Reading's Yoga Community

Cultural appreciation versus
cultural appropriation in Yoga

With Amy Roy

Sunday 5th July

  • Date:Sunday 5th July
  • Cost: £10.00
  • Time: 2 – 3:15pm
  • Location: 3 – 5 Cremyll Road, Caversham


About the Workshop:

What is cultural appropriation and how do I spot it? Am I guilty of it if I use Sanskrit words or chants when I teach yoga or have Indian images or statues in my space or on my website? How can I show my appreciation for Indian culture without risking upsetting someone?

How is this relevant right now in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement and what can we do to really understand the issues at stake?

Do any of these questions resonate with you? Maybe they make you think of other questions you would like to ask.

Ami Roy will facilitate this question session, which is a genuine opportunity for debate and discussion. We aren’t coming with any prescribed answers, just interest and a wish for an open and non-judgemental discussion.


A little bit about Ami

I was born and raised in Bombay (now Mumbai), India. My parents were very yogic but we didn’t own any yoga mats! The 80s were a great time to grow up in India and things began to change rapidly when the economy opened up in 1992. My yoga journey formally began around that time too, and took me up to the Himalayas and down to a Southern Indian commune as more questions emerged, as they’ve continued to do. I’ve been living in the UK for over 15 years now and teaching for about 5 years here in Reading, where I live with my husband and daughters Is she a bridge? Is she an Indian Brit? A British Indian? I’m a bit of both, a bit of everything really, and that’s what makes this journey so rich and interesting!