Yoga with Theo Wildcroft
A yoga practice is a breathing space to respond to the challenges and inspirations of our lives; helping us in the search for greater well-being and ease, for more effective action, and deeper self-knowledge.
I work a lot with children with profound needs, and so my definitions of what is ‘normal’ and ‘average’ are regularly challenged and refined. I think all my students should feel safe – and feel in charge of their own health as much as possible. Above all, before you even enter a class, I want you to know that you are already perfect, with all your aches, injuries and issues.
As an animist I don’t have to give life a supernatural origin story in order to appreciate its miracles, but I don’t feel like I have all the metaphysical answers. I’m happy to help you in any way I can in reconnecting to anything you hold to be sacred.
My classes are small. I like them to have the feel of a community event, tempering bio-mechanical alignment with gentle instruction and a light touch. As a result, the practice we will share may be more cyclical, more nurturing, more accommodating of difference and diversity than you might be used to.
It is my aim, and hope, that we can find a way to practice yoga together.
Interested in my writing and research? In the Thought section, you can find out about my PhD research into transmission of yoga practice. You can read articles I've had published. And you can keep up to date with my blog - I try to make at least one post a month. I also have a monthly newsletter with interesting snippets of research into contemporary and historical yoga that have caught my eye - you can read the archive on Mailchimp.
I remember my life as stories. I’m not sure how many of them are true. I was brought up with story upon story, made out of history and rumour and nostalgia and wishful thinking and spite. There are fundamental facts of my childhood whose truth I will never really know.
Weaving the thought, the stories of our culture – a well-crafted narrative has more power than we can imagine: the power to change worlds; the power to condemn people to poverty. A good narrative sings the song of a people: tells the stories of those who cannot be heard; turns marginalised folk into heroes.
Within my writing, and my doctoral research alike, I try to give a voice to social justice, to hope, to clarity, to a middle way between logical rigour and the poetry of the mystical experience. I try to tell stories that haven’t been told before, because as a non-traditional yogi, as a queer woman and as a trauma survivor, I hear too many stories that have no relevance to my own life or experience.
In this section you’ll find represented everything from academic debate, to impassioned politics, to esoteric philosophy, to daily living.
May you find something within to debate with, and something within to inspire you.
Like to feel the grass between your toes? Me too. In the Wild section, you'll find me out and about at camps and festivals; taking walks with yoga; and, if I ever find the time again, running retreats. You can also read about the Wild Yoga Experiment, my attempt to bring yoga, thought and wildness together.
My religion, my practice, my philosophy, is a balancing act between the infinite possibilities of human ingenuity and the simplicity of the ground beneath my feet. Wherever a research opportunity, a teaching engagement or a writing assignment allows me to explore the natural wildness within and around us – that is where you will find me happiest.
Every living being on this earth is a distant cousin. You hold this life as a gift from every living being that has ever died. Every breath we take in is a gift from other beings. Every breath out is returned to the earth that birthed us. And yet, we live our lives mostly oblivious to the passage of night and day, weather and season; to the migrations of birds and the deaths of species. This is more than ignorance. This is a pathology, and it’s slowly killing us.
In this section you will find unique projects, places and workshops born from the old and yet revolutionary idea that all things that move and change are alive and present; and that all life is family.
Call it animate animism, if you like, or just call it life.