XOJANE YOGA ESSAY

The problem with these pieces being sort of inherently ridiculous is that the discussions they provoke are equally shallow. I am always the only Black woman in my yoga classes. Even sampling just one paragraph from the essay should give you an idea of how quickly everything goes to hell:. But the catharsis will prove deceptive here, I think. You are commenting using your Twitter account. What is most problematic to me about Ms. But instead, the editors at xoJane recognized that an article that essentially trolls women of color would be a much better page view generator and so abandoned their responsibility to the story at hand.

What would you do if that happened to you? The fires of Hades rise higher and higher around both writer and reader the longer it goes on. Which, actually, a very good discussion about that issue can be found here, on the excellent site Decolonizing Yoga. The recent media fallout over the essay published on xojane. Can you even imagine that? My sense is that on their best days they believe that even the messiest emotions have a right to get an airing. In the meantime, I will continue to show up in yoga classes and settle in on my mat.

That will make it easier to point and laugh them out of existence. What is most problematic to me about Ms. It is definitely partly Polachek because, MY GOD, how obtuse do you need to be, how ignorant to think that the experience of another woman—especially one of a different race—is actually all about you?

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xoJane’s Embarrassing Yoga Essay and the Problem With “Honest” Writing

At first, I had to stop reading right here— really! My practice is about me. It happens because what is familiar is disrupted by the unfamiliar. The problem with these pieces being sort of inherently ridiculous is that the discussions they provoke are equally shallow.

I’m the only Black woman in my yoga class but… – ZenG Yoga

You are commenting using your Google account. And, if in that moment we had been in the same yoga class, would I too have been a threat to you?

They see themselves get published, and think: Making a Safe Space for Music, and a Movement. But the catharsis will prove deceptive here, I think.

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Or, you know, maybe this young black woman is not a bitch, but she sure did make Polachek incredibly uncomfortable. Smackdowns have their uses.

But instead, the editors at xoJane recognized that an article that essentially trolls women of color would be a much better page view generator and so abandoned their responsibility to the story at hand. Can you even imagine that? Brooklyn Magazine All rights reserved. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here.

The fires of Hades rise higher and higher around both writer and reader the longer it goes on. Subscribe To Our Newsletter. I am always the only Black woman in my yoga classes.

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I’m the only Black woman in my yoga class but…

The marketing of yoga in contemporary America as just another fitness routine and the preponderance of skinny white women just like Polachek in yoga magazines and in yoga videos is actually very troubling and worth a discussion. Well then, good luck getting something published at xoJane. And then, in a moment of profound but apparently unintentional xljane, she closes on the following question:.

No, not because of that. My skinny white girl body.

xojane yoga essay

But this feels like a new low, because the raw material for a thoughtful piece is present in this essay, but seems to have been consciously ignored in favor of starting a controversy. In the meantime, I will continue to show up in yoga classes and settle in on my mat. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here But, I read the entire essay, and you should essaj.

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Let me offer another perspective, Ms. I can believe, possibly, that that is the intended best-case scenario.

And, health and wellness do not belong to you.