January 26, 2016

Yoga returns to Ottawa U after being banned for 'cultural appropriation', but with white teacher replaced by Indian one

StaffRebel Columnist

Back in November, Ottawa U banned its free Yoga class because of 'cultural appropriation'. Now, it's returned. But something – or rather, someone is missing.

Jennifer Scharf, a white woman, had been teaching the free class since 2008. When she got the news last year that the class had been canceled she was shocked and saddened.

WATCH: Students react to University of Ottawa cancelling yoga classes over "cultural appropriation"

“People are just looking for a reason to be offended by anything they can find,” she said.

The decision to cancel the class came from student leaders. Staff at the Centre for Students with Disabilities said in an email that “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.”

Now the class is back with an Indian teacher, Priya Shah.

Shah told the state broadcaster, “Nothing was brought to my attention to teach in a different way or do something differently than the other instructor because none of that was really mentioned to me.”

She said she wonders if she was hired because she's Indian. Shah says she grew up in Calgary and only visited India once. She was there for five months.

“There are many people in my family who practice but I’ve never had the thought that since I’m Indian that I’m a better yoga teacher,” she added.

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The former/ousted Yoga teacher, Jennifer Scharf heard the news that class was brought on. She suggested that the left-wing students are to blame for her not being rehired because she called them social justice warriors.

According to The National Post, Scharf wrote about the situation in a blog post.

“I heard today that my old yoga class is back on. Maybe since I called my foes ‘SJW’s’ and then refused to speak the word ‘intersectionality’ with people who don’t even have a cursory understanding of the term, the student centre has decided to hire a teacher of South Indian descent.”

Regardless of the situation, Scharf has other things she's working on, such as a book and teaching other classes. “I wouldn’t say I need this class. I would love to teach it again but if they’re happier with someone else, what I care about is the class happening.”

The fact that Scharf was not offered back her position is quite troubling. The fact that an Indian woman was hired isn't the problem; it's that they never reached out to the former instructor. It shows that the student leaders didn't learn their lesson when the news that they had banned yoga received international attention for all the wrong reasons.

It should have been an embarrassing wake-up call. It wasn't. They're still fast asleep in lala land.

The student leaders are as politically correct and mindless as ever. They believe in this 'cultural appropriation' nonsense and can't smell the shame dripping off of them.

They're the joke everyone else in the room is laughing at and they still don't get it.

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commented 2016-01-27 10:18:01 -0500
I wonder if their butts are pointed in the politically correct direction for the raping that’s coming!
commented 2016-01-27 08:57:50 -0500
why don’t like they do it in indian too. first surround yourself with millions of stinking homeless people ,maybe worship a rat or a cow , or some other retarded symbol and then rant on about how great the shithole you come from is.
commented 2016-01-27 08:50:17 -0500
This cultural appropriation must stop The British must not be allowed to play golf as they were mean to the Scots in the past.
commented 2016-01-27 08:36:04 -0500
Another example of the teachings of socialist Liberalism, as interpreted by the Trudeau family.
commented 2016-01-27 08:16:44 -0500
Was yoga not also practiced in Japan and other eastern countries including the arab nations ? Can you say exactly where it originated ? Perhaps Marco Polo invented yoga when he traveled to India.
commented 2016-01-27 07:39:00 -0500
Sean if whites have a lot to “atone” for then why don’t you lead by example please and move your white ass (along with your wife and kids) to Iraq or Afghanistan and begin the apologies for the rest of the us .. although I still struggle to understand what we need to apologize for?
commented 2016-01-27 06:35:55 -0500
these clowns are making my resume look bad as an alumnus and then call me for donations in order to keep on embarrassing me.
commented 2016-01-27 05:16:48 -0500
I think any “non-white” is misappropriating law, technology, medicine, language,literature and body care products.
commented 2016-01-27 04:13:05 -0500
Didn’t those crippled students also raise a stink about yoga not being accessible to their broken wheelchair bound bodies?
commented 2016-01-27 03:20:43 -0500
Sean Penson writes; Whites have a lot to atone for, so much damage done to this world; it’s time to give way to other power racial groups.

Oh really Sean? Would you like to list these things for us? Also, pls ensure you list all the GOOD things done by whites. (You know, like science, human rights, the industrial revolution – and by extension every gizmo on the planet etc.) Oh, and pls don’t forget to list all the BAD things by these other races!

