University of Ottawa officials have really broken the calm, sparking a political correctness storm after banning yoga classes.
They claim that the exercise is offensive, stating that Westerners adopting the ancient discipline is a form of cultural appropriation. In what could be considered a slightly bizarre statement the University said:
Yoga is taken from non-western cultures which have faced colonialism and western supremacy. We need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga.
The university added that the yoga sessions are on hiatus to make them more accessible, more inclusive and to promote the spiritual and cultural aspects of yoga.
However Jennifer Scharf, a Yoga teacher with around 60 students was stunned to learn her free weekly classes had been suspended saying:
People are just looking for a reason to be offended by anything they can find. There’s a real divide between reasonable people and those people just looking to jump on a bandwagon. And unfortunately, it ends up with good people getting punished for doing good things.
Ms Scharf added that she offered to compromise by changing the course name to ‘mindful stretching’. She said:
I’m not pretending to be some enlightened yogi master, and the point [of the programme] isn’t to educate people on the finer points of the ancient yogi scripture. The point is to get people to have higher physical awareness for their own physical health and enjoyment.
To be honest, sounds like they’ve both got a point, why can people never just have a nice sit down and talk about things? I guess we’d be stuck for stories if they did.