Wild Yoga

yoga and thought from Theo Wildcroft

Tag Archive for animism

Newgrange

A Tiny Adventure

Last week, the husband and I went on a tiny adventure: five days in Ireland. It ended up containing almost all of our favourite things: yoga and geeking out, permaculture and earth politics, faeries and standing stones, prehistoric sites, epic landscapes, road trips, old friends and new, and a lot of laughter. Oh, and a souvenir signy-doodle. More on that… Read more →

YBIC Instagram image of a practitioner in a complex hand balance, aided by props, with the words: ‘Make the yoga work for you, don’t worry about making your body fit some image of yoga’ – Sarah Lyons

Propping up yoga

It’s not the wheelchair that makes you disabled. It’s the lack of a ramp into the building – social model of disability Recently, Dianne Bondy and the YBIC, quietly sponsored by Gaiam, have been promoting a 7-day #propitup challenge on social media. There’s lots for me to love about this. I really enjoy seeing YBIC popping up on my social… Read more →

Aphroditos

Wild Ones

Back in May I wrote a post asking about radical and deliberate connections with deity – the wild and wondrous gods of protest and resistance. What would they look like? Who would they be? What would their sacraments be? Then followed a really lovely series of conversations on social media and in person, and a lot of people’s personal stories… Read more →

Black Lives Matter

As an animist, I actually believe that all lives do matter. Most humans don’t. What most humans designate as a ‘life’ in practice has a boundary smaller than the field of living or potentially living beings. It doesn’t include wasps, or plankton, let alone the breath of wind over a corn field, or the slow erosion of pebbles on a… Read more →

Sukham and Dukham

So here I am, packing again, and reflecting on what makes this time feel so tough. The weather is grey and humid, the forecast not great, and I’ve just sent off my husband and cat to one field, as I prepare for life in another. Timings are tricky. The British summer is short, and with only so many weekends, some… Read more →

Cat People

As you might expect, returning to academic life has resulted in some quite serious blog posts recently. Here’s a little light relief, and a change from your usual social justice/yoga/paganism/knitting output. Phil and I have been together for very nearly 15 years now, which is almost enough time to raise a child. Instead of doing that, it turns out we’ve… Read more →

Coming together

I have just submitted my contribution to a Patheos anthology called ‘Pagan Consent Culture’ that will come out next year. The editors seem pleased with it, and I am fairly confident of inclusion in the final book. I am now experiencing that peculiar and specific delay that writers have, where I would like people to respond, to continue the conversation… Read more →

Summer’s End

They say that those who do not know their history are bound to repeat it. I say bring it on. Time is not an arrow or an unfolding road, ever relentless, ever marching onwards. Time soars in loops and spirals and endless waves, like the true, delighted flight of crows on the wind. Time, like history, needs the subtle patterning… Read more →

Wild Yoga: the experiment

Most of you already know that I am beginning to explore more deeply the links between physical practice, inclusive spirituality, ritual, and diversity. My forthcoming research project with the Open University will be an academic examination of these issues, but I’m also developing my own teaching to reflect my findings and understandings. As part of this, I have an experiment… Read more →