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Yoga Is Racist

Well, duh, ever heard of the caste system?

And aside from a few pioneering Black yoga teachers at the community level — the yoga teacher corps in the studios remains as lily white as ever.

When politically correct commissars try to practice their political correction on yogis and yoginis, they are not happy about the response!

And that’s just it: yoga, over time, seems to be fostering a climate of official tolerance toward the world it inhabits that easily shades into political apathy — and moral relativism. Take almost any controversial topic, and raise it among yogis, and you will find a healthy core of opinion suggesting that the best opinion is to not have any opinion at all. For some yogis, social and political obliviousness is a deeply-held spiritual principle; for others, it’s simply an existential one: they come to yoga, they say, to “forget about the world” for an hour, or an entire day. They would rather not have to deal with the kinds of divisive political controversies that so often distract and agitate them outside the hermetically sealed bliss of their yoga studios.

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So yogis aren’t the type to build shanty towns on college campuses to protest apartheid! Om God, Horrible! Sort of a sitdown strike against political correctness. Like, yeah, dude, like, racial equality is yer thing, and seeking the eternal is mine. But that’s not how the Commissars see it. The Commissars require universal enthusiastic white participation.

Oh, and doing yoga and chanting in Sanskrit is equivalent to engaging in minstrelsy and getting up in blackface! How dare you open minded white people learn yoga! Wait, weren’t liberals preaching the opposite about 50 to 100 years ago? Weren’t we supposed to learn from other cultures or something? Now that they are doing it, they are bad! White people cannot win with the politically correct commissars, ever! You’ll always always always be wrong!

There may be a deeper and more pernicious reason for yoga’s refusal to deal with race. And it strikes at the heart of the yogic enterprise: “Orientalism.” Whites in the West, whether they intend to or not, are reshaping and exploiting a deeply-rooted Eastern practice for their own commercial purposes, raising the hackles of groups like the Hindu-American Foundation, as well as conservative Hindus in India, who say they fear a loss of cultural authenticity and ownership. To date, American yogis have tended to dismiss such concerns as narrow and nationalistic. Yoga is for everyone, they say, and can’t be “owned” by anyone — even by its founders, apparently. This is a rather novel – and democratic-sounding — rationale for cultural appropriation, and for American yogis it seems to function as some kind of “get out of guilt” card when it comes to issues relating to race. How can we be racist when we are celebrating and promoting a non-White culture’s unique contribution to the world?

“Imitation,” it’s been said, “is the sincerest form of flattery.” But just like the minstrel shows that featured white comedians dressed in Black face singing old Negro spirituals and “talking Black” for White audiences, imitation in a racially unequal context is never value-free. Only in America, perhaps, does the sight of millions of Whites chanting and singing in Sanskrit and singing the praises of Shakti and Shiva seem so culturally unproblematic. Perhaps, rather than try to distance themselves from a seemingly isolated yoga event in Santa Barbara, yogis should take a good long look at themselves in the mirror – at their economic privilege and their assumptions about race and culture – and try to embrace their own hallowed yogic principle of ahimsa – “to do no harm.”

Whaaaa, White Americans doing yoga are racists! Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

yoga2But now that Stuey Lawrence has scolded the lily White yoga people for practicing minstrelsy and blackface and being indifferent to political correctness, now he’s telling them to repent and go teach yoga to black people! Go forth, ye Lotus Sitting White Angel Saviourettes and teach yoga to black people, because black people aren’t teaching it to themselves and need you to come and nurture them and bring yoga to them! Start letting them into your Jim Crow yoga classes! We integrated the lunch counter, let’s integrate the yoga studio! Wait, it’s already integrated. No one stops black people from learning yoga. I guess what Stuey is saying is that it’s not being put on enough of a silver platter for them. Open a yoga studio in the black ghetto, yeah! What a great idea!

What might that mean in practice? For one thing, instead of lampooning the experience of ethnic communities, why not take your hallowed mind-body practice directly to them? These are some of the most stressed-out communities in America and if yoga holds so much promise, surely these communities deserve better access to yoga’s presumed benefits. And what is Yoga Journal doing to nurture body and beauty standards beyond what one Black commentator has called the “bendy, skinny white girl model”? It may come as news to Journal editors living in their own narrow cultural enclave, but “big and beautiful” – and “of color” — are definitely “in” these days. And as so many industries have learned, it’s potentially a lucrative market, too. So let’s dispense with the pseudo-demographic justifications for keeping yoga modeling as racially “pure” as the Augusta Country Club.

So on the one hand, you racist white people suck. On the other hand, you should go teach your yoga to people of color, because somehow, some way, you are depriving black people of yoga. The things you like to do and are good at, your happiness is depriving black people!

What might that mean in practice? For one thing, instead of lampooning the experience of ethnic communities, why not take your hallowed mind-body practice directly to them? These are some of the most stressed-out communities in America and if yoga holds so much promise, surely these communities deserve better access to yoga’s presumed benefits. And what is Yoga Journal doing to nurture body and beauty standards beyond what one Black commentator has called the “bendy, skinny white girl model”? It may come as news to Journaleditors living in their own narrow cultural enclave, but “big and beautiful” – and “of color” — are definitely “in” these days. And as so many industries have learned, it’s potentially a lucrative market, too. So let’s dispense with the pseudo-demographic justifications for keeping yoga modeling as racially “pure” as the Augusta Country Club.

