From Gandhi to Kendrick Lamar: On the cultural defense of yoga and Hip Hop.

From Gandhi to Kendrick Lamar: On the cultural defense of yoga and Hip Hop.

“In its inception in South Asia and within Hinduism, yoga, like hip hop, existed as a warrior art. A true yogi, according to the Gita, is not unlike a monk of the martial arts. Accounts of early diplomatic exchange between the yoga saint Patanjali and the monks of Shaolin, for example, align yoga within the martial arts. But in America, yoga has been groomed to be popular, pop for profit. In this quest, yoga, like hip hop, is getting lost in translation in ways that are destructive to it.”

 

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