Twelve years ago, I tried yoga but found it just wasn’t for me. Actually, I found it so painful, I gave it up after about a dozen classes.
At first I regretted not hopping on the yoga bandwagon but now I see it’s probably a good thing considering the state of the world today.
As a white heterosexual male living in a western nation, I imagine my entrance into yoga class would be greeted with howls of cultural appropriation from the loony left.
The left is all about cultural appropriation, so this was the subject of a recent Huffington Post video featuring Jessamyn Stanley, a yoga teacher and “Instagram Influencer” who tries to put things in perspective for us.
After viewing her video explaining the proper way to view yoga and cultural appropriation, I have to admit, I’m more confused than ever.
Watch as I share some of her observations and you tell me if it makes sense.
What Stanley fails to realize is that cultural appropriation has been occurring since the ascent of man, and it’s not a bad thing.
If anything, embracing something from other cultures is a form of flattery, not disrespect.
But if she’s all about cultural apartheid, so be it.
I’ll steer clear of culturally appropriating anything to do with yoga on the condition that she steers clear of culturally-appropriating anything to do with McDonald’s.