Yoga classes at the University of Ottawa are cancelled due to “cultural issues,” but that view isn’t shared at BC’s two largest Universities.
Thousands of students take part every week in on-campus yoga classes for their physical and mental well-being.
But a class at the University of Ottawa was cancelled by its student union because of concerns over “cultural appropriation.”
President of the UBC Alma Mater Society, Aaron Bailey, says the UBC Yoga Club offers classes at the Student Union Building.
“I do know that yoga is practiced quite frequently in the city by students and non-students alike. Not only for fitness and exercise, but in terms of the campus to help reduce stress, and for students to deal with the academic pressures of University life.”
SFU says it hasn’t receive any comments or complaints about its yoga classes offered on campus.
Around 75 students participate in up to 12 classes a week.
The move to cancel classes in Ottawa has sparked an international backlash on social media.
A free yoga class in Ottawa was canceled due to cultural appropriation. I’ve joked about it before, but now it’s really happening
— pro-doer of things (@KCxcobra) November 23, 2015
— Jacques R. (@librecanard) November 23, 2015
— Ms. Kyle (@tfw_nocomics) November 23, 2015
— Amanda Grant (@amandagrant87) November 23, 2015
They banned yoga at University of Ottawa over cultural appropriation…. absolutely asanine
— Matt (@MattElfsquirt) November 23, 2015
CKNW’s Jill Bennett had a chance to speak with Jennifer Scharf
Scharf has been teaching yoga at the University of Ottawa for a number of years.