Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

Theo Wildcroft

We are the Union @unionize_yoga

Yoga means unions?

Most of you reading this will be yoga teachers, somewhere in the world, so you will already be aware of how precarious, isolating, and badly paid yoga teaching can be. What we are all conditioned to think of as the contemporary yoga mainstream describes a highly commodified service product. Yet while yogawear mega-brand Lululemon currently reports sales of over $900… Read more →

pile of books

Books and conversations

I’m writing this on a train into London, on my way to join the SOAS School of Yoga Studies again, this time for the eagerly awaited launch of Suzanne Newcombe’s book, Yoga in Britain. More on that book, and launch, next time. This is a good week for books – I have completed the draft of my own monograph, Post-Lineage… Read more →

Yoli, Uma and Theo

Collaborative magic

It’s been a long fortnight for me – nearly two weeks at the Santosa yoga camp, then three days at the BASR conference in Leeds. They’re very different events, involving different worldviews, conversations, and even clothes! But what they have in common for me, is working hard with others, and catching up with friends and colleagues. Etienne Wenger famously defined… Read more →

Summer

Lineage is not heritage is not culture is not faith is not history and cannot be learnt in a weekend. But you can be certified to submerge profoundly disabled people into warm water in an afternoon, if you prove you can turn the handle on the hoist and shout really loud. Yoga is more than and yet equal to practice… Read more →

Uma talking

Comfort zones

I’m thinking about comfort zones a lot today. I made some beautiful connections at the first International Yoga Nidra conference, on behalf of the Yoga Nidra Network sangha, and I want to honour that properly, especially the immense work done by John, Richard, Stephanie and the teams of iRest, the Desai sangha, Kripalu and Yoga International to bring this vision… Read more →

True consent is justice in action

To heal we all need: agency over our own choices to create… individualised strategies to gather… personalised resources for… self-regulating our nervous systems with… time and space to integrate them. What worries me most about yoga as an adjunct therapy right now, is standardisation, and the rise of the expert voice. I’m hearing about more and more trainings in trauma-sensitive… Read more →

Disciplines and Dialogues

It’s a busy time for yoga scholars and writers at the moment. Next week sees the UK launch of independent scholar Matthew Remski’s new book: Practice and all is coming: abuse, cult dynamics, and healing in yoga and beyond, and last week saw the combination of two significant academic events: the SOAS Yoga Studies Week , and a two-day reading… Read more →

notes for Brighton

Honouring our sources

It’s just a quick post this time, after a long, full month, and a long day delivering my final, bound thesis to the university Research Degrees Office, and celebrating my supervisor, who’s retiring to spend more time with his writing and less with institutional bureaucracy. It was a day, therefore, of that particular form of enthusiastic awkwardness so common among… Read more →

The magical economy

There is such a thing as a gift economy (Mauss 1954)*, in which things are given to another in no expectation of exchange. Instead the gifts given are part of a larger social contract, in which the web which holds us together is formed from the noticing of another’s need or desire, and fulfilling it, in recognition of one’s own… Read more →