Yoga in America Often Exploits My Culture—but You May Not Even Realize It

I like your “om” shirt—can you tell me about the 2,500-year history behind it?

An essay written by Rina Deshpande , an RYT-500-certified yoga teacher, researcher, and writer based in New York City. She began her yoga practice in 2004 and earned her Master’s degree from Harvard’s Mind, Brain, and Education program.  Check out her website,