I live in a rural area, and there’s no fancy yoga studios around here. I’d have to drive an hour to find any decent yoga or martial arts schools. The top level yoga instructors could probably get more business in a white majority rural hick area than a black ghetto. And the fact is, black people tend to live in cities, so they already have way way way more access to the best yoga and martial arts and music schools than most Whites. But Stewart Lawrence thinks that it’s not being presented on a sufficiently silver platter to black people; those skinny bendy white women need to be like yoga missionaries to the ghetto! I doubt anyone is going to listen to Stuey, but what a piece of shit he is for this whole article anyway. Cultural and educational deprivation in the USA is real, but it’s mostly happening to White people. Black people live in the cities and don’t even take advantage of the tremendous opportunities of the cities. White kids are stuck in the sticks and some dream of taking kung fu from a grandmaster, or studying guitar from a master, or learning to speak Chinese or Turkish or Russian. But between high rent and affirmative action, it’s pretty hard for young whites to get established in cities. This is one thing the WN movement needs to do — mentor young White people who want to live in a city. Help them find the good stuff and avoid the bad stuff.

Lastly, Stewart says that Yoga Alliance needs to get some shoe polish on it’s face.

And lastly, it wouldn’t hurt if the Yoga Alliance, the industry’s informal trade association, adopted some affirmative action and diversity training guidelines, just like the rest of the world has.

Yoga doesn’t need to be “ghetto fabulous” – culturally sensitive, compassionately inclusive, and humble and corporately responsible would be fabulous enough.

I don’t think that 2013 has the kind of energy for political correctness that it had in 1993. White guilt has jumped the shark for the SWPL Hipster Racist yoga set.

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11 comments on “Yoga Is Racist

  1. Hipster Racist
    February 25, 2015

    Reblogged this on Hipster Racist and commented:

    It’s a White thing … you wouldn’t understand…

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  2. Your Mom
    February 25, 2015

    Are the “Hindus in America” aware that yoga and Sanskrit were actually created by the White Aryans that lived in the Indrus Valley and the Caste System was created so Whites wouldn’t interbreed with the brown ones? Oh, sorry, here I am, telling the truth again. Such a racist.

    Maybe the jew PARASITES and the White self-loathing cunts and the colored people can all get the fuck off our backs, while we do our downward-facing dog. We don’t do enough and we’ve done far too much, blah blah blah. I think they’ve forgotten how bad things can go for them when they push their Marxist/NWO agendas too far and we are really due for a change I can believe in.

    BTW, is Steuy Le Bitch a tribe member or just a DWL?

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    • Hipster Racist
      February 25, 2015

      You really can’t win with these people, doesn’t matter what you do, if you are white, you’re “racist.” It’s that simple. May as well just ignore them really.

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      • clytemnestra57
        February 28, 2015

        What I get out of this is what is really motivating idiots like this Cultural Marxist to suddenly yammer about White people “appropriating yoga” – it started becoming popular in the seventies.

        What is really getting Mr. Lawrence so exorcised over White women “appropriating” yoga is that yoga is something that most Black women have NO interest in! To people like him, Diversity AKA Black people should want to be around White people 24-7, suing them in court to breath the same rarefied air wherever they go.

        There is an old saw about familiarity breathing contempt. We’ve had over forty years of desegregation and forcible integration. A lot of Black people have seen how White people live, the mystery has been solved, the fascination is over. There is no Magic White Privilege Club that is being withheld from them, because racism is no bar to money, anymore.

        What makes me want to laugh is the underlying theme that if Black people don’t WANT to go to yoga classes, then Whites should go all out and do everything imaginable, short of dragging them to class, kicking and screaming!

        It sounds like to me, that it will only be a matter of time before the freedom of association that has been denied to White people will ultimately be denied to Black people that don’t want to hang out with Whites. Yeesh.

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      • eyeslevel
        March 2, 2015

        “Racist” is just an anti-white hate slur. Asking a white person “Are you a racist?” is like asking a mestizo “Are you a wetback?” or asking a Vietnamese “Are you a slope?” or asking a Jew a “Are you a kike?”

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  3. icareviews
    February 26, 2015

    Reblogged this on icareviews and commented:

    There used to be a sleazy black janitor where I work who said he took yoga classes. I think he was mainly interested in checking out the white women.

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  4. yogibattle
    February 26, 2015

    Fascinating discussion. Kofi Busia, one of my favorite teachers, happens to be black. However, I do agree that these Yoga Alliance sponsored 200 hour teacher trainings are magnets for privileged white folk.

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  5. rjamesd9
    February 26, 2015

    So taking an interest in foreign cultures is appropriation, yellowfacing, and other new age evils? Shit, its like they are inadvertently implying whites might as well start segregating.

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  6. clytemnestra57
    February 26, 2015

    But .., but, don’t you get it?! What has got this libtard, Stewie Lawrence’s panties in a twist is that this is not merely cultural appropriation; this is cultural gentrification, considering it was White Aryans that originated it. It was the Black Dravidians who appropriated after absorbing the Aryans into their larger population.

    It seems that once Non-Whites appropriate territory or anything else from Whites, it can no longer be considered White and Whites must give it up forever, because to take it back, would be raaaacissssst.

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  7. Kay One
    February 26, 2015

    I went to some yoga classes this week and liked it that there wasn’t any non-whites attending. I feel a little uncomfortable around non-whites; they look and behave weird to me. The more homogeneous the group, the more comfortable I feel.

    I’m more interested in Eastern ideas and culture than Asians themselves. I think appropriating an interesting idea from another culture is fine. They do it to us! Asians make better cars than us now, even though we first created them.

    I’m not interested in flooding the country with Asians just to have more yoga and ethnic restaurants. If I was pure national socialist, I suppose that should not be interested in any foreign cultures or people.

    I was over at TD Bank the other day and seems like they go out of their way to hire Indians and Blacks at expense of Whites and other people. Let’s talk about that discrimination!

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