The Ottawa U war on yoga (“cultural appropriation”) makes global news

Here, for example.

From CBC via Huffpo:

A yoga instructor who says her free class at the University of Ottawa was cancelled for cultural reasons believes the student federation’s concerns are misplaced.

Jen Scharf said she’s been teaching a free yoga class for the university’s Centre for Students with Disabilities, which is run by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa, for the last seven years.

“I guess it was this cultural appropriation issue because yoga originally comes from India,” she said 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. < More.

No dice, they cancelled it. As the government broadcatr, CBC, helpfully explains,

Cultural appropriation is when a culture that’s seen as an oppressor borrows or steals elements of a culture they’re oppressing. Scharf said there is also concern over yoga instructors who claim to be experts in the more spiritual aspects of yoga, but aren’t.

Reality check: This is a snapshot of what the world will look like when the student asshats assume responsible positions.

Historically, all cultures of any note have wanted others to adopt the ideas, products, and practices they went to the trouble of developing, especially philosophical and religious ones. (And also to buy their goods and services and make them rich and famous … )

The problem is that acknowledging any excellence, like the Indian tradition of meditation, amounts to “privileging” excellence.

Which amounts to saying that the F minus loser sucking on a bong pipe suffers by comparison with the straight A student from Finland who says that yoga helps her concentrate on math.

How dare she “appropriate” the tools of success? Talk about cultural imperialism!

Real equality means she’s as clueless at math as he is.

Be sure to give lavishly to any cause other than the University of Ottawa alumni fund.

See also: Canadian campus freedom index report card

  • Icebow

    So, some moonbats are into yoga and some are anti-yoga, and perhaps almost none of them knows what it is really all about.

    • Alain

      They haven’t a clue.

  • Xavier

    How are they going to rectify the fact that Islam appropriates the skills of the cultures it conquers?

    “STFU racist!”

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Only appropriates and never improves.

  • I’m sorry but why is this news? It’s yoga. If these self-important twits can’t get that yoga isn’t even a real sport then I just don’t know.

    If cultural appropriation is incredibly bad, I would like other cultures to stop mimicking Western ones.

    • Surele Surele

      I have always said (o.k. just lately, ’cause this is so new in the world of ‘racism’): stop playing Chopin, stop using techmology (;)) and get your meds elsewhere. And if I see you driving, there will be hell to pay.

      • What will the leftists drink if not lattes (clearly Italian)?

        • Surele Surele

          latte is allowed, after all this is ‘European’ drink. but goodbye lassi, my sweet treat. come to think of it, good buy tandoori chicken, chow main and kung pao chicken. Even turkey will be off limits.

          • I will fight for my right to appropriate tandoori chicken.

          • Surele Surele

            come to think about it: just stay away from ‘my’ bagels.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      This story reminds me that I need to check up on my application to start an “ultra high impact Tai Chi” class at The University of Ottawa.
      It’s part of my Hyper Zen/Turbo Tao quest for self actualization in 6-weeks or less.

      • Surele Surele

        Did Tai Chi for years. Mea culpa.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Did it do any good?

          • Surele Surele

            It was very good; for posture, balance etc. None of the ‘spiritual’. I attended classes almost daily, and then one day it just got boring. Or, rather, I got bored with it.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Ain’t that the way with everything.
            They should have combined it with the spirituality of weapons training.

        • Alain

          I still do and find it very beneficial.

          • Surele Surele

            thinking about it; but will it be legal for me?

      • Tae kwon do: the Korean art of breaking a man’s ribs.

  • ontario john

    Should have called it, Whiny indian black feminist, transgender studies on yoga and it’s socialist applications. The university would make everyone attend the course then.

  • Xavier

    I need to see The Picture again to get another firm opinion.

  • V10_Rob

    Turn it on its head, restrict the franchise to those of European descent. Wouldn’t want anyone to feel they were being assimilated, or having their unique vibrant culture corrupted by democracy, rights and laws that were created by Dead White Males.

  • mobuyus

    All this because the head of the Ottawa university student association doesn’t like women and his culture doesn’t like women wearing immodest exercise wear.

  • Surele Surele

    University of O

    • David Murrell

      The old Frank Magazine e called it the U of Zero.

  • Gary

    So does this means that all non-white students can’t come to school on any of the Inventions from White culture such as Cars, buses, bicycles. Or use iPhones, or even use Electricity .
    Oh wait, these malcontent whiners want all the good stuff from Whitey like subsidizes Education and Free Health care ……but still want to pick which things to bitch about and ban them .

  • ontario john

    The whole country is going bizarre now that leftists seem to control everything. On the National Post website is the story of a hippie wilderness experience firm being hauled into human rights court for discrimination against an employee’s Christian beliefs. The employer yelled in court that Christian extremists could rush into the court at any minute and start shooting. The employer then ran out of the court. Damn those Christian extremists, is there no stopping them.

    • Petrilia

      Pretty much enough madness to go around, eh?

  • Thinking From First Principles

    It has long been taught that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Goddamned dyslexia.
    I went to get some gas and the mini flyer the attendant handed out said Gum/Halls 2 for $2.49.
    I thought it said Gum/Halals.

  • Clausewitz

    Never thought I was a racist, but there were those ten years I played lacrosse. Sorry…