Not surprisingly, campus liberals are trying to take the zen out of yoga. There are 3 guarantees in life: death, taxes, and liberals taking the fun out of innocent activities and calling them offensive.
Jennifer Scharf, who has been offering free weekly sessions at the university’s Center for Students with Disabilities since 2008, told the Ottawa Sun that she was informed in September that the program would not come back for the fall semester.
In an email exchange between Scharf and a representative of the university’s Student Federation — which was viewed by the newspaper — a student wrote 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,” the email continues, and which cultures those practices “are being taken from.”
The Student Federation, which operates the center, went on to say that many of those cultures “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and Western supremacy… we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practicing yoga.”
….Huh? As you can imagine, the instructor was about as dumbfounded as I am:
But Scharf, who instructed about 60 students each week in the program, said, “people are just looking for a reason to be offended by anything they can find.”
Here is my Thanksgiving wish for progressives around the country this holiday season: relax.
Don’t overthink things. Don’t read more into exercise classes than you have to. In fact, maybe use exercise classes to escape the everyday stresses of talking politics and reading the news, rather than using them as a political talking points in the news.
Just take a deep breath, maybe do some stretching, and relax. (There used to be a word for that….. oh right. Yoga!)