Don't Get Bent Out of Shape


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Seven years ago, the Student Federation at the University of Ottawa asked Jennifer Scharf to provide a free weekly yoga class. The class is still going strong, but officials with the federation are pulling the plug on it because of "cultural issues." Scharf says they told her they worried about cultural appropriation. She says she offered to change the name of the class to "mindful stretching" in order to avoid offending anyone but that led to a disagreement on how that should be translated into French, so the group just decided to drop the class.