Posts Tagged yoga

East LA yoga studio is for ALL the people

Earlier this year, XOJane published a piece by a white woman who attended the same yoga class as a fat black woman. The piece centered on how worried she was for the poor black woman, who–she assumed–must have felt horribly uncomfortable and unskilled as she attempted to perform the poses the yoga instructor described. It was a patronizing and racist, and an unfortunate reminder that yoga studios are often set up to serve very thin, white, wealthy, and heteronormative people. Sesali wrote about the piece, noting that “being fat in spaces that are created to bring attention to the body can seem like breeding grounds for microaggressions and hurt feelings.”

Now imagine a ...

Earlier this year, XOJane published a piece by a white woman who attended the same yoga class as a fat black woman. The piece centered on how worried she was for the poor black woman, ...

The Academic Feminist: Melanie Klein on Yoga and Feminism

Welcome back, Academic Feminists! As an academic feminist and long-time yoga practitioner, I’ve always been fascinated by the connections between yoga and feminism. When a piece published last month on xoJane set off a firestorm surrounding issues of race, gender, and neo-colonialism in Western yoga classrooms, it became clearer than ever that having conversations about these connections is extremely important. Today’s interviewee, Melanie Klein has written extensively on these issues, including in the forthcoming book Yoga + Body Image, which she co-edited. Klein is a writer, speaker and Associate Faculty member at Santa Monica College, where she teaches Sociology and Women’s Studies. You can learn more about her work on Twitter – @feministfatale and @YogaBodyImage ...

Welcome back, Academic Feminists! As an academic feminist and long-time yoga practitioner, I’ve always been fascinated by the connections between yoga and feminism. When a piece published last month on xoJane set off a firestorm surrounding ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

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“Surprise”: White men represented the largest proportion of solo interviews this year on Sunday morning talk shows.

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White supremacy isn’t a meeting of individuals in white hoods somewhere in the deep ...

In the [Susan] Sontag archives.

Dylan Farrow speaks out: “There were experts willing to attack my credibility. There were doctors willing to gaslight an abused child.”

Our formidable Samhita Mukhopadhyay on Her: “Is it ...