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Cultural Appropriation

Video : Understanding Yoga through its Hindu Origins

Video : Understanding Yoga through its Hindu Origins

Yoga Teacher Sri Louise explaining the cultural appropriation and secularization of Yoga in the West by breaking it from its Hindu roots.. [...]

July 19, 2017 HHR Archives, HHR Videos, Spirituality/Culture, World Focus Comments Off on Video : Understanding Yoga through its Hindu Origins

Superheroes Unmasked

Superheroes Unmasked

“I like to think that someone will trace how the deepest thinking of India made its way to Greece and from there to the philosophy of our times.” – John Wheeler (American Quantum Physicist) The western world has long been known to appropriate ancient eastern cultures, worldviews, knowledge systems and ideas, through a process that [...]

August 1, 2016 HHR Analysis/Insights, Archives 22

Video : Globalization of Gayatri Mantra via Cultural Appropriation

Video : Globalization of Gayatri Mantra via Cultural Appropriation

Many are already aware of how Yoga is slowly being stolen away from its Hindu roots and then repackaged as disco yoga or beer drinking yoga or some other concoction mixed up by the snake oil salesman masquerading as a Yoga teacher just to lure more victims to hand over their cash. But meanwhile we [...]

May 10, 2016 HHR Archives, HHR Videos Comments Off on Video : Globalization of Gayatri Mantra via Cultural Appropriation

Assault on India : The Partitioning of Hinduism

Assault on India : The Partitioning of Hinduism

The once expansive Bharata (India) is shrinking.  What was once a great cultural land mass extending possibly from near ancient Persia eastward to Southeast Asia and possibly as far south as various South Pacific islands is literally becoming smaller as a geographic land with the emergence of or partitioning of India exemplified through the creation [...]

March 29, 2016 HHR Analysis/Insights, Archives Comments Off on Assault on India : The Partitioning of Hinduism

Chakras within the Vedas : Stopping Scholarly Distortion of Vedic Teachings

Chakras within the Vedas : Stopping Scholarly Distortion of Vedic Teachings

There has been commentary by some scholars that the concept of chakras is a relatively new phenomenon within Hinduism; and there appears to be an implication that chakras were not known to the Vedic tradition. Regrettably, this appears to be part of a continuing effort to redefine Hinduism, and to imply that Dharmist do not [...]

February 12, 2016 HHR Analysis/Insights, Archives Comments Off on Chakras within the Vedas : Stopping Scholarly Distortion of Vedic Teachings

De-colonization As De-contextualization: Why The ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Argument Is Not About Yoga

De-colonization As De-contextualization: Why The ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Argument Is Not About Yoga

To my chagrin and dismay, self-appointed defenders of oppressed cultures who cast contemporary western yoga as the second coming of the East India Company have attached themselves to the fabric of yoga discourse with the stubborn persistence of a burr on a sock. Consequently, perfectly serviceable yoga programs are now at risk of being run [...]

December 26, 2015 Guest Author Archives, The Yoga Snatchers Comments Off on De-colonization As De-contextualization: Why The ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Argument Is Not About Yoga

Yoga & The Unbearable Being of Whiteness

Yoga & The Unbearable Being of Whiteness

“A safer space is a supportive, non-threatening environment that encourages open-mindedness, respect, a willingness to learn from others, as well as physical and mental safety. It is a space that is critical of the power structures that affect our everyday lives, and where power dynamics, backgrounds, and the effects of our behavior on others are [...]

December 17, 2015 HHR Analysis/Insights, Archives, The Yoga Snatchers 1

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Native American Headdress

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Native American Headdress

Pharrell Williams drew some heat  (back in June 4 2014) for wearing a Native American headdress on the cover of Elle UK, leading the singer to apologize for what many considered cultural appropriation of a sacred tradition — despite the fact that he is part Native American. “I respect and honor every kind of race, [...]

June 8, 2015 HHR Archives, Indigenous/Pagan Voice Comments Off on Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Native American Headdress