Can't find justification but annoyed

So I went to a hot yoga class. I only go there sometimes because I don't like how most of instructors talk during classes. But I went there anyway. This particular instructor called a sitting posture where you sit on your feet/legs with your knees bent "Japanese style". He called it that way so many times. Then I got so annoyed. ( I am Japanese, by the way. ) But I couldn't find any justified reason why I got so annoyed. Somehow I feel he should call the posture like 'sitting on your legs with your knee bent' or something like that. I don't know Am I just self-conscious ?


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Jan 26, 2020 at 12:11am

that posture relate to anything Japanese ?
That would annoy me too


Jan 26, 2020 at 4:17am

Why do so many people complain about their Yoga teachers? I always hear complaints. They're not a product. The purpose of yoga is to cultivate discernment, awareness, self-regulation and higher consciousness in the individual. If you're in it for the full experience why are you there? Because everybody is doing it? Are you so desperate to be doing whatever other people are doing, are you not your own person? Lift weights, do calisthenics and stretch because you're just another fake Vancouverite portraying you are just sooo deep and meaningful when you are just doing Yoga because it's fashionable.

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Me too

Jan 26, 2020 at 5:18am

I got annoyed when the fitness instructor called a movement" Turkish get up" I did tell him Turks do not get up like this! Silly names!

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Jan 26, 2020 at 7:19am

That would also drive me crazy. They should call it what it is, not some airy fairy term. It's cause it's Vancouver right?

Justified annoyance

Jan 26, 2020 at 7:23am

The instructor could easily have used more neutral language that doesn’t reference race or culture.

What even is “Japanese style” sitting and how would that help a yoga student understand what to do with their body?

Mr. Homer

Jan 26, 2020 at 10:28am

Maybe it's a reference to sitting at traditional low Japanese tables? Inappropriate nonetheless. My grade one teacher had us sit cross legged with our feet out on top of our knees (instead of tucked under) and would call it "Indian style". Only years later did I realize maybe it was because it resembled a yoga position she called it "Indian style". But both in your case and my case there are too many dots to connect to figure out the relevance behind some people's cultural labeling.

@me too

Jan 27, 2020 at 4:04am

are you a hot Turkish babe? 'cuz I'd rather learn how you get down.

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Jan 27, 2020 at 5:23am

.. Are overly sensitive.

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Jan 27, 2020 at 9:05am

Interesting that you would go to yoga but become rigid at Japanese sitting. It's called that because it is how you sit in the dojo, sitting on heels, feet straight. It hurts for months until one day that is the normal way to sit. I suppose we should change the name though. OMG wait until you find out that "yoga" is a foreign word. We should call it "bendy class."

Why do you have to get upset

Jan 27, 2020 at 10:17am

At naming things and need them to be "neutral" in every form?

In Japan they call station wagons American Wagons and I've heard KFC called American Chicken- how racist of them.
In the US they call back bacon Canadian bacon, I guess we ought to petition the US and have it called back bacon? Turkish delight and Turkish coffee- unacceptably named.
I've noticed the Wuhan flu is now called something else.
English Toffee should be banned.

There's literally thousands of items, actions etc named after countries and areas.
And here you are, worried about it.

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