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University Scraps Yoga To Avoid ‘Cultural Appropriation’

yoga-pantsThe University of Ottawa is ending its free yoga classes after a successful seven years in order to avoid concerns about “cultural appropriation.”

The Ottawa Sun reports that the student government-operated Centre for Students with Disabilities were the ones who pulled the plug on the classes. “While yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students … there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice,” they said in an email.

Yoga, they argue, originally sprang from cultures that have “experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy… we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practicing yoga.”

At least one member of the student federation who spoke to The Sun was opposed to the ban. She argued that “labeling the CSD’s yoga lessons as cultural appropriation is questionable,” and that “a single complaint does not outweigh all of the good that these classes have done.”

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