Dust off and nuke from orbit, it’s the only way

Reni Eddo-Lodge: Yoga needs to be wrenched away from the hyper-flexible, white elite few

It’s worth questioning why, over the years, the face of yoga has transformed into something that’s thin, white and blonde, paired with clean eating, and part of an aspirational lifestyle.

No, it’s not worth it.

As the anthropology course puts it, people do weird things, exam Friday.

Yoga really does have to become decolonised, wrenched away from the perception that it’s only for a hyper-flexible, super-thin and very white elite few.

Decolonised? You mean have the shit taken out of it?

20 thoughts on “Dust off and nuke from orbit, it’s the only way”

  1. The Guardianistas have been shoving their heads up their politically correct arses for some time now, so decolonising would certainly be a start.

    It’s easy to mock this stuff, but you know it will come and bite you one day.

  2. I don’t know what the relationship is between “Guardian readers” and people who comment on Guardian stories online, but the comments are quite heartening.

  3. “the face of yoga has transformed into something that’s thin, white and blonde,”

    Racist c*nt.

    Anyway, laugh at it now but in five years this nonsense will be orthodoxy and laughing at it then will be evidence of a ‘phobia’.

  4. “Bad cultural appropriation.”

    As opposed to good cultural appropriation. Only Libtard pricks get to choose which it is; you don’t.

  5. The racist black woman complains about cultural appropriation (white people doing it) but then proudly admits that she takes her ‘yogic lead’ (lol) from a black woman, which apparently isn’t “cultural appropriation”.

  6. I tried yoga once, it’s like Twister but without the fun.

    The wife loves yoga (and homeopathy, and handwoven wheatgrass toilet paper, and all that stuff) and was thinking it’d improve our sex life if I was as flexible as a prepubescent Chinese gymnast.

    “Well,” I thought. “I’m quite happy with our regularly scheduled 3 minutes in heaven, but if it stops her talking about yoga, I’ll give it a go.”

    After nearly dislocating a leg doing the downward dog, I offered to buy her one of these.

    But this Guardian article is a lot more fun than yoga could ever be.

    First, the slightly less mental Guardianutter:

    There are plenty of things that could, and should, act as a daily reminder of the harm we wreaked through colonialisation; tea, sugar, tobacco, coffee, the word “pyjamas”.

    Lol.

    We should be wary and we should try to make amends.

    Fine, but don’t expect me to wash the pyjamas before I hand them back.

    And, of course, it’s all a long way from the philosophical and physiological practices put down by Patanjali in around 100BC.

    It’s “CE” you Christofascist shitlord!

    And now the mad racist with a chip in her afro:

    It’s worth questioning why, over the years, the face of yoga has transformed into something that’s thin, white and blonde, paired with clean eating, and part of an aspirational lifestyle.

    Coz of Mrs Steve.

    I’m sure this is not what the yogis and yoginis of the classical sanskrit of the Puranas intended all those years ago.

    Other things the Yogis and Boo Boos of the classical sanskrit didn’t intend:

    * Using paper instead of your hand
    * Piers Morgan
    * Crying on the internet about attractive white women stretching

    yoga flexed by slightly clueless white bodies is here to stay.

    Fine by me. Slightly clueless white bodies, fat black bodies, skinny yellow bodies – whatever. I don’t care.

    That’s why I’d rather take my yogic lead from women like Jessamyn Stanley– fat, black, body-positive and the antithesis of the willowy white women Instagram club.

    Sailer’s Law of female journalism strikes again.

    You should ask yourself why these “students do thing on campus” stories fascinate you so much.

    Same reason people used to tour Bedlam.

    So which is it? We want young people to be political until they start talking about race – then, suddenly, it’s the wrong kind of politics.

    Whaddayamean “we”, kemo sabe?

    And yes, we – the grown ups – tend to think racial grievance mongering and melanin-obsessed narcissism is a bad thing.

    In her essay Against Students, Goldsmiths lecturer Sara Ahmed writes “the instances of apparent censorship (translate: student protests) seem to generate more discourse and discussion rather than preventing discourse or discussion”. This is the exact opposite of shutting down debate. An act like this one usually starts it.

    They’re only screaming about “safe spaces” and “appropriation” and “white bodies” as a conversation starter, you see. It’s better than talking about the weather.

  7. Perhaps my memory fades with time but didn’t that BluLabour sack of Pig-Porkery, Mr D Camoron, promise back in 2010 to cut all the gubmint job adverts out of the Guardian and thus bring that joke book to its knees?

    Well it is still in print and it can’t be the shite they smear on the pages that keeps it going.

    Life would be a lot harder for the Red Guards if they didn’t have their comic to sound off in.

  8. I’m in Vancouver at the moment so this is amusing, looking around if it’s not a sushi place or coffee shop the next likely use for a business space is a yoga studio.

    Would like to see her try to tell India it has to stop playing cricket as its a cultural appropriation and a hangover from the colonial past.

  9. “I’m in Vancouver at the moment so this is amusing, looking around if it’s not a sushi place or coffee shop the next likely use for a business space is a yoga studio.”

    I have a female friend who has drunk deep from the yoga coolaid and believes herself to be alternative because of this. She didn’t appreciate my pointing out that yoga is just about everywhere for a middle class white chick, she could not be more of a conformist if she tried!

  10. “It’s worth questioning why, over the years, the face of yoga has transformed into something that’s thin, white and blonde, paired with clean eating, and part of an aspirational lifestyle.”

    Aspiration! The bastards.

  11. It’s worth questioning why, over the years, the face of yoga has transformed into something that’s thin, white and blonde

    I’d like to know what “the face of yoga” used to be, that is transformed from, since so far as I am aware, its practitioners in the West have always been people like that, since it was they who discovered it while doing the Hippie Trail in the 1960s and 70s.

    Am I allowed to like Chinese Food by the way, or is eating a chow mein cultural appropriation? Please advise.

  12. So Much For Subtlety

    It’s worth questioning why, over the years, the face of yoga has transformed into something that’s thin, white and blonde

    Or to put it another way, everyone wants to do what the pretty, sexy, popular, blonde girls do. No one wants to do what the fat uglies do. Sadly, no one wants to do what the Black girls do either.

    White privilege = being envied by everyone else.

  13. Which brings us to an interesting Intersectional Feminism[1] question of why, if porn is an expression of existent power over women, why most of the girls in it are thin, white and blonde rather than fat and black, when intersectionally[2] the intersectional class[3] (“female”, “black”, “fat”) suffers greater class oppression than the intersectional class (“female”, “white”, “blonde”, “thin”).

    Answers please to the White Male Hate Department, Penge University, attn. of Professor Olive Abacha-N’Jibwah (formerly Jane Smith).

    [1} I do try to keep up with the latest fashions you know

    [2] Once I get going, I just can’t stop.

    [3] Seriously, this is just awesome.

  14. During the 19th-20th century at least one school of Yoga took some top tips from European gymnastics, including British military callisthenics.

    So the SJWs can fuck right off.

  15. “sackcloth and ashes

    During the 19th-20th century at least one school of Yoga took some top tips from European gymnastics, including British military callisthenics.”

    I don’t think it was limited to ‘tips’, just about the whole movement part of yoga is appropriated, the rest of it is just sitting around naval gazing and breathing.

  16. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Yoga has been sufficiently culturally appropriated that I’ve done it. It nearly did me a mischief as I’m fairly sure I twanged a ligament in my hip doing it. My favourite position was Upward-facing Bloke, which is when you lie on the mat and take a breather. The yoga teacher was fit as fuck, though (in both senses of the word).

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