Lastly, can you explain the phrase “power racial groups” pls? If they have power, how come their suppressed? And if they’ve got power, are they – and you – ignoring those that don’t? As a stupid Left Wing Socialist, aren’t you supposed to be about helping the underdog, those without power? Pls clarify everything for us . . . .
commented 2016-01-27 01:50:40 -0500
And my Cairn terrier Nessie is still very ticked off by people “culturally appropriating” the “doggie down” stretches she performs every morning… She’s not happy about it!… So I may be writing to “somebody” at Ottawa U in the coming days… You have been warned!…
commented 2016-01-27 01:08:00 -0500
Well on the bright side, it’s the politically correct morons in society that make all our decisions in politics today. How hard can revolution be when they have to be nice to the usurpers? :)
commented 2016-01-27 00:19:58 -0500
Yoga PREDATES ALL MODERN INDIAN RELIGIONS!!! It is older than sanscrit. You know people have DNA from all over the world. Ottawa U you should be ashamed for depriving free expression of global culture.
commented 2016-01-27 00:18:08 -0500
commented 2016-01-27 00:15:30 -0500
I can understand if people want to teach their own Yoga class but you shouldn’t resort to shutting someone elses class down under false pretense. If someone isn’t claiming to be teaching a religious practice of an established religion, specifically claiming that it isn’t appropriation, it is adaption, and in fact is not the same. There are a variety of types of yoga, the fact you are claiming only one culture has the rights to yoga is absolute BS. Shame on those trying to control cultural difusion in a free society. I call that totalitarianism. Shame on you. Practice your own stuff, let people teach what they know as long as they arn’t making false attributions. If there is no fraud involved it is not cultural appropriration. Even if so, it is disgusting in a free and equal soceity that anyone would claim having cultural rights over another. Culture is free as long as fraud or defamation or hate speech isn’t not involve it is freedom of expression, and those that are shutting down freedom of expression should be ashamed of themselves.
commented 2016-01-27 00:10:40 -0500
I started doing yoga in gradeschool in the public education system. The fact there is even mention of White or East Indian here shows how utterly racist those involved are. Shame. We are a global society not races, races don’t exist. We don’t have caste systems, in a free society we are all equals.
commented 2016-01-27 00:07:48 -0500
That is the biggest load of BS I have ever read. Yoga is a global undertaking, there are various brands and varieties of Yoga it is not monocultural nor is there only one family of Yoga. The people who made those statements clearly have no clue about modern yoga as it exists as a social activity of people around the world. Utterly disgusting that Ottawa U would shut down a fitness activity because they are trying to force it into a cultural pigeonhold. Fact is Ottawa U is being racist in saying Yoga is Indian, what a load of BS, Yoga is a globally accepted activity.
commented 2016-01-26 19:04:59 -0500
SEAN PENSON commented 2 hours ago
Whites have a lot to atone for, so much damage done to this world; it’s time to give way to other power racial groups

Sure – hand over your wife and kids and your mother and let the rape-fugees apply some pay back. That work for you now?
commented 2016-01-26 18:45:38 -0500
Justin Adam, and if one looks behind the veil, PC (political correctness) is simply censorship.

Censorship is dressed up many ways, and the examples you give are examples of censorship.
China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Merkel & Facebook teaming together, the Irrationals in academia, the Liberal Party, CBC.

They want to filter out what they don’t want to hear.

It is the antethesis of critical thinking; a skill which should be taught to our children from a young age.

commented 2016-01-26 18:02:21 -0500
Jill and John – we will be exterminated at the hands of our Marxist governments. For now they are content to import as many evil animals as they can, to destroy whatever order that we’ve had in our societies. This is all leading to the final battle of Armageddon! And the best part is that in the end the good people win! Jesus will step in before man annihilates himself.
commented 2016-01-26 17:59:27 -0500
Whats wrong with yoga? How is it offensive when it help ur body? “Political correctness” is nothing new cause the former Islamic state before the WWI used it to their people and occupied zones and The Nazis use it against German people and occupied zones, Soviet Union use it against their people and occupied, Chinese communist use it against their people and any left-wing ruler in charge in history. Do people know that “political correctness” is racist, sexist and discrimination tactic?
commented 2016-01-26 17:50:53 -0500
WE white people are committing suicide all in the name of political correctness as our “white” politicians/leaders recolonize our countries with non whites and place them in top priority.
I find it interesting that for the most part the best places to live on earth are all "white’ countries. I also find it interesting that all those fleeing their (most if not all non white) countries for a better life are choosing our countries to run to.
Meanwhile our politicians/leaders welcome them all here and give them the best of everything including all the freedoms and rights in the world while at the same time taking them all away from us.
commented 2016-01-26 17:38:54 -0500
Mike Piesse – neither my son or daughter went to University, and they are both doing well in the trades. If I were you, I’d let them work for a couple of years, and then go. They will be better prepared to withstand the insanity that reigns in these Marxist training institutions, once they’ve had a dose of reality in real life.
commented 2016-01-26 17:34:24 -0500
I would be rolling up my yoga mat and moving on. There isn’t a chance that I would partake in this racist shell game of cultural BS.
commented 2016-01-26 17:33:57 -0500
As I stated in a post for another article …I am very nervous about having two teenage daughters one entering college this year one with 2 years of high school left then college /university. I worry about all the left wing nut jobs that will be trying to influence them . Most of this crap that is happening in Canada today looks and sounds so messed up to an older fellow like myself I can hardly believe it`s real. It`s a good thing they have their heads on straight and are being made aware of what`s going on around them and what kind of crazy they will be introduced to in the new world of guidelines for best practice and other weirdness .
commented 2016-01-26 17:26:34 -0500
Free for Fee?
Hopefully my offer to teach old White Guy dancing is politically correct?
Get those elbows up and the fingers ready to snap!
commented 2016-01-26 17:09:23 -0500
Whites have a lot to atone for, so much damage done to this world; it’s time to give way to other power racial groups
commented 2016-01-26 17:02:04 -0500
The notion that the Indian teacher is inherantly better has a name….racism.

The best coach I ever had in karate was a Brit who was in the SAS in Burma….we were both scorned by Japanese teachers…and despised….because our methods proved better than their dour class and caste prejudices.
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