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I’m Finally Calling Out the Cultural Appropriation of Yoga

Yoga is so important to me.

It’s one of the most beautiful spiritual and mindfulness practices, and I love how it grounds me in my body, connects me with my cultural roots — my parents are immigrants from India, which for those of you who don’t know, is the country where yoga originated — and helps me live a healthier, more balanced life.

Yoga has been part of my spiritual practice for years, and I’m even a trained yoga teacher, so seeing yoga be watered down by fitness “gurus” in the US, Canada, and the UK makes my blood boil.

“Body pump yoga” isn’t yoga! Neither is “booty sculpt yoga”! It’s cultural appropriation, and I’m calling it out.

In this video, I share my thoughts on how we can reclaim the traditional and cultural roots of yoga in a respectful and authentic way and continue to spread the messages of yoga globally.

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