YogaJournal, October 2022
Liz Bucar was concerned about her students. The Northeastern University religious-ethics professor says they were using the term “cultural appropriation” without fully understanding the concept or its implications. As a result, they were shutting down complicated ethical conversations they needed to be having. When it came to the notion of religious appropriation, well, that was an entirely foreign concept for them.
In her new book, Stealing My Religion, Bucar writes that “they never consider that forms of religious borrowing might be harmful in the same way” as cultural appropriation. She wrote the book because she wanted them to think more deeply. Where better to explore that than in the murky realm of yoga. Or should we say yogas.