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This ‘Black Girl Yoga’ Video Takes on Yoga’s Whiteness with Cheeky Humor

in YD News, YogaHaha

If you haven’t noticed yoga has a diversity issue, you may be blissfully blind to color, or you may be white.  There have been more than a few articles recently pointing out the whiteness of yoga in America as its popularity continues to expand. But despite what we see in the media, black people DO practice yoga, and we appreciate the organizations and individuals working hard to change the stigma, to make yoga more accessible and its image less homogenous. We also appreciate people like Obehi Janice who wrote, produced and starred in this “Black Girl Yoga” music video tackling the issue with humor and cheekiness. Oh, and the perfectly utilized “namaste mama-sah ma-ma-coo-sah.” Sing it.

[Via For Harriet]




6 comments… add one
  • S.

    An artistic and tasteful way to bring attention to the dark side (no pun intended) of Westernized yoga.

  • I don’t know. I am Black. It was pretty painful to watch. It felt like a Tyler Perry movie or one of those family reunion at big mamma’s house commercials or shows. Like all the most stereotypical parts of being Black was thrown into a video. This video does not reflect me at all.

  • paul

    it’s just about being in a yoga class, and has little to do with feeling or being made to feel out of place.. interesting !

  • So why is she the only Black girl in her yoga class? Is it that skinny White woman stereotype again? Do we as teachers not make folks of all backgrounds comfortable in our classes? I hear the message but can’t quite see the solution to create more inclusivity. Any suggestions?

  • I agree with Genevieve. I don’t think this really addresses the subject at all and was more about not wanting/being able to do poses that she believes seemingly only white yogis can do. As a yoga teacher what your skin color is does not dictate how i teach. Injuries, body types and levels of practices however, do. Now if she wanted to wrap about the advertising and marketing of yoga…that might be more relevant. Just a thought.

  • Preeti

    Lolz. I’m also the only Indian girl in my yoga class. I find the marketing/commercialization cheesy and annoying.

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