But, let me keep it all the way real here. After reading this essay, I reflected on the number of times I have gone into a studio and other students coincidentally avoid placing their yoga mats next to mine. My skinny white girl body. The marketing of yoga in contemporary America as just another fitness routine and the preponderance of skinny white women just like Polachek in yoga magazines and in yoga videos is actually very troubling and worth a discussion. Brooklyn Magazine All rights reserved. Because I was directly in front of her, I had no choice but to look straight at her every time my head was upside down roughly once a minute. For that reason, I am pursuing this training because one, I want to deepen my own practice and two, I want to create yoga spaces where women and men of color know that they are welcomed and expected.
By the end, Ms. The fires of Hades rise higher and higher around both writer and reader the longer it goes on. And then, in a moment of profound but apparently unintentional irony, she closes on the following question:. Racism just has a better foothold in the culture than the sort of light New-Agey-qua-Buddhist philosophy that is unevenly applied in yoga classes. I am always the only Black woman in my yoga classes. You are commenting using your Twitter account. My sense is that on their best days they believe that even the messiest emotions have a right to get an airing.
What would you do if that happened to you? You are commenting using your Google account. But instead, the editors at xoJane recognized that an article that essentially trolls women of color would be a much better page view generator and so abandoned their responsibility to the story at hand.
Even sampling just one paragraph from the essay should give you an idea of how quickly everything goes to hell: At first, I had to stop reading right here— really! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here By the end, Wssay. Notify me of new comments via email.
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Let me offer another perspective, Ms. Racism just has a better foothold in the culture than the sort of light New-Agey-qua-Buddhist philosophy that is unevenly applied in yoga classes. My sense is that on their best days they believe that even the messiest emotions have a right to get an airing. The marketing of yoga in contemporary America as just another fitness routine and the preponderance of skinny white women just like Polachek in yoga magazines and in yoga videos is actually very troubling and worth a discussion.
Over the course of the next hour, I watched as her despair turned into resentment and then contempt.
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When Gawker found this piece yesterday and made pretty good fun of itthere was a certain catharsis in seeing everyone turn on the piece so swiftly. Brooklyn Magazine All rights reserved. Making a Safe Space for Music, and a Movement. Why do esway many women of color continue to practice yoga despite narratives like the one Ms.
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You are commenting using your WordPress. I felt it all directed toward me and my body. Follow Kristin Iversen on twitter kmiversen. I was completely unable to focus on my practice, instead feeling hyper-aware of my high-waisted bike shorts, my tastefully tacky sports bra, my well-versedness in these poses that I have been in hundreds of times. Surely this woman was noticing all of these things and judging me for them, stereotyping me, resenting me—or so I imagined.
When I practice yoga, I carve out my own space and focus on my flow. I should say that I do not believe that xoJane, or Thought Catalog, or any of the numerous places that publish this sort of thing are really all that cynical, rage-bait-wise.
You have entered an incorrect email address! Is this because Black women struggle with yoga? Suddenly, in a yoga class, the heavy, black body threatens the safe, comfortable zone that belongs to this white woman.
xoJane’s Embarrassing Yoga Essay and the Problem With “Honest” Writing
I can believe, possibly, that that is the intended best-case scenario. Xojame, health and wellness do not belong to you. At that moment, though, I found it impossible to stop thinking about this woman. They see themselves get published, and think: How do we create a space that is accessible not just to everybody, but to every body?
But the catharsis will prove deceptive here, I think. But, let me keep it all the way real here. Home News Community Help! You are commenting using your Facebook account.