In the land of loony-leftist college and university campuses where “trigger-warnings,” “safe spaces,” and “free speech zones” are all vital to the attendees and their liberal professors, “cultural appropriation” has lead to yoga classes being suspended.
The Independent reports that the Ottawa Student Federation from the University of Ottowa in Canada has successfully cancelled free yoga classes given at the Centre for Students with Disabilities on campus because of “cultural appropriation.”
“While yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students...there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice. Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced,” stated the email written by the Ottawa Student Federation.
The student federation goes on to explain how harmful it is that free yoga classes "appropriated" elements from cultures which “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 practising yoga.”
Jennifer Scharf, who has offered the free weekly yoga classes to the students at the university since 2008, was completely shocked by the email notification that her classes were now “suspended.”
“I’d been in touch to prepare for the new semester’s classes when, out of nowhere, I received an email telling me there were some issues in terms of a formal complaint,” said the instructor. “By saving one person’s feelings, we’re ruined the experience for so many others."
Scharf even recommended that the yoga classes undergo a name change in efforts to remedy the problem, but her “mindful stretching” suggestion was quickly shot down.
Obviously those on the left are very much into this “non-offensive” vernacular; and “cultural appropriation” is the one of their favorite buzz-words. According to the supremely sensitive at Everyday Feminism, even “popularizing ethnic food” falls into the “cultural appropriation” category. “[P]opularizing ‘ethnic’ food can be one way to harm a group of people while taking from their traditions,” argues the feminist site. Distancing themselves from being completely useless, they offer up some advice: “you can think about ways to satisfy your international food cravings without participating in that harm” (never mind—still completely useless).
So that “harmless” Mexican dinner you had with your family last week was actually a hit-job on the Mexican cultural, you racist.
Unfortunately, this is all fairly un-shocking relative to the unrest at college campuses across the United States is recent weeks; from Mizzou to Ithaca and now Canadian universities—no campus is safe is from “safe spaces.”