Recently, at the end of a short #yoga practice in a corporate setting, a gentleman laughed aloud as we put our hands together and bowed.
“#Namaste?” he asked. “Is that for real? I thought it was a #Brooklyn yoga studio thing.”
This man happened to be white, and while I could tell his intention was not to offend me, he did. Like I’ve done innumerable times as an Indian American, I stepped around the hurt to answer his question. “Nope, not a Brooklyn yoga thing,” I said. “It’s Indian.”
His response gutted me: “Yoga’s #Indian?”
#Yoga #India #Culture #CulturalMisappropriation