The June 21st Om the Bridge yoga event in Vancouver has been cancelled.
Since last week’s announcement by Premier Christy Clark, the mass yoga event has been facing increasing backlash.
Critics cited it’s cost, about $150,000; inconvenience of shutting down a major bridge in the centre of Vancouver, and its perceived connection with big name political sponsors.
Furthermore, the event was set for the same day as National Aboriginal Day, which didn’t get an equally prominent event from the province.
Clark added fuel to the growing backlash by tweeting about yoga haters, which she later clarified was a joke.
Hey Yoga Haters- bet you can't wait for international Tai Chi day. pic.twitter.com/1sEfIwKbG3
— Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) June 11, 2015
Earlier today, Clark tweeted that yoga isn’t about politics, and she won’t be attending the event.
Yoga Day is a great opportunity to celebrate peace and harmony – it's not about politics. I don't intend to participate.
— Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) June 12, 2015
Lululemon later tweeted they were also pulling out, and YYoga released a statement that they’re cancelling the event.
@geoffberner We've heard the feedback and have decided not to participate. We'll honour the tradition of yoga in a new way, stay tuned.
— lululemon athletica (@lululemon) June 12, 2015
Clark has also released a statement commenting on the event’s cancellation.
There have been calls on social media for an aboriginal flash mob to accompany the yoga event, to bring attention to National Aboriginal Day.