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On Yoga's 'race Problem': Has The Practice Become Too White? - F

Follow Comments Following Comments Unfollow Comments Last month, the Atlantic published an online article called Why Your Yoga Class Is So White . Not surprisingly, the article generated a lot of discussion, and probably a good number of clicks. Its a gripping headline, of course, and the author makes an interesting point just by asking the question that is, most people understand the yoga-studios-are-largely-white phenomenon to which she broadly refers. But the article only answers its title question in the most cursory way, since it forgets a few key aspects of yogas past and present. Amazingly, it leaves out the fact that yoga wasnt white to begin with. The article also forgets that yoga is practiced in many forms today in America. And that its steadily evolvingawayfrom the current iconic practitioner: The affluent skinny white woman. * * * Framing yoga as a fundamentally white practice that hasnt diversified yet is, well, misleading. Yoga wasnt white for most of its history, and its appearance as such in the U.S. is fairly recent, and probably fleeting. <br>Full story:

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