward-facing dog are contributing to a “system of power, privilege, and oppression,” according to a Michigan State University professor.

Shreena Gandhi, a religious studies professor at Michigan State, claims in an article she recently co-authored that Americans who practice yoga are contributing to white supremacy and promote the “yoga industrial complex.”

White Americans should learn yoga’s history, acknowledge the cultural appropriation they engage in and possibly reduce the cost of yoga classes for poor people, a group that often includes people of color and “recent immigrants, such as Indian women to whom this practice rightfully belongs,” Gandhi argued.
Source: Fox News

The article is filled with such astute insights such as:

The explosion of yoga studios, yoga videos, apps, yoga pants, and other yoga swag over the last two decades is evidence of this. Yoga contributes to our economic system, but never forget this system is one built upon exploitation and commodification of labor, often the labor of black people and people of the global south.

Yoga, like so many other colonized systems of practice and knowledge, did not appear in the American spiritual landscape by coincidence; rather, its popularity was a direct consequence of a larger system of cultural appropriation that capitalism engenders and reifies. While the (mis)appropriation of yoga may not be a life-threatening racism, it is a part of systemic racism nonetheless, and it is important to ask, what are the impetuses for this cultural “grabbing”?

Did you catch that?

These people are railing against capitalism as exploitative of non-white people. Ergo, these folks are anti-capitalist.

And what’s the opposite of capitalism, kiddies?

Communism.

Lovely.

But wait!  There’s more!

We would argue one of the goals of White Supremacy is to buffer white people from the pain that comes from the process of exchanging cultural grounding for the unearned power and privilege of whiteness. This looks like the hoarding of material resources and wealth into the hands, pockets, and bank accounts of white society. Meanwhile, in order to uphold the foundation and on-going functioning of white supremacist and racial capitalism, white people are taught to be ahistorical and emotionally repressed. In order to maintain the status quo, white people are taught to sublimate and anesthetize feeling. To feel — whether joy, sorrow, or grief — is to be counter cultural in this country. Dominant culture teaches white people, as well as People of Color, to numb through materialism, consumerism, entertainment, prescription and hard drugs, and alcohol. It also socializes white people to consciously or unconsciously misuse power and relate to others from a false sense of superiority. Because most white people are not taught to confront and examine the painful and uncomfortable realities of racism, and their complicity in it, the cycle of oppression, repression, and consumption continues.

Source: Kalamazoo College

Blah, blah, blah.

This article is a real mess of words tossed on the page to vilify white people as racist and benefiting from ‘white privilege’ — which, ironically, is itself racist.

Dr. Shreena Gandhi has a Ph.D. in religion and is ‘revising her manuscript’ to include ‘liberal white supremacy culture and yoga in the US‘. She co-wrote the article with Lillie Wolff, who is described as ‘an antiracist white Jewish organizer, facilitator, and healer‘ that is ‘passionate about decolonizing and politicizing yoga and the healing arts, and building a sustainable movement for collective liberation that is grounded in accountable spiritual practice and healing justice‘.

Ummm… what? What does that even mean? ‘Decolonize yoga’… that’s nutty.

Almost as nutty as this:

It’s the same argument in reverse.

Gandhi is obviously very jealously guarding yoga as a part of her cultural heritage. Sure, great. But she’s also wanting to have all people view yoga the way that she does.  Ummm… no.

Some people just do yoga as a way to keep themselves limber and fit. They find it enjoyable and a way to slow down in our fast-paced lives. Is there something wrong with that?

To Gandhi, there is.

That’s it.

I’m taking up Pilates.

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