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A white girl wore a bindi at Coachella. And, then my social media feeds went berserk. Hashtagging the term “cultural appropriation” follows the outrage and seems to justify it at the same time. Except that it doesn’t.

Cultural appropriation is the adoption of a specific part of one culture by another cultural group. As I (an Indian) sit here, eating my sushi dinner (Japanese) and drinking tea (Chinese), wearing denim jeans (American), and overhearing Brahm’s Lullaby (German) from the baby’s room, I can’t help but think what’s the big deal?

The big deal with cultural appropriation is when the new adoption is void of the significance that it was supposed to have — it strips the religious, historical and cultural context of something and makes it mass-marketable. That’s pretty offensive. The truth is, I wouldn’t be on this side of the debate if we were talking about Native American headdresses, or tattoos of Polynesian tribal iconography, Chinese characters or Celtic bands.

Why shouldn’t the bindi warrant the same kind of response as the other cultural symbols I’ve listed, you ask? Because most South Asians won’t be able to tell you the religious significance of a bindi. Of my informal survey of 50 Hindu women, not one could accurately explain it’s history, religious or spiritual significance. I had to Google it myself, and I’ve been wearing one since before I could walk.

We can’t accuse non-Hindus of turning the bindi into a fashion accessory with little religious meaning because, well, we’ve already done that. We did it long before Vanessa Hudgens in Coachella 2014, long before Selena Gomez at the MTV Awards in 2013, and even before Gwen Stefani in the mid-90s.

Indian statesman Rajan Zed justifies the opposing view as he explains, “[The bindi] is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol… It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory…” If us Indians had preserved the sanctity and holiness of the bindi, Zed’s argument for cultural appropriation would have been airtight. But, the reality is, we haven’t.

The 5,000 year old tradition of adorning my forehead with kumkum just doesn’t seem to align with the current bindi collection in my dresser — the 10-pack, crystal-encrusted, multi-colored stick-on bindis that have been designed to perfectly compliment my outfit. I didn’t happen to pick up these modern-day bindis at a hyper-hipster spot near my new home in California. No. This lot was brought from the motherland itself.

And, that’s just it. Culture evolves. Indians appreciated the beauty of a bindi and brought it into the world of fashion several decades ago. The single red dot that once was, transformed into a multitude of colors and shapes embellished with all the glitz and glamor that is inherent in Bollywood. I don’t recall an uproar when Indian actress Madhuri Dixit’s bindi was no longer a traditional one. Hindus accepted the evolution of this cultural symbol then. And, as the bindi makes it’s way to the foreheads of non-South Asians, we should accept — even celebrate — the continued evolution of this cultural symbol. Not only has it managed to transcend religion and class in a sea of one-billion brown faces, it will now adorn the faces of many more races. And that’s nothing short of amazing.

So, you won’t find this Hindu posting a flaming tweet accusing a white girl of #culturalappropriation. I will say that I’m glad you find this aspect of my culture beautiful. I do too.

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Why a Bindi Is NOT an Example of Culture Appropriation 

by Anjali Joshi

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"Most of the time, “busy” is a choice, and it’s a choice I refuse to make."

Writer and mother of four, KJ Dell’Antonia, in her NYTimes Motherlode piece I Refuse to Be Busy.

Yes, yes, YES to honest talk about how much we choose to cram into our schedules. More of it is optional that many would like to admit (to others or to themselves). #banbusy

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fit-heaven:

Best Websites for Yoga:

Yoga Sequence Builder (Choose your level and favourite poses, and then put together your own sequence!)

Free Online Classes (Choose your instructor, level and intensity and then download or stream your class online for free!)

My Online Yoga (Create your own account to get access to tons of yoga resources on your computer, tablet, phone or tv.)

Yogasana (Choose anywhere from basic to advanced poses from this pose directory and learn about the different types of Asanas.)

Yoga Vidya (Full length sessions for beginners, intermediate and advanced students all for free on youtube.)

Asana for Health (Choose yoga poses/sequences based on whatever you are dealing with, be it depression, asthma or obesity. Over 10 different health problems addressed!)


Yoga for Flexibility:

Flexibility and Range of Motion | Beginner Yoga with Tara Stiles

YOGAmazing for Flexibility

Morning Yoga for Flexibility 

A 30-Minute Class for the Hips, Hamstrings and Lower Back with David Procushyn 

Flexibility Flow Routine | Advance Yoga With Tara Stiles 


Yoga for Weight Loss: 

Weight Loss Yoga for Beginners

Weight Loss Yoga Challenge for Beginners

40 Minute Fat Burning Yoga Workout!

20 Minute Weight Loss & Fatburning Yoga Workout!

Tara Stiles: Yoga Weight Loss & Balance Workout

Power Yoga For Weight Loss


Yoga for Back Pain:

How To Yoga Stretches for Low Back Pain

10 Minute Yoga Back Stretches for Pain

Yoga For Back Pain Relief “Decompress: Eliminate Excess” (open level)

Lower Back Pain Relief Yoga Routine (intermediate level)


Yoga for Relaxation: 

Yoga for Relaxation with Ashley Sky Litecky

20 Minute Yoga Class: Relaxation

Yoga to Make You Happy, Relaxing Beginner’s Routine

Yoga for Complete Beginners (20 minutes) 


How To:

How To Go To A Yoga Class (An article for those of you who want to try yoga classes but are a bit tentative/nervous to try it out!)

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coltre:

Lovers, did this a few days ago.


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coltre:

Lovers, did this a few days ago.

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Today: I said I’m okay – mood drawing by Saskia Keultjes / now on facebook / twitter

saskiakeultjes:

Today: I said I’m okay – mood drawing by Saskia Keultjes / now on facebook / twitter

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