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Yoga Cultural Appropriation

Hosted by the Consul of the Global Language & Cultural Exchange Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Mon 07 Aug 20:30 - 21:30

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Yoga is by origin an ancient spiritual practice from India. In the form of yoga as exercise, using postures (asanas) derived from medieval Haṭha yoga, it has become a widespread fitness practice across the western world. Yoga as exercise, along with the use that some make of symbols such as Om ‌ॐ, has been described as cultural appropriation.

Scholars, noting that yoga has continually developed in form and changed its contexts and goals since it originated, both in India and in the western world, and that practitioners in India have adopted western yoga practices, have debated whether the charge can be substantiated. Scholars and authors from India have suggested that the desired result is not that white people should stop practising yoga, but that they should learn something of its history and seek to practise it responsibly in a genuine and healing cultural exchange.

Our guest Bhagya with try to clear for us all the above and
will talk about yoga culture and types of yoga and it's benefits. She will also do a quick 5 mins meditation to get back to the present, some joint movement exercises and chair yoga.

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