I am very conscientious of the colonization of yoga by white people, mainly the massive commercialization of yoga for profit. I also love yoga dearly as it has brought joy and healing into my life and I don’t know what I would have done without it. I am a cultural Jew and not religious. My practice of yoga is as religious as I get. I am sharing this with you because if my podcast incites you to learn more about yoga, which I hope it does, I hope that you will also learn more about the colonization of yoga.
To begin with, I wanted to post this letter from the Hindu American Foundation addressed to the popular Yoga Journal (which I read and enjoy) in 2008 as part of their Take Back Yoga Campaign, titled: Is Hindu a bad word?
After reading this month’s articles, “Eat Like a Yogi,” “The Essence of Life” and “Everyday Ecstasy,” and admiring the prominently printed “Oms” throughout the magazine, I couldn’t help but wonder, “How many ways are there to avoid the word ‘Hindu’?” I have read Yoga Journal for a number of years now Continue reading “Hindu American Foundation Take Back Yoga Campaign”