According to a new report from People magazine, Yoga teacher Jessamyn Stanley “believe White Supremacy has polluted Yoga.”
In her new book “Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance,” she discusses her theories on race and Yoga.
Stanley’s book “explores the existence of white supremacy and cultural appropriation in American yoga.”
Yoga teacher @JessamynStan joins @SarahSpain this week for a conversation that included: body positivity, reconciling her own tendency to body shame, how she once caught herself apologizing for existing and much more.
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“I would venture to say that everything in our collective society is rooted in white supremacy. I am sure there are many people who would disagree with that, and honestly I don’t care because I believe that and I know it’s the case,” Stanley says.
“I think that we see it show up in a lot of different ways. In the same way it’s everywhere else and it has polluted everything else, it’s polluted yoga,” she continues “It’s very much a part of how yoga has spread in America. The popularity of yoga really came down to wealthy white people wanting to learn and explore in a very specific way, and that’s why yoga has been so white for so long in America.”
“I think that when you bring up cultural appropriation in yoga, everyone’s butthole clenches because everybody’s like, ‘Oh s—, I think I might be guilty of this,’ or, ‘I could be apart of this and that doesn’t feel good.’ And that’s the yoga. That’s the hard thing. That’s the thing that we’re being asked to accept. It doesn’t mean you have to sit in space of shame about it; it doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. It just means that you’re a person and you’re allowed to be that way,” she adds.