Ottawa Campus Bans Free Yoga Classes Over ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Complaints

25 Nov

Ya gotta laugh

The University of Ottawa has suspended free yoga classes for disabled students due to cultural appropriation concerns. The Student Federation decided that free yoga classes weren’t inclusive enough, so they’re not letting instructor Jennifer Scharf offer classes at the campus’s Center for Students with Disabilities.

Well, sure! Non-disabled (or ‘abled’) people were being left out! 😉

“People are just looking for a reason to be offended by anything they can find,” Scharf told the Ottawa Sun. “There’s a real divide between reasonable people and those people just looking to jump on a bandwagon. Unfortunately, it ends up with good people getting punished for doing good things.”

Can’t argue with that…

She has been teaching the class free of charge to 60 students since 2008, but student leaders decided in September to cancel the classes. They said the cultures yoga stems from “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy,” according to the Sun. “We need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga.”

Blah blah blah.

Scharf explained this was a beginner-level class that focused on physical yoga poses, not on ancient yogi scripture.

Yogi scripture?

She even offered to rename the class, calling it “mindful stretching” instead of yoga.

“The point is to get people to have higher physical awareness for their own physical health and enjoyment,” she said.

LOL! ‘Mindful stretching’, whatever. Still, that should have placated the protesters, no?

Of course not:

But student leaders they weren’t happy with how the phrase translated to French,

How very Canadian a concern…

and they worried about what it would look like on the promotional posters.


They ultimately decided to deprive disabled students of the opportunity to participate in a free yoga class until they can “make it better, more accessible and more inclusive to certain groups of people that feel left out in yoga-like spaces.”

I think disabled people should stand up for their right to free yoga (metaphorically speaking, of course), and protest loudly against this ‘ablist’ action! 😉


11 responses to “Ottawa Campus Bans Free Yoga Classes Over ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Complaints

  1. AmicusC

    November 25, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    universities are a creation of Europeans, anyone that does not have European ancestry should be booted off campus for attempting for cultural appropriation. we should also take away their phones computers cars clothing access to food etc…

  2. Will S.

    November 25, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Ha! 🙂

  3. Sanne

    November 25, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Don’t forget antibiotics and other Western medicines which allowed third world populations grow to nearly unsustainable levels…

  4. rednig

    November 25, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Your tongue has a knife blade to match your razor wit! Liberals attacking liberals is always fun, especially when the neolibs attacking are attacking the needy. So much for love and compassion from the pro-sterilization crowd 🙂

  5. Will S.

    November 26, 2015 at 1:49 am

    @ Sanne: Indeed.

    @ rednig: Thanks! Oh yeah; it’s amusing to see the mask slip…

  6. infowarrior1

    November 26, 2015 at 8:45 am

    A lesbian disabled limbless,blind,deaf,short, weak diabetic+ every deformity that can ever possibly exist is the only thing acceptable left.

    Or being alive is privilege and ableist. I mean what about the poor non-living part of the universe that does not have the privilege of life even.

    Why even exist. Since existing is also privilege and ableist what about the poor oppressed void?

  7. Will S.

    November 26, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    If only they thought like that…

  8. infowarrior1

    November 29, 2015 at 7:27 am

    @Will S.

    A video game based on my comment:

  9. Will S.

    November 29, 2015 at 11:25 am



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