University cancels yoga class over 'cultural appropriation'

- The University of Ottawa has canceled a yoga class in existence for the past seven years because of concerns over 'cultural appropriation.'

'Cultural appropriation' is the act of an oppressor borrowing or stealing elements of culture from the group that is being oppressed.

The university's Centre for Students with Disabilities is behind the cancelation citing the "cultural issues of implication involved in the practice."

The class instructor told the CBC that some students and volunteers were uncomfortable with the "cultural issues" involved.

Critics of westernized yoga say it has lost its true meaning and purpose which is to 'unite' (the Hindu meaning of 'yoga') and is not about holding postures.

While one class was canceled, the university says other, free yoga classes will continue to be offered.

 

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