Yoga: The Latest Way To ‘Appropriate Culture’

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Barnard College is hosting “The Barnard BLUE Collective” this October, a weekly “social justice education” themed dialogue series.

The university website explains that the peer-facilitated discussions “create a space in which students can address issues of power, privilege, and oppression.”

The first event, held on October 3, was titled “Labels: Empowering, Limiting, or Both?” The following week, students discussed “College Party Culture & it’s Implications.”

On October 17, attendees will discuss the supposed role exercise classes have in “cultural appropriation” with the topic: “Health at the Cost of Cultural Appropriation: Yoga and Zumba.”

The final discussion of the month, “Faux Feminists: Pop Culture Icons & Hypocrisy”, is planned for October 24.

Barnard’s website states that the goal of the month-long series, open to both Barnard and Columbia students, is to help students “build community and explore how our multiple identities shape our experiences.” (RELATED: Girls At $62,741-Per-Year College Demand Trigger Warnings About The Real World)

Barnard isn’t the first university to condemn yoga classes. Last November, the University of Ottawa cancelled a free student yoga class because of “concerns over cultural appropriation and exclusivity.”