Thanks to Jo Borkan Yoga for sharing this article re: cultural appropriation vs. cultural exchange
As a yoga teacher and practitioner (and a white person, queer person, woman, organizer, person), I spend a lot of time thinking of how to navigate this terrain.
“So as free as people should be to wear whatever hair and clothing they enjoy, using someone else’s cultural symbols to satisfy a personal need for self-expression is an exercise in privilege. . . . That doesn’t mean that cultural exchange never happens, or that we can never partake in one another’s cultures. But there needs to be some element of mutual understanding, equality, and respect for it to be a true exchange.”