If you’ve ever felt guilt as a white person doing yoga — you know, appropriating another culture like that — there’s a solution: you can take a yoga class focused on “undoing whiteness,” and instead of just releasing all of the tension in your muscles, you release all of the white supremacy embedded in your body.
This spring, yoga instructor Laura Humpf publicized an “Undoing Whiteness” yoga class at Rainier Beach Yoga, geared toward white people wishing to “unpack the harmful ways white supremacy is embedded” in their “body, mind and heart.” https://t.co/9mol0fPq0o
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) June 10, 2019
This spring, [Laura] Humpf publicized an “Undoing Whiteness” yoga class at Rainier Beach Yoga, geared toward white people wishing to “unpack the harmful ways white supremacy is embedded” in their “body, mind and heart.” Along with providing a contemplative space, the class would dissect the “pathology of whiteness” — an obliviousness to the batch of privileges society grants white skin — and how it operates in daily life.
Humpf, 39, sees her class as going beyond yoga’s elegant poses. It seeks, she says, to arrive at yoga’s literal meaning: union. White supremacy thwarts achieving that union within the individual and with others, says Humpf.
Along with posing the toxic whiteness out of themselves, participants hear excerpts from the book “Witnessing Whiteness,” meant “to help white people deal with discomfort around race-based conversations.”
— JWF (@JammieWF) June 10, 2019
— catie lord (@tudsgrl) June 10, 2019
Let’s all take a moment to celebrate the manifold irony of this tweet.
— William Hillis (@WilliamEHillis) June 10, 2019
This the whitest thing I’ve ever heard.
— Jeffreystyle (@trigeek38) June 10, 2019
— P Scott Cummins (@pscottc) June 10, 2019
“Instead of traditional yoga pants, All attendees are required to wear cargo shorts to enhance the white shame”
— Czar-casm (@kscrimz1) June 10, 2019
Socks with sandals?
— Dan Schafer🇨🇦 (@TheDanSchafer) June 10, 2019
— Frank (@swinemeister) June 10, 2019
But isn’t white people doing yoga some sort of appropriation?
— Sheila Gunn Reid (@SheilaGunnReid) June 10, 2019
You’d think that, wouldn’t you? I’m hoping they will have goat though – goats will add to the fun.
— Barbara Ellis (@bellis1994) June 10, 2019
She looks exactly like I thought she would, based on the headline.
— Chuck Vipperman (@ChuckVipperman) June 10, 2019
Cleansing pose but for whiteness
— flabbergasted (just an ape scrolling the TL) (@observeaddict) June 10, 2019
So funny. Total cash cow in Seattle.
— Jim Lanctot (@jimlan415) June 10, 2019
— Margaret Shipley (@MargShipley) June 10, 2019
Can someone direct me as to where to sign up for the “white pride” yoga class? Because that “Undoing Whiteness” thing is absurdly laughable.
— The Mulk (@TheMulk_E) June 11, 2019
I thought this was real, then realized it was a parody article…then realized it really is real. FFS these people have lost their minds.
— RetBombSqd (@RetBombSqd) June 10, 2019
— KingSusbi (@FrenchyUTMYT) June 10, 2019
Culturally appropriating yoga to de-appropriate her own culture. Yeah.
— Mary Neigh ⏳ (@nashvl) June 10, 2019
I’m a brown man and I recommended this to my white co-workers in the break room. We all stared at read other for half a second – then we all busted out laughing!
— Naughty Buns (@UnrulyRabbits) June 10, 2019
best line in the whole story:
“Editor’s note: The comment thread on this story has been closed due to the sensitive nature of this topic.”
— vermindust (@vermindust) June 11, 2019
Sounds like censorship to us. How are white people supposed to deal with discomfort around race-based conversations if you close down the conversation?
Attention ladies, it’s time again to heal from your toxic whiteness (for a fee) https://t.co/PtjA67A0LJ
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 14, 2018