Student leaders with The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa decided to cancel a free yoga class over concerns that the class wasn’t sensitive to the calming exercise’s cultural roots, and was an example of cultural appropriation.
Jen Scharf has been teaching the class at the University’s Centre for Students with Disabilities for the last seven years.
“I guess it was this cultural appropriation issue because yoga originally comes from India,” she told the CBC HERE on Sunday. “I told them, ‘Why don’t we just change the name of the course?’ It’s simple enough, just call it mindful stretching.… We’re not going through the finer points of scripture. We’re talking about basic physical awareness and how to stretch so that you feel good.
While the Hindu American Foundation has a “Take Back Yoga” campaign that argues against the activity’s commercialization, other members of the Hindu community don’t feel slighted in the least!
Here’s what the Twitterverse had to say: