**Please note*** In the video nisha makes reference to Tannis Neilsons’ sharing about the stages of Colonization. These teachings come from POKA LAENUI who expounded on the teachings of VIRGILIO ENRIQUES. nisha acknowledges and apologizes for her error in misunderstanding the roots of these teachings and the erasure of these individuals and their collective knowledge from Turtle Island (aka North America) and the Philippines .
nisha would also like to acknowledge the oversight and complexities of not discussing the essential conversations needed about caste and casteism within South Asia and South Asian diasporas, including when addressing the appropriation of yoga. Castism has led to the exclusion of people being denied access to spiritual teachings and spaces, and also denying the spiritual practices, rituals, traditions that come from Dalit and Advasi peoples that have been historically co-opted into mainstream Hindu practices, including some yogic practices and philosophies. Yogic Practices, as noted in the video, come from a range of lineages even within the South Asian context. The use of Sanskrit can feel deeply harmful to those who have been historically oppressed and excluded from accessing spiritual practices and rites because of caste. When nisha uses sanskrit in her public sessions she acknowledges this complexity and shares mantras from teachings of Nada Yoga/Sound Yoga with the understanding that each syllable opens and nourishes nadis (energy channels) and marma points (equivallint to acuppressure points) connected to these channels, that are activated by the movement of the tongue, lips, and mouth through the sanskrit syllables and phasings. This video covers some basics in understanding cultural appropriation of yoga, however the conversations, dialogues, learning and un-learning of caste-privledged peoples within south asian context and diasporas needs to continue in order to reduce harm on those who have and continue to experience violence and oppressions through caste.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
0:00 – Introduction
1:05 – What is yoga, and how can it be taught?
3:15 – What is cultural appropriation?
4: 25 – What are the roots of cultural appropriation?
9:50 – Who benefits from cultural appropriation?
12:57 – What are the potential losses and harms?
14:12 – Tannis Nielsen and the 5 steps of colonization
18:08 – What are strategies to address cultural appropriation?
23:20 – Credits